The 2023 World Baseball Classic

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For the first time since 2017, the World Baseball Classic will return to galvanize a global audience. The 2023 edition of the WBC will be played from March 8 and culminate at loanDepot Park in Miami on March 21. The WBC is also playing two qualifying rounds in September and October In Germany and Panama. […] READ MORE


Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 39: USA Wins World Baseball Classic

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USA! USA! America reigns supreme in the fourth edition of the World Baseball Classic. Joe Hojnacki and Greg Hessen relive the tournament and discuss ways it can get even better. Also, the MLB season preview episodes come to a close as Greg gets to answer some burning questions about his beloved Detroit Tigers. Finally, with […] READ MORE


Team USA Wins 2017 World Baseball Classic

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Team USA was considered a favorite in every World Baseball Classic since its inception, but only made it to the semifinals once before 2017. Heading into the final game against Puerto Rico, this team looked to make history and be the first team from the United States to claim the title. Puerto Rico, who was […] READ MORE


Team USA Defeats Japan, Advances to WBC Final

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On a rainy Tuesday night, Chavez Ravine was the site of the most pivotal World Baseball Classic game ever for Team USA. Coming into the 2017 WBC, the United States played .500 baseball. The team has performed better this time around, but a large obstacle still lay in front: Samurai Japan. The premise of the […] READ MORE



Puerto Rico Defeats Team USA 6-5

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Team USA entered their Pool F game against Puetro Rico hoping to remain undefeated in San Diego and move that much closer to the final round of the World Baseball Classic in Los Angeles. Unfortunately what was a strong point for Team USA throughout the whole tournament became its kryptonite on Friday. Puerto Rico Defeats […] READ MORE


Adam Jones Enjoying WBC Success

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The World Baseball Classic has so far been full of excitement, thrills and surprises- which isn’t much a surprise. While the tournament is a great source of entertainment for even the most casual of fans, it’s a great insight as to how various fan favorites are faring before the regular season is underway. The Baltimore […] READ MORE


Team USA Defeats Canada, Advances in WBC

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Team USA didn’t have time to ponder over the late-inning collapse against the Dominican Republic on Saturday, as they were slated to wrap up pool play Sunday night. With a 1-1 record in Pool C, the Americans needed to defeat Team Canada to secure a place in San Diego, the site of the second round […] READ MORE


Team USA Wins World Baseball Classic Opener

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Team USA faced Team Colombia in both teams’ first games of the 2017 World Baseball Classic in a tough Pool C. The story of the night in Miami was dominant starting pitching. That and, well, what it can mean for a lineup when said dominant starter is no longer in the game. Team USA Wins […] READ MORE


World Baseball Classic: Team USA Breakdown

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Team USA has experienced a love/hate relationship with the World Baseball Classic. Although sprinkled with a few magical moments throughout the first three tournaments, they came up short every time. As the country that started the tournament (and features the highest level of competition), not bringing home a WBC title in three tries can, frankly, […] READ MORE