The Third Tri-Annual World Baseball Classic begins March 2 and concludes March 19, 2013. Twelve teams qualified to compete in the three round tournament. The First Round will consist of four pools competing in a Round Robin format with two teams from each pool advancing to the next round. Please make your 13 selections as directed below and email them before March 1 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the official WBC website in order to review the team rosters and other information: http://www.worldbaseballclassic.com.
First Round Selections: – 2 points for each correct selection (possible 16 points)
2 teams from pool A: Japan, Brazil, Cuba, China (played in Fukuoka, Japan)
2 teams from Pool B: Australia, Chinese Taipai, Korea, Netherlands (played in Taichung, Taiwan)
2 teams from Pool C: Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Spain (played in San Juan, Puerto Rico)
2 teams from Pool D: Italy, Mexico, Canada, United States (played in Phoenix, AZ)
Second Round Selections – 5 points each (possible 20 points):
The Second Round will be a modified double elimination with the two teams advancing through the winner’s bracket assured of a spot in the Championship Round. The two teams emerging from the loser’s bracket will also reach the Championship Round.
2 teams from your Pool A and B First Round selections (played in Tokyo, Japan)
2 teams from you Pools C and D selections (played in Miami, FL)
Championship Round Selection – Possible 12 points
Seeding for the final round will be determined by the winners of the Second Round brackets. Winner of Pool A/B will play runner-up from Pool C/D, and vice versa, in a single-elimination Semi-Finals. The winners will play a single game for the championship.
One winner from your Second Round Selections (played in San Francisco, CA)
Perfect Score – 48 points
1st RUNNER-UP – Jack Rose: 30 points (.625)
Rd. 1) Japan (2), Cuba (2); Korea , Netherlands (2); Venezuela, Dominican Republic ( 2); USA (2), Mexico
Rd. 2) Japan (5), Cuba; USA and Venezuela
Rd. 1) Cuba (2), Japan (2) Korea, Netherlands (2); Venezuela, DR (2); Mexico, USA (2)
Rd 2) Netherlands (5), Cuba, Venezuela, Mexico