Samurai Japan manager Hideki Kuriyama is excited about the new WBC format.

Team Samurai Japan, led by manager Hideki Kuriyama, will begin its campaign for the third World Baseball Classic at the Tokyo Dome on March 9 with a new format, organizers announced on Thursday.

Next year’s tournament will feature five teams in the first round and a knockout game starting in the second round to decide who advances to the final round, which ends in Miami on March 21st.

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