The World Baseball classic
The World Baseball Classic will feature the best professional baseball players for the first time in six years, along with some fierce amateurs. If seeing MLB players compete while wearing uniforms that display the words United States of America and Korea seems appealing (or at least more appealing than watching spring training games), here’s what you need know:
Games start when and where?
Tuesday at 11 p.m. Eastern time, the Netherlands will play Cuba in the opening match.The 20 teams that qualified for the competition are divided into four groups, playing in Phoenix; Miami; Taichung, Taiwan; and Tokyo. Play in the pool will go on until March 15.
Each group’s top two teams advance to the knockout quarterfinals. Miami will host the semifinals and championship games from March 19 to 21.
Twenty teams seems like a lot.
The W.B.C. has never had more than that, up from 16 the previous time, in 2017. This means that there is room for newcomers like the Czech Republic, Britain, and Nicaragua in addition to the established baseball powerhouses.
World Baseball classic Schedule
The World Baseball Classic begins off with pool play on Tuesday night with Cuba vs. the Netherlands. Updates, news, commentary, and more are provided below.
Tuesday, March 7: The Netherlands will play Cuba at 11 p.m. ET on FS1 (pool A)
Chinese Taipei will play Panama on Wednesday, March 8 at 6 a.m. ET on FS2 (Pool A)
Australia takes on Korea on March 8 at 10 p.m. ET on FS1 (Pool B)
The Netherlands will play Panama on Wednesday, March 8 at 11 p.m. ET on FS2 (Pool A)
Quick facts on Taichung Intercontinental Stadium
Pool A will spend the first leg of their WBC adventure at Taichung Intercontinental Stadium. Below are some details regarding the location.
1.It was inaugurated in 2006
2.Right field line: 325 feet, centre field: 400 feet, and left field line: 325 feet
3.The third-most populous city in Taiwan, Taichung, is where it is situated.
4.The 2008 Olympics and the 2013 World Baseball Classic were both held there.
5.The Sinon Bulls of the Chinese Professional Baseball League call Taichung home.