The 2006 World Baseball Classic was international baseball tournament that included players from Major League Baseball. Win Expectancy, Run Expectancy, and Leverage Index calculations provided by Tom Tango of, and co-author of The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball. The event proved to be quite popular, however, providing many memorable moments including a first round game between Venezuela and the Dominican Republic. The first World Baseball Classic featured 16 teams in a round-robin style tournament. Italy (1-2) and Australia (0-3) were eliminated. The following is a list of squads for each nation competing at 2006 World Baseball Classic. This occurred despite less than stellar airing times for the games. 2006 World Baseball Classic champions (1st title), 2006 World Baseball Classic roster for China, 2006 World Baseball Classic roster for Chinese Taipei,, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 20 June 2020, at 22:22. Japan was the runner-up despite losing to twice following the United States lost to Mexico. If a pitcher reached his maximum pitch count in the middle of an at-bat, he could continue to pitch to that batter, but was required to be replaced once that at-bat ended. Or write about sports? The IOC also said not allowing them to play would damage future American cities bids to host Olympics, The entire issue came to resolution, however, on January 20 2006, when the U.S. Treasury Department issued a license to Cuba. Some argued that the call did not end the game, only the inning, and some will argue that Alex Rodriguez's single in the ninth inning would have scored two runs in any case (had the next run mattered). and security guards took the sign away and asked the fans with the anti-Castro message to change shirts or leave the ballpark. Taiwan They advanced to round two, again winning all three games to secure a place in the semifinals. Attendance was higher than expected at several sites, including the 19,000-seat Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, which was sold out for every Puerto Rico game in the first two rounds. "[1] There was no official qualifying competition. The third-base umpire had gone into left field to watch the catch and was not in any position to make a call [13]. These ratings all but assure the next WBC, in 2009, will be awarded more live broadcasts during prime time. Italy was criticized for a roster made up almost entirely of second-generation Italian Americans such as Mike Piazza. A mercy rule would come into effect with one team leading by either fifteen runs after five innings, or ten runs after seven innings in the first two rounds of play. The Cuba defeated the Dominican Republic 3 to 1. Further information: 2006 World Baseball Classic (Results). Slow motion video replays (which baseball umpires do not have access to) appeared to show Nishioka's foot on the bag when the catch is made, but his movement before the catch may have confused the home-plate umpire, as the runner's upper body appeared to begin moving before his foot left the bag. In addition, the regional grouping of teams was called into question, for the groups were perceived to be unevenly distributed. Puerto Rico (3-0) won Pool D and Cuba (2-1) attained spots in Pool 2. No one would be allowed to pitch on three consecutive days. The anti-Castro fans wore two shirts to hide the letters when they entered the stadium, and they put their second shirts back on after an inning-long confrontation in the fifth. South Korea lost to Japan 6-0, despite narrowly beating them twice in the early rounds. List of members of the Baseball Hall of Fame (chronological). In the bottom of the third inning of the second-round game between Mexico and the United States, Mexican hitter Mario Valenzuela batted a ball into right field that bounced off the yellow foul pole (later proven by the yellow paint mark on the baseball [15]) and back onto the field. Mexico (2-1) won Pool B, and the United States (2-1) finished second, placing both into Pool 1 as well. [5]. The designated hitter rule was in place for all games. Guerrero will skip the first round of the World Baseball Classic, due to the death of three of his cousins in an auto accident in the Dominican Republic. Team Cuba Major League Baseball's commissioner's office and the MLBPA both resubmitted Cuba's application soon after the announcement [1]. Logos were compiled by the amazing However, the Japanese team ranked first in batting average (.314), runs (47), number of hits (74), homeruns (10), and stolen bases (12), all ahead of Korea. There were several rule changes from normal major league play. (minimum 2.7 plate appearances/game, 4 games unless noted[3]). Results of the 2006 World Baseball Classic, Controversies at the 2006 World Baseball Classic, Video and Audio - 2006 World Baseball Classic, WEPN New York Live streaming radio coverage of the final, Unofficial chat forum of The World Baseball Classic,, Korean and Dominican teams (semi-finalists): 5% each, The 4 teams that drop out of the second round: 3% each, The 8 teams that drop out of preliminaries: 1% each. Some defensive statistics Copyright © Baseball Info Solutions, 2010-2020. Many historical player head shots courtesy of David Davis. In addition, there were 4,000 media credentials issued — more than the World Series and the Olympic Games — which bodes well for the stated goal of internationalizing the sport. Join our linker program. [12] U.S. Hurricane Katrina victims will receive the 7% of money earned by the Cuban team. In addition, there were 4,000 media credentials issued — more than the World Series and the Olympic Games — which bodes well for the stated goal of internationalizing the sport. In addition, ties could be called after fourteen innings of play. One former defector, Livan Hernandez, expressed interest in pitching for Puerto Rico because he owns a house there and the rules allow players to compete for a nation based on permanent residency. Most were not aired live but taped, and sometimes with innings cut, as the WBC was organized well after ESPN had committed to much of its programming. The total earnings of WBC is divided into net profit (53%) and prize money (47%). All images are property the copyright holder and are displayed here for informational purposes only. The following is a list of squads for each nation competing at 2006 World Baseball Classic. The Dominican Republic (3-0) won Pool D with Venezuela (2-1) as the runner-up, putting both teams into Pool 2. Korea completed the first two rounds undefeated (6-0) but was still forced to play Japan, a team it had already beaten twice, in the semifinal round. Cuba also did not speak to journalists after the game between Cuba and the Netherlands. Our reasoning for presenting offensive logos. The teams listed on the country's roster is the team the player was with while the tournament took place. This page was last edited on 14 March 2019, at 16:38. The tournament started on March 3 and the final took place on March 20, 2006. Participation Cuba refused to attend the post-game news conference for the second time in the tournament.