World Cup announcement made

A World Cup-style 16-team tournament is expected to be approved soon and will take place during spring training in 2006.

Originally Published: May 10, 2005
By Alan Schwarz | Baseball America

NEW YORK -- Baseball's long wait for a World Cup-style international tournament, with the game's best players representing their countries, is over.

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association jointly announced Wednesday that the "World Baseball Classic," a 16-nation tournament featuring the world's best players competing for their home countries, will be played in March 2006.

"This gathering of baseball's brightest stars will be an outstanding ...

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