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The 2013 World Baseball Classic Inforgraphic PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 01 March 2013 22:50

You knew it was coming. No, it’s not an infographic created by some media outlet, but rather by Major League Baseball itself. Since they say pictures speak louder than words, here it is. The infographic includes:

  • An overview of the teams, pools, venues and dates (beginning with Australia @ Chinese Taipei tonight at 11:30pm ET).
  • Broadcast information (MLB Network and ESPN Deportes airing all 39 games in the U.S. along with 36 international broadcasters televising games in 13 languages in more than 200 countries. Click here for a full list of all international broadcasters).
  • Top players participating (43 former All-Stars, including eight different MVP or Cy Young Award winners).
  • Social media facts and figures, including the ten participating players with the most Twitter followers (led by Team USA’s Brandon Phillips with more than 950,000).  Official World Baseball Classic social media channels: Twitter (@WBCBaseball)Facebook.
  • An overview of the tournament rules and regulations, including pitch counts, tiebreaker scenarios and early termination rules.
  • A summary of top sponsors for the tournament (60 in all, more than double the inaugural tournament, led by global sponsors Delta, Konami, MetLife and Brand USA).
  • Important examples of how the World Baseball Classic is impacting the growth of baseball around the world.

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Venues, Pools Announced for 2013 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 March 2012 14:33

World Baseball ClassicWorld Baseball Classic, Inc. (WBCI) today announced the venues and pools of the new Qualifiers for the 2013 World Baseball Classic.  The winners of each Qualifying Pool will advance to compete in the 2013 World Baseball Classic tournament next March.  The four venues that have been selected to host a Qualifying Pool are:

  • Armin-Wolf-Baseball-Arena in Regensburg, Germany;
  • Rod Carew Stadium in Panama City, Panama;
  • XinZuang Stadium in Taipei, Taiwan; and
  • Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida

Initial opening round match-ups (including home and visitor designations) as well as ticket information will be announced at a later date by the host venues.

The pools for each Qualifier are:


Qualifier 1
Sept. 20th-24th in Regensburg, Germany
Canada
Czech Republic
Germany
Great Britain

Qualifier 2
Nov. Dates TBD in Jupiter, Florida, USA
France
Israel
South Africa
Spain

Qualifier 3
Nov. Dates TBD in Taipei, Taiwan
Chinese Taipei
New Zealand
Philippines
Thailand

Qualifier 4
Nov. 14th-18th in Panama City, Panama
Brazil
Colombia
Nicaragua
Panama

“We are excited to expand the scope of the World Baseball Classic and maintain our commitment to global baseball development, starting with four excellent venues hosting the new Qualifiers this fall,” said Paul Archey, Senior Vice President, International Business Operations for Major League Baseball. “We are very pleased with the level of interest from venues and organizers around the world who share our enthusiasm for the World Baseball Classic and its mission of celebrating the global nature of our game.”

We are pleased to have 12 new countries participating in the World Baseball Classic,” said Major League Baseball Players Association Assistant General Counsel Ian Penny. “Sports fans around the world will witness one of the greatest events on the international sports calendar when the 2013 World Baseball Classic launches its new Qualifiers with games in Regensburg, Germany. We’re confident the Qualifiers will further expand the international popularity of the game we all love. We thank all participating nations for their commitment to the World Baseball Classic and the Qualifier host locations and organizers for their passion and interest in the game of baseball.”

The Qualifiers will feature a six-game modified double-elimination format. The composition of the pools was determined after venues were selected, with consideration given to competitive balance, existing rivalries and each national team’s geographical location.

“The implementation of this qualification system into the World Baseball Classic framework is a true sign of the strong collaboration between the IBAF and our colleagues at Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association,” said Riccardo Fraccari, President of the International Baseball Federation. “We are very encouraged about the inclusion of emerging baseball territories and the continual growth of the international baseball landscape that this represents.”

The Qualifiers will expand the competitive field from 16 to 28 countries. The teams invited to participate in the Qualifying Pools will include the four World Baseball Classic teams from 2009 that did not win a game – Canada, Chinese Taipei, Panama and South Africa.

The winners from each Qualifying Pool will advance to the World Baseball Classic tournament, scheduled for March 2013.  Those four teams will join the 12 countries – Australia, China, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Kingdom of the Netherlands, Puerto Rico, United States and Venezuela – that receive automatic invitations based on their performance in the 2009 tournament.

