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2017 World Baseball Classic

The 2017 World Baseball Classic (WBC) was an international professional baseball competition, composed of 16 competing nations, held from March 6 to March 22, 2017. It was the fourth iteration of the World Baseball Classic. The first-round hosts were Seoul, Tokyo, Miami and Zapopan. The second-round hosts were Tokyo and San Diego, and the championship round was played in Los Angeles.[1]

2017 World Baseball Classic
Tournament details
Host countries Japan
 Mexico
 South Korea
 United States
Dates March 6–22
Teams16 (from 5 continents)
Defending champions Dominican Republic (2013)
Final positions
Champions
Gold medal world.svg
 United States (1st title)
Runner-up
Silver medal world.svg
 Puerto Rico
Third place
Bronze medal world.svg
 Japan
Fourth place Netherlands
Tournament statistics
Games played40
Attendance1,086,720 (27,168 per game)
Most Valuable PlayerUnited States Marcus Stroman
2013
2021

Twelve of the sixteen competing nations qualified based on their performance during the first round of the 2013 tournament; the remaining four nations are the winners of four qualification tournaments that took place in February, March and September 2016.[2] Two of the four qualifiers, Colombia and Israel, each made their first appearance in the WBC, and both have secured their positions for the 2021 World Baseball Classic.

The Netherlands, Japan, Puerto Rico, and the United States advanced to the championship round. Defending champion Dominican Republic was eliminated in the second round. The United States defeated Puerto Rico to win the championship game, 8–0. Marcus Stroman was named tournament MVP. He made three starts for the U.S. and posted a 2.35 ERA in 15​13 total innings, including six shutout innings in the championship game.

Qualified teamsEdit

The top three teams from each pool of the first round of the 2013 World Baseball Classic automatically qualified.

Team Method of qualification Classic appearance Previous best position WBSC Ranking
  Canada 2013 World Baseball Classic 4th Round 1 8
  China 2013 World Baseball Classic 4th Round 1 18
  Cuba 2013 World Baseball Classic 4th Runners-up (2006) 5
  Dominican Republic 2013 World Baseball Classic 4th Champions (2013) 13
  Italy 2013 World Baseball Classic 4th Round 2 (2013) 11
  Japan 2013 World Baseball Classic 4th Champions (2006, 2009) 1
  Netherlands 2013 World Baseball Classic 4th Fourth place (2013) 9
  Puerto Rico 2013 World Baseball Classic 4th Runners-up (2013) 12
  South Korea 2013 World Baseball Classic 4th Runners-up (2009) 3
  Chinese Taipei 2013 World Baseball Classic 4th Round 2 (2013) 4
  United States 2013 World Baseball Classic 4th Fourth place (2009) 2
  Venezuela 2013 World Baseball Classic 4th Third place (2009) 7
  Australia Qualifier 1 4th Round 1 10
  Mexico Qualifier 2 4th Round 2 (2006, 2009) 6
  Colombia Qualifier 3 1st 19
  Israel Qualifier 4 1st 41

Tournament formatEdit

The first and second rounds of the tournament were played in round-robin format, with each team playing each other team in their pool once, as was the case in 2006. However, in an effort to reduce the likelihood that a team would be eliminated on statistical tiebreakers, the tournament schedule allowed for a seventh game at each pool-play site.

  • If there is a two-way tie for first, since both teams advance, there would be no extra game. The team that won the original game between the teams would be declared the pool winner, and the other team the pool runner-up.
  • If there is a three-way tie for first (all three teams being 2–1, and the last team 0–3), head-to-head results would not help to break the tie. In this case, statistics would determine the first-place team, and the other two would play to determine the pool runner-up.
  • If there is a three-way tie for second (all three teams being 1–2, and the first team 3–0), statistics would determine the top two teams who would then play to determine the pool runner-up. The team ranked worst on the calculation would be eliminated.

