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Team Japan
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Sixteen nations entered the WBC, but Japan is the last one standing.
True Superpower
The first World Baseball Classic is history, and Japan certainly deserves to be called the best after winning the championship. Jayson Stark explains. Story | ESPN Motion

null Neyer: WBC is better than spring training
The World Baseball Classic took attention away from spring training -- and that's a good thing.

Sadaharu Oh and Higenio Velez Celis: Leader of the pack
Higinio Velez has been the manager of the successful Cuban team for almost two decades.

Nobuhiko Matsunaka Stark: A tale of two nations
The Japan-Cuba final was more than just a baseball game. It was about two very different cultures and histories colliding.

null Caple: Ichiro's new passion
Ichiro has taught us a lot about Japanese baseball in the past five years and also learned a lot himself.

Pedro Luis Lazo Stark: Coming-out party
By beating the Dominicans, the Cubans proved that they belong at the world's highest possible level.

Korean Fans Caple: March madness squared
With the WBC and NCAA tournament in San Diego at the same time, there's only one sensible thing to do: go to both.

Daisuke Matsuzaka Gillette: Major-league talents Insider
Baseball is spoken fluently in Cuba, Japan and Korea. Here are five players that are solid MLB prospects.

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