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On Wednesday, March 8, the World Baseball Classic will begin with the opening game between the Netherlands and Cuba. However, the Venezuelan baseball team must wait until Saturday March 11 to debut in the international contest.
Before playing its first commitment in the most important tournament at the level of baseball teams, the national team must play a couple of friendly duels against the Houston Astros on March 8 in West Palm Beach and against the New York Mets. York on March 9 in Port St. Lucie.
— Team Baseball Venezuela (@TeamBeisbolVe) February 25, 2023
Venezuela is part of Group D of the World Baseball Classic along with the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico; Israel and Nicaragua. All their matches will be played at LoanDepot Park in the city of Miami, the home venue of the Miami Marlins in the MLB, including the quarterfinals and the championship round, if they qualify.
As mentioned above, on Saturday March 11 will be the first duel of the South American team against the Dominican Republic as a visitor at 20:00. On Sunday the 12th at the same time, it will be their duel against Puerto Rico as home club. They will rest on Monday the 13th, but will return on Tuesday the 14th to face Nicaragua as a visitor at 1:00 p.m., the same time they will face Israel on Wednesday the 15th.
If Venezuela ranks among the first two places in their group, they will play on Friday, March 17 at 8:00 p.m. in Miami against the second place in Group C (if they qualify first) or on Saturday, March 18 at the same time against the first of Group D (in case of classifying second). It is important to mention that these dates could vary depending on the position of the United States in your group.
In case of advancing to the semifinal of the contest, they will play the pass to the final on Sunday 19 at 8:00 p.m. second of group).
If he passes all the rounds and reaches the grand final, which will be in Miami, like the quarterfinals and semifinals, he will fight for the title on Tuesday, March 21 at 8:00 p.m.
It should be noted that all times correspond to the official time zone of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.