In either of the latter cases, the statistics used to rank the tied teams were:

  1. Fewest runs allowed per inning of defense in head-to-head games
  2. Fewest earned runs allowed per inning of defense in head-to-head games
  3. Highest batting average in head-to-head games
  4. Drawing of lots[3][4]

RostersEdit

VenuesEdit

Six stadiums were used during the main tournament:

Pool A Pools B & E Pool C
  Seoul, South Korea   Tokyo, Japan   Miami, United States
Gocheok Sky Dome Tokyo Dome Marlins Park
Capacity: 16,813 Capacity: 42,000 Capacity: 36,742
     
Pool D Pool F Championship
  Zapopan, Mexico   San Diego, United States   Los Angeles, United States
Estadio Charros de Jalisco Petco Park Dodger Stadium
Capacity: 16,000 Capacity: 40,162 Capacity: 56,000
     

Pools compositionEdit

Pool A Pool B Pool C Pool D
  South Korea   Japan   United States   Mexico
  Chinese Taipei   Australia   Canada   Italy
  Netherlands   China   Colombia   Puerto Rico
  Israel   Cuba   Dominican Republic   Venezuela

First roundEdit

Advanced to Second Round and qualified for 2021 World Baseball Classic
Eliminated, but qualified for 2021 World Baseball Classic
Eliminated, must qualify for 2021 World Baseball Classic

Pool AEdit

Rk
Team
W L HTH RA IPD RA/IPD TG
1   Israel 3 0
2   Netherlands 2 1
3   South Korea 1 2
4   Chinese Taipei 0 3

NOTE: Tiebreaker notes: HTH − Head-to-head. RA − Runs against. IPD − Innings the team pitched. RA/IPD − The index of RA/IPD. TG − Tiebreaker game.

Date Local Time Road Team Score Home Team Inn. Venue Game Time Attendance Boxscore
Mar 6, 2017 18:30 Israel   2–1   South Korea 10 Gocheok Sky Dome 4:11 15,470 Boxscore
Mar 7, 2017 12:00 Israel   15–7   Chinese Taipei   Gocheok Sky Dome 3:54 3,287 Boxscore
Mar 7, 2017 18:30 South Korea   0–5   Netherlands   Gocheok Sky Dome 3:03 15,184 Boxscore
Mar 8, 2017 18:30 Chinese Taipei   5–6   Netherlands   Gocheok Sky Dome 3:21 3,606 Boxscore
Mar 9, 2017 12:00 Netherlands   2–4   Israel   Gocheok Sky Dome 3:12 2,739 Boxscore
Mar 9, 2017 18:30 South Korea   11–8   Chinese Taipei 10 Gocheok Sky Dome 4:40 12,000 Boxscore

Pool A of the First Round of the 2017 World Baseball Classic was held at Gocheok Sky Dome, Seoul, South Korea from March 6 to 10, 2017, between Team Israel, the Netherlands, South Korea, and Taiwan. Pool A was a round-robin tournament. Prior to the start of the tournament, ESPN considered Team Israel, ranked 41st in the world, to be the biggest underdog in the tournament, referring to them as the "Jamaican bobsled team of the WBC".[5][6]

Team Israel (3–0) and Team Netherlands (2–1) qualified for the second round, in Japan.[7] Israel became the first baseball team to go undefeated in the first round of the WBC’s main draw after entering the main draw by winning in a qualifying round.[8][9] In what NBC reported was thought to be the tallest batter-pitcher matchup in baseball history, the Dutch team’s 7-foot-1-inch (2.16 m) Loek van Mil walked Israel's 6-foot-8-inch (2.03 m) Nate Freiman.[10] Israel's catcher, Ryan Lavarnway, was named Pool A MVP, after going 5-for-9 (.556/.692/.889), with four walks, a home run, and three RBIs.[11][12]

Pool BEdit

Rk
Team
W L HTH RA IPD RA/IPD TG
1   Japan 3 0
2   Cuba 2 1
3   Australia 1 2
4   China 0 3

NOTE: Tiebreaker notes: HTH − Head-to-head. RA − Runs against. IPD − Innings the team pitched. RA/IPD − The index of RA/IPD. TG − Tiebreaker game.

