Marlins Park to Host Multiple Games, Including Final, of 2021 World Baseball Classic

For the third straight time, Marlins Park will host games as part of the 2021 World Baseball Classic – but for the first time, the Little Havana ballpark will be the site where a champion will be crowned.

Sites and dates were announced Tuesday for the fifth installment of the event, with the home of the Miami Marlins named as a host of all three phases of the tournament – the first time a single venue has had that distinction.

Marlins Park will host the games from Pool D on March 14-18 followed by quarterfinals on March 19 and 20th followed by the championship round on March 21st through the 23rd.

"It doesn’t have any impact on our team. The impact, we hope, is that you want to get baseball fans in here, in the building, come out, enjoy the game, and ultimately come out and support our team as well," Marlins CEO Derek Jeter said.

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The stadium hosted the tournament in 2017 – featuring pool play games including the United States, Colombia and the Dominican Republic – as well as games in 2013 that included the United States, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

The Marlins' former home, Hard Rock Stadium, hosted games during the 2009 tournament.

16 countries have qualified for the 2021 edition, including teams such as the United States, Colombia, Cuba and Venezuela, with four more spots open as the tournament expands to 20 qualifiers for the first time.

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Americas qualifier for U-23 Baseball World Cup set to open in Nicaragua, Honduras

The Americas Qualifier for the WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup 2020 is set to open today (Friday, 21 February) in the Central American countries of Nicaragua and Honduras.

Group A in Managua, Nicaragua: World No. 15 Nicaragua, No. 9 Venezuela, No. 10 Dominican Republic, No. 22 Brazil, No. 43 Peru and No. 65 El Salvador.

Group B in Tegucigalpa, Honduras: World No. 54 Honduras, No. 8 Cuba, No. 13 Panama, No. 14 Colombia, No. 24 Argentina and No. 59 Guatemala.

How to Watch

Games will be live-streamed by Béisbol de América, the official YouTube channel of the Pan-American Baseball Confederation (COPABE) and WBSC’s GameTime Sport YouTube channel.

The match between the Dominican Republic and Venezuela will start Group A action at 10:00 a.m. local time at Dennis Martinez Stadium in Managua.

The other games scheduled on Day 1 in Managua are (all times local):

2 pm: Brazil vs El Salvador at Estadio Nacional
6 pm: Peru vs Nicaragua at Dennis Martinez Stadium

Group B in Honduras kicks off with Colombia and Guatemala at 9 a.m. local time at Hector Sosa Stadium in Tegucigalpa.

The other Group B games scheduled on Day 1 are:

2 pm: Cuba vs Panama at Hector Sosa Stadium
7 pm: Honduras vs Argentina at Hector Sosa Stadium

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U-23 Baseball World Cup: Argentina ready for Americas qualifier

Manager Gabriel Sansò selected 23 players, all with experience at the top national level.

After try-outs in Salta, in the north of the country, manager Gabriel Sansò has selected 23 players to represent Argentina in the WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup 2020 Americas Qualifier.

The players are: Augustin Borrino, Felipe Britos, Zimba Cadiz, Mannuk Cadiz, Thomas Cuenca, Pedro Figuera, Kevin Riello, Franco Villasanti, David Walitsky, Tomas Bressan, Juan Elorza, Benjamin Pardo, Elian Sanchez, Martin Cruz, Tomas Almaraz, Nicolas Alvarado, Franco Arce, Augustin Avila, Facundo Flores, Matias Perez, Bautista Ramon, Lucas Ramon, Matias Silvera.

The rest of the coaching staff includes Eduardo Capdevilla, Pablo Leone, Federico Bisbal and Marcelo Alfonsin.

Gabriel Sansò believes his team is well prepared: "The programme is the same as the main National Team, so these players had a chance to go through four very good days of work. These kids represent the future of baseball in Argentina. They are all competing at the top national level. Some, like pitcher Kevin Riello (pictured above) are already part of the main National Team."

The 12-team continental tournament will qualify three National Teams for the U-23 World Cup. It is scheduled from 21 February to 1 March and is being co-hosted in Nicaragua and Honduras.

World No, 24 Argentina will compete in group B in Tegucigalpa, Honduras against the hosts, and world No. 54, Honduras, No. 8 Cuba, No. 13 Panama, No. 14 Colombia and No. 59 Guatemala.

