Two more World Baseball Classic qualifying rounds are in the book and, in each, a team drastically improved its world rankings. In the Chinese Taipei bracket, unranked New Zealand recovered from a loss to No. 8 Chinese Taipei in their first match to win two games. In Panamá City, Brazil swept through the tournament with three wins to upset the other three teams.
Using the metric posted to the most recent IBAF rankings, which I have listed below, it is possible to extrapolate the new rankings. One caveat: the rankings are a four-year cycle, and I am unaware of the events held just over four years ago (between the last rankings on Sep. 28 and today) that might alter the points. I suspect they are minor.
In my unofficial rankings, New Zealand, of course, rises the most in the rankings, from unlisted out of 76 countries to No. 24. Just ahead of them is the Philippines at 23 and Thailand at 22, both of which, ironically, lost to the Diamondblacks. At 21 is Great Britain, who had a surprising win of its own in Regensburg in September.
Brazil hurdles to 19th, just behind Colómbia, which lost to the blue-and-gold. Nicaragua (No. 14) and Panamá (No. 15) remain in place as the points totals are much higher as one reads up the table. Chinese Taipei (No. 8) remains static, but a strong performance in March might move them up a few places.
Nov. 23, 2012 IBAF World Rankings:
|Rank||2012||Member Federation||Total Pts|
|40||39||Northern Mariana Islands||12.50|
|69||67||US Virgin Islands||1.00|
Points are awarded according to the following table:
|Final position||Points awarded|
|5th – 2nd-last*||Spread evenly between 15 & 1|
A multiplier is used in awarding points, based on the prestige of the tournament and the quality of the teams involved. The table below reflects the changes in the international baseball schedule recently approved by the IBAF. Below are the multipliers that will be used beginning in 2012.
World Baseball Classic 6x (Winner receives 50 points, multiplied by 6 for a total of 300 points)
Premier 12 6x
WBC Qualifiers * (Pool winner receives 50 points, 2nd – 40 pts, 3rd – 30 pts, 4th – 15 pts)
21U and 18U 2x
15U and 12U 1x
Continental Championships, Continental Qualifiers, and all other IBAF-sponsored events will receive a multiplier based on the number of top-10 teams from the previous year-end rankings that are entered in the tournament. (See below)
1.00× – Continental Championships/Qualifying Tournaments, where 3 or more competing teams are in the previous year-end top 10
0.75× – Continental Championships/Qualifying Tournaments, where 2 competing teams are in the previous year-end top 10
0.50× – Continental Championships/Qualifying Tournaments, where 1 competing team is in the previous year-end top 10
0.25× – Continental Championships/Qualifying Tournaments, where no competing teams are in the previous year-end top 10