2006 Champion: Japan
2009 Champion: Japan
2013 Champion: Dominican Republic
2017 Champion: United States of America
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Baseball America Coverage
First Round - Round Robin
Seoul: Gocheok Sky Dome
Baseball America Pool A Preview
Notable Players: 1B Ike Davis, C Ryan Lavarnway, 2B Ty Kelly
Playing in an extremely competitive pool, getting even just a win against Taiwan would be a solid showing for the first-time qualifer.
Notable Players: 1B Tae-Kyun Kim, RHP Seung-Hwan Oh, LHP Won-Jun Jang
Playing at home, South Korea should be a shoo-in to advance to the second round.
Notable Players: 3B Xander Bogaerts, SS Andrelton Simmons, SS Didi Gregorius
A favorite to advance to the second round, but a thin pitching staff could derail a deep run.
Notable Players: SS Chih-Sheng Lin, OF Kuo-Hui Kao, RHP Chun-Lin Kuo
Taiwan’s hitters should be closer to midseason form than most teams because of their intensive preparation, but this is a lineup and pitching staff that doesn’t wow scouts.
Tokyo: Tokyo Dome
Baseball America Pool B Preview
Notable Players: RHP Peter Moylan, LHP Travis Blackley, OF Trent Oeltjen
Perhaps the best team the Aussies have had, but they still need every player at the top of his game to advance.
Notable Players: SS Ray Chang, LHP Bruce Chen, RHP Kwon Ju
China is an extreme long shot to get past the first round, but the focus here will be on how much improvement Chinese baseball has made since the 2013 WBC. Progress can be slow, but the arrows from 2013 are pointing in the right direction.
Notable Players: OF Alfredo Despaigne, OF Victor Mesa, RHP Vladimir Garcia
At the first WBC, Cuba was a powerhouse team. Now, the question isn’t whether they will win, but whether they will make it past the first round.
Notable Players: RHP Shintaro Fujinami, 2B Tetsuto Yamada, RHP Takahiro Norimoto
Japan should easily advance to the second round and it would be a disappointment if they didn’t at least reach the semifinals. Even without Ohtani and some of their best pitching, Japan is a legitimate threat to win it all.
Miami: Marlins Park
Baseball America Pool C Preview
Notable Players: 1B Justin Morneau, 1B Freddie Freeman, RHP John Axford
Taking on the defending champions and a stacked USA roster, the Canadians have an uphill battle to reach the second round for the first time.
Notable Players: LHP Jose Quintana, RHP Julio Teheran, 2B Dilson Herrera
Just glad to be here.
Notable Players: 2B Robinson Cano, 3B Manny Machado, RHP Johnny Cueto
Once again the favorite, with a repeat title in their grasp.
Notable Players: C Buster Posey, 3B Nolan Arenado, LHP Andrew Miller
Semifinals possible, but a title would require an upset or two.
Jalisco: Estadio de Béisbol Charros de Jalisco
Baseball America Pool D Preview
Notable Players: 1B/DH Chris Colabello, C Francisco Cervelli, 2B/3B Daniel Descalso
Italy was a big surprise in 2013 with its upset of Mexico, but stands little chance of getting out of the first round in this Group of Death.
Notable Players: 1B Adrian Gonzalez, LHP Julio Urias, RHP Roberto Osuna
Second round in reach, especially with home-field advantage in round one.
Notable Players: SS Carlos Correa, SS Francisco Lindor, OF Carlos Beltran
Once again a title contender, with anything less than a semifinals trip a deep disappointment.
Notable Players: 1B Miguel Cabrera, 2B Jose Altuve, RHP Felix Hernandez
2nd Round - Round Robin
Will go as far as pitching takes them, which could be safely second round.
Top two teams in Pool A vs. Top two teams in Pool B
Tokyo: Tokyo Dome
Top two teams in Pool C vs. Top two teams in Pool D
San Diego: Petco Park
Championship Round - Single Elimination
Top two teams in Pool E vs. Top two teams in Pool F
Los Angeles: Dodger Stadium