The 2013 World Baseball Classic will mark the third edition of the tournament.  The inaugural event was held in 2006, and the second World Baseball Classic was held in 2009.

 

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2013 World Baseball Classic Qualifying Round Expands from 16 to 28 Countries PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 01 June 2011 09:43

WBCWorld Baseball Classic, Inc. (WBCI) today announced, with the endorsement of the tournament Steering Committee, the introduction of a new World Baseball Classic Qualifying Round for the 2013 World Baseball Classic which will expand the competitive field from 16 to 28 countries. The new round will feature 16 teams divided into four pools of four teams each. The teams invited to participate will include the four World Baseball Classic teams from 2009 that did not win a game. The 16 countries receiving Qualifying Round invitations are:


Brazil
Canada*
Chinese Taipei*
Colombia
Czech Republic
France
Germany
Great Britain
Israel
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Panama*
Philippines
South Africa*
Spain
Thailand

*Participated in the 2009 World Baseball Classic

The Qualifying Round games will take place in Fall 2012 and each of the four pools will feature a six-game modified double-elimination format. 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.

The winners from each qualifying pool will advance into the World Baseball Classic tournament, scheduled for March 2013.  Those four teams will join the 12 countries – Australia, China, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Kingdom of the Netherlands, Puerto Rico, United States and Venezuela – that receive automatic invitations based on their performance in the 2009 tournament. 
       
“Growing the game of baseball around the globe is the primary objective of the World Baseball Classic. By expanding the competitive field of the 2013 tournament, we are demonstrating our commitment to this goal and reinforcing that the World Baseball Classic is the premier showcase of baseball around the globe,” said Major League Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. “The tournament is a unique experience for fans to witness the excitement of this great game and I encourage organizations around the world to bid for the chance to host this wonderful baseball event.” 
        
“The expansion of the World Baseball Classic from 16 to 28 teams is a testament to the sport’s continuing growth in participation and popularity around the world,” said Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Michael Weiner. “The overwhelming fan, player and media support bestowed upon the first two World Baseball Classics is at the root of this decision, which makes the World Baseball Classic a truly global competition.”   
       
WBCI determined the 12 new teams for the Qualifying Round based on criteria established to create the most competitive international baseball event in the world. Some of the key factors involved in team evaluation and selection included: strength of native player base, number of professional players, IBAF international rankings, viability of domestic baseball programs, participant’s impact on baseball development in country/territory and diverse global representation. 
       
World Baseball Classic Inc. also announced the commencement of the venue selection process for hosts of the four Qualifying Round pools, as well as the 2013 World Baseball Classic games. Parties including MLB Clubs, governments, international federations, promotional and event companies are invited to formally express interest in hosting a pool, or pools, of the tournament. Interested parties will be provided a formal bid document including detailed requirements and bid submission guidance. WBCI welcomes bids from bidding groups who can deliver a strong and compelling bid that effectively combines both public and private support for promoting and hosting part of the World Baseball Classic. The bidding process for the Qualifying Round venues is expected to conclude by September 2011 with the venues for the World Baseball Classic tournament to be finalized by December 2011. 
       
Added Riccardo Fraccari, President of the IBAF, baseball’s world governing body: “On behalf of the IBAF and its 119 national federations, it is wonderful that the quality of baseball internationally has warranted the expansion of the World Baseball Classic. The expansion to 28 teams will be beneficial not only for the worldwide development of baseball, but also to raise the technical level of play in many countries that were previously unable to compete at such levels. The tremendous passion and interest from players, fans and the international community makes the World Baseball Classic a special celebration of the game of baseball.”

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In Wake of Olympics Snub, MLB Touts World Baseball Classic PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 13 August 2009 13:45

WBCWhen news broke earlier today that the IOC had denied baseball's reinstatement into the 2016, there was a comment saying, "Why do we need baseball in the Olympics when we have the World Baseball Championship?"

Apparently, Major League Baseball agrees.

The league issued the following statement regarding the International Olympic Committee’s decision today:

“Baseball has enjoyed great international growth in recent years and today’s decision by the IOC will not deter us from continuing our efforts to grow the game globally. The World Baseball Classic, which is the world’s premier international baseball tournament, is the cornerstone of our global effort and we will work hard to make it even bigger and better in 2013 and beyond.”

