For the past two weeks professional baseball players from around the world gathered to participate in the World Baseball Classic. Like the Olympics the events only four years.
Representing their native countries, some players found themselves pitted against current teammates during some of the games.
After first round games in Korea, Japan, Mexico, and the United States, the top two teams from each round advanced to the second round games in Japan and San Diego, California.
Over the past three days the top four teams – the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Japan, and the United States met in Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium for the final round.
On Monday Puerto Rico defeated the Kingdom of the Netherlands to advance to the championship game and on Tuesday Japan and the United States played with the Americans winning 2-1 to advance to the championship game. Since the World Baseball Classic began, team USA had never before advanced passed the second round.
On March 22 an unbeaten Puerto Rican team faced the United States for the title. It was a rematch of the two teams with the Puerto Rican team winning the game in San Diego.
The visiting team, the Americans got off to a big start when Toronto Blue Jay and team USA starting pitcher Marcus Stroman pitched seven scoreless innings before having a no hitter broken up.
Team USA chased chased six Puerto Rican pitchers on the way to a 8-0 win on 13 hits and no errors to earn their first ever World Baseball Classic. Starting pitcher Marcus Stroman was named the Most Valuable Player of the series. Team USA retiring manager Jim Leyland goes out a winner after leading his team to a victory.
photo courtesy of: By KennethHan – Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7061578
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