2013 WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC 

Beltran, Miguel Cabrera, Cano, Adrian Gonzalez, Mauer, Molina, Morneau and Wright Among Players Confirming Early to Represent their Country;

Tickets Available at www.worldbaseballclassic.com beginning Dec. 3, 2012

 

 
World Baseball Classic, Inc. today announced the final pool compositions, which include Qualifier winners Brazil, Canada, Chinese Taipei and Spain, and the full tournament schedule for the 2013 World Baseball Classic, which will begin on Saturday, March 2nd in Fukuoka, Japan and Taichung, Taiwan. In addition, each of the 16 competing countries and territories announced two players who have committed early to compete in the Classic.

Pool A, which will be played at the Fukuoka Yahoo! Japan Dome from Saturday, March 2nd–Wednesday, March 6th, will include the countries of Brazil, China, Cuba and Japan. The opening game at the venue on March 2nd will feature two-time defending champion Japan vs. newcomer and Qualifier Round victor Brazil at 7:00 p.m. (all times local).

Pool B will feature the countries of Australia, Chinese Taipei, Korea and the Netherlands at Intercontinental Baseball Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan from Saturday, March 2nd–Tuesday, March 5th. The opening game on March 2nd will be played at 12:30 p.m. between 2009 finalist Korea and the Netherlands.

Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico will host the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Spain and Venezuela for Pool C contests from Thursday, March 7th–Sunday, March 10th. Venezuela and the Dominican Republic will square off in the first game in San Juan on March 7th at 7:30 p.m.

Chase Field and Salt River Fields at Talking Stick will host games in Pool D, featuring Canada, Italy, Mexico and the United States from Thursday, March 7th–Sunday, March 10th. Salt River Fields will host the opening game on March 7th at 1:00 p.m. between Mexico and Italy.

The First Round will return to a round-robin format with the top two teams at each venue advancing to one of two Second Round pools. The Second Round, which will be a modified double-elimination format, will be played at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan and Marlins Park in Miami, Florida. Pool 1 at the Tokyo Dome, from Friday, March 8th–Tuesday, March 12th, will feature the winners and runners-up from Pools A and B, while Pool 2 at Marlins Park, from Tuesday, March 12th–Saturday, March 16th, will host the winners and runners-up from Pools C and D. The winners and runners-up from each of the Second Round pools will advance to the Championship Round at AT&T Park in San Francisco from Sunday, March 17th – Tuesday, March 19th.

Twelve Major League All-Stars are among the initial 32 players confirming early to represent their country in March. The players include 2012 American League MVP and Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers and 2012 World Series MVP presented by Chevrolet Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants (Venezuela); second baseman Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees and 2011 N.L. Batting Champion Jose Reyes of the Toronto Blue Jays (Dominican Republic); third baseman David Wright of the New York Mets and 2009 A.L. MVP Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins (United States); St. Louis Cardinals teammates Carlos Beltran and Yadier Molina (Puerto Rico); first baseman Adrian Gonzalez of the Los Angeles Dodgers (Mexico); 2006 A.L. MVP Justin Morneau of the Minnesota Twins (Canada); free agent outfielder Andruw Jones (Netherlands); and free agent left-handed pitcher Hong-Chih Kuo (Chinese Taipei).

“Baseball is a passion in Venezuela, and I look forward to playing for my country against the rest of the world,” said Cabrera.

“It’ll be great to put on a Team USA jersey again,” said Wright. “I’m honored to play for Team USA and take another crack at winning what is clearly the most difficult baseball tournament in the world.”

“It was such an amazing experience to win another World Series,” added Sandoval. “I’d love to win another championship, only this time with my fellow countrymen in the World Baseball Classic.”

“The popularity of baseball is growing in Canada, and I’m looking forward to playing in the World Baseball Classic again,” said Morneau. “There’s something special about representing everyone back home, and proving that Canadian baseball is among the world’s best.”

Each federation’s provisional 28-Man roster will be announced in mid-January. The entire list of 32 players confirming early to play in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, as well as the full tournament schedule can be found below.

Ticket strips, which include tickets for all games at a particular venue, are available for all tournament venues at www.worldbaseballclassic.com. MLB Network will exclusively air all 39 games of the 2013 World Baseball Classic in the United States.

Powerhouse is the official Asian American marketing agency for 2012 World Baseball Classic and will closely work together with Major League Baseball to successfully promote the upcoming event.


About the World Baseball Classic:
The World Baseball Classic is the premier international baseball tournament, sanctioned by the International Baseball Federation, and features the best players in the world competing for their home countries and territories. More than 1.5 million fans from all over the world have attended the tournament games, held in March 2006 and 2009. Team Japan is the reigning World Baseball Classic Champion, taking home both the inaugural and 2009 titles. The upcoming World Baseball Classic will be played in March 2013 and will again feature the greatest baseball-playing nations in the world. The tournament will be held every four years thereafter.