Exhibition Games

An wbc exhibition game can have multiple definitions.

While technically any game that does not count towards the regular season or post season standings could be defined as an exhibition, we are taking a more restrictive definition.

In the context of this web site an exhibition game will include contests not including Major League teams unless that contest is an historic game outside the realm of the 162-game schedule.

This means that Spring Training games against other Major League teams will not be listed as an exhibition game.

This section will include games played during the spring against other teams such as national teams as part of a warm-up to an event such as the World Baseball Classic.

We are also excluding those games played at Chase Field at the conclusion of Spring Training before the regular season starts even if those games are against opponents who are not part of Major League Baseball.

 

Hall of Fame Game 2000

Beginning in 1940 and continuing until 2008, Major League Baseball would hold an exhibition game at Double Day Field in Cooperstown New York to coincide with the Hall of Fame induction weekend.

The game first began as an old-timers game but the format was changed to an exhibition game between Major League Teams.

The Arizona Diamondbacks were invited to play the Cleveland Indians in the 2000 Hall of Fame game to be held July 24, 2000.

The Diamondbacks won that contest 12-7.

World Baseball Classic 2006

Beginning in 2006 the World Baseball Classic is an international tournament of national teams that included Major League Baseball players.

The tournament would feature 16 teams that played 39 games between March 3 and March 20 with the final being played at Petco Field in San Diego California.

Japan defeated Cuba 10-6 to win the tournament.

Prior to the beginning of the World Baseball Classic, the Arizona Diamondbacks would play an exhibition game against the Mexico National team on March 4th losing in front of a sold out crowd.

World Baseball Classic 2009

In 2009 the second World Baseball Classic tournament was held with 16 teams from 5 continents vying for the title.

As with the 2006 version, 39 games were played between March 5 and March 23 with the final being played at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles California.

Japan would defend their 2006 title by beating South Korea 5-3 in 10 innings.

As a tune up, the Arizona Diamondbacks would play the Mexico National team in a home and away contest losing the first game and defeating the Mexico WBC game in the second contest.

World Baseball Classic 2013

The third iteration of the World Baseball Classic saw interest grow in the international tournament with many Major League Baseball players playing for their birth countries.

The tournament would again feature 16 teams from 5 continents. For the second time, Chase Field would play host to a series of first round games for Pool D which included the United States, Italy, Canada, and Mexico. The WBC would also use Salt River Fields at Talking Stick as a venue although rare spring rain caused some contests to move to Chase Field.

For the first time in WBC history Japan was not in the championship game held at AT&T Park in San Francisco California. The tournament was won by the Dominican Republic who defeated Puerto Rico 3-0.

The Arizona Diamondbacks would host the Mexico WBC team in a night game at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on March 5th losing that contest.

Sydney Australia 2014

The Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers would meet in an Opening Series in Sydney Australia on March 22, 2014.

Prior to Opening Day each team would play the Australian National Team at the Sydney Cricket Grounds,

The Arizona Diamondbacks would play on Friday March 21, 2014 as the visiting team against Australia. They would lose that contest being shut out 5-0.