The 2013 World Baseball Classic will be an international baseball competition. It will be held from March 2 to 19. It will be the first WBC to include a qualification round that expands participation in the tournament from 16 to 28 teams.
Japan won the first two World Baseball Classics, in 2006 and 2009.
The preparations for the third World Baseball Classic were complicated by a dispute between the Japanese Professional Baseball Players Association (JPBPA), the union for all Nippon Professional Baseball players, and MLB over revenue sharing. JPBPA demanded a larger share of advertising and merchandise sponsorship revenue for the tournament, a large chunk of which came from Japanese companies. MLB resisted the move in part due to the fact that the World Baseball Classic is a joint production of MLB and the MLB Player's Association, meaning that those two organizations bore the cost of the tournament. In July 2012 the JPBPA voted unanimously to boycott the 2013 World Baseball Classic. The move was interpreted by some news outlets as a non-final decision aimed at raising the pressure on MLB. As of September, 4th, it has been reported that "Japanese players have agreed to take part in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, backing off a threat to boycott the event because of a dispute over the way tournament money is shared. The players' union had demanded that two-time defending champion Japan control all the sponsorship and licensing revenue generated by its participation in the tournament. Currently, all such revenues are pooled and distributed by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association, the tournament organizers. Following a meeting with tournament organizers in New York in August, officials from Nippon Professional Baseball said some sponsorship and licensing revenue would remain in Japan."
- Main article: 2013 World Baseball Classic – Qualification
Four teams that did not win a game in 2009 (Canada, Taiwan, Panama, and South Africa) will all play in the qualifying round. The 12 other teams in the qualifying round are Brazil, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, Israel, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Philippines, Spain, and Thailand. The composition of the pools will be determined once the Qualifying Round venues are selected, and will be based on geographical location, competitive balance, and regional rivalries.
Under the WBC rules non-Israeli citizens of Jewish heritage will be eligible to play for Israel. A number of current and former MLB players may be eligible to play on the Israeli team: Ryan Braun, Ike Davis, Ian Kinsler, Kevin Youkilis, Danny Valencia, Sam Fuld, Ryan Kalish, Gabe Kapler, Jason Marquis, Scott Feldman, Craig Breslow, John Grabow, Brad Ausmus and Scott Schoeneweis. Kinsler said: "Wow, I would be happy to play for Team Israel.... The truth is that if a proposal comes from Team USA to play for them, I will have a very difficult decision to make. Youk [Chicago's Kevin Youkilis], Braun [Milwaukee's Ryan Braun], and I could make a fantastic team. I am sure that I'll talk it over with Youk – we always laugh about things like this." Outfielder Shawn Green, who retired in 2007, is also eligible and has said it "would be an honor" and that he "would love to" play for Israel in the Classic.
The top 4 teams from the qualification round, along with the top 12 teams at the 2009 World Baseball Classic (Australia, China, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, Puerto Rico, the United States, and Venezuela), will qualify for the tournament.
For the qualification rounds, Group 1 featured France, Israel, South Africa, and Spain, and took place in Jupiter, Florida, United States. Group 2 featured Canada, The Czech Republic, Germany, and Great Britain, and was held in Regensburg, Germany. Group 3 features Brazil, Colombia, Nicaragua, and Panama, with the games being played in Panama City, Panama. Group 4 consists of Taiwan, New Zealand, The Philippines, and Thailand, and will take place in New Taipei, Taiwan.
List of qualified teamsEdit
|BCO (Oceania)||2009 World Baseball Classic||AUS|
|BFA (Asia)||2009 World Baseball Classic|| CHN|
|CEB (Europe)||2009 World Baseball Classic|| ITA|
|Qualifier 1||[[Image:Template:Country flag alias ESP|22x20px]] ESP|
|COPABE (Americas)||2009 World Baseball Classic|| CUB|
Eight stadiums will be used during the main tournament:
|Pool A – Fukuoka||Pool B – Taichung||Pool C – San Juan||Pool D – Phoenix|
|Fukuoka Dome||Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium||Hiram Bithorn Stadium||Chase Field|
|Capacity: 38,561||Capacity: 19,000||Capacity: 18,000||Capacity: 48,633|
|Pool D – Scottsdale||Pool 1 – Tokyo||Pool 2 – Miami||Finals – San Francisco|
|Salt River Fields at Talking Stick||Tokyo Dome||Marlins Park||AT&T Park|
|Capacity: 11,000||Capacity: 42,000||Capacity: 36,742||Capacity: 41,915|
The top 12 teams that participated in the 2009 World Baseball Classic were invited back for the 2013 tournament. The remaining 4 countries were determined during qualifying.
