World Baseball Classic Qualifier
Twelve teams from across the world will play at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium, 2500 E. Ajo Way, in a qualifying round of the World Baseball Classic. The winners of Pool 1 and 2 will advance to compete in the fifth iteration of the World Baseball Classic (WBC) tournament, scheduled for March 2021.
The United States is the reigning champion, beating Puerto Rico in 2017 in Los Angeles. The U.S. team has already qualified for the 2021 tourney, along with Australia, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Kingdom of the Netherlands, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela.
The Qualifying Round consists of two pools comprised of six teams. Each pool will feature a nine-game double elimination round.
Here are the Pools and the list of teams invited to participate:
Pool 1: March 13 – 18
Republic of South Africa
Pool 2: March 20 – 25