Host Cities, New Dates Revealed for U23 World Cup

Mexican Pacific League (LMP) baseball stadiums in Ciudad Obregon and Los Mochis to serve as the venues. New competition dates: 30 September – 9 October.

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — 26 March 2020 — The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today announced that the Mexican cities of Ciudad Obregon and Los Mochis have been awarded the hosting rights of the WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup® 2020, which will now be played from Wednesday, 30 September, to Friday, 9 October.

The III U-23 Baseball World Cup will be staged at the 16,000-seat Estadio Yaquis, which opened in 2016 and is home of the Yaquis de Obregon of the Mexican Pacific League (LMP), and the recently renovated Estadio Emilio Ibarra Almada, home of the LMP’s Cañeros de Los Mochis. Estadio Yaquis will serve as the main venue, also hosting the Super Round and Finals.

All 12 qualified teams competing for baseball’s world title in the U-23 category have been confirmed:

  • Africa(1): No. 24 South Africa
  • Americas (4): No. 5 Mexico (host, defending World Champion), No. 7 Cuba, No. 8 Venezuela, No. 15 Nicaragua
  • Asia (3): No. 1 Japan, No. 4 Chinese Taipei and No. 22 China
  • Europe (2): No. 16 Czech Republic and No. 19 Germany
  • Oceania (1): No. 39 New Zealand
  • Wild Card (1): No. 3 Korea

From the Americas, Mexico, as host nation, received an automatic entry into the U-23 World Cup and will be joined by the top three finishers from the recent continental qualifier, Nicaragua, Cuba and Venezuela.

The Czech Republic and Germany emerged out of the U-23 European Baseball Championship that was held last August in Prague, with the ‘home’ team finishing first.

Chinese Taipei, Japan and China qualified for the U-23 World Cup as the top three teams of the Asian Baseball Championship last October, while fourth-place finisher Korea was subsequently awarded a wild card.

New Zealand earned the right to represent Oceania after rival Australia withdrew from their qualifying series.

South Africa claimed Africa’s spot in the U-23 World Cup as the continent’s highest-ranked National Team in the WBSC Baseball World Rankings.

Birth of the U-23 Baseball World Cup
The WBSC launched the U-21 Baseball World Cup in November 2014, which saw Chinese Taipei beat Japan in the final on home turf in Taichung, while Korea won the third-place game against Nicaragua.

The U-21 global competition expanded into the U-23 Baseball World Cup in 2016 in Monterrey and Saltillo Mexico. Japan defeated Australia in the final, while Korea beat Panama to win the bronze medal.

Mexico won the second edition of the U-23 Baseball World Cup, which was held in Barranquilla, Colombia, in October 2018. It was the first-ever official baseball world title for Mexico, after the nation defeated Japan in 10 innings in the final, while Venezuela topped Korea to finish third.

Previous U-23 Baseball World Cups have included the top young professional players from clubs affiliated to the Australian Baseball League (ABL), Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL), Korean Baseball Organization (KBO), Major League Baseball (MLB), Mexican Baseball League (LMB), Nicaraguan Professional Baseball League, Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB), in addition to other leagues around the world.

Press release by WBSC.

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Final Olympic, Americas Baseball Qualifiers Postponed Indefinitely

New dates for the WBSC Americas Qualifier and the Final Qualifier will be announced in due time.

LAUSANNE, Switzerland—The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today announced the postponement of the WBSC Baseball Final Qualification Event for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020, which was scheduled to take place in Taichung and Douliu, TPE, from 17-21 June, due to the ongoing spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Following consultations with medical and governmental authorities and the host Chinese Taipei Baseball Association (CTBA) and the Chinese (Taipei) Professional Baseball League (CPBL), the WBSC Executive Board, in its meeting via video conference on Tuesday, confirmed the decision to postpone the Final Qualifier.

Both the WBSC Americas Qualifier and the subsequent Final Qualifier will be rescheduled for a date yet to be determined.

Earlier this month, the WBSC Baseball Final Qualification Event was postponed from 1-5 April to 17-21 June due to player, personnel and spectator health and safety measures against the spread of the coronavirus and considering the continued spread of the outbreak and information provided by the World Health Organisation, the WBSC Executive Board confirmed the postponement in the interest of the safety and well-being of all participants.

