The World Baseball Classic is the premier international baseball tournament, sanctioned by the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), and operated as a joint venture between Major League Baseball and its Players Association. The Tournament features the best players in the world competing for their home countries and territories.
More than 2.4 million fans from all over the world have attended the tournament games, held in March 2006, March 2009 and March 2013. Team Dominican Republic is the reigning World Baseball Classic Champion after going undefeated during its 2013 championship run. This year's tournament again featured the greatest baseball-playing nations in the world. The tournament will be held every four years thereafter.
WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC CHAMPIONS
2017: United States
2013: Dominican Republic
All Tournament games shall be played according to the provisions of the Official Baseball Rules as Recodified, Amended and Adopted at New York City, December 21, 1949, and thereafter amended by the Playing Rules Committee, as supplemented by these Rules. The role of the "League President" in the Official Baseball Rules, with respect to the Tournament, shall be performed by the designees of WBCI.
The use of the designated hitter is adopted for Tournament games.
Pitcher Use Limitations
Pitcher use will be limited for WBC games.
Early Termination for Large Leads
The umpire-in-chief shall call a regulation game in the First and Second Rounds of the Tournament and award the victory to the Federation Team that is ahead whenever:
such Federation Team is ahead by 10 or more runs after any complete inning, beginning with the completion of the seventh inning (For example, if the home team is ahead by the difference, after the visiting Club bats in the seventh inning or later, it is not necessary for the home team to bat); or
such Federation Team is ahead by 15 or more runs after any complete inning, beginning with the completion of the fifth inning (For example, if the home team is ahead by the difference, after the visiting Club bats in the fifth inning or later, it is not necessary for the home team to bat) .
For any inning beginning with the 11th inning, the Federation Team at bat shall begin the inning with runners on first and second base.
TIEBREAKER GAME (FIRST & SECOND ROUNDS)
In the event of a tie during pool play for the first and second rounds, a tiebreaker game will be used to determine the final team to move on to the next round.
This game will be played if three teams are tied with same win-loss record (2 scenarios)
Tied Teams first ranked using basic tiebreakers
Second/third ranked teams play
Second/third ranked teams play
Each player on a Federation Team's approved Provisional Roster must be eligible to participate for that Federation Team. A player will be so eligible only if:
The Player previously appeared on a Federation team's final roster at the start of either a WBC Qualifier or Tournament Round; or
The player is a citizen of the Federation Team's country or territory, as evidenced by a valid passport the player holds as of three months prior to the start of the Tournament; or
The player is currently a permanent legal resident of the Federation Team's country or territory, as evidenced by documentation satisfactory to WBCI and the WBSC, or
The player was born in the Federation Team's country or territory, as evidenced by a birth certificate or its equivalent ; or
The player has at least one parent who is, or if deceased was, a citizen of the Federation Team's country or territory, as evidenced by a passport or other documentation satisfactory to WBCI and the WBSC; or
The player has at least one parent who was born in the Federation Team's country or territory, as evidenced by a birth certificate or its equivalent; or
The player presents documentary evidence satisfactory to WBCI that he would be granted citizenship or a passport in due course under the laws of the Federation Team's country or territory (excluding any requirement of the Federation Team's country that the player would need to renounce his current citizenship), if he were to apply for such citizenship or passport.
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