World Baseball Classic 2023: Schedule, Format, Rosters, How to Watch and Stream From Anywhere

    World Baseball Classic 2023: Schedule, Format, Rosters, How to Watch and Stream From Anywhere

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    Spring training games have just begun, but many Major League baseball players will soon be taking a two-week break from practices and practice games in Arizona and Florida to play for their country in the World Baseball Classic

    With a roster of 30 MLB players, Team USA enters the tournament as the defending champion. The Dominican Republic (winner in 2013) and Japan (two-time champ, in 2009 and 2006) loom as the biggest obstacles to an American repeat.

    The tournament runs from March 7 to 21. Games will be shown on Fox, FS1, FS2 and Fox Deportes. In addition, three early-round games will be shown live on the Fox-owned Tubi streaming app. Here’s everything you need to know to watch the WBC, with or without cable.

    tech news Mookie Betts adjusts his Dodgers hat

    Mookie Betts will trade Dodger blue for red, white and blue when he suits up for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.

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    Tech news What is the schedule and format of the WBC?

    Twenty teams will play in this year’s tournament, up from 16 teams in past years. There are four different pools of five teams each. The top two teams in each pool will advance to the quarterfinals, at which point it becomes an eight-team, single-elimination tournament.

    • Pool play: March 7 to 15
    • Quarterfinals: March 15 to 18
    • Semifinals: March 19 and 20
    • Championship: March 21

    Tech news Where are the WBC games being played?

    The tournament will be held in four locations, two in the US and two in Asia:

    • LoanDepot Park (home of the Miami Marlins) in Miami
    • Chase Field (home of the Arizona Diamondbacks) in Phoenix
    • Tokyo Dome in Tokyo
    • Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan

    Tech news Which countries are playing in the World Baseball Classic?

    Here’s how the 20 teams are arranged in the four pools:

    Pool A

    • Cuba
    • Netherlands
    • Italy
    • Chinese Taipei
    • Panama

    Pool A will play its games in Taiwan.

    Pool B

    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Australia
    • China
    • Czech Republic

    Pool B will play its games in Japan.

    Pool C

    • United States
    • Mexico
    • Canada
    • Colombia
    • Great Britain

    Pool C will play its games in Phoenix.

    Pool D

    • Dominican Republic
    • Venezuela
    • Puerto Rico
    • Israel
    • Nicaragua

    Pool D will play its games in Miami. 

    Pool A and B quarterfinals will be played in Japan. Pool C and D quarterfinals will be played in Miami. The semifinals and championship game will be played in Miami.

    Tech news Who are the biggest MLB stars playing in the WBC?

    USA: Mike Trout, Mookie Betts, Trea Turner, Pete Alonso, Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan Arenado

    Dominican Republic: Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Manny Machado, Rafael Devers, Juan Soto, Wander Franco, Julio Rodríguez, Sandy Alcantara

    Japan: Shohei Ohtani, Yu Darvish

    Venezuela: Ronald Acuña Jr., Jose Altuve

    Netherlands: Xander Bogaerts

    Puerto Rico: Francisco Lindor

    Canada: Freddie Freeman

    You can see the full roster for each WBC team here.

    Tech news When does Team USA play?

    Here’s the schedule for the US team’s four games in Pool C:

    • Game 1 vs. Great Britain: March 11 at 6 p.m. PT  (9 p.m. ET) on Fox
    • Game 2 vs. Mexico: March 12 at 7 p.m. PT  (10 p.m. ET) on FS1
    • Game 3 vs. Canada: March 13 at 7 p.m. PT  (10 p.m. ET) on FS1
    • Game 4 vs. Colombia: March 15 at 7 p.m. PT  (10 p.m. ET) on FS1

    The tournament starts at 11 p.m. ET (8 p.m. PT) on March 7 with the first game between Cuba and the Netherlands. You can see the full WBC schedule here.

    Tech news How can I watch the World Baseball Classic?

    You can watch the WBC on Fox, FS1, FS2 and Fox Deportes with a live TV streaming service, but keep in mind that not every service carries every local network, so check each one using the links below to make sure it carries Fox in your area. The key channel for the WBC is FS1, which will not only show three of Team USA’s first four games but will also show both semifinal games and the title game. 

    Games can also be streamed live online through or the Fox Sports app, but you’ll need to authenticate with a cable, streaming or satellite login. You don’t need an account to watch the three games on the free, ad-supported Tubi streaming service. 

    Tech news How to use a VPN to watch the WBC from anywhere

    If you’re traveling outside your home country and want to watch the WBC, or just want an added layer of privacy for streaming, there is an option that doesn’t require searching the internet for a sketchy website: You can use a VPN, or virtual private network.

    With a VPN, you’re able to virtually change your location on your phone, tablet or laptop to get access to WBC broadcasts, which comes in handy if you find yourself unable to view the games locally. A VPN is the best way to stop your ISP from throttling your speeds by encrypting your traffic. Using a VPN is also a great idea if you’re traveling and find yourself connected to a Wi-Fi network, and you want to add an extra layer of privacy for your devices and logins.

    If you can’t find a convenient opportunity to watch the WBC where you live, using a VPN with a US-based server should provide access to some or all of the streaming options listed below. Most VPNs, like our Editors’ Choice, ExpressVPN, make it really easy to do this.

    Using a VPN to watch or stream sports is legal in any country where VPNs are legal, as long as you’ve got a legitimate subscription to the service you’re streaming. You should be sure your VPN is set up correctly to prevent leaks: Even where VPNs are legal, the streaming service may terminate the account of anyone it deems to be circumventing correctly applied blackout restrictions. See our list of best VPNs for more and check out other great VPN deals taking place right now.

    Tech news Quick tips for streaming the WBC using a VPN

    • With four variables at play — your ISP, browser, video streaming provider and VPN — experience and success may vary.
    • If you don’t see your desired location as a default option for ExpressVPN, try using the “search for city or country” option.
    • If you’re having trouble getting the game after you’ve turned on your VPN and set it to the correct viewing area, there are two things you can try for a quick fix. First, log into your streaming service subscription account and make sure the address registered for the account is an address in the correct viewing area. If not, you may need to change the physical address on file with your account. Second, some smart TVs — like Roku — don’t have VPN apps you can install directly on the device itself. Instead, you’ll have to install the VPN on your router or the mobile hotspot you’re using (like your phone) so that any device on its Wi-Fi network now appears in the correct viewing location.
    • All of the VPN providers we recommend have helpful instructions on their main site for quickly installing the VPN on your router. In some cases with smart TV services, after you install a cable network’s sports app, you’ll be asked to verify a numeric code or click a link sent to your email address on file for your smart TV. This is where having a VPN on your router will also help, since both devices will appear to be in the correct location. 
    • And remember, browsers can often give away a location despite using a VPN, so be sure you’re using a privacy-first browser to log into your services. We normally recommend Brave.

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