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2009 World Baseball Classic
2009 logo
Dates March 5 to 23, 2009
Teams 16
Finals
Finals host(s) Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California
Championship game R H E
 Japan 5 15 0
 South Korea 3 5 1
10 innings
Semifinalists  Venezuela
 United States
Round 2
Pool 1 host(s) PETCO Park, San Diego, California
Pool 2 host(s) Dolphin Stadium, Miami, Florida
Round 1
Pool A host(s) Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan
Pool B host(s) Foro Sol Stadium, Mexico City, Mexico
Pool C host(s) Rogers Centre, Toronto, Canada
Pool D host(s) Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Tournament statistics
Games played 39
Total attendance 801,408 (avg. 20,548; pct. 54.6%)
Tournament MVP Japan Daisuke Matsuzaka
Jumbotron ad for the 2009 WBC at Rogers Centre

The 2009 World Baseball Classic was an international baseball competition. It is the only international baseball tournament to feature a large number of players from the major leagues of North America and Asia. It began on March 5, 2009, and finished March 23, 2009.

Japan emerged victorious for the second straight Classic, defeating rival South Korea 5-3 in 10 innings in the final. Daisuke Matsuzaka won his second World Baseball Classic MVP Award.

Contents

Format

As was the case for the 2006 tournament, the sixteen teams were split into four pools of four teams each.[1] Whereas previously the teams played in round-robin competition in Rounds 1 and 2, this time they took part in a double-elimination format, similar to the USA's College World Series sponsored by the NCAA. Under the new format, teams were only guaranteed to play two games. This change was made to eliminate the complicated tiebreaking procedures,[2] which were required for one of the pools in each of Rounds 1 and 2 in 2006.

After Round 1, the tournament was held on American soil. The top two teams from each of the four pools—seeded from the final game in their respective pools—went to Round 2, with the teams from Pools A and B meeting at PETCO Park in San Diego, California for Pool 1, and the teams in Pools C and D playing at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida for Pool 2.[3] Again, both pools made use of double-elimination to determine the teams qualifying for the Semifinals. In another change from 2006, the four qualifying teams crossed over for the Semifinals, with the winner of each pool playing against the runner-up from the other pool.[2] The Finals process was otherwise unchanged, with each Semifinal being a single elimination match, the victors meeting in the Final to determine the tournament champion. All three Final Round games were held at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.[3]

In the Final, the Team with the higher winning percentage of games in the Tournament was to be the home team. If the Teams competing in the Final had identical winning percentages in the tournament, then WBCI would conduct a coin flip or draw to determine the home team.

Rosters

Each participating national federation had a deadline of January 19, 2009 to submit a 45-man provisional roster. Final rosters of 28 players, which also must include a minimum of 13 pitchers and two catchers, were submitted on February 24. If a player on the submitted roster was unable to play, usually due to injury, he could be substituted at any time before the start of the tournament. While rosters cannot be changed during a round of competition, a team that advances to a later round can change its roster for the later round.

Venues

Seven stadiums were used during the tournament:

Pool A - Tokyo Pool B - Mexico City Pool C - Toronto Pool D - San Juan
Tokyo Dome Foro Sol Stadium Rogers Centre Hiram Bithorn Stadium
Capacity: 42,000 Capacity: 26,000 Capacity: 49,539 Capacity: 18,000
TokyoDome GiantsFighters.jpg Foro Sol.jpg Tigersbluejaysapril2008.jpg Hiram Bithorn Stadium 1.JPG
Pool 1 - San Diego Pool 2 - Miami Finals - Los Angeles
PETCO Park Dolphin Stadium Dodger Stadium
Capacity: 42,685 Capacity: 38,560 Capacity: 56,000
Petco Park Interior.JPG Marlins 2008 001.jpg Dodger-Stadium-Panorama-052707.jpg

Teams and pools

The 16 teams that participated in the 2006 World Baseball Classic were all invited back for the 2009 tournament. The WBCI changed the members of each pool as compared with the 2006 Classic, however, except for Pool A. There was no official qualifying competition.

