Team USA is entering the World Baseball Classic with an uphill hill to climb to reclaim its 2017 title.

Its pitching staff isn’t especially strong and Bryce Harper will be out as he continues to recover from Tommy John Surgery. However, there is plenty to look to watching on the Team USA roster, including Mike Trout, Mookie Betts, and Trea Turner. The star-power is very much in play, which has it among the favorites for the 2023 WBC.

Team USA avoided the dreaded Group D in Miami, which includes the likes of Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico. Instead it will play in Group C in Phoenix, alongside Great Britain, Mexico, Canada, and Colombia.

All-in-all, there’s a 20-team field in the World Baseball Classic, up from 16 teams in the previous four iterations. The competition is going to be more staunch than ever, with the USA, Japan, and the Dominican Republic standing in the top tier of favorites.

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The United States’ schedule begins March 11 against Great Britain. Pool play will conclude March 15 against Colombia. If USA is to make it out of pools, it will need to finish either first or second.

The only guarantee for the United States is that its entire tournament will be played as a host country. If it makes it to the quarterfinals and, subsequently, the semifinals, it will be playing at LoanDepot Park in Miami.

How to watch the USA at the World Baseball Classic

  • TV channels:  Fox, FS1
  • Live stream:, fuboTV

The World Baseball Classic will be hosted on the Fox family of networks, specifically Fox, FS1, FS2, and Tubi.

The United States’ tournament will begin against Great Britain on Fox’s flagship station at 10 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. local time in Phoenix. From there, FS1 will broadcast the next three games. FuboTV will carry these games.

The United States will play four times in pools, beginning with Great Britain and concluding with Colombia.

DateGameTime (ET)Channel
March 11Great Britain vs. USA10 p.m.Fox
March 12Mexico vs. USA10 p.m.FS1
March 13Canada vs. USA10 p.m.FS1
March 15USA vs. Colombia10 p.m.FS1

Team USA World Baseball Classic 2023 roster

Mike Trout is easily the headliner for Team USA, but the Angels superstar is just one of several huge names taking the field for the United States.

Joining Trout in the outfield will be Mookie Betts and Kyle Schwarber, while Cedric Mullins is also on as another centerfielder and Kyle Tucker is an outstanding option in right.

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In the infield, newly-minted $100 million shortstop Trea Turner will give Phillies fans a sneak peek of what to expect from him come Opening Day. The Cardinals will be present on the corners with Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt. And Bobby Witt Jr. is following up his long-anticipated rookie year with some international ball.

The pitching staff lost Clayton Kershaw this week, so Lance Lynn comes up as the arguable ace of the starting staff. Behind him, Miles Mikolas, Kyle Freeland, Brady Singer, Merrill Kelly, and Adam Wainwright will have to pick up the slack.


Jason AdamTampa Bay RaysR
Daniel BardColorado RockiesR
David BednarPittsburgh PiratesR
Kyle FreelandColorado RockiesL
Kendall GravemanChicago White SoxR
Merrill KellyArizona DiamondbacksR
Lance LynnChicago White SoxR
Miles MikolasSt. Louis CardinalsR
Adam OttavinoNew York MetsR
Ryan PresslyHouston AstrosR
Brooks RaleyNew York MetsL
Brady SingerKansas City RoyalsR
Adam WainwrightSt. Louis CardinalsR
Devin WilliamsMilwaukee BrewersR


Kyle HigashiokaNew York YankeesR/R
J.T. RealmutoPhiladelphia PhilliesR/R
Will SmithLos Angeles DodgersR/R


Pete AlonsoNew York Mets1BR/R
Tim AndersonChicago White SoxSSR/R
Nolan ArenadoSt. Louis Cardinals3BR/R
Paul GoldschmidtSt. Louis Cardinals1BR/R
Jeff McNeilNew York MetsUTILR/R
Trea TurnerPhiladelphia PhilliesSSR/R
Bobby Witt Jr.Kansas City RoyalsSSR/R


Mookie BettsLos Angeles DodgersRFR/R
Cedric MullinsBaltimore OriolesCFL/L
Kyle SchwarberPhiladelphia PhilliesLFL/R
Mike TroutLos Angeles AngelsCFR/R
Kyle TuckerHouston AstrosRFL/R

How does the World Baseball Classic work?

