There are weeks before official announcement on sites for World Baseball Classic next spring, and Seattle’s Safeco Field remains one of five candidates to host a late-round game.
“Seattle is certainly in the running, it has a fair shot.” Gene Orza, the Major League Baseball Players Association chief operating officer said. “The weather might not be optimal, but we know (CEO) Howard (Lincoln) and (COO) Chuck (Armstrong) are big supporters of international baseball.”
A joint committee of MLB and MLBPA officials will award the bids. The group has not determined if the March 18 semifinals and March 20 finals will take place at the same place. The Mariners’ odds would improve if that were not the case, especially since Seattle COO Chuck Armstrong said the team’s best chance to host would be the semifinals.
Other potential hosts include the Angels, Astros, Dodgers, and Padres.