The key here is "bigger." For those that followed the WBC closely, it was a smash at the international level. Bringing in other countries may be the key.

However, it's the Olympics. The problem with it has been that it takes place in the middle of MLB's season; a difficult scheduling matter. If there were scheduling solutions that would have allowed for MLB's premiere talent to play in the Olympics, they surely would have leapt at the opportunity.

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Japan moves to No. 3 in the IBAF World Rankings following WBC Win PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 25 March 2009 00:53

IBAF

With Japan's World Baseball Classic victory, it moves to No. 3 in the world. Cuba holds on to the No. 1 position and Korea moves past the USA into second. The new top 10 is as follows:

1. Cuba
2. Korea
3. Japan
4. USA
5. Chinese Taipei
6. Netherlands
7. Mexico
8. Canada
9. Australia
10. Puerto Rico

The IBAF debuted its World Rankings earlier this year in January. Developed in conjunction with Scott Goode, a sports information director from Harding University (Arkansas, USA), the rankings are based on a point total which IBAF member federations (teams) earn from IBAF-sanctioned events in a four-year window, or a period of time that encompasses two IBAF Baseball World Cups.

Teams earn points based on their finish in an event. A tournament winner takes home 50 points, second place, 40; third place, 30; and fourth place, 15. From there, points are divided evenly among the remaining teams in the event to ensure balance between tournaments that feature different-sized fields.

Once points are rewarded based on a team’s finish, that amount is then multiplied by a number based on the strength of the event. Major world championships, such as an Olympic Games, IBAF Baseball World Cup or World Baseball Classic, all receive 4X multipliers. Minor world championship events (Junior, Youth or FISU University Worlds, or the Honkbol Tournament, for example) have a 1X multiplier, and all other continental championships receive multipliers from 1X-.25X based on how many teams in the top-10 of the current IBAF World Rankings compete in the event.

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World Baseball Classic All-Tournament Team Announced PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 24 March 2009 13:13

WBCWorld Baseball Classic, Inc. today announced the members of the 2009 World Baseball Classic All-Tournament Team. The selections were voted on by a panel of journalists who covered the 2009 World Baseball Classic. Japan pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka repeated as World Baseball Classic Most Valuable Player.

The only unanimous choices were Korea first baseman Tae Kyun Kim and Cuba outfielder Frederich Cepeda.

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With Japan Winning World Baseball Classic, Final Attendance Up 8.5% From '06 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 24 March 2009 01:20

WBCWith Ichiro Suzuki collecting the game-winning hit for Japan with his two-RBI double in the top of the 10th inning, Japan won their second consecutive World Baseball Classic in stunning fashion, 5-3. The thrilling game ended the event that is currently occurring every 3-years, but also highlights the WBC's increased popularity.

Tonight’s attendance of 54,846 at Dodger Stadium was the largest crowd in World Baseball Classic history, eclipsing the 45,640 fans that attended the game between Japan and Korea on March 7, 2009 at the Tokyo Dome. The 2009 World Baseball Classic drew a grand total of 801,408 with an average of 20,549 per game (39 games). The 2009 total surpasses the 2006 total attendance of 737,112 and per game average of 18,900 (39 games) by more than 8.5 percent.

Source: World Baseball Classic, Inc.

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World Baseball Classic Sees Attendance Record PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 23 March 2009 00:19

World Baseball Classic, 2009It won’t be a massive increase from 2006, but World Baseball Classic, Inc., MLB, and the MLBPA should be more than happy given the dismal economy to see record attendance for World Baseball Classic ’09.

Tonight’s attendance of 43,630 for the semi-final between Japan and USA was the second-largest crowd in World Baseball Classic history, and the most ever in the United States. Japan and Korea drew 45,640 fans on March 7th at the Tokyo Dome for the largest attendance in WBC history. The 2009 World Baseball Classic has drawn a grand total of 746,562 through 38 games, which surpasses the total attendance of 737,112 during the 2006 World Baseball Classic (39 games).

Source: World Baseball Classic, Inc.

