(Sarasota, FL) The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today announced it has awarded the hosting rights of the U-18 Baseball World Cup® 2021 to USA Baseball and the cities of Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida. This marks the first time since Cape Cod and Fenway Park hosted the 1995 Junior World Championship that the top youth international baseball event will be held in the United States.
The announcement was made at a joint press conference held at the Powel Crosley Estate in Sarasota.
The 30th edition of the U-18 Baseball World Cup will take place in September 2021 and feature the world’s best players from 12 countries in the U-18 category (16 to 18 years old). As the host nation, the USA Baseball 18U National Team, the current four-time defending U-18 world champions, will be granted an automatic berth into the global tournament.
All 50 U-18 World Cup games will be played between Ed Smith Stadium and LECOM Park, the Spring Training homes for Major League Baseball’s Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates.
Team USA is the four-time defending U-18 Baseball World Cup champions (2012, 2013, 2015, 2017) and will look to win a fifth consecutive world championship at the 2019 U-18 Baseball World Cup that will be held in Gijang, Republic of Korea, August 30 to September 8, 2019.
The U-18 Baseball World Cups, along with its continental qualifiers, have consistently featured players who have gone on to the major league’s such as Japan’s Yu Darvish and Shohei Ohtani, Korea’s Shin-soo Choo, Cuba’s Yasiel Puig and Aroldis Chapman and the United States’ Clayton Kershaw, Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and Buster Posey.
For more information visit SarasotaBradenton2021.com. Ticket information will be available in early 2020.
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