2020 International Baseball Schedule

Keeping track of the dozens of baseball events featuring national teams can be difficult, which is why we publish an annual calendar of international baseball events. This year marks the countdown for the most important tournament of the last decade as baseball returns to the Olympics. Though you may quite understandably prefer the MLB stars at the World Baseball Classic, virtually all federations in the world rely on baseball to be part of the Olympics to receive funding from their governments. The six countries that will head to Tokyo representent the hopes and dreams of more than a hundred federations.

This year also features several other marquee events, including the World Baseball Classic Qualifiers, one exhibition and three international MLB series, the Under-15 World Cup, and the Under-23 World Cup. In total, there are 49 events already scheduled, only one less than were on the diary for 2019. We await dates for several of these tournaments. It is quite likely that around a dozen more events will join the list before the calendar turns to 2021 and the next WBC.

There are significantly more Under-23 events given the presence of its World Cup. These include the Americas Championship, the European Championship Qualifier, and a host of friendly series, particularly in the Americas. Correspondingly, there is a reduction in the number of Under-18 events without a world championship.

As usual, Europe leads all continents in the number of events, making for an attractive summer holiday of European culture, history, and art combined with the world’s favourite warm-weather sport. It will host 16 events, a roughly average amount, while the Americas (11) will also play host to its usual number of tournaments. Africa (zero) and Asia (three) have even fewer than normal, while Oceania’s two events have already passed.

Listed in brackets for each listing are the national teams that will participate, where applicable. The winner of each tournament, game, or series will be indicated in bold and we will supply relevant links where possible. Do let us know if we have missed anything of our international baseball schedule.

January
3-8                   Curaçao Baseball Week [Postponed from November]
4                      III Don’t Blink Home Run Derby in Paradise (Nassau, Bahamas)
6-10                  III Micronesian Baseball Classic (Hagåtña, Guam) [CNMI, Guam, Kosrae, Pohnpei]
14-19                U15 Oceania Championship (Guam) [CNMI, Guam, New Zealand]
31-1                  El Salvador-Honduras U23 Series [El Salvador swept the three-game series]

February
7-14                Kindai University vs. Peru U23 (Lima)
14-16              Western Pacific Baseball Series (Guam) [Guam, South Korea Bullets] [link]
17                    Baseball Federation of Asia Executive Committee Meeting (Taipei, Taiwan) [Postponed due to coronavirus]
19-Mar. 1         Under-23 Pan-American Championship (Honduras and Nicaragua) [Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba*, Dominican Republic, El Salvadar, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua*, Panama, Venezuela*] *Qualify for World Cup
28-Mar. 1         Catalunya Baseball Week (Sant Boi, Spain)
TBD               Professional Dream Baseball Cup (Huelva and Cádiz, Spain) [Postponed to 2021.]
TBD               Korea-Laos International Baseball Tournament (Laos)

March
7                      Spring Training Exhibition (Santo Domingo, D.R.) [Tigers vs. Twins]
12-17              WBC Qualifier Pool 1 (Tucson, Ariz.) [Postponed due to coronavirus]
20-25             WBC Qualifier Pool 2 (Tucson, Ariz.) [Postponed due to coronavirus]
22-26             Americas Olympic Qualifier (Arizona) [Postponed due to coronavirus]

April
1-5                   Final Olympic Qualifier (Taichung, Taiwan) [Australia, China, Netherlands, Taiwan, plus two others] [Postponed due to coronavirus]
18-19                Mexico Series (Mexico City, Mexico) [Diamondbacks vs. Padres]
28-30               Puerto Rico Series (San Juan, Puerto Rico) [Marlins vs. Mets]