Pool A Pool B Pool C Pool D
 China  Australia  Canada  Dominican Republic
 Chinese Taipei  Cuba  Italy  Netherlands
 Japan  Mexico  United States  Panama
 South Korea  South Africa  Venezuela  Puerto Rico

Round 1

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Pool A

  Preliminaries Qualifiers Seeding
                             
-   China 0  
-   Japan 4  
  W1   Japan (F/7) 14  
  W2   South Korea 2  
-   Chinese Taipei 0
-   South Korea 9  
  W4   Japan 0 AR
  W5   South Korea 1 AW
L2   Chinese Taipei 1  
L1   China 4  
  W3   China 0
  L4   South Korea (F/7) 14  
March 5, 2009 China  0 – 4  Japan Tokyo Dome, Japan
Attendance: 43,428
Boxscore

March 6, 2009 Chinese Taipei  0 – 9  South Korea Tokyo Dome, Japan
Attendance: 12,704
Boxscore

March 7, 2009 Chinese Taipei  1 – 4  China Tokyo Dome, Japan
Attendance: 12,890
Boxscore
March 7, 2009 Japan  14 – 2 (F/7)  South Korea Tokyo Dome, Japan
Attendance: 45,640
Boxscore

March 8, 2009 China  0 – 14 (F/7)  South Korea Tokyo Dome, Japan
Attendance: 12,571
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March 9, 2009 South Korea  1 – 0  Japan Tokyo Dome, Japan
Attendance: 42,879
Boxscore

Pool B

  Preliminaries Qualifiers Seeding
                             
-   South Africa 1  
-   Cuba 8  
  W1   Cuba 5  
  W2   Australia 4  
-   Australia (F/8) 17
-   Mexico 7  
  W4   Cuba (F/7) 16 BW
  W5   Mexico 4 BR
L2   Mexico 14  
L1   South Africa 3  
  W3   Mexico (F/6) 16
  L4   Australia 1  
March 8, 2009 South Africa  1 – 8  Cuba Foro Sol Stadium, Mexico
Attendance: 11,270
Boxscore
March 8, 2009 Australia  17 – 7 (F/8)  Mexico Foro Sol Stadium, Mexico
Attendance: 20,821
Boxscore

March 9, 2009 Mexico  14 – 3  South Africa Foro Sol Stadium, Mexico
Attendance: 10,311
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March 10, 2009 Cuba  5 – 4  Australia Foro Sol Stadium, Mexico
Attendance: 13,396
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March 11, 2009 Mexico  16 – 1 (F/6)  Australia Foro Sol Stadium, Mexico
Attendance: 16,718
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March 12, 2009 Mexico  4 – 16 (F/7)  Cuba Foro Sol Stadium, Mexico
Attendance: 20,149
Boxscore

Pool C

  Preliminaries Qualifiers Seeding
                             
-   Canada 5  
-   United States 6  
  W1   United States 15  
  W2   Venezuela 6  
-   Italy 0
-   Venezuela 7  
  W3   United States 3 CR
  W5   Venezuela 5 CW
L2   Italy 6  
L1   Canada 2  
  W4   Italy 1
  L3   Venezuela 10  
March 7, 2009 Canada  5 – 6  United States Rogers Centre, Canada
Attendance: 42,314
Boxscore
March 7, 2009 Italy  0 – 7  Venezuela Rogers Centre, Canada
Attendance: 13,272
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March 8, 2009 United States  15 – 6  Venezuela Rogers Centre, Canada
Attendance: 13,094
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March 9, 2009 Italy  6 – 2  Canada Rogers Centre, Canada
Attendance: 12,411
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March 10, 2009 Italy  1 – 10  Venezuela Rogers Centre, Canada
Attendance: 10,450
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March 11, 2009 Venezuela  5 – 3  United States Rogers Centre, Canada
Attendance: 12,358
Boxscore