The six teams set to compete in the WBSC Baseball Final Qualifier include host Chinese Taipei, Australia, China, the Netherlands and the second- and third-place finishers from the WBSC Americas Baseball Qualifier.

The winner of the Final qualifier will earn the sixth and final berth into the Tokyo 2020 Olympic baseball tournament.

Four nations have already qualified for baseball at the 2020 Olympics: host Japan, Israel, Korea and Mexico.

Press release, WBSC.

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Olympic Baseball, Softball, Tokyo 2020 Games postponed to 2021

LAUSANNE, Switzerland—The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) welcomed the difficult joint decision today of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and Japan Prime Minister Abe Shinzo to postpone the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 to a date no later than the summer of 2021.

The IOC stated that the Tokyo 2020 Games will be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community.

Said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari: “The WBSC welcomes and fully supports the joint decision taken by the IOC, Tokyo 2020 and Japan Prime Minister Abe Shinzo to postpone the start of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“While the postponement is heartbreaking for athletes — and our baseball and softball players — around the world, the ‘Tokyo 2020’ Games in 2021 can be a symbol of global recovery and solidarity, and be one of the greatest worldwide celebrations and most anticipated moments in the history of sport.

“The WBSC stands in solidarity with the Olympic Movement during this difficult time and will work closely with the IOC to manage the completion of the Olympic qualification process for baseball, which now has more time to be conducted, providing an equal opportunity for the teams and their players.”

Baseball and softball will be making their first Olympic appearance since the 2008 Beijing Games, and are expected to be one of the top attractions of the Games in Japan, where baseball/softball is the most popular sport.

Baseball/Softball’s Road Back to the Games
Softball has completed the Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualification process. The six-team tournament will feature host nation Japan, USA (the 2018 WBSC World Champions), Italy (winner of the Europe/Africa Qualifier), Mexico, Canada (winner and runner-up of the Americas Qualifier) and Australia (winner of the Asia/Oceania Qualifier).

Four of six teams have qualified for the Olympic baseball event at Tokyo 2020, including host Japan, Israel (the winner of the Europe/Africa Qualifier), Korea and Mexico (through the WBSC Premier12 2019). The remaining two teams will advance to the Games through the Americas Qualifier and the Final Qualifier.

The eight-team Americas Baseball Qualifier was scheduled from 22 to 26 March and has been postponed. The Final Qualifier, originally scheduled in early April, has been currently postponed to June. It must however take place following the Americas Qualifier. The second- and third-place finishers of the Americas Qualifier will join Chinese Taipei, Australia, China and the Netherlands in the Final qualifier.

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Baseball5 Archive: World Rankings, Record Book, and More

This week, we have taken a further step in codifying the history of the world’s newest ball sport, baseball5. A total of six tournaments with mixed national teams—considered to be baseball5’s default format—have been contested and each event is now profiled on our site. These articles included full results, tables, event format, and records set. We conclude our week highlighting baseball5 with the release of our updated record book, all-time statistics, head-to-head results, and the first baseball5 world ranking, courtesy of The Roon Ba.

Baseball5’s Only Record Book Expanded and Updated
After the European Baseball5 Championship, we published our first record book, which we have since expanded significantly. A few results were changed, as well, as more information about the Americas Baseball5 Open emerged thanks to The Roon Ba (“The Round Ball” in Scots Gaelic). The new Baseball5 Record Book contains events, game, and team records, including everything from most wins ever (Cuba) to highest percentage of shutout wins among games played (France) and may records in-between. A total of 13 different countries hold world records, with Cuba the unsurprising leader with 13 records. Belarus and Bulgaria play their part in four world records as does Guatemala, though its marks are not enviable.

The First Baseball5 Team Statistics
We have compiled team statistics from all six tournaments and merged them into a single database. Curious how many runs Israel scores per game? Or how about per five-inning regulation contest? Who plays the longest games, on average? Who has the best defence? What about the worst run differential? Scan the stats below!

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Baseball5 Archive: 2020 Balkan Open

As the only media organisation that regularly covers baseball5, we have spent a lot of time creating an archive of baseball5 events, information, and even the sport’s only record book. The recently completed Baseball5 European Championship is one of six baseball5 tournaments that have included mixed national teams, but the results of several have been scattered across a variety of websites. This week, we will profile the sport’s five previous tournaments to ensure these records from the early days of baseball5’s history are not lost.