Date Local Time Road Team Score Home Team Inn. Venue Game Time Attendance Boxscore
Mar 7, 2017 19:00 Cuba   6–11   Japan   Tokyo Dome 3:56 44,908 Boxscore
Mar 8, 2017 12:00 China   0–6   Cuba   Tokyo Dome 3:14 39,102 Boxscore
Mar 8, 2017 19:00 Japan   4–1   Australia   Tokyo Dome 3:18 41,408 Boxscore
Mar 9, 2017 19:00 Australia   11–0   China 8 Tokyo Dome 2:59 3,013 Boxscore
Mar 10, 2017 12:00 Australia   3–4   Cuba   Tokyo Dome 3:36 38,050 Boxscore
Mar 10, 2017 19:00 China   1–7   Japan   Tokyo Dome 2:41 40,053 Boxscore

Two-time champion Japan concluded Pool B with a 3–0 record, whereas China lost all three games and must now qualify for the 2021 World Baseball Classic. Cuba defeated Australia to advance to the second round.[13] In the first round, after batting .364, Japanese outfielder Yoshitomo Tsutsugoh was named the Pool B MVP.[14]

Pool CEdit

Rk
Team
W L HTH RA IPD RA/IPD TG
1   Dominican Republic 3 0
2   United States 2 1
3   Colombia 1 2
4   Canada 0 3

NOTE: Tiebreaker notes: HTH − Head-to-head. RA − Runs against. IPD − Innings the team pitched. RA/IPD − The index of RA/IPD. TG − Tiebreaker game.

Date Local Time Road Team Score Home Team Inn. Venue Game Time Attendance Boxscore
Mar 9, 2017 18:00 Canada   2–9   Dominican Republic   Marlins Park 3:14 27,388 Boxscore
Mar 10, 2017 18:00 Colombia   2–3   United States 10 Marlins Park 3:25 22,580 Boxscore
Mar 11, 2017 12:00 Colombia   4–1   Canada   Marlins Park 2:54 17,209 Boxscore
Mar 11, 2017 18:30 United States   5–7   Dominican Republic   Marlins Park 3:38 37,446 Boxscore
Mar 12, 2017 12:30 Dominican Republic   10–3   Colombia 11 Marlins Park 4:44 36,952 Boxscore
Mar 12, 2017 19:00 Canada   0–8   United States   Marlins Park 3:01 22,303 Boxscore

After falling behind 5–0 in the sixth inning, Dominican Republic rallied to defeat the U.S. 7–5 in their second game. On the last day of the pool, Colombia tied their game against Dominican Republic 3–3 in the eighth on a Jorge Alfaro home run, and had a chance to win in the ninth inning, but Oscar Mercado was called out at home trying to score on a sacrifice fly. The game continued into extra innings, where Dominican Republic scored 7 runs in the 11th to win and finish the pool undefeated. The U.S. then took an early lead on Canada, winning 8–0 to claim the second berth in San Diego. While debutants Colombia secured their position for the upcoming 2021 World Baseball Classic, Canada's fourth-place performance meant that they will now have go to the qualifiers in order to try and make their fifth appearance in the WBC, in 2021. Manny Machado of the Dominican Republic was named MVP for the first-round Pool C bracket of the WBC, after batting .357.[15]

Pool DEdit

Rk
Team
W L HTH RA IPD RA/IPD TG
1   Puerto Rico 3 0
2   Venezuela 2 2 1−1 21 19.0 1.105 W
3   Italy 1 3 1−1 20 19.0 1.053 L
4   Mexico 1 2 1−1 19 17.0 1.117

NOTE: Tiebreaker notes: HTH − Head-to-head. RA − Runs against. IPD − Innings the team pitched. RA/IPD − The index of RA/IPD. TG − Tiebreaker game.