World No. 15 Nicaragua, No. 9 Venezuela, No. 10 Dominican Republic, No. 22 Brazil, No. 43 Peru and No. 65 El Salvador will play in group A in Managua, Nicaragua.

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U-23 Baseball World Cup 2020: Americas Qualifier schedule revealed

The Opening Round will be played in Nicaragua and Honduras from 21 to 25 February. Nicaragua will host the Super Round and Finals from 27 February to 1 March. Three nations from the Americas will advance to the U-23 World Cup in Mexico this October.

The Pan American Baseball Federation (COPABE) revealed the groups and schedule of the WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup 2020 Americas Qualifier. The 12-team continental tournament, where the top three nations will qualify for the U-23 World Cup, is scheduled from 21 February to 1 March and is being co-hosted in Nicaragua and Honduras.

  • Group A in Managua, Nicaragua: World No. 15 Nicaragua, No. 9 Venezuela, No. 10 Dominican Republic, No. 22 Brazil, No. 43 Peru and No. 65 El Salvador.
  • Group B in Tegucigalpa, Honduras: World No. 54 Honduras, No. 8 Cuba, No. 13 Panama, No. 14 Colombia, No. 24 Argentina and No. 59 Guatemala.

OPENING ROUND SCHEDULE

Friday, 21 February

Dominican Republic-Venezuela
Brazil-El Salvador
Peru-Nicaragua
Colombia-Guatemala
Cuba-Panama
Honduras-Argentina

Saturday, 22 February

Venezuela-Brazil
Peru-El Salvador
Nicaragua-Dominican Republic
Guatemala-Cuba
Argentina-Colombia
Panama-Honduras

Sunday, 23 February

El Salvador-Venezuela
Dominican Republic-Peru
Brazil-Nicaragua
Cuba-Colombia
Argentina-Panama
Honduras-Guatemala

Monday, 24 February

El Salvador-Dominican Republic
Brazil-Peru
Nicaragua-Venezuela
Cuba-Argentina
Guatemala-Panama
Colombia-Honduras

Tuesday, 25 February

Dominican Republic-Brazil
Venezuela-Peru
Nicaragua-El Salvador
Argentina-Guatemala
Panama-Colombia
Honduras-Cuba

SUPER ROUND

The Super Round between the top three finishers of each group is scheduled for 27-29 February, in Managua, Nicaragua. The top two teams in the final Super Round standings will compete for the Pan-American U-23 Title and will advance to the WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup. The winner of the bronze medal game will claim the 12th and final spot in the WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup. The Finals will take place at Dennis Martinez Stadium on Sunday, 1 March.

The III WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup is scheduled from 2 to 11 October in Mexico, while the host cities have yet to be awarded.

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Olympics: Groups, schedule announced for Americas baseball qualifier in Arizona

• The eight-team tournament will be played in Surprise and Tempe

• Group play is scheduled from 22 -24 March, with the Super Round 25-26 March

• Winner will advance to the Tokyo 2020 Games • 2nd and 3rd Place teams will play in the final Olympic qualifier in Taiwan

The World Baseball Softball Confederation today announced the groups, schedule and location of the WBSC Baseball Americas Qualification Event for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020. Hosted by USA Baseball, the qualifier will be staged in Surprise and Tempe, Arizona, USA, where eight nations will compete for an Olympic spot over 16 games.

Group A: No. 2 USA, No. 10 Dominican Republic, No. 11 Puerto Rico and No. 15 Nicaragua.

Group B: No. 8 Cuba, No. 9 Venezuela, No. 12 Canada and No. 14 Colombia.

Game Schedule (all times local)

Sunday, 22 March-Surprise

1 pm Puerto Rico-Dominican Republic
7 pm USA-Nicaragua

Sunday, 22 March-Tempe

1 pm Venezuela-Cuba
7 pm Colombia-Canada

Monday, 23 March-Surprise

1 pm Colombia-Venezuela
7 pm Canada-Cuba

Monday, 23 March-Tempe

1 pm Nicaragua-Puerto Rico
7 pm Dominican Republic-USA

Tuesday, 24 March-Surprise

1 pm Nicaragua-Dominican Republic
7 pm Puerto Rico-USA

Tuesday, 24 March-Tempe

1 pm Canada-Venezuela
7 pm Cuba-Colombia

After group play concludes, the top two finishers from each group will advance to the Super Round, where they will each play two games. Head-to-head contests among these teams from the opening round will carry over into the Super Round standings.