The Balkan Open made history in 2020 as the first baseball5 tournament to return for a second edition. Although various sources have hinted that the Americas Open will return in 2020, Bulgaria’s initiative means it will retain this plaudit for now. The host nation claimed the title once more, with Romania yet again falling just short. Moldova took the Czech Republic’s place and nearly knocked off Serbia for the bronze.

The event took baseball5’s maxim of ‘Play Everywhere’ seriously, hosted the event in a shopping mall, making it the first indoor tournament as well. The tourney tied one word record: Most Runs in a Loss (Serbia 11 – Moldova 10) and set multiple European records, including highest-scoring game (Serbia 11 – Moldova 10) and most runs in a game (one team): Serbia 18 – Moldova 3.

Make sure to read our big latest update on baseball5, which includes the only world rankings, the first-ever team statistics, an expanded record book, and updated head-to-head results [link]. 

If the topic interests you, the following articles are worth checking out:
2020 Baseball5 Calendar [Link]
History of Baseball5 [Link]
Baseball5 Record Book, Edition 1.0 [Link]

The full list of international tournaments:
2018 Balkan Baseball5 Open [Link]
2018 Rome Baseball5 Open [Link]
2018 Havana Baseball5 Tournament [Link]
2019 Americas Baseball5 Open [Link]
2020 Baseball5 Euros [Link]
Baseball5 All-Time Head-to-Head Results [Link]

II Baseball5 Balkan Open
Sofia, Bulgaria
19 Feburary 2020

Group Play
Serbia-Bulgaria 0-7
Romania-Moldova 3-0
Bulgaria-Moldova 8-0
Serbia-Romania 5-1
Bulgaria-Romania 5-8
Moldova-Serbia 3-18

Bronze: Serbia 11 – Moldova 10
Gold (Best of three):
Bulgaria 3 – Romania 1
Bulgaria 4 – Romania 1

Final Standings
Team                    W-L       RF          RA
Bulgaria                4-1          27           10
Romania              2-3          14           17
Serbia                   3-1          34           21
Moldova              0-4          13           40

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Baseball5 Archive: 2019 Americas Open

As the only media organisation that regularly covers baseball5, we have spent a lot of time creating an archive of baseball5 events, information, and even the sport’s only record book. The recently completed Baseball5 European Championship is one of six baseball5 tournaments that have included mixed national teams, but the results of several have been scattered across a variety of websites. This week, we will profile the sport’s five previous tournaments to ensure these records from the early days of baseball5’s history are not lost.

The Americas Open was the first baseball5 tournament ever held in South America, with Cartagena, Colombia playing host. Four national teams made their debuts in the event, including Colombia, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela. At the time, the five nations competing and 48 games played were world records for a mixed international baseball5 tournament.

Cuba came in as heavy favourites, having already won two tournaments in the preceeding seven months, but it was Venezuela that looked like the team to beat after three days. Cuba and Colombia were also in the running, though the hosts faded after a 6-2 start.

The tournament format was unique, but likely served as an influence on the setup of the Baseball5 Euros. Round One was a round robin, with each team playing a best-of-three series against each otherin which the series’ winner earned a single ‘win’ (similar to the NCAA approach to doubles’ tennis). Round Two was labelled the ‘Sprint Round’, with each team playing two single games against each other. The combined ‘wins’ were used to qualify teams to the medal series.

In the end, Cuba took on Venezuela in a best-of-three championship. Venezuela had dropped only three of 14 games, while Cuba was 10-4, but Los Antilleños dispatched Venezuela 12-7 and 11-1. Colombia took bronze from Puerto Rico, but scores are unknown from the two-game sweep.

The tournament did not have an official webpage and results were not published in any single source. Reconstructing even the schedule took several hours, with more than a dozen sources consulted before we came up with the winners and about half of the scores. Alas, the host nation failed to publicise any of the results and a third of Colombia’s scores are missing.

Fortunately, the amazing research of www.theroonba.com came to the rescue with most of the missing results and, indeed, a correction to our understanding of the Sprint Round, which was described as 15 games by COPABE and various newspapers, but was, in fact, only 10 contests. The Roon Ba is the leading source for results in all senior national team contests in dozens of sports and has the ability to find scores that no one else can. Through this work, we were able also to verify most of our scores, some of which were dubious (with several incorrect), and fill in many of the remaining holes.

