World Baseball Classic Preview: Japan
Japan World Baseball Classic Players
Japan comes into the 2013 edition of the World Baseball Classic as the reigning champion two times over. Having won the WBC in both 2006 and 2009, the Japanese will have every other country in the tournament looking to dethrone them and win the gold medal. When you look at their roster, I’m fairly certain most here in the U.S. have not heard of any of the players, but I can bet that we may see at least a few them make their way over to Major League Baseball given the exposure the WBC brings to international talent.
Led by Koji Yamamoto as the manager, Japan will play in Pool A along with Brazil, China and Cuba. Their first round game action will take place on March 2 versus Brazil, March 3 versus China and March 6 versus Cuba. All games will take place at Fukuoka Yahoo! Japan Dome in Fukuoka, Japan.
Japan World Baseball Classic Roster
World Baseball Classic Tickets
World Baseball Classic Qualifiers Pool 1 - Day 1 PassKino Veterans Memorial Stadium · Tucson, AZ
World Baseball Classic Qualifiers Pool 1 - Day 2 PassKino Veterans Memorial Stadium · Tucson, AZ
World Baseball Classic Qualifiers Pool 1 - Day 3Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium · Tucson, AZ
World Baseball Classic Ticket Prices
Below is a list of ticket prices for the American based games of the WBC.
|City||State||Venue Name||Date||Avg. Price|
|San Francisco||CA||AT&T Park||3/17/2013||$77.63|
|San Francisco||CA||AT&T Park||3/18/2013||$100.40|
|San Francisco||CA||AT&T Park||3/19/2013||$143.39|
World Baseball Classic Schedule
You can find the full detailed slate of games of the WBC schedule at the official website for the tournament right here.
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