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Opening Day delayed; Spring games canceled

@feinsand
March 12, 2020

Major League Baseball has cancelled the remainder of its Spring Training games, also announcing that the start of the 2020 regular season will be delayed by at least two weeks due to the national emergency created by the coronavirus pandemic. The decision was announced following a call with all 30

2021 World Baseball Classic venues revealed

Marlins to host 3 rounds, including finals; others at Chase Field, Taichung, Tokyo
@cdenicola13
February 25, 2020

MIAMI -- Years before the inaugural World Baseball Classic in 2006, Jim Small polled Major Leaguers about their interest in participating in a global tournament. Hall of Famer Derek Jeter, then a superstar with the Yankees, was the first hand to go up in favor. Now a CEO and part

Let’s predict Team USA’s 2021 Classic roster

@jonmorosi
January 30, 2020

When USA Baseball named its roster for the 2017 World Baseball Classic, Pete Alonso’s professional résumé included 30 games with the Class A Short Season Brooklyn Cyclones. Cody Bellinger was a couple months away from his Dodgers debut. Aaron Judge’s Major League career consisted of 27 games and a .179

Bochy puts France on map as WBC manager 

New challenge is family affair for three-time WS champion skipper
@jonmorosi
March 4, 2020

Bruce Bochy is managing again, leading his team through spring workouts beneath the brilliant Arizona sky, and there is something reassuring about all of that. Except for one thing.

Piazza to manage Italy in 2021 WBC

@mattkellyMLB
November 13, 2019

Hall of Fame catcher Mike Piazza is returning to the international baseball stage. Piazza will manage Team Italy in the 2021 World Baseball Classic, the Italian Baseball and Softball Federation announced Wednesday. The 51-year-old, who also announced the news via Twitter, replaces Gilberto Gerali, who resigned after Italy placed fifth

Classic, London Series growing game in UK

Great Britain will play in World Baseball Classic qualifier this month
@jonmorosi
March 5, 2020

Last year’s MLB London Series brought regular-season Major League Baseball to Europe for the first time. The event was a brilliant success, with the Red Sox and Yankees playing before sold-out crowds at London Stadium and PLAY BALL PARK brimming with youth activities nearby. The Cubs and Cardinals are set

Familiar names on WBC Pool 1 qualifier squads

Larkin returns to manage Brazil, Bochy to lead France; 25 affiliated players to compete
March 6, 2020

World Baseball Classic, Inc. (WBCI) today announced the rosters and coaching staffs for Pool 1 of the World Baseball Classic Qualifier, which will be played March 13-18 at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz. Pool 1 of the Qualifier will feature the National Teams of Brazil, France, Germany, Nicaragua, Pakistan

Tebow to represent Philippines in WBC qualifiers

First qualifier game is scheduled for March 20 vs. Czech Republic
@AnthonyDiComo
February 26, 2020

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Calling the opportunity “a really cool thing,” Tim Tebow has agreed to play for the Philippines in 2021 World Baseball Classic qualifiers. Tebow, a former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback who has spent the past four years as a Mets Minor League outfielder, was born in the

You're going to want to Czech out this WBC sleeper

@jonmorosi
February 28, 2020

Martin Schneider is a firefighter. Matej Hejma is a lawyer. Radim Chroust is a doctor. And they play for the Czech national baseball team, which has risen to 16th in the World Baseball Softball Confederation rankings -- and is poised to continue its climb. If you were unaware that baseball

World Baseball Classic FAQ: Qualifier brackets

@jonmorosi
January 28, 2020

With Tuesday’s announcement of two March qualifying tournaments for the 2021 World Baseball Classic, we know two things for certain: • After the qualifiers yield two teams apiece for the 20-team field in 2021, the fifth Classic will be the largest in tournament history. • The anticipation for next year’s

Qualifying Round brackets set for '21 Classic

January 28, 2020

Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz., will host both pools for the Qualifying Round of the 2021 World Baseball Classic, the fifth installment of the baseball tournament featuring many of the world’s greatest players, it was revealed on Tuesday. Each pool will feature six teams with the top two finishers

