Report: World Baseball Classic won’t be played in 2021

By Matt Johnson
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the sports world to a halt, even wiping out March Madness. Now, with the health crisis still ongoing, baseball will lose one of its greatest traditions next year.

According to ESPN Deportes’ Enrique Rojas, the World Baseball Classic will not be held in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s a crushing blow for baseball fans and players who were looking forward to the international tournament. Every four years the best players from across the world represented their country in the international tournament and created some incredible moments over the years.

The WBC was last held in 2017 when the United States won its first title after defeating Puerto Rico at Dodger Stadium. The upcoming WBC was seen as an opportunity for some of MLB’s rising stars, including Christian Yelich, Juan Soto, Walker Buehler and Fernando TatÄ«s Jr. to put their incredible talent on display.

The 20-team tournament was scheduled to be held from March 9-23 next year. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly altered the timeline for the upcoming season and it will now wipe out next year’s WBC.

While the MLB season remains suspended, owners are voting on a proposal to start the season in July. If owners and players approve the plan, we could just be a few months away from baseball returning.