The tournament set nine world records, only two of which have been be surpassed, along with three continental records. It is likely that both sets of numbers are higher, but the seven missing scores. Cuba set eight of these records itself, including most wins in a tournament (12) and best winning percentage in a tournament (75%). Its 34-0 win over Guatemala is the world record for most runs in a game by one team or both combined, along with biggest margin of victory.

Other all-time marks set were most shutout wins in a tournament (3, Venezuela), most games played in a tournament (Colombia, 17), most losses in a tournament (12, Puerto Rico), and most runs scored in a tournament (154, Cuba). Most runs scores in a loss (seven, accomplished four times) has since been surpassed, but remains the Americas record. Full results are below.

If you are aware of any missing results or have contacts with baseball5 in South America or with the organising committee, please get in touch.

Make sure to read our big latest update on baseball5, which includes the only world rankings, the first-ever team statistics, an expanded record book, and updated head-to-head results [link]. 

If the topic interests you, the following articles are worth checking out:
2020 Baseball5 Calendar [Link]
History of Baseball5 [Link]
Baseball5 Record Book, Edition 1.0 [Link]

The full list of international tournaments:
2018 Balkan Baseball5 Open [Link]
2018 Rome Baseball5 Open [Link]
2018 Havana Baseball5 Tournament [Link]
2019 Americas Baseball5 Open [Link]
2020 Balkan Baseball5 Open [Link]
2020 Baseball5 Euros [Link]
Baseball5 All-Time Head-to-Head Results [Link]

Americas Baseball5 Open
Cartagena, Colombia
18-20 April 2019

Format was pool play of a round robin of three-game series between nations. Each series counted as a single “win”. The next round was a ‘Sprint Round’, a single-game round robin. Those single games were also counted as wins as the combined totals of the two rounds qualified for first- and third-place games.

Pool Play
Day 1: Thursday (April 18)
Cuba 8 – Colombia 6
Colombia 13 – Cuba 6
Colombia 11 – Cuba 5
Venezuela 12 – Puerto Rico 2
Venezuela 14 – Puerto Rico 1
Colombia 7 – Guatemala 4
Colombia 6 – Guatemala 4
Cuba 8 – Venezuela 7
Venezuela 7 – Cuba 6
Cuba 6 – Venezuela 4
Colombia W – Puerto Rico
Colombia W – Puerto Rico
Colombia – Puerto Rico W
Cuba 15 – Guatemala 0
Cuba 34 – Guatemala

First Day Standings (Wins are series wins, not game wins)
Team                    “Wins”   W-L       RF          RA          Missing Runs
Colombia             3-0         6-2          43           27           3 Games
Cuba                     2-1          5-3          88           48
Venezuela            1-1          3-2          44           23
Puerto Rico         0-2          1-4          3             26           3 Games
Guatemala          0-2          0-4          8             62

Friday (April 19)
Puerto Rico 9 – Guatemala 6 (score uncertain)
Puerto Rico 7 – Guatemala 5
Venezuela 5 – Colombia 6
Venezuela 9 – Colombia 2
Venezuela 7 – Colombia 0
Puerto Rico 4 – Cuba 8
Puerto Rico 2 – Cuba 3
Venezuela 11 – Guatemala 0
Venezuela 9 – Guatemala 1

Final Pool Play Standings
Team                    “Wins”   W-L       RF          RA         Missing Runs
Colombia             3-1          7-4          50           49           3 Games
Cuba                     3-1          7-3          99           54
Venezuela            3-1          7-3          86           41
Puerto Rico         1-3          3-6          25           48           3 Games
Guatemala          0-4          0-8          30           98

Sprint Round
Friday (April 19)
Game 11: Cuba 12 – Colombia 2
Game 12: Venezuela 11 – Puerto Rico 2
Game 13: Colombia 11 – Guatemala 1 (Mercy)
Game 14: Venezuela 11 – Cuba 4
Game 15: Puerto Rico 7 – Colombia 12
Saturday (April 20)
Game 16: Cuba 3 – Guatemala 2
Game 17: Venezuela 11 – Colombia 1
Game 18: Guatemala 4 – Puerto Rico 0
Game 19: Cuba 13 – Puerto Rico 3
Game 20: Guatemala 0 – Venezuela 4

