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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

2017 WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC TEAMS


World Baseball Classic 2017 is the upcoming international baseball competition including 16 teams from the world which have qualified on the basis of performance in WBC 2013 and some have qualified by winning the qualifier matches held in 2016.





2017 World Baseball Classic Teams



AUSTRALIA

Australia has participated in all the editions of World Baseball Classic and has been qualified for World Baseball Classic 2017 but has never qualified for second round in any of the edition of WBC series. In World Baseball Classic 2013 Australia lost both the matches to qualify for the second round against Netherlands and Chinese Taipei by score of 4-1 in both the matches. In World Baseball Classic 2017 edition fans would be expecting a better performance from the players of the team.

CANADA

Canada has qualified in all the editions of World Baseball Classic but has not managed to qualify for the second round of any of the edition i.e. 2006, 2009 and 2013, and would be playing the fourth edition too. In 2013 Canada played against Italy, Mexico and United States. Canada won a single game out of three and was not qualified for the second round. Canada won against Mexico but lost against Italy and United states by 14-4 and 9-4 respectively.

CHINA

China has played all the editions of World Baseball Classic and was eliminated in the first round of every edition of WBC played till yet. In 2013 edition China won a single match against Brazil by score of 5-2 and lost the rest two matches against Cuba and Japan.

CHINESE TAIPEI

Chinese Taipei has been a part of all the editions of World Baseball Classic and also qualified for the fourth edition of WBC. In 2013 Chinese Taipei crossed the first round by winning two matches out of three but was eliminated in the second round as it lost matches against Cuba and Japan.

COLOMBIA

Colombian team is appearing for the first time in World Baseball Classic and qualified for 2017 edition by winning the qualifier matches which were held in February and September 2016.

CUBA

Cuba has participated in all the editions of World Baseball Classic and is ranking 3rd in international baseball federation world rankings. In 2013 Cuba entered the first round by winning all the three games and was eliminated in 2nd round as it lost two matches against Netherlands.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Dominican Republic is the defending champion of World Baseball Classic 2013 and also in 2017 edition Dominican Republic would be strong contender for rest of the teams. In 2013 edition Dominican Republic defeated Puerto Rico in the finals by score of 3-0 and lifted the trophy of WBC 2013.

ISRAEL

Israel is the second team with Colombia which is appearing for the first time in the WBC championship. Israel entered the tournament by winning the qualifier matches which were held in 2016.

ITALY

Italian Baseball team has won back to back European cups of baseball and has been qualifying in every edition of WBC held till date. Italy has qualified for the fourth edition and in 2013 was eliminated in the second round of WBC as Italy lost two matches which were against the finalists of World Baseball Classic 2013.

JAPAN

Japan is the two time defending champions of World Baseball Classic and also the stronger contender to lift the trophy in World Baseball Classic 2017. Japan won first two editions of World Baseball Classic i.e. 2006 and 2009 and lost semifinal in the third edition against Puerto Rico by a score of 3-1. This time in WBC 2017 a tougher competition would be expected from Japan.

SOUTH KOREA

South Korea has been a part of WBC in all of the three editions played till yet and is also qualified to play in the fourth edition of WBC. South Korea was disqualified for the second round as Korea won two of the games but due to less TQB in the points table, Korea was disqualified.

MEXICO

Mexico has been qualified for every edition of WBC and also qualified for WBC 2017. In 2013 Mexico won a single match with a big score but lost the rest of two matches against Italy and Canada therefore was disqualified for the second round of WBC 2013.

NETHERLANDS

Netherlands is a tough competitor in World Baseball Classic Championship and is a part of 16 qualifier teams of World Baseball Classic 2017. In 2013 Netherlands finished at fourth position as it was defeated by Dominican Republic in the semifinals by a score of 4-1.

PUERTO RICO

Puerto Rico the finalist of 2013 edition defeated by Dominican Republic in the finals by a score of 0-3 and finished as first runner up of the World Baseball Classic 2013. Puerto Rico would be expected to give a tougher competition to rest of the teams.

UNITED STATES

United States has participated in all the editions of World Baseball Classic and is qualified for the next edition to be played. In 2013 United States was eliminated in the second round as it was defeated by the finalists of World Baseball Classic 2013 i.e. Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

VENEZUELA


Venezuela finished at third position in the second edition of World Baseball Classic held in 2009 and has qualified for the fourth edition to be played in 2017. In 2013 Venezuela was eliminated in the first round as Venezuela lost the matches against Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. 

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