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ESPN Reports WBC Viewership Up. Attendance for Japan/Korea Less Than 15K PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 20 March 2009 10:47

WBC '09Television ratings for the World Baseball Classic continue to increase from 2006, but the seeding system impacted attendance for last night's Japan/Korea game. Attendance at Petco Park in San Diego was below 15,000, and according to today's SportsBusiness Daily, fans in the upper deck were encouraged to move down to the lower bowl in order to make the game look better on television.

As for television...

ESPN’s World Baseball Classic coverage is demonstrating consistent audience growth across multimedia platforms. Through the second round to date, ESPN’s telecasts are averaging 1,675,000 viewers (up 53 percent), 1,264,000 household impressions (up 36 percent) and a 1.3 average rating (up 30 percent). At this time in 2006, ESPN’s telecasts were averaging 1,098,000 viewers, 930,000 households and a 1.0 rating.

The World Baseball Classic has also led to significant audience growth for additional ESPN outlets:

ESPN Deportes

  • ESPN Deportes’ live World Baseball Classic telecasts are averaging a 1.9 Hispanic household rating, 82,000 Hispanic households and 115,000 Hispanic viewers;
  • The United States vs. Puerto Rico game (March 14) is the network’s highest-rated World Baseball Classic telecast to date delivering a 3.4 Hispanic rating, 148,000 Hispanic households and 211,000 Hispanic viewers;
  • The USA/Puerto Rico telecast is ESPN Deportes’ highest-rated, non-soccer event ever;
  • World Baseball Classic telecasts account for the network’s top 13 highest-rated, non-soccer events.

ESPNdeportes.com

  • The World Baseball Classic has helped ESPNdeportes.com deliver 68.8 million page views for March 2009.

ESPN.com

  • There have been 3.1 million views of World Baseball Classic-related video.

Semifinals and Final Across ESPN Platforms

ESPN will showcase the World Baseball Classic semifinals (Saturday, March 21, and Sunday, March 22) – including Team USA facing the Korea/Japan winner on Sunday – and final (March 23) across the following platforms: ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio, ESPN360.com, ESPN Mobile TV and ESPN International. ESPN’s coverage of the semifinal and final will mark the debut of the new Sunday Night Baseball commentator team of Jon Miller, Joe Morgan and Steve Phillips. Pedro Gomez will also report during ESPN’s telecasts, along with SportsCenter. Jon Sciambi will handle the call for ESPN Radio with analyst Dave Campbell.

ESPN Deportes will include a commentator team of Ernesto Jerez (play-by-play), analysts Juan Marichal and Candy Maldonado and reporters Guillermo Celis and Carolina Guillen. Eduardo Ortega (Saturday/Monday) and Jaime Jarin (Sunday) will call the games for ESPN Deportes Radio, teaming with analyst Renato Bermudez.

ESPN International will distribute the games in Africa, Asia (via ESS), Australia, China, Europe (via ESPN America), Guam (U.S. feed), Japan, Latin America, the Middle East, New Zealand and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

ESPN’s SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight and ESPNEWS – along with ESPN.com and ESPNdeportes.com – will also provide comprehensive highlights, news and information. 

Date

Time (ET)

Teams

Networks

Sat., March 21

9 p.m.

Semifinal 1:

Korea/Japan vs. Venezuela

ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio, ESPN360.com, ESPN Mobile TV

Sun., March 22

8 p.m.

Semifinal 2: Korea/Japan vs. United States

ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio, ESPN360.com, ESPN Mobile TV

Mon., March 23

9:30 p.m.

Final: Semifinal #1 winner vs. Semifinal #2 winner

ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio, ESPN360.com, ESPN Mobile TV

Source: ESPN

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MLB Network to Carry USA v. Puerto Rico Live PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 16 March 2009 23:59

WBCWith a spot in the semifinals of the World Baseball Classic on the line, MLB Network on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. ET will carry live coverage of Team USA’s game against Puerto Rico. With a 1-1 record in round two, Team USA will advance to the semifinals at Dodger Stadium with a win on Tuesday, while a loss will eliminate the U.S. squad from the World Baseball Classic.

Matt Vasgersian, Harold Reynolds and Al Leiter will call the game live from Miami, while World Baseball Classic Tonight will set the scene from MLB Network studios at 6:30 p.m. ET, anchored by Victor Rojas along with Dan Plesac and John Hart.  MLB Tonight will air live immediately following the game, hosted by Greg Amsinger along with Plesac and Mitch Williams.

Source: MLB Network 


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