2017 World Baseball Classic set to begin

Dalton Kemper, Multimedia Manager

The last year the World Baseball Classic (WBC) was played was 2013. It’s played every four years, so this year will be the year when 16 countries play to determine a champion. It’s still a very new tournament, as this will only be the fourth one played. In the previous three, Japan has finished first, first, and third respectively. They are the only team to finish in the top four every year of the WBC thus far. The United States has only finished in the top four once, when they finished fourth in 2009. However, this looks like it could be the year for the United States, judging by their roster.
The pitching staff for the United States is very deep. Pitchers include players such as Chris Archer, Marcus Stroman and Sonny Gray. Not only does the team have pitching, but they have some serious sluggers who can hit home runs. The team has Buster Posey, Nolan Arenado, Andrew McCutchen and Giancarlo Stanton. They also have great speed on the bases this year. Notable names include: Christian Yelich, Brandon Crawford, and Adam Jones.
This could be the year that the United States finally breaks through and wins their first WBC Championship, and it it shaping up to be a very interesting tournament.

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