Dodger Stadium to host 2017 World Baseball Classic semifinals and final

Japan celebrates after winning the 2009 World Baseball Classic at Dodger Stadium. Photo: Los Angeles Dodgers

Japan celebrates after winning the 2009 World Baseball Classic at Dodger Stadium. Photo: Los Angeles Dodgers

By Cary Osborne

For the second time in the tournament’s history, Dodger Stadium will host the World Baseball Classic semifinals and finals.

The games will take place from March 20-22, 2017.

“The Los Angeles Dodgers and the city of Los Angeles are excited to be selected as the host of the World Baseball Classic semifinals and final,” said Dodger president and CEO Stan Kasten. “Dodger Stadium and our great fans look forward to the finest players in the world competing for the WBC championship.”

Dodger Stadium previously hosted the WBC championship in 2009, when Japan defeated Korea 5-3 in a 10-inning raucous final where an enthusiastic sellout crowd saw Ichiro Suzuki’s game-winning hit and Los Angeles’ introduction to Hyun-Jin Ryu, who pitched two-thirds of an inning in relief.

Three other North American venues were announced as hosts for WBC games.

First-round games of the 2017 WBC will be played at Marlins Park in Miami and Estadio Charros de Jalisco in Guadalajara, Mexico. Petco Park in San Diego will host second-round games.

Pool C in Miami will feature the defending WBC champion Dominican Republic, Canada, Colombia and the United States, while Pool D in Guadalajara will play host to Italy, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.

Pool A games will be played in Japan’s Tokyo Dome, and Pool B games will be played in Seoul, South Korea at the Gocheok Sky Dome.

The first and second round format will be round-robin pool play, with each team playing the others in their pool once. The top two teams in each of the four first-round pools will advance to the second round.

1 Comment

Wonder if DS will ever host an AS Game again. Obviously Marlins and Nationals host the next two, meaning 4 NL Parks will be hosting (even though the home team won;t always be the NL), but that’ll be 4 in a row for NL Parks, so have to figure a few AL Parks get it. New Yankee Stadium hasn’t had it yet, and the Rays never had, although they’ll probably have to have a new stadium or new city before they ever do. The only stadium to host it twice sine DS is Anaheim, and even that went through a major transition from 1989 to 2010.

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