World Baseball Classic coming up in 23 days Go USA!!!
Let’s get ready for some baseball!!!! All of the good stuff is coming out now getting ready for the World Baseball Classic. The US actually might have a chance to make some noise in the tournament. We have a pretty good team coming in this year and should be looking for the championship. In the history of the tournament the best we have placed is 4th so let’s get it. Japan has had the most success surprisingly in this thing. The first game that they play will be against Columbia on March 10th. Here is the full format and the pool set up.
Pool play games will be played from March 6-12 in four first-round sites. It’s a round-robin format.
Pool A: Chinese Taipei, Israel, the Netherlands and South Korea. Games will be played in Seoul, South Korea.
Pool B: Australia, China, Cuba, Japan. Games will be held in Tokyo.
Pool C: Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic and the United States. Games will be played at Marlins Park in Miami.
Pool D: Italy, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. Games will be in Jalisco, Mexico.
The winners and runners-up from each group will advance into another round-robin group. The top two teams from Pool A and Pool B will play in Toyko from March 12-16. The winners and runners-up from Pools C and D will match up at Petco Park in San Diego from March 14-19.
The winners from each group will play in semifinals on March 20-21. The championship game will be held March 22.
What is actually fun and maybe a death sentence is that the US is the odds on favorite to win this thing 2/1 odds. Weird since they have never placed in this thing but they have some heavy hitters on their roster this year. It looks like they really want to win this thing. Here is who America is sending this year.