Date Local Time Road Team Score Home Team Inn. Venue Game Time Attendance Boxscore
Mar 9, 2017 20:00 Mexico   9–10   Italy   Estadio Charros de Jalisco 3:39 14,296 Boxscore
Mar 10, 2017 20:00 Venezuela   0–11   Puerto Rico 7 Estadio Charros de Jalisco 2:43 14,806 Boxscore
Mar 11, 2017 14:00 Venezuela   11–10   Italy 10 Estadio Charros de Jalisco 4:43 12,187 Boxscore
Mar 11, 2017 20:30 Puerto Rico   9–4   Mexico   Estadio Charros de Jalisco 3:40 15,647 Boxscore
Mar 12, 2017 13:30 Italy   3–9   Puerto Rico   Estadio Charros de Jalisco 2:42 11,924 Boxscore
Mar 12, 2017 20:00 Mexico   11–9   Venezuela   Estadio Charros de Jalisco 4:44 15,489 Boxscore
Tiebreaker game
Date Local Time Road Team Score Home Team Inn. Venue Game Time Attendance Boxscore
Mar 13, 2017 19:00 Venezuela   4–3   Italy   Estadio Charros de Jalisco 3:26 1,783 Boxscore

While Puerto Rico cruised in all three of its games, the fight for the other three places was extremely tight. Italy scored 5 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to shock Mexico in the first game, then lost an extra-inning slugfest against Venezuela. In the final game, Mexico defeated Venezuela in another slugfest and thought they had scored enough runs to advance on tiebreakers,[16] though this turned out not to be the case.

The first tiebreaker criterion is fewest runs allowed per defensive inning played (RA/IPD) in the games among the tied teams. Although Mexico allowed the fewest runs in those games (19, to Italy's 20, and Venezuela's 21), Mexico played fewer defensive innings (17, while the other two teams had 19) and thus had the highest average RA/IPD (1.117, to Italy's 1.053 and Venezuela's 1.105). This occurred for two reasons: the Italy-Venezuela game went 10 innings, and Mexico was the road team while losing to Italy. In fact, the Mexico-Italy game did go into the bottom of the 9th, in which Italy scored runs that were charged against Mexico but Mexico failed to record an out. There was confusion during and after the Mexico-Venezuela game, with an initial calculation showing that Mexico had advanced. Mexico filed a formal protest of its elimination, but the protest was denied.[16][17]

As specified in the rules, Mexico was eliminated by the tiebreaker calculation (and must now qualify for the 2021 World Baseball Classic) and a tiebreaker game was played between Italy and Venezuela, which Venezuela won with a 9th-inning rally.

Second roundEdit

Advanced to Semifinals
Eliminated

Pool EEdit

Rk
Team
W L HTH RA IPD RA/IPD TG
1   Japan 3 0
2   Netherlands 2 1
3   Israel 1 2
4   Cuba 0 3

NOTE: Tiebreaker notes: HTH − Head-to-head. RA − Runs against. IPD − Innings the team pitched. RA/IPD − The index of RA/IPD. TG − Tiebreaker game.

Date Local Time Road Team Score Home Team Inn. Venue Game Time Attendance Boxscore
Mar 12, 2017 12:00 Cuba   1–4   Israel   Tokyo Dome 3:14 43,153 Boxscore
Mar 12, 2017 19:00 Japan   8–6   Netherlands 11 Tokyo Dome 4:46 44,326 Boxscore
Mar 13, 2017 19:00 Netherlands   12–2   Israel 8 Tokyo Dome 3:04 5,017 Boxscore
Mar 14, 2017 19:00 Cuba   5–8   Japan   Tokyo Dome 3:25 32,717 Boxscore
Mar 15, 2017 12:00 Netherlands   14–1   Cuba 7 Tokyo Dome 2:19 40,680 Boxscore
Mar 15, 2017 19:00 Israel   3–8   Japan   Tokyo Dome 3:28 43,179 Boxscore

Undefeated Japan (3–0) and the Netherlands (2–1) advanced to the semi-final round, as Israel (1–2) came in third, and Cuba (0–3) fourth.[18]

Pool FEdit

Rk
Team
W L HTH RA IPD RA/IPD TG
1   Puerto Rico 3 0
2   United States 2 1
3   Dominican Republic 1 2
4   Venezuela 0 3

NOTE: Tiebreaker notes: HTH − Head-to-head. RA − Runs against. IPD − Innings the team pitched. RA/IPD − The index of RA/IPD. TG − Tiebreaker game.

