World Baseball Classic 2023

World Baseball Classic 2023: How to watch, free live, Complete dates, times, TV channels

All roads point to Miami for the return of the World Baseball Classic 2023. For the title, which is presently held by the United States after it defeated Puerto Rico at Dodger Stadium in 2017, twenty teams will compete. The World Baseball Classic’s 20-team field is the biggest it has ever had. Only 16 teams have competed in the prior four iterations.

The Dominican Republic, the United States, and Japan are the heavy favourites to win this year’s competition due to the extremely competitive field. Japan is the only nation to have won the WBC twice, in 2006 and 2009. Considering that the previous four title games were held on the American West Coast, this year’s final, which is taking place in Miami, has a distinctive flavour.

Games will also be held in Chinese Taipei, Japan, and the United States. Pool C and Pool D will be held at Chase Field in Arizona and LoanDepot Park in Miami, respectively. Pool A and Pool B will be held at Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium and the Tokyo Dome, respectively.

The Dominican Republic is having one of the most loaded rosters in recent memory in terms of players to watch out for. Among its position players are Rafael Devers, Wander Franco, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Manny Machado, Julio Rodriguez, and Juan Soto. There will be players like Nolan Arenado, Mookie Betts, and Mike Trout in the US. Shohei Ohtani is, without a doubt, the star of Japan.

These three are the clear favourites and they’re all in separate pools, despite the fact that every team has a ton of exciting talent, some of which many will be seeing for the first time. Can they be ousted by any team? Time will only reveal.

What you need to know about watching the 2023 World Baseball Classic is as follows:

How to watch the World Baseball Classic schedule 2023 Live:

Viewers around the world can watch the action live on the following channels and here for free:

When is the World Baseball Classic?

  • Pool play: March 7-15
  • Quarterfinals: March 15-18
  • Semifinals: March 19-20
  • Championship: March 21

World Baseball Classic games will begin late on March 7, Eastern Time, though it will actually be March 8 at the site of the game in Chinese Taipei. The tournament runs through the final on March 21 in Miami.

World Baseball Classic 2023 pools

The World Baseball Classic is broken into four pools of five teams, with the hosts all playing in their home countries.

Pool A — Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium (Taichung, Chinese Taipei)

  • Chinese Taipei
  • Netherlands
  • Cuba
  • Italy
  • Panama

Pool B — Tokyo Dome (Tokyo, Japan)

  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Australia
  • China
  • Czech Republic

Pool C — Chase Field (Phoenix, Arizona)

  • USA
  • Mexico
  • Colombia
  • Canada
  • Great Britain

Pool D — LoanDepot Park (Miami, Florida)

  • Puerto Rico
  • Dominican Republic
  • Venezuela
  • Israel
  • Nicaragua

World Baseball Classic 2023 schedule

The World Baseball Classic pool schedules are already set, starting with Pool A on March 8 (March 7 in the United States). The games through every round will be hosted on the Fox family of networks in the U.S.

Note: All times are U.S./Canada ET

Pool A (Chinese Taipei)

Date Time Matchup TV
March 7 11 p.m. Netherlands 4, Cuba 2 FS1
March 8 6 a.m. Panama 12, Chinese Taipei 5 FS2
March 8 11 p.m. Netherlands 3, Panama 1 FS2
March 9 6 a.m. Italy 6, Cuba 3 (10 innings) Tubi
March 9 11:30 p.m. Cuba 13, Panama 4 FS1
March 10 6 a.m. Chinese Taipei 11, Italy 7 Tubi
March 10 11 p.m. Panama 2, Italy 0 FS1
March 11 6 a.m. Chinese Taipei 9, Netherlands 5 FS2
March 11 11 p.m. Cuba 7, Chinese Taipei 1 FS2
March 12 7 a.m. Italy 7, Netherlands 1 FS2

Pool B (Tokyo)

Date Time Matchup TV
March 8 10 p.m. Australia 8, Korea 7 FS1
March 9 5 a.m. Japan 8, China 1 FS2
March 9 10 p.m. Czech Republic 8, China 5 Tubi
March 10 5 a.m. Japan 13, Korea 4 FS2
March 10 10 p.m. Australia 12, China 2 (7 innings) FS2
March 11 5 a.m. Japan 10, Czech Republic 2 FS1
March 11 10 p.m. Korea 7, Czech Republic 3 FS1
March 12 6 a.m. Japan 7, Australia 1 FS1
March 12 11 p.m. Australia 8, Czech Republic 3 FS2
March 13 6 a.m. Korea 22, China 2 (5 innings) FS2

Pool C (Phoenix)

Date Time Matchup TV
March 11 2:30 p.m. Colombia 5, Mexico 4 (10 innings) Fox
March 11 10 p.m. USA 6, Great Britain 2 Fox
March 12 3 p.m. Canada 18, Great Britain 8 (7 innings) FS1
March 12 10 p.m. Mexico 11, USA 5 FS1
March 13 3 p.m. Great Britain 7, Colombia 5 FS2
March 13 10 p.m. USA 12, Canada 1 (7 innings) FS1
March 14 3 p.m. Canada 5, Colombia 0 FS2
March 14 10 p.m. Mexico 2, Great Britain 1 FS1
March 15 3 p.m. Mexico vs. Canada FS2
March 15 10 p.m. USA vs. Colombia FS1

Pool D (Miami)

Date Time Matchup TV
March 11 Noon Puerto Rico 9, Nicaragua 1 FS2
March 11 7 p.m. Venezuela 5, Dominican Republic 1 FS1
March 12 Noon Israel 3, Nicaragua 1 FS2
March 12 7 p.m. Venezuela 9, Puerto Rico 6 FS1
March 13 Noon Dominican Republic 6, Nicaragua 1 FS2
March 13 7 p.m. Puerto Rico 10, Israel 0 FS1
March 14 Noon Venezuela 4, Nicaragua 1 FS2
March 14 7 p.m. Dominican Republic 10, Israel 0 FS2
March 15 Noon Venezuela 5, Israel 1 FS2
March 15 7 p.m. Puerto Rico vs. Dominican Republic FS2

Quarterfinals

Date Time Venue Matchup TV
March 15 6 a.m. Tokyo Cuba 4, Australia 3 FS2
March 16 6 a.m. Tokyo Italy vs. Japan FS2
March 17 7 p.m. Miami Pool C runner-up vs. Venezuela FS1
March 18 7 p.m. Miami Pool D runner-up vs. Pool C winner Fox

Semifinals

Date Time Venue Matchup Channel
March 19 7 p.m. Miami Cuba vs. Quarterfinal 3 winner FS1
March 20 7 p.m. Miami Quarterfinal 2 winner vs. Quarterfinal 4 winner FS1

Championship

Date Time Venue Matchup Channel
March 21 7 p.m. Miami Semifinal 1 winner vs. Semifinal 2 winner FS1