2013 World Baseball Classic

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2013 World Baseball Classic
Tournament details
Host countries  Japan
 Puerto Rico
 Taiwan
 United States
Dates March 2–19
Teams 16 (from 5 continents)
Defending champions  Japan (2009)
Final positions
Champions
Gold medal world.svg
 Dominican Republic (1st title)
Runner-up
Silver medal world.svg
 Puerto Rico
Third place
Bronze medal world.svg
 Japan
Fourth place  Netherlands
Tournament statistics
Games played 39
Attendance 781,438 (20,037 per game)
Most Valuable Player Dominican Republic Robinson Canó
2009
2017

The 2013 World Baseball Classic (WBC) was an international professional baseball competition, held from March 2, to March 19, 2013. This was the third iteration of the WBC, following the two previous tournaments, held in 2006 and 2009.

Unlike the two previous WBCs, which consisted of the same sixteen countries, only the twelve countries that won at least one game in the 2009 WBC were guaranteed a berth in the main tournament.[1] The automatic qualifiers were Australia, China, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Puerto Rico, South Korea, the United States, and Venezuela. Four qualification brackets were held in late 2012 and respectively won by Canada, Taiwan, Spain, and Brazil, who joined the WBC as the final four teams.

As in the 2006 tournament, the first round had a round-robin format, which led to South Korea being eliminated on a run difference tiebreaker. Venezuela also failed to advance out of a tough group. The fourth-place teams in each group – Brazil, Australia, Spain, and Mexico – will have to participate in the qualifying round in order to return for the 2017 tournament.

The second round was a modified double-elimination bracket, as in the 2009 tournament, where the modification was that the final game of each bracket was winner-take-all, even if won by the team emerging from the loser's bracket, although that game only affected seeding as two teams advanced from each bracket. The Netherlands improved on its surprising 2009 run by advancing to the semifinal game, as did two-time defending champion Japan. In the final game, the Dominican Republic defeated Puerto Rico to become the first WBC champion from the Western Hemisphere, as well as the first team to complete the WBC with an undefeated record. Robinson Canó was named the Most Valuable Player of the Classic.[2]

Revenue–sharing dispute[edit]

The preparations for the third World Baseball Classic were complicated by a dispute between the Japanese Professional Baseball Players Association (JPBPA), the union for all Nippon Professional Baseball players, and MLB over revenue sharing. JPBPA demanded a larger share of advertising and merchandise sponsorship revenue for the tournament, a large chunk of which came from Japanese companies. MLB resisted the move in part due to the fact that the World Baseball Classic is a joint production of MLB and the MLB Player's Association, meaning that those two organizations bore the cost of the tournament.

In July 2012 the JPBPA voted unanimously to boycott the 2013 World Baseball Classic.[3][4] The move was interpreted by some news outlets as a non-final decision, aimed at raising the pressure on MLB.[5][6] In September 2012, Japanese players agreed to take part after reaching a compromise with tournament organizers on sharing sponsorship and licensing revenue.[7]

Qualification[edit]

Although the 2006 and 2009 editions of the World Baseball Classic were contested by the same pre-selected field of 16 teams, for the 2013 tournament only the 12 teams that won at least one game in 2009 were guaranteed a berth in the main tournament. The automatic qualifiers were Australia, China, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Puerto Rico, South Korea, the United States, and Venezuela.

The other four teams from the 2009 tournament (Canada, Taiwan, Panama, and South Africa) contested a qualifying round in late 2012, along with 12 additional teams invited by the International Baseball Federation (IBAF).[8] The qualifying round was organized as four independent modified double-elimination tournaments.[1] The modification was that the final game was winner-take-all, even if won by the team emerging from the loser's bracket. Although this modified double-elimination format was used in some rounds of the 2009 World Baseball Classic, in that tournament the final game was only for seeding and never for elimination. As practiced in the 2013 qualifiers, the team emerging from the winner's bracket might be eliminated from the tournament despite losing only one game (as, in fact, happened to Israel in Qualifier 1).