The team with the best Super Round record will be declared the winner and become the fifth National Team to advance to the baseball tournament of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, joining world No. 1 Japan, No. 3 Korea, No. 5 Mexico and No. 18 Israel.

The runner-up and the third-place team in the Americas Qualifier will play the Final Qualifier, scheduled from 1 to 5 April in Taichung and Douliou City, Taiwan. They will battle for the last spot in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, along with No. 4 Chinese Taipei and No. 20 China, who both qualified through the Asia Championship, the runner-up from the Europe/Africa Qualifier, No. 8 Netherlands, and No. 7 Australia, the Oceania representative.

Venues

Surprise, Arizona, is located approximately 45 minutes northwest of downtown Phoenix. The stadium (cover picture) is the Spring Training home of the Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers. It opened in 2002 and has a seating capacity of 10,714. Surprise Stadium was rated as the top Spring Training facility in Arizona by USA Today.

Diablo Stadium -- located in Tempe, in the East Valley of the Phoenix Metropolitan Area -- is the Spring Training home of the Los Angeles Angels. The 9,558-seat facility opened in 1969 and was renovated in 2002.

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WBSC award Lima hosting rights to first-ever Under-18 Women's Softball World Cup

Peru's capital Lima has been awarded hosting rights for the first-ever edition of the Under-18 Women's Softball World Cup, due to take place next year.

The event will be held at the Villa María del Triunfo Sports Complex, the venue for softball competition at this year's Pan American Games, from August 21 to 30 and feature the world's best players from 16 countries.

It marks the first time a Softball World Cup will be staged in Latin America since 2012, when the under-19 men's version was hosted by Argentina.

"WBSC is very happy with the awarding of the Under-18 Women's Softball World Cup to Peru," Tommy Velazquez, chairman of the WBSC Softball Division, said.

"After the amazing softball success at the Pan American Games Lima 2019, we're very proud to continue building the legacy of this event, awarding Peru the hosting rights of one of the most important international softball events in the world."

A total of 12 teams have secured participation so far.

The five teams from the Americas are Canada, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico and the United States, while the three from Asia are China, Chinese Taipei and Japan. 

The three from Europe are Czech Republic, Italy and The Netherlands.

Japan are among the 12 teams to have already secured participation at the 2020 Under-18 Women's Softball World Cup ©WBSC
Japan are among the 12 teams to have already secured participation at the 2020 Under-18 Women's Softball World Cup ©WBSC

The WBSC Softball Division Board has awarded the wild card to the Philippines, fourth-place finishers at the Under-17 Women's Softball Asia Cup earlier this month.

Two teams from Africa and Oceania are still to be determined.

The Under-18 Women's Softball Regional Qualification Event is scheduled for Australia's capital Canberra on February 15 and 16.

The Under-18 Women's Softball World Cup was created to replace the Under-19 Women's Softball World Cup.

The last edition of the old event was held in Irvine, California, in August.

Hosts the US beat Japan 4-3 in eight innings to claim their third consecutive world title in the category.

They also defeated Japan in the 2015 and 2017 finals.

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WBSC draw confirms groups, schedules for Baseball Americas Qualifier, Last Baseball Qualifier

The winners of the Baseball Americas Qualifier and the Baseball Last Qualifier will join Japan (host team), Israel (Europe/Africa), Mexico (Premier12) and Korea (Premier12) in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games baseball competition.

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today revealed the groups and schedule for the Baseball Americas Olympic Qualifier, and the schedule of the Baseball Last Qualifier, following a live draw conducted at Hotel Agora Regency Sakai, in Sakai, Japan, on the eve of the 3rd WBSC Congress.

“After today’s draw, all the teams know their Road to Tokyo 2020,” said WBSC Secretary General Beng Choo Low. “The excitement and expectation for the historic baseball return to the Olympic Games will escalate with these two qualifiers, setting the table for an unforgettable baseball event in Tokyo 2020.”

WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier

Group A: No. 2 USA, No. 11 Puerto Rico, No. 12 Dominican Republic, No. 15 Nicaragua

Group B: No. 5 Cuba, No. 9 Venezuela, No. 10 Canada, No. 14 Colombia

The WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier will be held in Arizona, USA, from 22-26 March.