|Pool A||Pool B||Pool C||Pool D|
Pool A (March 2–6)Edit
- Main article: 2013 World Baseball Classic – Pool A
Pool B (March 2–5)Edit
- Main article: 2013 World Baseball Classic – Pool B
Pool C (March 7–10)Edit
- Main article: 2013 World Baseball Classic – Pool C
Pool D (March 7–10)Edit
- Main article: 2013 World Baseball Classic – Pool D
Pool 1 (March 8–12)Edit
- Main article: 2013 World Baseball Classic – Pool 1
Pool 2 (March 12–16)Edit
- Main article: 2013 World Baseball Classic – Pool 2
- Main article: 2013 World Baseball Classic – Finals
- ↑ Coskrey, Jason. "JPBPA unanimously votes to boycott WBC." The Japan Times. July 21, 2012. Accessed August 13, 2012. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sb20120721g1.html
- ↑ "NPB players decide to sit out upcoming WBC." Daily Yomiuri Online. July 21, 2012. Accessed August 13, 2012. https://archive.is/20130218165243/www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/sports/T120720005809.htm
- ↑ Martin, Alexander. "Japanese Pros Threaten to Boycott World Baseball Classic." Wall Street Journal. July 20, 2012. Accessed August 13, 2012. http://blogs.wsj.com/japanrealtime/2012/07/20/japanese-pros-threaten-to-boycott-world-baseball-classic/
- ↑ "Japan threatens to boycott World Baseball Classic." Sports Illustrated. July 20, 2012. Accessed August 13, 2012. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/baseball/more/07/20/japan-wbc-boycott.ap/
- ↑ "Japan agrees to play in 2013 WBC." Associated Press through ESPN.go.com. September 4, 2012. http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/8335634/japan-commits-2013-world-baseball-classic/
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Belson, Ken. "Israel to Participate in 2013 World Baseball Classic", The New York Times, June 1, 2011. Retrieved on July 16, 2011.
- ↑ Spencer Fordin (June 1, 2011). World Baseball Classic expands to 28 teams. mlb.com. Retrieved on June 1, 2011.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 "Israel invited to qualify for World Baseball Classic", JTA, June 2, 2011. Retrieved on June 2, 2011.
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 "2013 World Baseball Classic Field expands to 28 Teams", IBAF, June 1, 2011. Retrieved on June 1, 2011.
- ↑ Jeremy Fine. "The Great Rabbino". Retrieved on July 16, 2011.
- ↑ Aaron Yellin. "Israel To Participate in 2013 World Baseball Classic", The Forward, June 7, 2011. Retrieved on July 16, 2011.
- ↑ Ben, Daniel. "Baseball / Jewish MLB stars could play for Israel", Haaretz, May 1, 2010. Retrieved on July 16, 2011.
- ↑ Leichenger, Alex. "Jewish baseball player supports Little League efforts", Jewish Journal, June 21, 2011. Retrieved on September 5, 2011.
- ↑ Belson, Ken. "Shawn Green Says He'd Play for Israel in World Baseball Classic", The New York Times, June 8, 2011. Retrieved on September 5, 2011.
- ↑ "New Zealand in major world baseball tournament", Newstalk ZB, June 1, 2011. Retrieved on June 1, 2011.
- ↑ Fordin, Spencer. reporter. MLB website. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved on 3 April 2012.
- ↑ Dittmeier, Bobbie (2012-10-23). MLB Network to air all Classic games in '13, '17. MLB.com.