The World Baseball Classic and World Baseball and Softball Confederation have agreed to continue their working relationship to put on display the World Baseball Classic to determine the top baseball country. Japan won the first two events but the Dominican Republic won the last event. These two associations have decided the location and countries who will compete in the qualifiers for the final four spots for the World Baseball Classic. Twelve teams have qualified.
The qualifying locations are:
February 11-14 in Sydney, Australia
1) Australia, 2) New Zealand, 3) Philippines and 4) South Africa
March 17-20 in Mexicali, Mexico
1) Mexico, 2) Czech Republic, 3) Germany and 4) Nicaragua
March 17-20 in Panama City, Panama
1) Colombia, 2) France, 3) Panama and 4) Spain
September 22-25, in Brooklyn, New York, United States
1)Brazil, 2) Great Britain, 3) Israel and 4) Pakistan
The 12 teams who have qualified are:
1) Canada, 2) China, 3) Cuba, 4) Dominican Republic, 5) Italy, 6) Japan, 7) Netherlands, Puerto Rico, 9) South Korea, 10) Taiwan, 11) United States and 12) Venezuela
The World Baseball Classic will be held on March 2017, provided the major league players association and the major leagues agree to a collective bargaining agreement prior to the end of the 2016 season. If no agreement can be reached it will be interesting to see if the event is still held.