The composition of the qualifying pools was determined based on geographical location, competitive balance, and regional rivalries.[8] In Qualifier 1, South Africa took on France, Israel, and Spain, with the games taking place in Jupiter, Florida, United States. In Qualifier 2, Canada took on the Czech Republic, Germany, and Great Britain, with the games taking place in Regensburg, Germany. In Qualifier 3, Panama took on Brazil, Colombia, and Nicaragua, with the games taking place in Panama City, Panama. In Qualifier 4, Taiwan took on New Zealand, the Philippines, and Thailand, with the games taking place in New Taipei City, Taiwan.[9]

Canada and Taiwan dominated Qualifiers 2 and 4 (respectively) to advance easily. In Qualifier 1, South Africa was eliminated in the second round, and Spain narrowly defeated Israel to advance to the main tournament. In Qualifier 3, Brazil narrowly defeated Panama to earn the final berth in the main tournament.

Major League players[edit]

Under WBC rules, non-Israeli players of Jewish ancestry were eligible to play for Israel, and Major League All Stars first baseman Kevin Youkilis, second baseman Ian Kinsler, and outfielder Ryan Braun (whose father is Israeli)[10][11][12] expressed a desire to do so. However, Qualifier 1 took place in September, during the MLB season, precluding the participation of those major league players as well as Jewish major leaguers catcher Ryan Lavarnway, first baseman Ike Davis, third baseman Danny Valencia, outfielders Sam Fuld and Ryan Kalish, and pitchers Jason Marquis, Scott Feldman, Craig Breslow, and John Grabow.[1][13][14][15][16] Without its Major Leaguers, Israel, coached by former major league All Star Brad Ausmus, was evenly matched with Spain. It narrowly failed to qualify for the main tournament despite 4 home runs in 12 at-bats from minor league first baseman Nate Freiman.

Canada similarly was unable to utilize its Major League players, including Joey Votto and Justin Morneau, as Qualifier 2 also took place in September. However, Canada easily qualified anyway. They were led by minor league first baseman Jimmy Van Ostrand (.538; 10 RBIs in 13 at-bats).

By contrast, all four teams in Qualifier 3 boasted Major League players, as it took place in November and did not conflict with the MLB season. Panama had five established Major Leaguers, and Nicaragua two.[17] However, Brazil won the qualifier despite playing only one Major Leaguer, rookie Yan Gomes.

Although Qualifier 4 also took place in November, Taiwan did not play its available Major Leaguers, but easily qualified anyway.

List of qualified teams[edit]

Confederation Qualifier(s) Qualified team(s)
BCO (Oceania) 2009 World Baseball Classic  Australia
BFA (Asia) 2009 World Baseball Classic  China
 Japan
 South Korea
Qualifier 4  Chinese Taipei
CEB (Europe) 2009 World Baseball Classic  Italy
 Netherlands
Qualifier 1  Spain
COPABE (Americas) 2009 World Baseball Classic  Cuba
 Dominican Republic
 Mexico
 Puerto Rico
 United States
 Venezuela
Qualifier 2
Qualifier 3
 Canada
 Brazil

Format[edit]

In the first round, each team played the other three teams in its pool once. Teams were ranked by winning percentage in the first round, with the top two teams in each pool advancing to second round. There, the teams from Pools A and B (in Pool 1) and the teams from Pools C and D (in Pool 2) competed in a double-elimination format.

The top two teams in each pool of second round entered a four-team single-elimination semifinals. The four qualifying teams crossed over for the semifinals, with the winner of each pool playing against the runner-up from the other pool.

In the final, the team with the higher winning percentage of games in the tournament were to be the home team. If the teams competing in the final had identical winning percentages in the tournament, then World Baseball Classic, Inc. (WBCI) would conduct a coin flip or draw to determine the home team.