May
2?                        Danube Cup (Slovakia) [Postponed?]
6-10                  Perfect Game U12 European Classic (Komárov, Czech Republic) [Austria U12, Czech U12, Lithuania U12, Czech Baseball Academy U12, Desant UA (Ukraine) U12, Dolphins (Ukraine), Dubai U12, London Archers U12 RP Outlaws U12 (Kaiserslautern),]
6-10                  Perfect Game U15 European Classic (Komárov, Czech Republic) [Czech U14, Lithuania U14, Slovakia U14, Czech Baseball Academy U14, East Austria U14, Gulf Coast Monarchs U14 (Fort Myers, Fla.), KMC Ambassadors (Kaiserslautern), RP Aces U14]
6-10                  Perfect Game U18 European Classic (Komárov, Czech Republic) [Austria U17, Czech U17, Lithuania U17, Czech Baseball Academy U17, Desant UA (Ukraine) U17, Future Star Baseball Academy (two teams), RP Prospects (Kaiserslautern) U17]
23-25                 Battle for Britain Tournament (Hadlow, Kent)
29-June 1          Finkstonball (Attnang-Puchheim, Austria)

June
13-14                  MLB London Series [Cardinals vs. Cubs]
17-21                  Final Olympic Qualifier (Taichung, Taiwan) [Australia, China, Netherlands, Taiwan, plus two others] [Postponed]
24-27                 Prague Baseball Week (Prague, Czech Republic) [Postponed to September due to coronavirus]
24-28                Rafel Skeete Caribbean Baseball Invitational (Sant Maarten) [Africa, Anguilla, Antigua, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Florida, St. Croix VI, St. Maarten, St. Eustatius, Texas]
26-July 5?        Haarlem Baseball Week (Haarlem, Netherlands)
29-July 5          Grand Forks International (Grand Forks, B.C.) [Website]

July
TBA                   Tournament in the USVI
6-11                   U12 European Championship (Mortsel, Belgium) [Group A: Italy, Czech Republic, France and Hungary; Group B: Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Russia] [Cancelled due to coronavirus]
6-11                   U12 European Championship Qualifier (Mortsel, Belgium) [Cancelled due to coronavirus]
10-12                 Swiss Alpine Cup (Zürich, Switzerland) [Postponed due to coronavirus]
13-18                 U18 European Championship (Macerata, Italy) [Group A: Netherlands, Italy, France, Lithuania, Israel; Group B: Spain, Czech Republic, Ireland, Germany and Austria] [Cancelled due to coronavirus]
16                      Ashbourne Baseball Tournament (Ashbourne, Ireland) [Cancelled due to coronavirus]
21-26                U15 European Championship (Trnava, Slovakia and Antwerp, Belgium) [Postponed due to coronavirus]
27-Aug. 1         European Championship B-Pool (Moscow, Russia and Zagreb, Croatia) [Postponed due to coronavirus]
27-Aug. 1         European Championship C-Pool (TBA) [Postponed due to coronavirus]
29-Aug. 8         Olympic Baseball Competition (Tokyo, Japan) [Postponed due to coronavirus]
TBD                  XX Taiwan-USA Collegiate Series [Postponed due to coronavirus]
TBD                  IX Cuba-USA Collegiate Series [Postponed due to coronavirus]
TBD                  XLIV Japan-USA Collegiate Series [Postponed due to coronavirus]

August
10-16                U23 European Championship Qualifier (TBA) [Postponed due to coronavirus]
14-23                U15 World Cup (Mexico) [Postponed due to coronavirus]
15-23                I Asian University Championship (Xi’an, China) [Postponed due to coronavirus]

September

6-12                  XIII U18 Asian Championship (Kaohsiung, Taiwan) [Postponed to December due to coronavirus]
Late-Sep         South American Championship (Tocopilla, Chile) [Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela; Top Four qualify for Serie de las Américas] [Postponed]
30-Oct. 3            Prague Baseball Week (Prague, Czech Republic) [Russia, Czech Republic, Czech U18, International Stars, Prague Selection] [standings]

October
2-11                  U23 World Cup (Mexico) [Postponed due to coronavirus]

November
First Week     XI U12 Asian Baseball Championship (Kaohsiung, Taiwan) [Postponed to 2021 due to coronavirus after being confirmed]
TBD                 World Comes to Palm Beaches (Palm Beaches, Fla.)
TBD                 III Caribbean Cup (D.R)

December
20-26                XIII U18 Asian Championship (Kaohsiung, Taiwan) [Postponed to 2012 due to coronavirus after originally being delayed from September]
TBD                  Hong Kong International Baseball Open (Hong Kong, China)

