The Asian Professional Baseball Championship (APBC) 2023 schedule has been announced.
“NPB (Nippon Professional Baseball) Enterprises announced the APBC bracket, which will kick off on Nov. 16,” Japanese media outlet Daily Sports reported on Sunday afternoon.
South Korea will play its first game against Australia at noon on Nov. 16. This will be followed by the Korea-Japan game against Japan at 7 p.m. on Nov. 17. On Nov. 18 at 7 p.m., Korea will play its final group game against Chinese Taipei. On the 19th, the third-place game and the final will be held. They will be held at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., respectively.
The APBC was first held in 2017. It was scheduled to be held twice in 2021, but was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will be held this year.
The 2017 tournament featured three countries – South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. South Korea finished as runner-up, losing to Japan in the final. This time around, four countries will compete for the title, including Australia.
The APBC is an exchange tournament that aims to develop young players. Players aged 24 and under and within their third year of professional competition are eligible to represent their country, with a total of three wild cards available. The national team for the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games in September will be comprised of players aged 25 or younger or in their fourth year as a professional, including three wild cards. Both tournaments will be led by players who will help shape the future of Korean baseball.
South Korea is currently without a head coach. The same goes for Japan. Hideki Kuriyama, who led the team to the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) title, announced his intention to step down after the tournament. The search is on for a replacement.
Meanwhile, there is a possibility that young players in the Japanese professional baseball scene, such as pitcher Roki Sasaki (Chiba Rodeo Marines) and left-handed slugger Munetaka Murakami (Yakult Swallows), who played for the Japanese team at the WBC, will also play. 먹튀검증
[APBC 2023 Schedule].
Sept. 16, noon South Korea vs. Australia
7 p.m. Taiwan vs Japan
17th Noon Australia vs Chinese Taipei
Japan vs Korea 7 p.m.
18th Noon Australia vs Japan
7 p.m. Korea vs Chinese Taipei
19th 11am 3rd place game
6 p.m. Final