World Baseball Classic qualifier games postponed

@HarriganMLB
March 12, 2020

As part of Major League Baseball's response to the national emergency created by the coronavirus pandemic, World Baseball Classic qualifier games in Tucson, Ariz., have been postponed. The World Baseball Classic qualifying round consists of two six-team tournaments, with the winners and runners-up from both tournaments gaining entry into the

Rosters and coaching staffs announced for Pool 1 of WBC qualifier

Hall of Famer Barry Larkin to manage Team Brazil for third time; Three-time World Champion Manager Bruce Bochy to lead Team France; Former Major Leaguers Steve Finley, LaTroy Hawkins return as coaches on Team Brazil staff; Six rosters feature a combined 25 players affiliated with Major League Clubs
March 6, 2020

World Baseball Classic, Inc. (WBCI) today announced the rosters and coaching staffs for Pool 1 of the World Baseball Classic Qualifier, which will be played March 13th-18th at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Arizona. Pool 1 of the Qualifier will feature the National Teams of Brazil, France, Germany, Nicaragua, Pakistan

Dates and venues announced for 2021 World Baseball Classic

Japan, Taiwan, Arizona and Florida to host World Baseball Classic contests; Three rounds, including the Championship Round, to be played at Marlins Park; Qualifiers being played in Tucson, Ariz., this March as 2021 WBC expands to 20 Teams
February 25, 2020

World Baseball Classic, Inc. (WBCI) announced the dates and venues for the 2021 World Baseball Classic today. The fifth installment of the WBC, which will be played from March 9-23, 2021, will take place at the Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan and the Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium in

Details announced for Qualifying Round of 2021 World Baseball Classic

Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz., to host both pools of qualifier from March 10-26, 2020
January 28, 2020

World Baseball Classic, Inc. (WBCI) today announced that Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Arizona will host both pools for the Qualifying Round of the 2021 World Baseball Classic, the fifth installment of the baseball tournament featuring many of the world’s greatest players. Each pool will feature six teams with the

'Heading Home,' Team Israel doc, hits theaters

See Yankee alum Blomberg, slugger Decker, directors in N.Y., N.J., L.A.
@_dadler
September 7, 2019

"Heading Home" -- a documentary chronicling Team Israel's underdog run in the 2017 World Baseball Classic -- is in theaters now, with screenings around the New York City area and Los Angeles. There are special guest Q&As all weekend, too, featuring former New York Yankee Ron Blomberg, Team Israel slugger

Here's how baseball has grown in England, from factory towns to London Stadium

@michaelsclair
June 28, 2019

When the Red Sox and Yankees compete in the London Series this weekend, it might seem like baseball’s equivalent of landing on the moon – two iconic baseball franchises setting foot on a strange and alien surface. But that’s not exactly true. There is baseball in England, it’s just not

Projecting Team USA's roster for 2021 Classic

February 4, 2018

This is a significant week in the sports world -- for a few reasons.On Sunday, Michael Trout's Eagles upset the Patriots in the Super Bowl.On Friday, the 2018 Olympic Winter Games officially open in Pyeongchang, South Korea.And Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of the roster unveiling for the 2017 World

The 10 best moments from the 2017 World Baseball Classic

The 10 best moments from the 2017 WBC
March 23, 2017

In its fourth iteration, the World Baseball Classic proved to any and all doubters the sheer awesome power of an international baseball competition. With record-setting attendance, exciting play and big moments that likely put a strain on Twitter's servers when every baseball fan needed to shout "WOW" into the void,

One intrepid World Baseball Classic fan came away with not one but two souvenirs

Fan snags not one but two souvenirs at DR-PR game
March 14, 2017

Catching a souvenir at a baseball game is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, the sort of story you'll be telling for years afterwards. We've been told by people far better at math than we are that the odds are around one in 570. As for catching two, well, that's nearly impossible --