Venezuela looked unstoppable heading into the semifinals of the Classic, carrying a tournament-best record of 6-1 and averaging more than six runs a game before running into Korea on Saturday.
Commissioner Bud Selig said Saturday night that the World Baseball Classic will be back in 2013 and is here to stay as a March fixture.
An ineffective Carlos Silva and five errors led to Venezuela's downfall Saturday, as it fell to Korea, 10-2, in the semis, ending the country's run for a Classic championship.
On Saturday, when the Venezuelans square off against Korea in the semifinals of the World Baseball Classic, they will do so with the weight of their country on their shoulders and the eyes of Latin America upon them.
If the team from Venezuela makes it to the championship game of the World Baseball Classic on Monday, it will be a Mariners pitcher that helps gets them there.
When everything clicks, Venezuela can be -- and at times has been -- the best team in the World Baseball Classic. Now everything needs to click for two more games.
A prolific offense outweighed a somewhat shaky bullpen as Venezuela defeated the United States, 10-6, to win Pool 2 in the second round of the World Baseball Classic at Dolphin Stadium on Wednesday night.
Rain has caused a delay to the start of Wednesday night's World Baseball Classic game between the United States and Venezuela at Dolphin Stadium.
Veneuela manager Luis Sojo said after Tuesday's workout that third baseman Melvin Mora, catcher Ramon Hernandez and closer Francisco Rodriguez will not play against Team USA on Wednesday.
For the second time in three days, Francisco Rodriguez was called upon for a four-out save while in the World Baseball Classic at Dolphin Stadium. With such high stakes for Venezuela, manager Luis Sojo hasn't hesitated using his prize closer.