Pool D

  Preliminaries Qualifiers Seeding
                             
-   Netherlands 3  
-   Dominican Republic 2  
  W1   Netherlands 1  
  W2   Puerto Rico 3  
-   Panama 0
-   Puerto Rico 7  
  W4   Puerto Rico 5 DW
  W5   Netherlands 0 DR
L2   Panama 0  
L1   Dominican Republic 9  
  W3   Dominican Republic 1
  L4   Netherlands (F/11) 2  
March 7, 2009 Netherlands  3 – 2  Dominican Republic Hiram Bithorn Stadium, Puerto Rico
Attendance: 9,335
Boxscore
March 7, 2009 Panama  0 – 7  Puerto Rico Hiram Bithorn Stadium, Puerto Rico
Attendance: 17,348
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March 8, 2009 Panama  0 – 9  Dominican Republic Hiram Bithorn Stadium, Puerto Rico
Attendance: 9,221
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March 9, 2009 Netherlands  1 – 3  Puerto Rico Hiram Bithorn Stadium, Puerto Rico
Attendance: 19,479
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March 10, 2009 Dominican Republic  1 – 2 (F/11)  Netherlands Hiram Bithorn Stadium, Puerto Rico
Attendance: 11,814
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March 11, 2009 Netherlands  0 – 5  Puerto Rico Hiram Bithorn Stadium, Puerto Rico
Attendance: 19,501
Boxscore

Round 2

Pool 1

  Preliminaries Qualifiers Seeding
                             
AR   Japan 6  
BW   Cuba 0  
  W1   Japan 1  
  W2   South Korea 4  
BR   Mexico 2
AW   South Korea 8  
  W4   South Korea 2 1R
  W5   Japan 6 1W
L1   Cuba 7  
L2   Mexico 4  
  W3   Cuba 0
  L4   Japan 5  
March 15, 2009 Japan  6 – 0  Cuba PETCO Park, California
Attendance: 20,179
Boxscore
March 15, 2009 Mexico  2 – 8  South Korea PETCO Park, California
Attendance: 22,337
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March 16, 2009 Cuba  7 – 4  Mexico PETCO Park, California
Attendance: 9,329
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March 17, 2009 Japan  1 – 4  South Korea PETCO Park, California
Attendance: 15,332
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March 18, 2009 Japan  5 – 0  Cuba PETCO Park, California
Attendance: 9,774
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March 19, 2009 Japan  6 – 2  South Korea PETCO Park, California
Attendance: 14,832
Boxscore

Pool 2

  Preliminaries Qualifiers Seeding
                             
DR   Netherlands 1  
CW   Venezuela 3  
  W1   Venezuela 2  
  W2   Puerto Rico 0  
CR   United States 1
DW   Puerto Rico (F/7) 11  
  W4   Venezuela 10 2W
  W5   United States 6 2R
L1   Netherlands 3  
L2   United States 9  
  W3   United States 6
  L4   Puerto Rico 5  
March 14, 2009 Netherlands  1 – 3  Venezuela Dolphin Stadium, Florida
Attendance: 17,345
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March 14, 2009 United States  1 – 11 (F/7)  Puerto Rico Dolphin Stadium, Florida
Attendance: 30,595
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March 15, 2009 Netherlands  3 – 9  United States Dolphin Stadium, Florida
Attendance: 11,059
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March 16, 2009 Venezuela  2 – 0  Puerto Rico Dolphin Stadium, Florida
Attendance: 25,599
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March 17, 2009 Puerto Rico  5 – 6  United States Dolphin Stadium, Florida
Attendance: 13,224
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March 18, 2009 United States  6 – 10  Venezuela Dolphin Stadium, Florida
Attendance: 16,575
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Finals

  Semifinals Final
                 
1R   South Korea 10  
2W   Venezuela 2  
    SF1W   South Korea 3
  SF2W   Japan (F/10) 5
2R   United States 4
1W   Japan 9  
March 21, 2009 South Korea  10 – 2  Venezuela Dodger Stadium, California
Attendance: 43,378
Boxscore

March 22, 2009 United States  4 – 9  Japan Dodger Stadium, California
Attendance: 43,630
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March 23, 2009 Japan  5 – 3 (F/10)  South Korea Dodger Stadium, California
Attendance: 54,846
Boxscore