Date Local Time Road Team Score Home Team Inn. Venue Game Time Attendance Boxscore
Mar 14, 2017 18:00 Dominican Republic   1−3   Puerto Rico   Petco Park 3:16 16,637 Boxscore
Mar 15, 2017 18:00 Venezuela   2−4   United States   Petco Park 3:13 16,635 Boxscore
Mar 16, 2017 19:00 Venezuela   0−3   Dominican Republic   Petco Park 4:05 16,390 Boxscore
Mar 17, 2017 19:00 United States   5−6   Puerto Rico   Petco Park 3:09 32,463 Boxscore
Mar 18, 2017 12:30 Puerto Rico   13−2   Venezuela   Petco Park 3:24 20,778 Boxscore
Mar 18, 2017 19:00 United States   6−3   Dominican Republic   Petco Park 3:40 43,002 Boxscore

Pool F started with Puerto Rico handing the Dominican Republic its first loss since the 2009 World Baseball Classic. Puerto Rico ended Pool F still undefeated and Venezuela was eliminated, going 0–3. The final game of the pool was a rematch between the United States and Dominican Republic to advance to the championship round. The DR took an early 2–0 lead in the first inning, but the United States came back to win 6–3 to eliminate the defending champions.

Championship roundEdit

Semifinals Final
      
ER   Netherlands 3
FW   Puerto Rico 4
SF1W   Puerto Rico 0
SF2W   United States 8
FR   United States 2
EW   Japan 1

SemifinalsEdit

Date Local Time Road Team Score Home Team Inn. Venue Game Time Attendance Boxscore
Mar 20, 2017 18:00 Netherlands   3–4   Puerto Rico 11 Dodger Stadium 4:19 24,865 Boxscore
Mar 21, 2017 18:00 United States   2–1   Japan   Dodger Stadium 3:12 33,462 Boxscore

FinalEdit

Date Local Time Road Team Score Home Team Inn. Venue Game Time Attendance Boxscore
Mar 22, 2017 18:00 United States   8–0   Puerto Rico   Dodger Stadium 3:30 51,565 Boxscore

Final standingsEdit

Organizer WBCI[who?] had no interest in the final standings so did not compute them. Instead, they were calculated by WBSC for inclusion in the WBSC Men's Baseball World Rankings system.[19]

In the final standings, ties were to be broken in the following order of priority:

  1. The team with the highest Team's Quality Balance (TQB=(RS/IPO)–(RA/IPD)) in all games;
  2. The team with the highest Earned Runs Team's Quality Balance (ER–TQB=(ERS/IPO)–(ERA/IPD)) in all games;
  3. The team with the highest batting average (AVG) in all games;

2017 All-World Baseball Classic teamEdit

AttendanceEdit

973,699 (avg. 24,342; pct. 72.3%)

First roundEdit

508,830 (avg. 20,353; pct. 74.3%)

  • Pool A – 52,286 (avg. 8,714; pct. 51.9%)
  • Pool B – 206,534 (avg. 34,422; pct. 82.0%)
  • Pool C – 163,878 (avg. 27,313; pct. 74.3%)
  • Pool D – 86,132 (avg. 12,305; pct. 76.9%)

Second roundEdit

354,977 (avg. 29,581; pct. 72.0%)

  • Pool E – 209,072 (avg. 34,845; pct. 83.0%)
  • Pool F – 145,905 (avg. 24,318; pct. 60.5%)

Championship roundEdit

109,892 (avg. 36,631; pct. 65.4%)

  • Semifinals – 58,327 (avg. 29,164; pct. 52.1%)
  • Final – 51,565 (avg. 51,565; pct. 92.1%)

Statistics leadersEdit

Most Valuable PlayersEdit

First roundEdit

Second roundEdit

Championship roundEdit

BroadcastingEdit

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