TBD: Balkan Baseball Cup, Serie de las Américas, U12 Americas Championship (Paraguay), U18 Pan-American Championship

By Continental Association [No. of Events], listed in chronological order
ABSA (Africa) [0]: None

BCO (Oceania) [2]: III Micronesian Baseball Classic, U15 Oceania Championship

BFA (Asia) [3]: Korea-Laos International Baseball Tournament, Hong Kong International Baseball Open, U12 Asian Baseball Championship

CEB (Europe) [16]: Catalunya Baseball Week, Danube Cup, Battle for Britain Tournament, Finkstonball, Prague Baseball Week, Haarlem Baseball Week, U12 European Championship, U12 European Championship Qualifier, Swiss Alpine Cup, U18 European Championship, Ashbourne Baseball Tournament, U15 European Championship, European Championship B-Pool, European Championship C-Pool, U23 European Championship, Balkan Baseball Cup

COPABE (Americas) [12]: Curaçao Baseball Week, El Salvador-Honduras U23 Series, Under-23 Pan-American Championship, South American Championship, Americas Olympic Qualifier, Rafel Skeete Caribbean Baseball Invitational, Tournament in the USVI, Cuba-USA Collegiate Series, Caribbean Cup, Serie de las Américas, U18 Pan-American Championship, U12 Americas Championship

Global [12]: Kindai University vs. Peru U23, Western Pacific Baseball Series, WBC Qualifier Pool 1, WBC Qualifier Pool 2, Final Olympic Qualifier, Grand Forks International, Olympic Baseball Competition, Taiwan-USA Collegiate Series, Japan-USA Collegiate Series, U15 World Cup, U23 World Cup, World Comes to Palm Beaches

Other (5): Don’t Blink Home Run Derby in Paradise, Spring Training Exhibition, Mexico Series, Puerto Rico Series, MLB London Series,

By Age Level [No. of Events], listed in chronological order
U12 [4.7]: Catalunya Baseball Week, U12 European Championship, U12 European Championship Qualifier, World Comes to Palm Beaches, U12 Asian Baseball Championship, U12 Americas Championship

U15 [3.7]: U15 Oceania Championship, Catalunya Baseball Week, U15 European Championship, U15 World Cup, World Comes to Palm Beaches

U18 [2.2]: U18 European Championship, World Comes to Palm Beaches, U18 Pan-American Championship

U23 [9.7]: El Salvador-Honduras U23 Series, Kindai University vs. Peru U23, Under-23 Pan-American Championship, Danube Cup, Swiss Alpine Cup, Taiwan-USA Collegiate Series, Cuba-USA Collegiate Series, Japan-USA Collegiate Series, U23 European Championship Qualifier, U23 World Cup, World Comes to Palm Beaches

Senior [23.7]: Micronesian Baseball Classic, Western Pacific Baseball Series, Korea-Laos International Baseball Tournament, South American Championship, WBC Qualifier Pool 1, WBC Qualifier Pool 2, Americas Olympic Qualifier, Final Olympic Qualifier, Battle for Britain Tournament, Finkstonball, Prague Baseball Week, Rafel Skeete Caribbean Baseball Invitational, Haarlem Baseball Week, Grand Forks International, Tournament in the USVI, Swiss Alpine Cup, Ashbourne Baseball Tournament, European Championship B-Pool, European Championship C-Pool, Olympic Baseball Competition, World Comes to Palm Beaches, Caribbean Cup, Hong Kong International Baseball Open, Balkan Baseball Cup, Serie de las Américas

Other [6]: Curaçao Baseball Week, Don’t Blink Home Run Derby in Paradise, Spring Training Exhibition, Mexico Series, Puerto Rico Series, MLB London Series

About Gabriel Fidler

Extra Innings UK covers baseball around the world, focussing on the sport at the national team level, with features on prominent players, scouting reports, and occasional breaking news. We are fully credentialled by MLB and have covered the World Baseball Classic, continental championships, and the U.S. minor leagues.
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