- Gift Ngoepe debuts for the Pirates, becoming the first major leaguer from Africa.
- Yuki Matsui (pictured) becomes the 17th NPB player and first Rakuten Golden Eagles pitcher to strike out the side on nine pitches.
- Dovydas Neverauskas becomes the first major leaguer from Lithuania.
- The United States win the 2017 World Baseball Classic, defeating Puerto Rico, 8-0, in the final game. Marcus Stroman is named tournament MVP.
- The Baseball Australia Hall of Fame announces their 2017 class: John Stephens, Wally Buchanan and Bob Ossey.