The World Baseball Classic is the only international baseball tournament. It was originally established by the International Baseball Federation in 2006, and since 2013 has been sponsored by the World Baseball Softball Confederation. The World Baseball Classic is the main baseball tournament sanctioned by the WBSC, and the winner of this competition is given the title World Champion.
The 2006 and 2009 tournaments each had the same sixteen team field, chosen by invitation. Beginning with the 2013 tournament, the four teams in the last places in the previous tournament each have to contest a qualifying round against three new teams. The result of this process is that fourteen of the original sixteen teams have continued to appear in every tournament. In 2013 Chinese Taipei and Canada re-qualified, while South Africa and Panama were replaced with teams from Spain and Brazil. For the 2017 World Baseball Classic, Australia and Mexico qualified again, while Brazil and Spain will be replaced with Israel and Colombia. Originally held every three years, there is now a four year gap between the competitions.
The Schedule for 2017
The schedule for the 2017 World Baseball Classic, which will take place in Seoul, South Korea, has been unveiled. It will begin in March, and two time champion Japan will play the first game against Cuba. The United States begin their campaign against Colombia a few days later. The first round has a round robin format, and the top two teams at each site advance to the second round. The winners and runners up will advance to the finals. The last final, in 2013, was won by the Dominican Republic in an all Caribbean World Baseball Classic.
The World Baseball Classic replaces the Baseball World Cup which was discontinued in 2011. Baseball was also voted out of the Olympics in 2005. One of the reasons this tournament was created, was to replace these two competitions on the world stage. It was also to help in promoting the game around the world. The countries who have national baseball teams, and who are eligible for the World Baseball Classic, are Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Cuba, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Netherlands and of course the United states. Certainly, the World Baseball Classic final of 2006 and 2009 still rank as among the highest rated sporting events in Japanese television history.
The Enthusiasm for Betting on Sporting Events
The enthusiasm and interest generated by the big sporting events around the world has grown immensely in the last few years, together with the corresponding rise in online mobile betting in Australia on these events. Online sports betting is not only lots of fun, and may lead to some financial rewards, but is incredibly easy and convenient to do. The variety of sports you can bet on is almost unlimited, and the interest in major sporting events such as the World Baseball Classic, ensures that all the betting sites offer a huge array of possible bets you can use. Reputable online betting sites will not only offer a variety of wagers on any of the regular baseball games as well as the World Baseball Classic, but are also these days completely safe and secure in regard to your financial transactions.
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