The 2021 World Baseball Classic is likely to be postponed if not outright canceled, an industry source confirmed.
The quadrennial Olympic-style event, which began in 2006, held its second iteration in 2009 and has stayed on that schedule since, requires massive preparation that will be challenged heavily by the current coronavirus shutdown. There could be a rescheduling for 2023 or it could just be canceled and skip ahead to the next scheduled tournament in 2025, depending on the path and durability of COVID-19. Enqique Rojas of ESPN Deportes first reported the development.
Team USA prevailed in the most recent WBC, in 2017, for its first championship. It could hold its status as reigning titleists for a while.