The 12-game Opening Round will be played from 22-24 March, and the top two teams of each group will advance to the Super Round carrying the result of the game played between each other. The top National Team in the tournament final standings will gain a berth for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Baseball Last Qualifier

The WBSC also announced the schedule of games of the six-team WBSC Baseball Last Qualifier, to be held in Taichung, Taiwan, from 1-5 April.

World No. 4 Chinese Taipei, No. 8 Netherlands, No. 20 China, the top finisher of the Oceania Pre Qualifier and second and third place of the Americas Qualifier will play a single round robin for the final spot in the Olympic Games.

The winners of the Baseball Americas Qualifier and the Baseball Last Qualifier will join Japan (host team), Israel (Europe/Africa), Mexico (Premier12) and Korea (Premier12) in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games baseball competition.

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WBSC and Japan Baseball leaders applaud Premier12 and its growth of international baseball

“Premier12 is extremely important to international baseball, providing the opportunity for teams to compete in a high-level, international event,” said Mr Masatake Yamanaka, President of the Baseball Federation of Japan."

World Baseball and Softball Confederation President Riccardo Fraccari and President of the Baseball Federation of Japan Masatake Yamanaka have lauded the success of the WBSC Premier12 and baseball in Japan overall.

With two days of the WBSC Premier12 Super Round left to play before the medal matches on Sunday, Mr Fraccari and Mr Yamanaka were in agreement about how important the Premier12 is for international baseball and the growth of the sport around the world.

“Premier12 is extremely important to international baseball, providing the opportunity for teams to compete in a high-level, international event,” said Mr Masatake Yamanaka, President of the Baseball Federation of Japan. “As the Sports Director of Samurai Japan, I work on player selection and their preparation, but at the same time, together with NPB, we worked with the Tokyo Dome and ZOZO Marine Stadium to make the event very successful and provide a welcoming experience for each team and their fans who are coming here from all over the world.”

“This second edition of the Premier12 is yet another example of the continuous growth of international baseball,” said WBSC President, Riccardo Fraccari. “For this we must also praise the relationship with all professional leagues around the world; without them an event of this level would not be possible. Next summer, our athletes will be once again representing their countries, this time on the highest sport stage, the Olympic Games. The whole global baseball community is excited about it. Japan has been a wonderful home for international baseball this week and we expect to continue to showcase the best of our sport.”

Baseball was introduced in Japan in 1872 by Horace Wilson, an American Teacher at Ichiban Chugaku (now Tokyo University) who presented the game to its students. Since then, baseball has become one of the most iconic and popular activities in Japan. The NPB is Japan's largest professional sports competition in terms of television ratings and spectators, that’s why baseball is expected to be one of the most important events during the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

It is the second time for the WBSC Premier12 to feature in Japan after the 2015 Opening Game and Finals were held here at Sapporo Dome and Tokyo Dome respectively. The top international baseball competition in recent years, the Premier12 is the perfect lead in to what will be the historic return of baseball to the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year.


Efren Navarro: “This is historic for Mexico”

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Clark hit a clutch home run in the ninth inning to tie the game, while Navarro hit the game-winning RBI single in the tenth to send Mexico to the Olympics
Mexico defeated today USA, 3-2, in ten innings in a great team effort. However, the game had two heroes: Matt Clark and Efren Navarro.

“Qualify for the first time for the Olympic Games is historic for Mexico,” said Navarro, who hit the game-winning RBI single in the tenth to send Mexico to the Olympics, during the post-game interview.

“It’s a great honour. I respect a lot USA, they have great prospects that will be soon in the Major Leagues, but tonight was our night.”

“We all grow up dreaming on defending your country and playing in the Olympics. And being the first time for Mexico it’s such an honour for us and for the fans.”

Asked about the game-winning hit, Navarro said: “First we must credit the team. Our pitchers, the lineup, Clark, who homered to keep us in the game. Every at-bat is very important, I just tried to fight, to play for the team and thanks god I could do it.”

“We’re going to the Olympics,” said Clark, who tied the game in the bottom of the ninth with a solo dinger. “You can’t put it in words, is such a great achievement as a country, as players, as coaches… everybody that’s involved back home, the fans. It’s going to be an amazing experience for everybody to be able to go there and show the world what we have.”

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