In the end, as the organizers of the World Baseball Classic (WBC) wanted, on the 22nd (Korean time), the first ever big match in the WBC finals between the United States and Japan took place.
Due to the biased schedule and a little trick in the middle of the tournament, the bracket was changed, so the United States and Japan met in the final, not the semifinal. No matter who wins, the stage has been set for the best results in the box office. The real winner is the WBC Organizing Committee.
The World Baseball Classic (WBC) is a tournament led by the MLB Secretariat, so the MLB Secretariat has a great influence. Along with the United States, Japan is the two pillars leading the WBC tournament.
The WBC organizing committee released the schedule and draw prior to the opening of the tournament. The original schedule and matches gave preferential treatment to the United States and Japan. Both teams played night games in all four rounds. Out of 20 teams participating in the finals, only two teams, the United States and Japan, received benefits.
If Japan advances to the quarterfinals, regardless of their ranking in the first round (first or second place in Group B), they will be assigned to the second match of the quarterfinals (GAME 2, 16th) held at Tokyo Dome, Japan. So is the US. If the US advances to the quarterfinals, a separate rule has been made that the second match of the quarterfinals (GAME 4, 19th) will be played in Miami, USA, regardless of the ranking in the first round (first or second place in Group C).
Then, the winner of GAME 1 and the winner of GAME 3 in the quarterfinals will meet in the semifinals, and the winner of GAME 2 and the winner of GAME 4 will face off in another semifinal match. Japan and the US advance to the quarterfinals side by side, and if they go up to the semifinals, they will face each other. (I wonder why they did this in the first place)
However, during the tournament, the WBC Organizing Committee deleted a separate rule stating that ‘If the US advances to the quarterfinals, regardless of ranking, it will be assigned to GAME 4 in the quarterfinals’ and changed the bracket.
The U.S. advanced to the quarterfinals after finishing second in Group C following Mexico, but the matchup was changed to GAME 3 instead of GAME 4 so that they would not face Japan in the semifinals. The WBC organizing committee made an excuse for the relay broadcast, but it was not clear. This is because the date of the US quarterfinal match was played on the 19th, and only the bracket was changed.
The United States met Cuba in the semifinals on the 20th and advanced to the final with a huge 14-2 victory. On the 21st, Japan advanced to the final with a dramatic 6-5 come-from-behind victory over Mexico in the bottom of the ninth inning. The first big match between the United States and Japan, which the organizers hoped for, took place.
The United States will try to win the championship for the second time in a row following the 2017 tournament, and Japan will try to win the championship for the third time in 14 years since 2009.
The United States and Japan have faced each other three times in the history of the WBC. In the first tournament in 2006, the United States defeated Japan 4-3 in the second round. Korea advanced to the semifinals with 3 wins and 1st place in the group, and Japan was tied with the USA and Mexico with 1 win and 2 losses.
In the second tournament in 2009,온라인카지노 Japan defeated the United States 9-4 in the semifinals to advance to the final, and won the championship for the second time in a row by defeating Korea in the final. In 2013, there were no head-to-head matches. In the 4th tournament in 2017, the United States beat Japan 2-1 in the semifinals and defeated Puerto Rico in the final to claim their first championship.