World Baseball Classic Recap

World Baseball Classic Recap

Evan Starr, Staff Writer

Once every four years, the World Baseball Classic takes place. Sixteen countries from five different continents came to partake in the two-week event. The tournament includes two rounds of “Round Robin” pool play, then for the semifinal and final rounds it goes to single elimination. Players from the MLB skipped most of spring training to play for their respected countries and try to bring home that coveted WBC trophy.

This year’s fourth iteration of the World Baseball Classic took place from March 6 to March 22 and showcased the best baseball talent that the world has to offer. Obviously going in the favorites were the defending champions from 2013,  Dominican Republic, United States, Puerto Rico, and Japan,  whose countries are known for baseball and showed it during this years WBC. These countries pretty much dominated the rest of the tournament field. Three out of the four favorites were to make the semifinal round and only one team made a surprising run, Israel made it to the second round before getting bounced out of the tournament by the Netherlands.

The final four teams ended up being Japan, the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Netherlands. The United States ended up beating Japan 2-1 and Puerto Rico beat the Netherlands 4-3 to advance to the championship game. In the championship game, the US dominated Puerto Rico and won 8-0 to achieve our first WBC title. United States pitcher Marcus Stroman was named the tournament MVP.
Now that the WBC is over it’s finally time to shift our focus to the 2017 MLB regular season.