2023 World Baseball Classic Pool A
William Lai throwing the ceremonial first pitch on March 8
Tournament details
CountryTaiwan
CityTaichung
Venue(s)Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium
DatesMarch 8–12
Teams5
Final positions
Champions Cuba
Runner-up Italy
Tournament statistics
MVPChinese Taipei Yu Chang

The 2023 World Baseball Classic Pool A was the first of four pools of the 2023 World Baseball Classic that took place from March 8–12 at Taichung Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan.[1] The top two teams automatically qualified for the top eight knockout stage, beginning with the quarterfinals in Tokyo and the remaining of the bracket in Miami.[2] The teams in this pool consisted of hosts Chinese Taipei, Cuba, Italy, Netherlands, and Panama.[3]

After all games were completed, the five teams tied at 2–2. This resulted in the standings being determined by the fewest runs allowed per defensive out recorded. Cuba won the pool and advanced to the quarterfinals, along with Italy as runners-up, and Chinese Taipei fell to last place and was relegated to the qualifiers for the 2026 World Baseball Classic, despite scoring the most in the pool.[4][5]

Yu Chang of Chinese Taipei was named the most valuable player of Pool A.[6]

Teams

Draw
position
Team Pot Confederation Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Previous best
performance
WBSC
Rankings
[7]
A1  Chinese Taipei 1 WBSC Asia Hosts + 2017 participants March 6, 2017 5th 2017 Quarterfinals (2013) 2
A2  Netherlands 2 WBSC Europe 2017 participants March 6, 2017 5th 2017 Fourth place (2013, 2017) 7
A3  Cuba 3 WBSC Americas 2017 participants March 6, 2017 5th 2017 Runners-up (2006) 8
A4  Italy 4 WBSC Europe 2017 participants March 6, 2017 5th 2017 Quarterfinals (2013) 16
A5  Panama 5 WBSC Americas Qualifiers Pool B winners October 4, 2022 3rd 2009 Pool stage (2006, 2009) 12

Standings

Pos Team Pld W L RF RA PCT GB Qualification
1  Cuba 4 2 2 25 15 .500[a] Advance to quarterfinals
Qualification for 2026 World Baseball Classic
2  Italy 4 2 2 20 17 .500[a]
3  Netherlands 4 2 2 13 19 .500[a] Qualification for 2026 World Baseball Classic
4  Panama 4 2 2 19 21 .500[a]
5  Chinese Taipei (H) 4 2 2 26 31 .500[a]
Source: MLB
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(H) Hosts
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c d e Runs allowed per defensive out recorded: Cuba .139, Italy .157, Netherlands .186, Panama .200, Chinese Taipei .295[5]

Tiebreaker

As all five teams tied at 2–2, WBC's tiebreakers went into effect. The first tiebreaker, head-to-head record, was unnessary because all five teams were tied. The final standings were determined by the fewest runs allowed per defensive out recorded. Based on the calculation, Cuba won the pool, while Italy advanced as the runner-up.[5]

Pool A Tiebreaker
  1. Cuba – 15 runs allowed / 108 outs recorded = .139 runs/out
  2. Italy – 17 runs allowed / 108 outs recorded = .157 runs/out
  3. Netherlands – 19 runs allowed / 102 outs recorded = .186 runs/out
  4. Panama – 21 runs allowed / 105 outs recorded = .200 runs/out
  5. Chinese Taipei – 31 runs allowed / 105 outs recorded = .295 runs/out

