The groupings and timetable of the Third World Baseball Classic have now almost been finalized. Korea is in Pool B with Australia, the Netherlands and another team that has yet to advance from the regional preliminaries. The first round of the WBC will kick off on March 2 in Taichung, Taiwan.
Japan, the winner of the first and second WBC, is in Pool A with China, Cuba and one more team that has yet to progress from the regional qualifiers. The teams will play each other once in the first round, and the top two finishers of each pool will advance to the next round.
If Korea makes it to the second stage of the tournament, it will play either the winner or runner-up of Pool A at the Tokyo Dome in Japan from March 8. Japan and Cuba are the favorites to survive Pool A.
The two winners of the second round will then advance to the semifinals. The same applies to pools C and D. The semifinals will take place at AT&T Park in San Francisco on March 17 and 18, with the final to be held the following day.