In the first round, ties were to be broken in the following order of priority:[18]

  1. The winner of head-to-head games between the tied teams;
  2. The team with the highest Team's Quality Balance (TQB=(runs scored (RS)/innings batted (IPO))–(runs against (RA)/innings pitched (IPD))) in head-to-head games between the tied teams;
  3. The team with the highest Earned Runs Team's Quality Balance (ER–TQB=(earned runs scored (ERS)/IPO)–(earned runs against (ERA)/IPD)) in head-to-head games between the tied teams;
  4. The team with the highest batting average (AVG) in head-to-head games between the tied teams;
  5. Drawing of lots, conducted by World Baseball Classic, Inc. (WBCI).

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

  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;

These standings and tiebreaking procedures are based on International Baseball Federation (IBAF) rules.[citation needed]

Rosters[edit]

The deadline for submitting provisional rosters was January 16, but teams had until February 20 to finalize their roster decisions. Many Major League Baseball (MLB) players participated. The United States provisional roster was made up entirely of players from MLB, and champions Dominican Republic provisional roster had only one player not signed to a MLB team in 2013. The Canadian team had 12 players who appeared in MLB in 2012. Japan had none and two prominent Japanese MLB players, Yu Darvish and Ichiro Suzuki, chose not to play. Though five members who competed for the Cuban national team in the 2009 WBC have since defected, the Cuban team was considered strong despite its 2nd-round sacking. Three members of MLB.com's Top 100 prospect participated: Xander Bogaerts, Eddie Rosario, and Jameson Taillon.

Venues[edit]

Eight stadiums were used during the main tournament:

Pool A Pool B Pool C Pool D
Fukuoka Taichung San Juan Phoenix
Fukuoka Dome Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium Hiram Bithorn Stadium Chase Field
Capacity: 38,561 Capacity: 20,000 Capacity: 18,264 Capacity: 48,633
Fukuoka dome02.jpg 台中洲際棒球場.JPG Hiram Bithorn Stadium.jpg Flyover at Diamondbacks season opener 2010-04-05.JPG
Pool D Pool 1 Pool 2 Championship
Scottsdale Tokyo Miami San Francisco
Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Tokyo Dome Marlins Park AT&T Park
Capacity: 11,000 Capacity: 42,000 Capacity: 36,742 Capacity: 41,915
Salt River Fields - 2011-02-23 - Home Base Entry.JPG TokyoDome GiantsFighters.jpg Marlins First Pitch at Marlins Park, April 4, 2012 .jpg AT&T Park- SF.jpg

Pools composition[edit]

The top 12 teams that participated in the 2009 World Baseball Classic were invited back for the 2013 tournament.[19] Spain, Canada, Brazil, and Chinese Taipei won their pools of qualification.[20]

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

First round[edit]

Legend
Advanced to Second Round and qualified for 2017 World Baseball Classic
Eliminated, but qualified for 2017 World Baseball Classic
Eliminated, must qualify for 2017 World Baseball Classic

Pool A[edit]

Rk
Team
W L HTH RS IPO RA IPD TQB
1  Cuba 3 0
2  Japan 2 1
3  China 1 2
4  Brazil 0 3

NOTE: Tiebreaker notes: HTH − Head-to-head. RS − Runs scored. IPO − Innings the team batted. RA − Runs against. IPD − Innings the team pitched. TQB − The index of (RS/IPO)−(RA/IPD).

Date Local Time Road Team Score Home Team Inn. Venue Game Time Attendance Boxscore
Mar 2, 2013 19:00 Japan  5–3  Brazil   Fukuoka Dome 3:20 28,181 Boxscore
Mar 3, 2013 12:30 Cuba  5–2  Brazil   Fukuoka Dome 3:22 4,003 Boxscore
Mar 3, 2013 19:00 China  2–5  Japan   Fukuoka Dome 2:57 13,891 Boxscore
Mar 4, 2013 16:30 China  0–12  Cuba 7 Fukuoka Dome 2:38 3,123 Boxscore
Mar 5, 2013 17:00 Brazil  2–5  China   Fukuoka Dome 3:12 3,110 Boxscore
Mar 6, 2013 19:00 Japan  3–6  Cuba   Fukuoka Dome 3:39 26,860 Boxscore

