The IBAF has announced that the 2013 18U World Baseball Classic will take place in Taichung City, Taiwan.
The tournament has changed its name from the 2012 edition which it was named the 18U Baseball World Championships. In the 2013 edition of the tournament, the USA defeated Canada in the finals to claim the gold medal.
The 2013 tournament will take place later this year from late August through the first week of September. It will be held at Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium. It will feature 14 teams, in 2012 there was 12.
Another feature will be that there will be no home plate collisions this year. In last years tournament, USA player Willie Abreu tried to run over Canadian catcher Christopher Saw. It was a big collision in which Abreu was thrown out of the game. Shaw did hold on to the ball for the out. You can see the play on the Baseball de World YouTube channel here. The play happens around the 2 minute mark.
Look for another great tournament in a baseball hotbed.
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.