Due to the effects and continued threat of COVID-19 across the United States, and the whole world for that matter, another event has been cancelled. The 2021 World Baseball Classic has been cancelled due to the continued threat of COVID-19, not just here in the United States but also in other countries that would be participating in it. The most recent before this cancellation was the 2020 Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony being cancelled.
Source to ESPN Deportes: World Baseball Classic will not be played in 2021
— Enrique Rojas/ESPN (@Enrique_Rojas1) May 11, 2020
Most recently, the World Baseball Classic took place in 2017, where the United States National Team would be victorious after lights out performance from Marcus Stroman in the gold medal game.
The 2021 game has been cancelled; however, it has been rumored to be moved to 2023, another two-year hiatus following the outbreak of COVID-19. It has not become official that it is advanced until 2023, but it will be voted on by the World Baseball Inc. board.
The tournament was considered a massive success in 2017, and its return has been warranted by the positive response it received. It began in 2006 and has been played every four years since 2009; however, it will be six years between 2017 and 2023 if that plan works out.
Around Major League Baseball, many of the leagues’ players were very intrigued and interested in playing in the event, but that will be put on hold. In 2017, the players seemed to enjoy partaking in this event, and U.S. team member Marcus Stroman had started recruiting again for the upcoming games in 2021.