It's official. San Francisco will host the semifinals of the 2013 World Baseball Classic
, calling AT&T Park home for the first time when more than two dozen teams from around the globe compete against each other next spring.
This marks the third anniversary of the international baseball tournament, and by taking place in San Francisco, it continues its California-friendly trend. In previous years, the tournaments have taken place in San Diego and Los Angeles.
"We believe that AT&T Park will be the perfect venue to showcase the best baseball players in the world as they represent their countries and compete in this one-of-a-kind international tournament," said Larry Baer, president and CEO of the San Francisco Giants
While the U.S. team hasn't been assembled yet, and won't be until just before the 2013 MLB spring training season, they've already got their team manager lined up -- Joe Torre.
Despite the fact that Torre has already won four World Series titles with the New York Yankees, he and his Team USA will have their work cut out for them when they try to dethrone the two-time WBC champion Team Japan.
Team USA has had a rough couple of outings the past two times out on the WBC mound. Back in 2006, during the first WBC, the American team didn't even make it into the semifinals. However, they fared better in 2009, when they lost to Japan in the semifinals with a final score of 9-4. Here's hoping the third time's the charm.
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