The 2017 World Baseball Classic set records for attendance, television ratings, digital consumption and merchandise sales. The fourth edition of the premier international baseball tournament concluded with the United States winning its first tournament title by defeating Puerto Rico 8-0 last night at Dodger Stadium.
This evening World Baseball Classic, Inc. (WBCI) announced the selections of the 2017 World Baseball Classic Most Valuable Player and the 2017 All-World Baseball Classic Team. The selections were made by a panel of broadcasters and media members.
The 2017 World Baseball Classic has drawn 976,828, setting the all-time event attendance record through the Second Round. This year's tournament has already surpassed the previous total tournament attendance record of 885,212, set in 2013.
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MLB Network today announced its comprehensive 2017 Spring Training game schedule, featuring more than 180 games in 37 days beginning with the Philadelphia Phillies visiting the New York Yankees this Friday, February 24, live at 1:00 p.m. ET. The complete list of MLB Network's 2017 Spring Training game telecasts presented by Best Western Hotels & Resorts can be viewed here*.
As pitchers and catchers report this week, the ninth season of MLB Network's Spring Training series 30 Clubs in 30 Days returns on Monday with comprehensive analysis and discussion of each club's roster.
With the final rosters set for the 16 participating countries in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, MLB Network Presents will look back at the inaugural tournament in The 2006 World Baseball Classic, A Classic Beginning, on Tuesday, February 14 at 9:00 p.m. ET. Hosted by Bob Costas and including commentary by MLB stars and 2017 World Baseball Classic participants Jose Altuve, Chris Archer and Francisco Lindor, the program chronicles how the World Baseball Classic became an international phenomenon featuring many of the world's best players representing their countries in thrilling games and electric atmospheres. A clip from The 2006 World Baseball Classic, A Classic Beginning can be viewed here.
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