Standings through Sprint Round
Team                    “Wins”   W-L       RF          RA         Missing Runs
Venezuela            7-1          11-3        123         48
Cuba                     6-2         10-4        131         72
Colombia             5-3          9-6          76           80           3 Games
Puerto Rico         1-7          3-10         37           88           3 Games
Guatemala           1-7          1-11          37           116

Third Place Series:
Colombia W – Puerto Rico
Colombia W – Puerto Rico

Championship Series:
Cuba 12 – Venezuela 7
Cuba 11 – Venezuela 1

Final Standings
Team                    “Wins”   W-L       RF          RA         Missing Runs
Cuba                     7-2          12-4        154         80
Venezuela            7-2          11-5        131         71
Colombia             6-3          11-6        76           80           5 Games
Puerto Rico         1-8          3-12        37           88           5 Games
Guatemala           1-7          1-11        37           116

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Baseball5 Archive: 2018 Havana Tournament

As the only media organisation that regularly covers baseball5, we have spent a lot of time creating an archive of baseball5 events, information, and even the sport’s only record book. The recently completed Baseball5 European Championship is one of six baseball5 tournaments that have included mixed national teams, but the results of several have been scattered across a variety of websites. This week, we will profile the sport’s five previous tournaments to ensure these records from the early days of baseball5’s history are not lost.

The third baseball5 tournament ever hosted, the Havana Baseball5 Tournament was the first event in the sport to take place in the Americas. The two-day tournament in Cuba featured men’s, women’s, and mixed competitions. Only mixed baseball5 is considered the official version of the discipline, which prevents Jamaica from entering the record books as it submitted only a men’s team.

Cuba dominated this tournament as well, though France had made significant gains from the last time the two nations met in September. Nicaragua also contested the event. For the first time in a baseball5 event, no records were set. Full results are below.

Make sure to read our big latest update on baseball5, which includes the only world rankings, the first-ever team statistics, an expanded record book, and updated head-to-head results [link]. 

If the topic interests you, the following articles are worth checking out:
2020 Baseball5 Calendar [Link]
History of Baseball5 [Link]
Baseball5 Record Book, Edition 1.0 [Link]

The full list of international tournaments:
2018 Balkan Baseball5 Open [Link]
2018 Rome Baseball5 Open [Link]
2019 Americas Baseball5 Open [Link]
2020 Balkan Baseball5 Open [Link]
2020 Baseball5 Euros [Link]
Baseball5 All-Time Head-to-Head Results [Link]

Havana Tournament
Havana, Cuba
24-25 October 2018

Men’s round robin play
Cuba A-France 11-1
Cuba B-Jamaica 18-2
Cuba A-Cuba B 8-2
Nicaragua-France 10-6
France-Jamaica 2-1
Cuba A-Nicaragua 14-0
Cuba B-Nicaragua 8-5
Cuba A-Jamaica 33-1
Nicaragua-Jamaica 4-2
Cuba B-France 16-0

Men’s final: Cuba A-Cuba B 8-7
Men’s third place: France-Nicaragua 6-5
Men’s Most Valuable Player Cristian Basabe Sierra (Cuba-B)

Women’s round robin play
Cuba-Nicaragua 3-1
Cuba-France 4-2
France-Nicaragua 4-0
France-Cuba 1-0
Cuba-Nicaragua 2-1
France-Nicaragua 6-4

Women’s final: Cuba-France 3-5
Women’s Most Valuable Player Kimane Rogron (France)

Co-ed round robin play
France-Nicaragua 3-2
Cuba-Nicaragua 9-1
Cuba-France 8-6

Co-ed final: Cuba-France 11-0
Co-ed Most Valuable Player Briandy Molina Elias (Cuba)

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Baseball5 Archive: 2018 Foro Italico Tournament

As the only media organisation that regularly covers baseball5, we have spent a lot of time creating an archive of baseball5 events, information, and even the sport’s only record book. The recently completed Baseball5 European Championship is one of six baseball5 tournaments that have included mixed national teams, but the results of several have been scattered across a variety of websites. This week, we will profile the sport’s five previous tournaments to ensure these records from the early days of baseball5’s history are not lost.