Summary

Date Local time Road team Score Home team Inn. Venue Game duration Attendance Boxscore
Mar 8, 2023 12:00 NST Cuba  2–4  Netherlands   Taichung Stadium 3:07 6,501 Boxscore
Mar 8, 2023 19:00 NST Panama  12–5  Chinese Taipei   Taichung Stadium 4:02 15,540 Boxscore
Mar 9, 2023 12:00 NST Panama  1–3  Netherlands   Taichung Stadium 2:45 6,048 Boxscore
Mar 9, 2023 19:00 NST Italy  6–3  Cuba 10 Taichung Stadium 3:43 6,217 Boxscore
Mar 10, 2023 12:30 NST Cuba  13–4  Panama   Taichung Stadium 4:09 7,023 Boxscore
Mar 10, 2023 19:00 NST Italy  7–11  Chinese Taipei   Taichung Stadium 3:58 18,799 Boxscore
Mar 11, 2023 12:00 NST Panama  2–0  Italy   Taichung Stadium 2:57 7,732 Boxscore
Mar 11, 2023 19:00 NST Netherlands  5–9  Chinese Taipei   Taichung Stadium 3:34 18,826 Boxscore
Mar 12, 2023 12:00 NST Chinese Taipei  1–7  Cuba   Taichung Stadium 3:21 18,852 Boxscore
Mar 12, 2023 19:00 NST Netherlands  1–7  Italy   Taichung Stadium 3:00 4,985 Boxscore

Matches

Cuba vs Netherlands

March 8, 2023 12:00 PM TWT at Taichung Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan 24 °C (75 °F), fair[8]
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 Cuba 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 3 0
 Netherlands 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 X 4 7 0
WP: Eric Méndez (1–0)   LP: Onelki García (0–1)   Sv: Wendell Floranus (1)
Attendance: 6,501 (32.5%)
Umpires: HP – Nic Lentz, 1B – Shoji Arisumi, 2B – Dan Iassogna, 3B – Serge Makouchetcher
Boxscore

Panama vs Chinese Taipei

March 8, 2023 19:00 PM TWT at Taichung Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan 18 °C (64 °F), clear
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 Panama 0 0 0 5 0 6 1 0 0 12 14 0
 Chinese Taipei 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 1 0 5 13 1
WP: Randall Delgado (1–0)   LP: Chih-Wei Hu (0–1)
Home runs:
PAN: None
TPE: Nien-Ting Wu (1)
Attendance: 15,540 (77.7%)
Umpires: HP – Roberto Ortiz, 1B – Trent Thomas, 2B – Chris Segal, 3B – Ki Talk Park
Boxscore

Panama vs Netherlands

March 9, 2023 12:00 PM TWT at Taichung Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 Panama 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 7 1
 Netherlands 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 X 3 8 0
WP: Shairon Martis (1–0)   LP: Jaime Barría (0–1)   Sv: Wendell Floranus (2)
Home runs:
PAN: None
NED: Xander Bogaerts (1), Jurickson Profar (1)
Attendance: 6,048
Umpires: HP – Larry Vanover, 1B – Roberto Ortiz, 2B – Trent Thomas, 3B – Shōji Arisumi
Boxscore

Italy vs Cuba

March 9, 2023 19:00 PM TWT at Taichung Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
 Italy 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 4 6 11 1
 Cuba 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 3 8 0
WP: Matthew Festa (1–0)   LP: Raidel Martínez (0–1)
Attendance: 6,217
Umpires: HP: Ki Talk Park, 1B: Mark Carlson, 2B: Chris Segal, 3B: Serge Makouchetev
Notes: Extra inning rule was used in 10th inning.
Boxscore

Cuba vs Panama

March 10, 2023 12:30 PM TWT at Taichung Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 Cuba 1 1 0 0 0 4 5 2 0 13 21 0
 Panama 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 9 0
WP: Miguel Romero (1–0)   LP: Matt Hardy (0–1)
Home runs:
CUB: None
PAN: Rubén Tejada (1)
Attendance: 7,023
Umpires: HP – Dan Iassogna, 1B – Serge Makouchetev, 2B – Mark Carlson, 3B – Trent Thomas
Boxscore

Italy vs Chinese Taipei

March 10, 2023 19:00 PM TWT at Taichung Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 Italy 0 2 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 7 11 2
 Chinese Taipei 1 1 3 0 0 2 1 3 X 11 16 0
WP: Yen-Ching Lu (1–0)   LP: Stephen Woods Jr. (0–1)   Sv: Chia-Hao Sung (1)
Home runs:
ITA: None
TPE: Tzu-Wei Lin (1), Yu Chang (1), Kungkuan Giljegiljaw (1)
Attendance: 18,799
Umpires: HP – Chris Segal, 1B – Nic Lentz, 2B – Shoji Arisumi, 3B – Ki Talk Park
Boxscore

