World Baseball Classic: Previous champs, results, medal count, MVPs, All-WBC teams

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The World Baseball Classic was first played in 2006 and presently occurs every four years. The 16-team tournament includes 12 automatic berths based on a team’s finish in pool play during the prior WBC. The remaining four berths are determined by qualifying play.The first two rounds of the tournament are round-robin format, while the semifinals and finals are single-elimination. 

Now here’s a quick look at the results from previous tournaments. 

World Baseball Classic champions, final results, team medals

Year Final Host Champions (Gold) Score Runners-Up (Silver) Third (Bronze) Fourth

2006

San Diego

Japan

10-6

Cuba

South Korea

Dominican Rep.

2009

Los Angeles

Japan

5-3 (F/10)

South Korea

Venezuela

United States

2013

San Francisco

Dominican Rep.

3-0

Puerto Rico

Japan

Netherlands

2017

Los Angeles

United States

8-0

Puerto Rico

Japan

Netherlands

Medal count

Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total

1

Japan

2

0

2

4

T-2 United States 1 0 0 1

T-2

Dominican Rep.

1

0

0

1

4

South Korea

0

1

1

2

T-5

Puerto Rico

0

1

0

1

T-5

Cuba

0

1

0

1

7

Venezuela

0

0

1

1

World Baseball Classic Most Valuable Players

Year Player Position Country

2006

Daisuke Matsuzaka

Starting pitcher

Japan

2009

Daisuke Matsuzaka

Starting pitcher

Japan

2013

Robinson Cano

Second baseman

Dominican Rep.

2017 Marcus Stroman Starting pitcher United States

All-WBC Teams

POS. 2006 2009 2013 2017

Ctcher

Tomoya Satozaki, JAP

Ivan Rodriguez, PUR

Yadier Molina, PUR Yadier Molina, PUR

1B

Seung-yuop Lee, KOR

Tae-kyun Kim, KOR

Edwin Encarnacion, DOM Eric Hosmer, USA

2B

Yulieski Gourriel, CUB

Jose Lopez, VEN

Robinson Cano, DOM Javier Baez, PUR

3B

Adrian Beltra, DOM

Bum-ho Lee, KOR

David Wright, USA Carlos Correa, PUR.

SS

Derek Jeter, USA

Jimmy Rollins, USA Jose Reyes, DOM Francisco Lindor, PUR

OF

Ken Griffey Jr., USA

Norichika Aoki, JAP

Nelson Cruz, DOM. Cristian Yelich, USA

OF

Jong-beom Lee, KOR

Frederich Cepeda, CUB

Angel Pagan, PUR. Gregory Polanco, DOM

OF

Ichiro Suzuki, JAP Yoenis Cespedes, CUB Michael Saunders, CAN Wladimir Balentien, NED

DH

Yoandy Garlobo, CUB

Hyun-soo Kim, KOR

Hirokazu Ibata, JAP

Carlos Beltran, PUR

P

Yadel Marti, CUB

Jung-keun Bong, KOR

Nelson Figueroa, PUR

Marcus Stroman, USA

P

Daisuke Matsuzaka, JAP

Hisashi Iwakuma, JAP

Kenta Maeda, JAP Josh Zeid, ISR

P

Chan Ho Park, KOR Daisuke Matsuzaka, JAP Fernando Rodney, DOM Kodai Senga, JAP
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