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The 2017 World Baseball Classic pools were announced

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The World Baseball Classic is almost here! There is only one more qualifier left, and that will wrap up a month from now in Brooklyn. So, since we know the identity of every team participating in the 2017 WBC except for one, the pools and locations have been released. You only know this if you happened to catch a tweet sent out by the WBC’s official account, though, because as enjoyable as this tournament is, they still are not great at promoting it!

Pool A will play in Tokyo, Japan, and feature Australia, China, Cuba and Japan. Pool B will play in Seoul, South Korea, and includes Chinese Taipei, Korea, the Netherlands, and whichever of Brazil, Israel, Great Britain or Pakistan come out of the Brooklyn qualifier being played between September 22 and 25. Pool C will be played in Miami, with Canada, the Dominican Republic, Colombia and the United States vying for supremacy. Last, we have Pool D in Guadalajara, Mexico, whose foursome is Italy, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.

A winner and a runner-up will advance from each pool after a round-robin, into a second round-robin made up of Pool A and B — that’s Pool E, played in Tokyo again — and on the other side, Pool C and D will make up Pool F, whose games will be at San Diego's Petco Park. The winner of Pool F will then take on the runner-up of Pool E in a semifinal at Dodger Stadium, while the winner of Pool E will face Pool F’s runner-up in the same venue. The winners of those two single-elimination contests will then face each other in the World Baseball Classic finals, once again at Dodger Stadium, to determine who the champion is this time around. Was that all confusing? You can go look at the picture on that tweet again. It’s not complicated, but it is exciting, and it begins on March 7.