It is one of the two main senior baseball tournament sanctioned by the WBSC, but the only one which grants to the winner the title of "World Champion". It previously coexisted with Olympic baseball until and the Baseball World Cup until as IBAF-sanctioned tournaments,  but baseball has not been on the Olympic program since , after it was voted out by the International Olympic Committee in The final men's Baseball World Cup was held in , and was discontinued in , after an MLB suggestion to reorganize the international baseball calendar, WBSC accepted the suggestion after an executive meeting, giving the "World Champion" title for the WBC winner, on the condition that the Classic should have direct qualifications and follow international anti-doping rules. The tournament is the first of its kind to have the national teams of IBAF's member federations feature professional players from the major leagues around the world, including Major League Baseball. In addition to providing a format for the best baseball players in the world to compete against one another while representing their home countries, the World Baseball Classic was created in order to further promote the game around the globe.
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The stories of players facing mortal peril attempting to travel to the United States are terrifying, even inhumane. The agreement assures that will never happen again, and it's going to make it easier for some of the best players in the world to play here -- and for all of us to watch them. Even with the floodgates open at last, though, it's worth remembering the rich history that Major League Baseball already has with Cuba, not just in current stars like Yasiel Puig and Albertin Chapman , but also in some of the best players of the past 40 years. In celebration of the new agreement, we took a look at the 10 best Cuban-born MLB players in history.
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Florida State was able to even the series with the Gators , and the two teams have split the two-game set every year dating back to Read Full Story. Sign in. Tomahawk Nation. The win gave coach Roy Williams