The World Baseball Classic—in its third iteration since beginning in 2006—is in full swing.
If you're crazy about baseball like me, you've either stayed up way too late to watch games broadcast from Japan and Taiwan over the last week, or you recorded them and watched them during normal hours.
We've already seen Korea, Brazil, Australia and China get sent packing from pools A and B, and pools C and D just began their first round of play yesterday.
For all the explanations, rules and schedules, visit the WBC website.
All you need to know here is that there are 16 very talented international baseball teams fighting to be crowned the WBC champs. The first two tournaments made a winner out of Team Japan, which looks very strong again in 2013.
For some teams, telling who the most valuable player is simply coincides with matching that player to his MLB club. For others, like Cuba, there is a plethora of unknown talent that deserves careful consideration.
But who is most important to their teams for this tournament (as opposed to the traditional meaning of MVP)?
Let's identify the star of each and every team partaking in the World Baseball Classic this year. Keep an eye on the whole tournament, but especially the following 16 players both in the coming weeks and into the future as they try to make their mark in international and MLB competition.