The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) and the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) / Chinese Taipei Baseball Association (CTBA) announced the tournament bracket and the full schedule for the Premier 12 at a press conference in Taipei City on Monday. WBSC Executive Director Michael Schmidt was on hand to reveal the details.
Italy and the Netherlands will represent European Baseball in the international pro national team tournament from November 8 to 21 in Taiwan and Japan. Both are slotted into the same group with the Dutch taking on Chinese Taipei in the Taiwan opener on November 9 in Taichung. One day earlier Japan and Korea play in Sapporo, Japan. The semi-finals and the final will be played at the Tokyo Dome.
Additionally at the press conference it was announced that Taiwan broadcaster Videoland was awarded the broadcasting rights for the Premier 12, U21, U18 and U15 Baseball World Cups. Former NPB pitcher Tai-Yuan Kuo was named new manager of the Chinese Taipei National Team.