World Baseball Classic 2023: All Pools and TV Channel Updates

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World Baseball Classic 2023

The 2023 World Baseball Classic playoffs begin on Wednesday. Team USA can beat Colombia in Phoenix on Wednesday to advance to the quarterfinals, Puerto Rico vs Dominican Republic, and Canada vs Mexico. Half of the quarterfinal field comprises Japan, Australia, Cuba, and Italy. Cuba and Australia will play the first quarterfinal in Tokyo.

It is the world’s most prominent men’s baseball tournament, jointly organized by Major League Baseball (MLB) and the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBC), which hosts Major League Baseball, returning after six years. 

Unlike other significant men’s baseball tournaments, MLB players can and will compete in the WBC. 

For the first time, the final tournament will feature 20 teams (up from 16), with four teams going through the pre-qualifiers. 

This version of the WBC was initially supposed to be played in 2021, but it got postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Team USA has been the defending champion since 2017. The action began on Wednesday, March 8 (the first pitch of the World Baseball Classic 2023 opener occurred in Taiwan at 11 p.m. ET on March 7, technically). In total, there will be 47 games. On March 21, Tuesday The championship game will begin in Miami. The games will be held in the US and Asia, with the finals culminating at Miami’s LoanDepot Park.

The World Baseball Classic 2023 is more exciting than ever, with the United States, Japan, and the Dominican Republic as the odds-on favorites to win. You must know that Japan is the only two-time winner of the World Baseball Classic, as it won the game in 2006 and 2009. 

Many MLB stars are participating in the event, including Juan Soto, Shohei Ohtani, Mike Trout, Julio Rodriguez, Trea Turner, and Francisco Lindor. 

Look below to learn everything about the pools and host venue, along with the tv channels that will air the games of the World Baseball Classic 2023. 

World Baseball Classic 2023 Pools and Host Venue 

Pool A

  • Panama 12, Chinese Taipei 5
  • Cuba 2, Netherlands 4
  • Italy 6, Cuba 3 (F/10 innings)
  • Panama 1, Netherlands 3
  • Italy 7, Chinese Taipei 11
  • Cuba 13, Panama 4
  • Panama 2, Italy 0
  • Chinese Taipei 1, Cuba 7
  • Netherlands 5, Chinese Taipei 9
  • Netherlands 1, Italy 7

Venue: Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium, Taichung

Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium, Taichung

Pool B 

  • Australia 8, Rep. Korea 7
  • Czechia 8, China 5
  • China PR 1, Japan 8
  • China 2, Australia 12 (F/7 innings)
  • Rep. Korea 4, Japan 13
  • Czechia 2, Japan 10
  • Czechia 3, Rep. Korea 10
  • Japan 7, Australia 1
  • Australia 8, Czechia 3
  • Rep. Korea 22, China 2 (F/5 innings)

Venue: Tokyo Dome, Tokyo

Tokyo Dome, Tokyo

Pool C

  • Colombia 5, Mexico 4 (F/10 innings)
  • Great Britain 2, USA 6
  • Great Britain 8, Canada 18 (F/7 innings)
  • Mexico 11, USA 5
  • Colombia 5, Great Britain 7
  • Canada 1, USA 12 (F/7 innings)
  • Canada 5, Colombia 0
  • Great Britain @ Mexico, March 14
  • Mexico @ Canada, March 15
  • USA @ Colombia, March 15

Venue: Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona

Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona

Pool D

  • Nicaragua 1, Puerto Rico 9
  • Dominican Republic 1, Venezuela 5
  • Nicaragua 1, Israel 3
  • Venezuela 9, Puerto Rico 6
  • Dominican Republic 6, Nicaragua 1
  • Israel 0, Puerto Rico 10 (F/8 innings)
  • Nicaragua 1, Venezuela 4
  • Israel @ Dominican Republic, March 14
  • Venezuela @ Israel, March 15
  • Puerto Rico @ Dominican Republic, March 15

Venue: LoanDepot Park, Miami, Florida

LoanDepot Park, Miami, Florida

When is the World Baseball Classic? 

World Baseball Classic 2023 games will start late on March 7, Eastern time. It will be on March 8 at the game venue in Chinese Taipei.

Pool play: March 7-15

Quarterfinals: March 15-18

Semifinals: March 19-20

Championship: March 21

On which channels can you see the World Baseball Classic? 

TV channel: Fox, FS1, FS2

Live stream: FoxSports.com, Fox Sports app, fuboTV

In the United States, Fox Sports, the World Baseball Classic 2023 will be broadcast. The games will be shown on Fox, FS1, and FS2. 

Other than these TV channels, you can also watch the games on the Fox Sports App and the website, FoxSports.com. Stay tuned for the USA World Baseball Classic roster!