Social media is going to get an extra dose of international flavor during next spring's World Baseball Classic.
Major League Baseball opened the application period on Monday for fans of the tournament's 16 countries and territories to apply for spots in the league's social media Fan Cave.
Fans will watch every game of the tournament in March from New York City, while posting thoughts and updates about the action via blog and social media before being sent home when their teams are eliminated. Fans of the last four teams standing will then be flown to San Francisco to watch the finals live.
To apply, fans should visit MLBFanCave.com/WBC, where the process includes creating essay and video submissions. The application period ends Jan. 11. Fans "are eligible to represent any country/territory that they reside in or the country/territory of their nationality," according to MLB.
The 2013 edition marks the third World Baseball Classic. The international tournament was first played in 2006 after being founded by MLB and other pro baseball bodies from around the globe. It functions as essentially a World Cup for baseball, with a number of MLB players representing their countries of origin.
This World Baseball Classic promotion is essentially a smaller version of that setup, with participants being sent home when their respective teams peter out, Survivor-style. As MLB seeks to highlight and continue expanding its social media efforts beyond just the United Sates, this is a smart way to spread the word and give baseball's biggest international event a social media twist.