Pool B[edit]

Rk
Team
W L HTH RS IPO RA IPD TQB
1  Chinese Taipei 2 1 1−1 10 17.0 6 17.0 0.235
2  Netherlands 2 1 1−1 8 17.0 8 17.0 0.000
3  South Korea 2 1 1−1 3 17.0 7 17.0 −0.235
4  Australia 0 3

NOTE: Tiebreaker notes: HTH − Head-to-head. RS − Runs scored. IPO − Innings the team batted. RA − Runs against. IPD − Innings the team pitched. TQB − The index of (RS/IPO)−(RA/IPD).

Date Local Time Road Team Score Home Team Inn. Venue Game Time Attendance Boxscore
Mar 2, 2013 12:30 Australia  1–4  Chinese Taipei   Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium 2:53 20,035 Boxscore
Mar 2, 2013 19:30 South Korea  0–5  Netherlands   Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium 3:24 1,085 Boxscore
Mar 3, 2013 14:30 Netherlands  3–8  Chinese Taipei   Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium 3:09 22,689 Boxscore
Mar 4, 2013 18:30 South Korea  6–0  Australia   Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium 3:31 1,481 Boxscore
Mar 5, 2013 12:30 Australia  1–4  Netherlands   Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium 2:50 1,113 Boxscore
Mar 5, 2013 19:30 Chinese Taipei  2–3  South Korea   Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium 3:27 23,431 Boxscore

Pool C[edit]

Rk
Team
W L HTH RS IPO RA IPD TQB
1  Dominican Republic 3 0
2  Puerto Rico 2 1
3  Venezuela 1 2
4  Spain 0 3

NOTE: Tiebreaker notes: HTH − Head-to-head. RS − Runs scored. IPO − Innings the team batted. RA − Runs against. IPD − Innings the team pitched. TQB − The index of (RS/IPO)−(RA/IPD).

Date Local Time Road Team Score Home Team Inn. Venue Game Time Attendance Boxscore
Mar 7, 2013 19:30 Venezuela  3–9  Dominican Republic   Hiram Bithorn Stadium 3:55 15,055 Boxscore
Mar 8, 2013 18:30 Spain  0–3  Puerto Rico   Hiram Bithorn Stadium 3:05 14,974 Boxscore
Mar 9, 2013 12:00 Dominican Republic  6–3  Spain   Hiram Bithorn Stadium 3:47 13,421 Boxscore
Mar 9, 2013 18:30 Puerto Rico  6–3  Venezuela   Hiram Bithorn Stadium 3:35 18,800 Boxscore
Mar 10, 2013 12:30 Spain  6–11  Venezuela   Hiram Bithorn Stadium 3:59 13,395 Boxscore
Mar 10, 2013 19:30 Dominican Republic  4–2  Puerto Rico   Hiram Bithorn Stadium 3:41 19,413 Boxscore

Pool D[edit]

Rk
Team
W L HTH RS IPO RA IPD TQB
1  United States 2 1 1−0
2  Italy 2 1 0−1
3  Canada 1 2 1−0
4  Mexico 1 2 0−1

NOTE: Tiebreaker notes: HTH − Head-to-head. RS − Runs scored. IPO − Innings the team batted. RA − Runs against. IPD − Innings the team pitched. TQB − The index of (RS/IPO)−(RA/IPD).

Date Local Time Road Team Score Home Team Inn. Venue Game Time Attendance Boxscore
Mar 7, 2013 13:00 Italy  6–5  Mexico   Salt River Fields at Talking Stick 3:41 4,478 Boxscore
Mar 8, 2013 12:00 Canada  4–14  Italy 8 Chase Field[21][note 1] 3:27 5,140 Boxscore
Mar 8, 2013 19:00 Mexico  5–2  United States   Chase Field 3:29 44,256 Boxscore
Mar 9, 2013 12:30 Canada  10–3  Mexico   Chase Field 3:44 19,581 Boxscore
Mar 9, 2013 19:00 United States  6–2  Italy   Chase Field 3:21 19,303 Boxscore
Mar 10, 2013 13:00 United States  9–4  Canada   Chase Field 3:18 22,425 Boxscore

