The World Baseball Classic playoffs are here with four teams all looking to take home the title and all are more than deserving of being there making these final two rounds interesting.
The Semi-Finals are almost entirely determined with a lot of familiar teams in the running leaving some of the countries in need of growth out of the final rounds.
Pool B in the World Baseball Classic is a mix of two established powers and two teams still finding their way in the sport in what could be interesting or expected all based on one or two games.
The second round of the WBC has gone through the halfway point with Pool 1 finishing off the Asian leg of the tournament. In the end two teams would survive and earn a trip to California for the semi-finals and a 1 in four chance at the WBC Championship. Pool 1 would simply continue the trend that has been set for this tournament with the unexpected around every corner.
The World Baseball Classic got underway this past week as the Asian pools began their tournament and their quest for the WBC title. Pool A and Pool B were in need of a very different schedule than the other pools in the tournament. With game staking place in Japan and Taiwan these two pools needed time to adjust when they eventually move to the USA.
The 2013 World Baseball Classic is about to get underway as the best team in the world will once again be determined. The WBC has been an awakening, of sorts, in the baseball world as the tournament has shocked the original thought of the best teams in the world. Before 2006 many just assumed that the USA was were the best players came from with the Caribbean countries producing some very good talent as well.
The World Baseball Classic is a unique tournament in that it pits teams from around the world against each other. It is even more unique in the fact that there are a number of teams that rarely are seen in the international stage. This is true of the Brazilian team in Pool A of this year’s tournament as they will enter a pool that could be one of the tougher pools in the tournament.
The World Baseball Classic is one of the youngest major tournaments in the world and the legend has already grown. In 2005 the IOC would make a major decision that would change the face of international baseball. They would decide that baseball and softball would be removed from the Olympic schedule leaving a massive hole in the baseball world.