Final standings

Rk Team W L Tiebreaker
1  Japan 7 2 -
Lost in Final
2  South Korea 6 3 -
Lost in Semifinals
3  Venezuela 6 2 -
4  United States 4 4 -
Failed to qualify for Semifinals
5  Puerto Rico 4 2 1.75 RA/9
6  Cuba 4 2 4.15 RA/9
7  Netherlands 2 4 3.98 RA/9
8  Mexico 2 4 10.10 RA/9
Failed to qualify for Round 2
9  Dominican Republic 1 2 1.57 RA/9
10  Italy 1 2 6.84 RA/9
11  China 1 2 7.43 RA/9
12  Australia 1 2 10.96 RA/9
13  Canada 0 2 6.35 RA/9
14  Chinese Taipei 0 2 7.31 RA/9
15  Panama 0 2 9.00 RA/9
16  South Africa 0 2 11.65 RA/9
 2009 World Baseball Classic Champions 

Japan
Second title

Attendance

801,408 (avg. 20,548; pct. 54.6%)

Round 1

453,374 (avg. 18,890; pct. 55.7%)

  • Pool A - 170,112 (avg. 28,352; pct. 67.5%)
  • Pool B - 92,665 (avg. 15,444; pct. 59.4%)
  • Pool C - 103,899 (avg. 17,316; pct. 35.0%)
  • Pool D - 86,698 (avg. 14,449; pct. 80.3%)

Round 2

206,180 (avg. 17,181; pct. 42.3%)

  • Pool 1 - 91,783 (avg. 15,297; pct. 35.8%)
  • Pool 2 - 114,397 (avg. 19,066; pct. 49.4%)

Finals

141,854 (avg. 47,284; pct. 84.4%)

  • Semifinals - 87,008 (avg. 43,504; pct. 77.7%)
  • Final - 54,846 (avg. 54,846; pct. 97.9%)

All-WBC team

Position Player
C Puerto Rico Ivan Rodriguez
1B South Korea Tae-Kyun Kim
2B Venezuela José López
SS United States Jimmy Rollins
3B South Korea Bum-Ho Lee
OF Japan Norichika Aoki
Cuba Frederich Cepeda
Cuba Yoennis Cespedes
DH South Korea Hyun-Soo Kim
P South Korea Jung-Keun Bong
Japan Hisashi Iwakuma
Japan Daisuke Matsuzaka

Statistics

Batting

Statistic Name Total/Avg
Batting average Australia Brett Roneberg .714
Hits Japan Norichika Aoki
Cuba Frederich Cepeda
Japan Ichiro Suzuki
12
Runs United States Adam Dunn
South Korea Tae-Kyun Kim
United States Kevin Youkilis
9
Doubles Venezuela Jose Lopez 6
Home runs 7 players 3
Runs batted in South Korea Tae-Kyun Kim 11
Total bases Cuba Yoennis Céspedes 24
Walks United States Adam Dunn 9
Strikeouts United States Adam Dunn
Japan Michihiro Ogasawara
10
Stolen bases Japan Yasuyuki Kataoka
United States Jimmy Rollins
4
On base percentage Canada Jason Bay .778
Slugging percentage Australia Brett Roneberg 1.286
On base plus slugging Australia Brett Roneberg 2.036

Pitching

Statistic Name Total/Avg
Wins Japan Daisuke Matsuzaka 3
Losses United States Jeremy Guthrie 2
Saves Venezuela Francisco Rodríguez 3
Innings pitched Japan Hisashi Iwakuma 20
Hits allowed United States Roy Oswalt 17
Runs allowed United States Jeremy Guthrie 10
Earned runs allowed South Korea Kwang-Hyun Kim 8
Earned run average Venezuela Enrique Gonzalez* 0.00
Walks 5 others 6
Strikeouts Japan Yu Darvish 20
WHIP Dominican Republic Rafael Perez 0.00
*Gonzalez is tied with several others with a 0.00 ERA but he pitched the most innings with 9.2

Additional rules

As was the case for the 2006 Classic, several rules were announced for the 2009 tournament that modified the existing rules for international baseball set out by the IBAF.[4][5]

Once again there were limits on the number of pitches thrown in a game, though the limits themselves were changed from the previous tournament:

  • 70 pitches in Round 1 (up from 65 in 2006)
  • 85 pitches in Round 2 (up from 80 in 2006)
  • 100 pitches in the Semifinals and Final (up from 95 in 2006)

If a pitcher reached his limit during an at bat, he was allowed to finish pitching to the batter, but was removed from the game at the end of the at bat.

