The 2023 World Baseball Classic is set to take place in three years’ time, and fans around the world are already eagerly anticipating the competition. Several of the world’s top baseball nations have already secured their place in the tournament, and the event is shaping up to be an exciting one. In this article, we take a look at the latest scores, results, and standings in the run-up to the 2023 World Baseball Classic.
Team USA Hosts Mexico
One of the most eagerly anticipated encounters of the tournament will be between former champions, the United States, and Mexico. The two sides have been drawn together in Pool C, along with the Dominican Republic and Venezuela.
In the last World Baseball Classic, Mexico finished in fourth place, while the United States were eliminated in the second round. With the Americans hosting the tournament this time around, they will be hoping to go all the way and claim their second title.
Japan, Cuba, and Italy Advance
Other big names already confirmed for the tournament include Japan and Cuba, both of whom have won the World Baseball Classic in the past. Italy, who have a strong history in soccer, have also secured their place in the tournament. In total, 20 teams will compete in the event, with four pools of five teams set to battle it out for a place in the knockout stage.
2023 World Baseball Classic Scores and Results
Although the tournament is still a few years away, there have already been several qualifying matches played across the globe. In the Americas, Mexico and Colombia have both secured their place in the main event, while Australia and China have qualified from the Asia/Pacific region.
In Africa/Europe, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands have advanced, while in the Intercontinental region, New Zealand and South Africa have qualified. These eight teams will join the 12 that have already secured their place in the tournament proper.
The 2023 World Baseball Classic is shaping up to be a thrilling event, with some of the top baseball nations in the world set to compete in what is sure to be an entertaining and dramatic competition. With so many top teams involved, it’s difficult to predict who will come out on top, but fans around the world will eagerly await the opening games in just a few years’ time.