The World Baseball Classic will see four games of pools for every team. Pools are broken into A, B, C, and D. Pool A is being played in Chinese Taipei, Pool B will be in Tokyo, Pool C is in Phoenix, and Pool D is in Miami.

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The top two seeds of each pool will advance, leaving eight total and 12 teams eliminated. This is different from past years, which spawned new pools after pool play concluded (pools E & F). Instead, there will just be quarterfinal and semifinal games, followed by the championship.

All games will take place over the course of two weeks — March 8 – March 21.


In the quarterfinals, the teams emerging from Pools A & B will play in Tokyo and the teams from Pools C & D will be in Miami.

World Baseball Classic 2023 schedule

Here’s a look at the full schedule for the World Baseball Classic.

Pool A (Chinese Taipei)

March 711 p.m.Cuba vs. NetherlandsFS1
March 86 a.m.Panama vs. Chinese TaipeiFS2
March 811 p.m. Panama vs. NetherlandsFS2
March 96 a.m.Italy vs. CubaTubi
March 911:30 p.m.Cuba vs. PanamaFS1
March 106 a.m.Italy vs. Chinese TaipeiTubi
March 1011 p.m.Panama vs. ItalyFS1
March 116 a.m.Netherlands vs. Chinese TaipeiFS2
March 1111 p.m.Chinese Taipei vs. CubaFS2
March 127 a.m.Netherlands vs. ItalyFS2

Pool B (Tokyo)

March 810 p.m.Australia vs. South KoreaFS1
March 95 a.m.China vs. JapanFS2
March 910 p.m.Czech Republic vs. ChinaTubi
March 105 a.m.Korea vs. JapanFS2
March 1010 p.m.China vs. AustraliaFS2
March 115 a.m.Czech Republic vs. JapanFS1
March 1110 p.m.Czech Republic vs. KoreaFS1
March 126 a.m.Japan vs. AustraliaFS1
March 1211 p.m.Australia vs. Czech RepublicFS2
March 136 a.m.Korea vs. ChinaFS2

Pool C (Phoenix)

March 112:30 p.m.Colombia vs. MexicoFox
March 1110 p.m.Great Britain vs. USAFox
March 123 p.m.Great Britain vs. CanadaFS1
March 1210 p.m.Mexico vs. USAFS1
March 133 p.m.Colombia vs. Great BritainFS2
March 1310 p.m.Canada vs. USAFS1
March 143 p.m.Canada vs. ColombiaFS2
March 1410 p.m.Great Britain vs. MexicoFS1
March 153 p.m.Mexico vs. CanadaFS2
March 1510 p.m.USA vs. ColombiaFS1

Pool D (Miami)

March 1112 p.m.Nicaragua vs. Puerto RicoFS2
March 117 p.m.Dominican Republic vs. VenezuelaFS1
March 1212 p.m.Nicaragua vs. IsraelFS2
March 127 p.m.Venezuela vs. Puerto RicoFS1
March 1312 p.m.Dominican Republic vs. NicaraguaFS2
March 137 p.m.Israel vs. Puerto RicoFS1
March 1412 p.m.Nicaragua vs. VenezuelaFS2
March 147 p.m.Israel vs. Dominican RepublicFS2
March 1512 p.m.Venezuela vs. IsraelFS2
March 157 p.m.Puerto Rico vs. Dominican RepublicFS2

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March 156 a.m.Tokyo Pool B runner-up vs. Pool A winnerFS2
March 166 a.m.Tokyo Pool A runner-up vs. Pool B winnerFS2
March 177 p.m.MiamiPool C runner-up vs. Pool D winnerFS1
March 187 p.m.MiamiPool D runner-up vs. Pool C winnerFox


March 197 p.m.MiamiQuarterfinal 1 winner vs. Quarterfinal 3 winnerFS1
March 207 p.m.MiamiQuarterfinal 2 winner vs. Quarterfinal 4 winnerFS1


March 217 p.m.MiamiSemifinal 1 winner vs. Semifinal 2 winnerFS1

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