The World Baseball Classic is set to return for its third go-around in 2013, and the field is as open as it has ever been.
Japan will look to defend its title and complete the three-peat in March, but various national teams from around the globe are on a mission to win their inaugural title.
The tournament is scheduled to run from March 2 to March 19. Sixteen teams divided into four pools will play at the Fukuoka Dome in Fukuoka, Japan, the Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan, Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Chase Field and Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Phoenix, Ariz. (via the official WBC website)
With over three months remaining until the competition begins, you might be getting a bit antsy while waiting for your favorite international baseball stars to take the diamond just before the MLB season kicks off.
For those who fit into that category, you're in luck, as we have power ranked the top-five teams participating in the 2013 WBC.