Second round[edit]

Pool 1[edit]

  Preliminaries Qualifiers Seeding
                             
BR   Netherlands 6  
AW   Cuba 2  
  W1   Netherlands 4  
  W2   Japan 16  
AR   Japan 4
BW   Chinese Taipei 3  
  W4   Japan 10 1W
  W5   Netherlands 6 1R
L1   Cuba 14  
L2   Chinese Taipei 0  
  W3   Cuba 6
  L4   Netherlands 7  
Date Local Time Road Team Score Home Team Inn. Venue Game Time Attendance Boxscore
Mar 8, 2013 12:00 Netherlands  6–2  Cuba   Tokyo Dome 3:38 38,588 Boxscore
Mar 8, 2013 19:00 Japan  4–3  Chinese Taipei 10 Tokyo Dome 4:47 43,527 Boxscore
Mar 9, 2013 19:00 Chinese Taipei  0–14  Cuba 7 Tokyo Dome 2:43 12,884 Boxscore
Mar 10, 2013 19:00 Japan  16–4  Netherlands 7 Tokyo Dome 2:53 37,745 Boxscore
Mar 11, 2013 19:00 Cuba  6–7  Netherlands   Tokyo Dome 3:52 7,613 Boxscore
Mar 12, 2013 19:00 Netherlands  6–10  Japan   Tokyo Dome 3:30 30,301 Boxscore

Pool 2[edit]

  Preliminaries Qualifiers Seeding
                             
DR   Italy 4  
CW   Dominican Rep. 5  
  W1   Dominican Rep. 3  
  W2   United States 1  
CR   Puerto Rico 1
DW   United States 7  
  W4   Dominican Rep. 2 2W
  W5   Puerto Rico 0 2R
L1   Italy 3  
L2   Puerto Rico 4  
  W3   Puerto Rico 4
  L4   United States 3  
Date Local Time Road Team Score Home Team Inn. Venue Game Time Attendance Boxscore
Mar 12, 2013 13:00 Italy  4–5  Dominican Republic   Marlins Park 3:17 14,482 Boxscore
Mar 12, 2013 20:00 Puerto Rico  1–7  United States   Marlins Park 3:22 32,872 Boxscore
Mar 13, 2013 19:00 Italy  3–4  Puerto Rico   Marlins Park 3:46 27,296 Boxscore
Mar 14, 2013 19:00 Dominican Republic  3–1  United States   Marlins Park 3:17 34,366 Boxscore
Mar 15, 2013 19:00 Puerto Rico  4–3  United States   Marlins Park 3:24 19,762 Boxscore
Mar 16, 2013 13:00 Puerto Rico  0–2  Dominican Republic   Marlins Park 2:58 25,846 Boxscore

Championship round[edit]

Semifinals Final
           
2R  Puerto Rico 3
1W  Japan 1
SF1W  Puerto Rico 0
SF2W  Dominican Republic 3
1R  Netherlands 1
2W  Dominican Republic 4

Semifinals[edit]

Date Local Time Road Team Score Home Team Inn. Venue Game Time Attendance Boxscore
Mar 17, 2013 18:00 Puerto Rico  3–1  Japan   AT&T Park 3:27 33,683 Boxscore
Mar 18, 2013 18:00 Netherlands  1–4  Dominican Republic   AT&T Park 3:09 27,527 Boxscore

Final[edit]

Date Local Time Road Team Score Home Team Inn. Venue Game Time Attendance Boxscore
Mar 19, 2013 17:00 Puerto Rico  0–3  Dominican Republic   AT&T Park 3:06 35,703 Boxscore

Final standings[edit]

Attendance[edit]

781,438 (avg. 20,037; pct. 59.5%)

First round[edit]

359,243 (avg. 14,968; pct. 50.2%)

