World Baseball Classic Rules:
In addition to the rules listed on the MLB Rules Page, the WBC also uses the following rules:
- The host countries are now chosen in a vote by WBC's Council. This is done under an exhaustive ballot system.
- The national football association of a country desiring to host the event receives a "Hosting Agreement" from WBC, which explains the steps and requirements that are expected from a strong bid. The bidding association also receives a form, the submission of which represents the official confirmation of the candidacy. After this, a WBC designated group of inspectors visit the country to identify that the country meets the requirements needed to host the event and a report on the country is produced.
- The decision on who will host the World Baseball Classic is usually made 6 or 7 years in advance of the tournament.
- A minimum of 7 venues are required in order to host the World Baseball Classic.
- The player is a citizen of the nation the team represents.
- The player is qualified for citizenship or to hold a passport under the laws of a nation represented by a team, but has not been granted citizenship or been issued a passport; in this case, the player may be made eligible by WBC upon petition by the player or team.
- The player is a permanent legal resident of the nation or territory the team represents.
- The player was born in the nation or territory the team represents.
- The player has one parent who is, or if deceased was, a citizen of the nation the team represents.
- The player has one parent who was born in the nation or territory the team represents.
a) The top 12 nations that win at least one game at the tournament qualify for the next edition.
b) The remaining 4 slots are filled by the winners of four four-team qualifying tournaments; the tournaments will be held the year prior to the tournament.
c) The qualifier tournaments can only have a max of 8 teams each.
- Rounds #1 & #2 = Group Stage / Round-Robin:
a) Round #1 = 4 pools of 4 teams each; 1 game against all other 3 teams (4 venues).
b) The top 2 teams from each pool in the 1st round go on to the 2nd round.
c) Round #2 = 2 pools of 4 teams each; 1 game against all other 3 teams (2 new venues).
d) The top 2 teams from each pool in the 2nd round go on to the 3rd round.
- Rounds #3 & #4 = Single-Elimination
a) Round #3 = semifinals; Can be same venues as the 2nd Round for the semifinals.
b) Round #4 is championship round; Must be entirely new venue for the championship.
- However, in an effort to reduce the likelihood that a team would be eliminated on statistical tiebreakers, the tournament schedule allows for a seventh game at each pool-play site:
a) If there is a two-way tie for first, since both teams advance, there would be no extra game. The team that won the original game between the teams would be declared the pool winner, and the other team the pool runner-up.
b) If there is a three-way tie for first (all three teams being 2–1, and the last team 0–3), head-to-head results would not help to break the tie. In this case, statistics would determine the first-place team, and the other two would play to determine the pool runner-up.
c) If there is a three-way tie for second (all three teams being 1–2, and the first team 3–0), statistics would determine the top two teams who would then play to determine the pool runner-up. The team ranked worst on the calculation would be eliminated.
d) In either of the latter cases, the statistics used to rank the tied teams will be: i) Fewest runs allowed per inning of defense in head-to-head game, ii) Fewest earned runs allowed per inning of defense in head-to-head games, iii) Highest batting average in head-to-head games, iv) Drawing of lots.
- A pitcher cannot pitch more than:
a) 65 pitches per game in Qualifying Round of the tournament.
b) 65 pitches per game in First Round of the tournament.
c) 80 pitches per game in Second Round of the tournament.
d) 95 pitches per game in Championship Round of the 2013 tournament.
e) A pitcher can still finish a batter's plate appearance even if the limit is reached, but must come out after completing the plate appearance.
- A pitcher cannot pitch until:
a) a minimum of 4 days have passed since he last pitched, if he threw 50 or more pitches when he last pitched
b) a minimum of 1 day has passed since he last pitched, if he threw 30 or more pitches when he last pitched.
c) a minimum of 1 day has passed since any second consecutive day on which the pitcher pitched.
- Games are called if one team is ahead by:
a) 10 or more runs after any complete inning, beginning with the completion of the 7th inning, or;
b) 15 or more runs after any complete inning, beginning with the completion of the 5th inning
c) Mercy rules do not apply during the championship round.
- The designated hitter rule applies for all games.
- Starting with the 11th inning, teams automatically start with runners on first and second base.
- These are the players in the two batting order positions previous to the lead-off batter for the inning.
- Winner: US$1,000,000 & a large silver trophy.
- 2nd Place: US$600,000
- 3rd place: US$400,000
- 4th place: US$225,000
- Fox Sports = Cyprus, Greece, Israel, Italy, Malta, Netherlands & Turkey.
- NOS = Netherlands.
- Eleven Sports Network = Belgium, Poland, Singapore & Malaysia.
- beIN Sports = Indonesia, Singapore & Oceania.
- LeTV and PPTV = China
- Sky Net= Myanmar.
- Solar TV = the Philippines.
- i-CABLE = Hong Kong
- OSN = the Middle East & North Africa.
- SBS = South Korea.
- Videoland = Taiwan.
- CIRT = Cuba.
- Sportsnet = Canada.
- TBS Television, TV Asahi and J Sports = Japan.
- MLB Network & ESPN Deportes = US.
- ESPN America = United Kingdom & Ireland.
- WBSC's YouTube channel = For areas not covered by the event's broadcast partner.