Missing just under six months for the 2023 World Baseball Classic, and tomorrow six teams will launch the last group of the qualifiers to the great baseball quote of selections. Argentina, Brazil, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Pakistan and Panama will be battling for the last two spots at the Rod Carew Stadium in Panama City.
Format and matches:
The action kicks off tomorrow at 1:00 PM, with the match between New Zealand and Brazil (game 1). That will not be the only game of the day, since at 8:00 PM it will be the turn of Argentina and Pakistan (game 2).
The winner of the duel between New Zealand and the Brazilian team will play on Saturday, October 1st, again at 1:00 PM, but this time against the Nicaraguan team (game 3). On the other hand, the winner of the match between Argentines and Pakistanis will face that same Saturday, at 9:00 PM, against the host team, Panama (game 4).
The winners of games 3 and 4 will face each other in one of the finals, in which the winner will advance to the World Classic (game 8). The loser of game 3 will face the loser of game 2, in what will be classified as game number 5. The loser of game 4 will do the same against the loser of game 1, in game number 6.
Those who lose games 5 and 6 will be eliminated, while the winners of those matches will meet in game 7. There, the loser will be eliminated, and the winner will meet in the second final, this time against the loser of the first final. , in a match in which the last quota for the 2023 World Baseball Classic will be decided.
The rosters for this Group B of the World Classic qualifiers have a peculiarity, and that is that all the teams have more players born in their countries than foreigners, even the teams from countries that do not have much baseball culture, such as Argentina, Pakistan and New Zealand.
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– Argentina Baseball (@Argentinabeis) September 29, 2022
— CBBS – Brazilian Baseball and Softball Conference (@cbbsbr) September 27, 2022
We are proud to announce the Diamondblacks roster for the 2022 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers in Panama.
Our first game is against Brazil at 7am, October 1st NZT
— Baseball New Zealand (@BaseballNZ) September 27, 2022
#NicaBeis • We present the official roster of the National Team that will represent Nicaragua ðŸ‡³ðŸ‡® in the World Baseball Pre-Classic âš¾ï¸ to be held in Panama ðŸ‡µðŸ‡¦ from September 30 to October 05. pic.twitter.com/uasECNrS4J
– NicaBeis (@NicaBeis) September 26, 2022
Pakistan official roster has been announced. We aren’t going to make it easy for anyone this time around. Get ready to see our Double plays, home runs, base stealing. We are ðŸ”¥ up, before you know the game is OVER…let’s go team Pakistan https://t.co/gpSl3XZS2X
— Pakistan Federation Baseball ðŸ‡µðŸ‡°âš¾ï¸ (@pakbaseball) September 28, 2022
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– MLBPTYOFICIAL (@mlbptyoficial) September 27, 2022
In the end, after the problem that the Argentine team had with the Panamanian immigration authorities, only three Venezuelans will see action in this Group B of the qualifiers. Carlos Giménez and José Mendoza are the two Venezuelans who will be able to play with Argentina, while Héctor Villarroel will do the same with the Brazilian team.
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