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Great Britain Baseball invited to the World Baseball Classic Qualifiers

Author: BBF, 28/01/20

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association, invite Great Britain Baseball

Tuesday, 28 Jan 2020

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association, invite  Great Britain (coming off their recent new WBSC world ranking 31, moving up seven places), to participate in the Qualifying Round for the 2021 World Baseball Classic.

The World Baseball Classic takes place at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz., (March 2020) which will host both pools for the Qualifying Round of the 2021 World Baseball Classic. The mentioned is the fifth instalment of the baseball tournament featuring many of the world's greatest players.  

A spokesperson for the British Baseball Federation (the national governing body of baseball) executive board which oversees our National Teams, said, "It is with great honour we accept our invitation to take part in the WBC Qualifiers. Our National Programme has had great success in 2020. With this invitation to take part in the WBC Qualifiers, is another indication Great Britain (GB Baseball) is being recognised for its success and hard work on the world baseball stage.  A lot of credit goes to our head and assistant coaches, operations director, volunteers, players and national team official who work endless hours to drive Great Britain (GB Baseball) forward. We look forward to your support in Arizona, in March. Go GB Baseball!" 

Today, MLB announced the following for the format for the tournament, "Each qualifying pool will feature a nine-game double elimination round with the top two teams from each pool advancing. The winners from each Qualifier will advance to the World Baseball Classic tournament, scheduled for March 2021. Those four teams will join the 16 countries -- Australia, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Kingdom of the Netherlands, Mexico, Puerto Rico, United States and Venezuela -- that received automatic invitations based on their performance in the 2013 tournament."

Jason Pearce, National Team Official, said, "The excitement revolving around British Baseball continues with the announcement that GB Baseball will participate in the World Baseball Classic Qualifier being held in March in Tucson Arizona.  Along with with our soon to be announced coaching staff and those who will wear a Great Britain Baseball jersey we look forward to making our country proud.  Our inclusion in this amazing event follows a record-breaking year for us in 2019.  Arizona is beautiful in March to come out and see some great baseball athletes play on amazing fields. "

There will be two pools. 

POOL 1

March 12-17

Brazil

France

Germany

Nicaragua

Pakistan

Republic of South Africa

POOL 2

March 20-25

Czech Republic

Great Britain

New Zealand

Panama

Philippines

Spain   


Head coach for the Great Britain team, Liam Carroll, said," "Getting another shot at the World Baseball Classic has been on our minds ever since Brooklyn and I'd like to thank MLB and the Players Association for the opportunity. With this announcement, we can set our sights on Tucson and the chance to take our organisation another step forward. Between the Qualifier and the second instalment of London Series, 2020 is shaping up to be an exciting year for British Baseball!"

MLB reports, "Each qualifying pool will feature a nine-game double elimination round with the top two teams from each pool advancing. The winners from each Qualifier will advance to the World Baseball Classic tournament, scheduled for March 2021. Those four teams will join the 16 countries -- Australia, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Kingdom of the Netherlands, Mexico, Puerto Rico, United States and Venezuela -- that received automatic invitations based on their performance in the 2013 tournament." 

About the WBC, In 2017, more than one million fans attended games and they were broadcast to more than 200 countries and in 12 different languages. The WBC is the world's 8th largest sport-specific international tournament by attendance. 

More information will be provided over the next few days, so please refer to our website 


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