Major League Baseball has decided to move the World Baseball Classic from next season to 2023, a high-placed source told Sportico Monday. The announcement will officially come sometime after this COVID-abbreviated 60-game season and postseason.
The only international tournament that includes Major League players, played every four years since 2009, was originally slated for next March 9-23, during spring training.
“With everything that’s going on, this is where it is,” according to the source. “All the details haven’t been nailed down yet.”
The tournament qualifiers were about to start in Tucson, Ariz., when baseball was halted on March 12 because of the coronavirus. The 12 teams that had assembled in two brackets were sent scattering back around the world, including Team France, managed by veteran Bruce Bochy, who last year retired from the San Francisco Giants after 25 seasons as a big-league skipper.