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Thursday, July 07, 2022

World Baseball Classic 2023 venues, pools announced

Taichung, Tokyo, Phoenix and Miami will be the four host cities of the 2023 World Baseball Classic.

The World Baseball Classic announced the dates, stadiums and pools for the upcoming tournament on Thursday. WBC 2023 will open with pool play on March 8 in Taiwan and Japan, and it will end with the championship game on March 21 at loanDepot park in Miami.

The defending champion United States, which won the last Classic in 2017, will play in Pool C at Chase Field in Arizona against Canada, Mexico, Colombia and one to-be-determined team from the 2022 WBC Qualifiers.

Runner-up Puerto Rico will play in Pool D at loanDepot park against the 2013 champion Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Israel and a Qualifier winner. Two-time World Baseball Classic champion Japan will headline Pool B at the Tokyo Dome, which has been a host stadium for all four Classics.

The WBC 2023 field is expanding to 20 teams—the 16 teams from the 2017 tournament plus four teams that advance from the Qualifiers.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 07, 2022 at 02:03 PM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jay Seaver Posted: July 07, 2022 at 02:56 PM (#6085904)
6 years between WBCs is way too long, even figuring Covid in. I really think it should be every odd-numbered year, thus avoiding the Olympics and becoming such a basic part of the landscape that people stop whining about it as a disruption.

Anyway, highly recommended for anyone looking for a baseball-themed vacation next year. I did the San Diego leg in 2017 and it was a delight. Not sure Miami or Phoenix is a place I particularly want to go as a car-averse person, though it might be fun to look up what else there is to see in Taichung during the day.

(Also, mildly amused that the team name is "Chinese Taipei" but they're playing in "Taichung, Taiwan")
   2. Jose is an Absurd Sultan Posted: July 07, 2022 at 04:11 PM (#6085908)
I like the every four years standard, it is consistent with other major international sporting events. Obviously the recent lull was a bit of a perfect storm of crap. 2021 wasn't happening because of COVID and then this year wasn't happening because of the Manfred Lock Out.

FWIW I went to a game in 2009 in Miami. The US got vaporized by Puerto Rico but it was a fun experience. Highly recommend it.
   3. Jay Seaver Posted: July 07, 2022 at 05:29 PM (#6085912)
I kind of feel like every-four-year works for sports and events that are established around the world, and if the WBC was just ten countries that have strong baseball cultures and a few play-ins, it would make sense. It's clearly meant to grow the game's popularity internationally, though, and probably needs to happen more often than every four years to do that.

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