The first-round venues are set for the second running of the World Baseball Classic, which will begin on March 5, 2009, in Japan.No word on whether the Babe Ruth of Canada will return.
As in 2006, Tokyo Dome and Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico, will host first-round games. In 2009, those venues will be joined for the first time by Rogers Centre in Toronto and Foro Sol Stadium in Mexico City. ...
The 16-team field is the same as '06 ... Next year's brackets are as follows:
Pool A -- China, Chinese Taipei, Japan and Korea will begin play on March 5 in Tokyo Dome ...
Pool B -- Australia, Cuba, Mexico and South Africa, from March 8-12 in Mexico City.
Pool C -- Canada, Italy, the U.S. and Venezuela, from March 8-12 in Toronto.
Pool D -- Dominican Republic, the Netherlands, Panama and Puerto Rico, from March 7-11 in Puerto Rico.