Any pitcher who made 30 or more pitches in a game was ineligible to pitch on the following day. As the Finals were played over three consecutive days, a so-called "pitcher rest equalization" rule was added: a pitcher making 30 or more pitches in a Semifinal was ineligible to pitch in the Final. This negated an advantage the winners of the first Semifinal would have had in the Final.

Instant replay was also available to umpires during the tournament. As was introduced in Major League Baseball during the 2008 season, replays were only used to adjudicate on home run decisions, to determine whether the ball was fair or foul, over the fence or not, and the impact of fan interference.

An alternative version of the IBAF's extra inning rule was also introduced. If after 12 innings the score was still tied, each half inning thereafter would have started with runners on second and first base. The runners would have been the eighth and ninth hitters due in that inning respectively. For example, if the number five hitter was due to lead off the inning, the number three hitter would have been on second base, and the number four hitter on first base. However, this rule was never actually employed in this year's Classic, as the only two extra-inning games in the tournament ended prior to a 12th inning.

All base coaches were required to wear protective helmets, in the aftermath of the death of Mike Coolbaugh and participating teams were required to announce the next day's starting pitcher. Additionally, a modified early termination rule was in effect for the first two rounds; had a team been ahead by 15 or more runs after five innings or ten or more runs after seven or eight innings, the game ended at that point.

Television coverage

In the United States, ESPN and the MLB Network shared the rights, with ESPN broadcasting 23 of the games, including the Finals, while MLB Network showed the remaining 16.[6] Spanish language telecasts in the USA were handled by ESPN Deportes telecasting all games. Internationally, it was broadcasted to 167 countries by ESPN International.

In Canada, Rogers Sportsnet aired all 39 games.[7]

In the Dominican Republic, CDN (Cadena de Noticias) and CDN2 broadcast all games live (except for games played in Tokyo, shown on tape delay)

In Japan, J Sports broadcast all 39 games. TV Asahi (Round 1) and TBS (Round 2 and Finals) broadcast all games featuring Japan. For all games featuring Japan, they gained viewing ratings of at least 20%. The final game gained ratings in the range 30-45%.[8]

See also

References

  1. ^ "WBC 2009 Brackets". Major League Baseball. 2008-07-31. http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/news/wbc_09/brackets.jsp. Retrieved 2008-09-27.  
  2. ^ a b "Classic changes advancement rules". Major League Baseball. 2008-03-23. http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080323&content_id=2453941&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb. Retrieved 2008-09-27.  
  3. ^ a b "Dodger Stadium to host Classic finals". Major League Baseball. 2008-07-31. http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080731&content_id=3229562&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb. Retrieved 2008-09-27.  
  4. ^ "Several rules changes adopted for 2009 World Baseball Classic". International Baseball Federation. 2009-01-29. http://www.ibaf.org/archives/news/533. Retrieved 2009-01-31.  
  5. ^ Miller, Doug; MLB.com (2009-01-30). "Rules changes approved for Classic". Major League Baseball. http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090129&content_id=3784012&vkey=wbc&team=. Retrieved 2009-01-31.  
  6. ^ Ibarra, Sergio (2008-10-07). "ESPN, MLB Net Map Plans for World Baseball Classic". TelevisionWeek. http://www.tvweek.com/news/2008/10/espn_mlb_net_map_plans_for_wor.php. Retrieved 2009-03-20.  
  7. ^ "Notebook: Happy fans would pay Junior well". Toronto Star. 2009-02-25. Archived from the original on 2009-09-08. http://www.webcitation.org/5jdSgEwpf. Retrieved 2009-03-20.  
  8. ^ "WBC決勝戦視聴率、36.4%【WBC】" (in Japanese). Jiji Press. 2009-03-25. Archived from the original on 2009-09-08. http://www.webcitation.org/5jdSgXI1g. Retrieved 2009-03-27.  

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