From Friday, October 28 to Sunday, November 6 the WBSC U23 Baseball World Cup in Monterrey, Mexico will be played. 12 teams have been qualified. Austria and the Czech Republic will represent European Baseball in the most important international baseball tournament of the year. For Austria it’s the first ever participation in a Baseball World Cup. They qualified for the tournament through a second place at the 2014 U21 European Championship.
The Czech Republic has been placed into Pool A together with Korea, Venezuela, Mexico, Panama and South Africa. Austria is slotted into Pool B with Japan, Chinese Taipei, Australia, Nicaragua and Argentina. Crucial points for the Men’s Baseball World Rankings are on the line. The champion receives 690 points, the number 12 60. The Czech Republic, already on an all-time high no. 14 in the world, can reduce the deficit towards the elusive top 12 even further. Austria is looking to improve their 33rd position.
Live play by play will be available for all games through www.wbsc.org. Additionally selected games will be live streamed through YouTube for free. During the first round four of the six games each day will be streamed.