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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Venezuela's 2-0 win over Puerto Rico on Monday was exciting on so many levels, with Felix Hernandez striking out seven and Ramon Hernandez hitting a homer, initially ruled a triple, to help their country advance to the semifinals in the Classic.