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Big in Asia but World Baseball Classic still seeks US home run

Quadrennial baseball event, popular in Asia, wants same respect as World Series

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The World Baseball Classic got off to a rocky start in 2006, when initially reluctant Japan won the championship in the San Diego final, and is now hugely popular in Japan and other Asian countries.   © Reuters

The 2017 World Baseball Classic -- a popular international sporting event created by U.S.-based Major League Baseball -- will get underway in March amid its struggles to achieve the same worldwide recognition as the annual American World Series.

The now quadrennial international baseball competition will be held for the fourth time since 2006 and consists of teams from 16 countries. The first rounds will take place in Tokyo, Seoul, Miami and Guadalajara, Mexico, before play-offs are staged in Tokyo and San Diego and the final championship games are held in Los Angeles.

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