Sunday, March 3, 2013
March 3, 2006: The Inaugural World Baseball Classic Begins
It took more than two years of planing to bring this tournament together. The thought of some of the greatest players in the game representing their home countries appealed to people all over the world. Some of the best players in the world participated in the tournament from a variety of major league teams. The first two rounds featured a round robin format that had teams eliminated on run difference tiebreakers. It led to a 4 team playoff, with Cuba taking on the Dominican Republic and Japan facing off against South Korea to decide who would fight for the World Baseball Classic title.
It was deemed a success by everyone involved and three years later a second WBC would be held. Japan won the tournament again and Matsuzaka won his second MVP award. After the 2009 tournament it was decided it would be played every four years.