Panama vs Italy

March 11, 2023 12:00 PM TWT at Taichung Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 Panama 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 7 0
 Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
WP: Harold Arauz (1–0)   LP: Michele Vassalotti (0–1)   Sv: Javy Guerra (1)
Home runs:
PAN: José Ramos (1)
ITA: None
Attendance: 7,732
Umpires: HP – Shoji Arisumi, 1B – Larry Vanover, 2B – Trent Thomas, 3B – Chris Segal
Boxscore

Netherlands vs Chinese Taipei

March 11, 2023 19:00 PM TWT at Taichung Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 Netherlands 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 5 6 0
 Chinese Taipei 0 5 2 1 0 0 0 1 x 9 11 1
WP: Tzu-Peng Huang (1–0)   LP: Lars Huijer (0–1)   Sv: Chia-Hao Sung (2)
Home runs:
NED: Ray-Patrick Didder (1)
TPE: Yu Chang (2)
Attendance: 18,826
Umpires: HP – Mark Carlson, 1B – Ki Talk Park, 2B – Dan Iassogna, 3B – Serge Makouchetev
Boxscore

Chinese Taipei vs Cuba

March 12, 2023 12:00 PM TWT at Taichung Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 Chinese Taipei 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 1
 Cuba 4 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 x 7 13 0
WP: Elian Leyva (1–0)   LP: Shih-Peng Chen (0–1)
Home runs:
TPE: None
CUB: Erisbel Arruebarrena (1), Yoán Moncada (1)
Attendance: 18,852
Umpires: HP – Nic Lentz, 1B – Ki Talk Park, 2B – Larry Vanover, 3B – Shoji Arisumi
Boxscore

Netherlands vs Italy

March 12, 2023 19:00 PM TWT at Taichung Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 Netherlands 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 1
 Italy 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 1 x 7 12 0
WP: Matt Harvey (1–0)   LP: Mike Bolsenbroek (0–1)
Home runs:
NED: Chadwick Tromp (1)
ITA: None
Attendance: 4,985
Umpires: HP – Roberto Ortiz, 1B – Dan Iassogna, 2B – Serge Makouchetev, 3B – Trent Thomas
Boxscore

Statistics

Source: [9]

Leading hitters

Power

See also: Slugging percentage

SLG Team 1B 2B 3B HR AB
.504  Chinese Taipei 30 7 2 5 139
.454  Cuba 31 11 1 2 141
.377  Italy 28 9 2 0 138
.370  Panama 28 7 0 2 135
.328  Netherlands 23 1 0 4 125

Efficiency

See also: On-base percentage

OBP Team H BB HBP AB SF
.392  Chinese Taipei 44 14 4 139 1
.390  Cuba 45 15 2 141 1
.372  Panama 37 18 3 135 0
.359  Italy 39 16 1 138 1
.331  Netherlands 28 15 5 125 0

Leading pitchers

See also: Walks plus hits per inning pitched

WHIP Team BB H IP K
1.14  Cuba 10 31 36 38
1.42  Italy 13 38 36 26
1.53  Netherlands 19 33 34 19
1.77  Panama 15 47 35 24
1.86  Chinese Taipei 21 44 35 29

References

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  2. ^ "Schedule of the 2023 WBC". World Baseball Classic. Retrieved 15 January 2023.
  3. ^ "World Baseball Classic 2023 venues, pools announced". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 15 January 2023.
  4. ^ "Italy wins, advances (with Cuba) after 5-way tie". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 12 March 2023.
  5. ^ a b c Adler, David (March 13, 2023). "The wild 5-team tiebreaker, explained". Major League Baseball. Retrieved March 15, 2023.
  6. ^ "Yu Chang wins Pool A MVP". Major League Baseball. March 12, 2023. Retrieved March 15, 2023.
  7. ^ "WBSC Men's Baseball Rankings". World Baseball Softball Confederation. Retrieved 15 January 2023.
  8. ^ "Taichung, Taichung Weather History". Weather Underground. 8 March 2023. Retrieved 8 March 2023.
  9. ^ "World Baseball Classic Stats". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 11 March 2023.