By Michael Clair michaelsclair September 18, at pm While MLB fans are getting ready for a late-season playoff push, German baseball fans are already preparing for their World Series: the wonderfully named "Baseballmeister. Because of the odd format, the northern teams played 24 games this past season, while the southern teams played Though the league is still small and largely a small ball leaguedrawing roughly fans per game during the regular season and jumping up to about 1, for the championship, the level of coaching has drastically improved over the last decade or so as more instructors and coaches head to the league after spending time in America.
The WBC committee decided to expand the man field to 16, and there are four qualifying tournaments that include four teams. Each team in their four-man group is vying for one of the last spots.
The four winners of these qualifiers move on to the World Baseball Classic, to be held in March Below, we'll look at the field in contention for these four tournaments, including the championship game schedule and what each bracket has to offer for fans.
Each tournament is a modified double elimination format, which means seeding for the final two games are based on how you do in the early part of your games. Israel, 5 p.
Israel has already punched their ticket to the championship game, putting themselves in a nice position to be the 13th team in the final bracket.
TBD, 1 p. Germany has the inside track on the championship game, but will have to get through Great Britain and Canada to take home the last spot in this four-pack of action.
TBD, 7 p. The Panama region has some serious talent, and will kick off right before you start craving some Thanksgiving turkey.
Brazil has announced that Barry Larkin, the former Reds shortstop and current MLB analyst, will be their manager for the qualifying round. TBD 1 a.
Many expect Chinese Taipei to run away with this division, as they're ranked No. Facebook Logo.