  • Pool A – 79,168 (avg. 13,195; pct. 34.2%)
  • Pool B – 69,834 (avg. 11,639; pct. 58.2%)
  • Pool C – 95,058 (avg. 15,843; pct. 86.7%)
  • Pool D – 115,183 (avg. 19,197; pct. 45.3%)
    • Chase Field – 110,705 (avg. 22,141; pct. 45.5%)
    • Salt River Fields at Talking Stick – 4,478 (avg. 4,478; pct. 40.7%)

Second round[edit]

325,282 (avg. 27,107; pct. 68.8%)

  • Pool 1 – 170,658 (avg. 28,443; pct. 67.7%)
  • Pool 2 – 154,624 (avg. 25,771; pct. 70.1%)

Championship round[edit]

96,913 (avg. 32,304; pct. 77.1%)

  • Semifinals – 61,210 (avg. 30,605; pct. 73.0%)
  • Final – 35,703 (avg. 35,703; pct. 85.2%)

All–WBC team[edit]

Position Player
C Puerto Rico Yadier Molina
1B Dominican Republic Edwin Encarnación
2B Dominican Republic Robinson Canó
3B United States David Wright
SS Dominican Republic José Reyes
OF Dominican Republic Nelson Cruz
Puerto Rico Ángel Pagán
Canada Michael Saunders
DH Japan Hirokazu Ibata
P Puerto Rico Nelson Figueroa
Japan Kenta Maeda
Dominican Republic Fernando Rodney

Statistics leaders[edit]

Additional rules[edit]

Once again there were limits on the number of pitches thrown in a game, though the limits themselves were changed from the previous tournament:

  • 65 pitches in First Round (down from 70 in 2009)
  • 80 pitches in Second Round (down from 85 in 2009)
  • 95 pitches in Championship Round (down from 100 in 2009)

If a pitcher reached his limit during an at bat, he was allowed to finish pitching to the batter, but was removed from the game at the end of the at bat.

A pitcher must:

  • Not pitch until a minimum of four days have passed since he last pitched, if he threw 50 or more pitches when he last pitched;
  • Not pitch until a minimum of one day has passed since he last pitched, if he threw 30 or more pitches when he last pitched;
  • Not pitch until a minimum of one day has passed since any second consecutive day on which the pitcher pitched;

For purposes of the pitcher use limitation rules, both semifinal games were to be deemed to have been played on the day of the latest semifinal game.

A mercy rule came into effect when one team led by either fifteen runs after five innings, or ten runs after seven innings in the first two rounds.

Instant replay was also available to umpires during the tournament. As was introduced in Major League Baseball during the 2008 season, replays were only used to adjudicate on home run decisions, to determine whether the ball was fair or foul, over the fence or not, and the impact of fan interference.

An alternative version of the IBAF's extra inning rule was also used. If after 12 innings the score was still tied, each half inning thereafter would have started with runners on second and first base. The runners would have been the eighth and ninth hitters due in that inning respectively. For example, if the number five hitter was due to lead off the inning, the number three hitter would have been on second base, and the number four hitter on first base. However, this rule was never actually employed in this year's Classic, as the only one extra-inning game in the tournament ended prior to a 12th inning.

Prize money[edit]

US$14,000,000

By final standings[edit]

  • Champions – US$2,700,000
  • Runners-up – US$1,700,000
  • Semifinalists – US$1,200,000 (x 2 teams)
  • Eliminated in Second Round – US$700,000 (x 4 teams)
  • Eliminated in First Round – US$300,000 (x 8 teams)

Bonus for pool winners[edit]

  • First Round – US$300,000 (x 4 teams)
  • Second Round – US$400,000 (x 2 teams)

Media coverage[edit]

MLB Network has been announced as the English-language broadcaster of the 2013 and 2017 tournaments.[22] ESPN Deportes provided Spanish-language coverage, and ESPN Radio had audio rights.[23]

Sportsnet was the broadcaster in Canada and ESPN America in United Kingdom, Ireland and other parts of Europe.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The game was originally scheduled to be played at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, but was moved due to potential inclement weather.

References[edit]

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