The Foro Italico in Rome shared a moment in world sporting history on Sept. 16, 2018 when it hosted a baseball5 tournament, one of two sites in Europe with a historic first event in the sport that day. Rome’s event was the first baseball5 tournament in world history to feature national teams from two continents, North America and Europe. Cuba won easily, with France well ahead of Italy, which did not score a run in the tourney. Full results are below.

The event featured a game that set three records, all of which lasted for roughly six months: Most Runs in a Game (One Team), Highest Scoring Game, and Largest Margin of Victory. Cuba blasted France 23-1 to set all three records and it would be Cuba that broke all of them at the 2019 Americas Open. The second- and third-best efforts in each category would also be set by Cuba at the Foro Italico.

Make sure to read our big latest update on baseball5, which includes the only world rankings, the first-ever team statistics, an expanded record book, and updated head-to-head results [link]. 

If the topic interests you, the following articles are worth checking out:
2020 Baseball5 Calendar [Link]
History of Baseball5 [Link]
Baseball5 Record Book [Link]

The full list of international tournaments:
2018 Balkan Baseball5 Open [Link]
2018 Havana Baseball5 Tournament [Link]
2019 Americas Baseball5 Open [Link]
2020 Balkan Baseball5 Open [Link]
2020 Baseball5 Euros [Link]
Baseball5 All-Time Head-to-Head Results [Link]

Foro Italico Baseball5 Tournament
Rome
16 September 2018
All innings are assumed.

Group Play
Double round robin.

Cuba 12-4 France
Italy 0-16 France (3 innings)
Italy 0-13 Cuba (4 innings)
Cuba 11-1 France (4 innings)
Italy 0-7 France
Italy 0-18 Cuba (3 innings)

Championship: Cuba 23 – France 1 (3 innings)

Final Standings
Team                    W-L       RF          RA
Cuba                     5-0          77           6
France                  2-3          29           46
Italy                      0-4          0             54

 

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Baseball5 Archive: 2018 Balkan Open

As the only media organisation that regularly covers baseball5, we have spent a lot of time creating an archive of baseball5 events, information, and even the sport’s only record book. The recently completed Baseball5 European Championship is one of six baseball5 tournaments that have included mixed national teams, but the results of several have been scattered across a variety of websites. This week, we will profile the sport’s five previous tournaments to ensure these records from the early days of baseball5’s history are not lost.

On Sept. 16, 2018, the first-ever baseball5 tournaments featuring mixed national teams were played. The Balkan Open was one of two in European capitals that day, with another tournament taking place in Rome. In Sofia, Bulgaria and Romania showed why their performance in the sport has superceeded their results in other WBSC disciplines with strong performances, while Czech Republic, a baseball and softball European superpower, finished third of fourth, ahead of Serbia. Full results are below.

The tournament also set a record that will never be surpassed and has yet to be equalled. The championship game was a thrilling 1-0 victory for Bulgaria over Romania, to this day the fewest runs scored in a victory.  It is, therefore, also the lowest-scoring game in terms of total runs in baseball5 history as well. A third record was also set and it has since been equalled, but not superceeded: longest game (by innings). Czech Republic and Serbia ensured that the third-place game was just as exciting as the gold, going to eight innings before the only non-Balkan nation claimed victory, 8-5.

Make sure to read our big latest update on baseball5, which includes the only world rankings, the first-ever team statistics, an expanded record book, and updated head-to-head results [link]. 

If the topic interests you, the following articles are worth checking out.
2020 Baseball5 Calendar [Link]
History of Baseball5 [Link]
Baseball5 Record Book [Link]

The full list of international tournaments:
2018 Rome Baseball5 Open [Link]
2018 Havana Baseball5 Tournament [Link]
2019 Americas Baseball5 Open [Link]
2020 Balkan Baseball5 Open [Link]
2020 Baseball5 Euros [Link]
Baseball5 All-Time Head-to-Head Results [Link]

I Baseball5 Balkan Open
Sofia, Bulgaria
16 September 2018

Group Play
Bulgaria 5 – 7 Czech Republic
Romania 13 – 0 Serbia
Serbia 0 – 8 Bulgaria
Czech Republic 4 – 5 Romania
Bulgaria 3 – 4 Romania
Serbia 9 – 6 Czech Republic

Bronze: Czech Republic 6 – Serbia 5 (8)
Gold: Bulgaria 1 – Romania 0

Final Standings
Team                    W-L       RF          RA
Bulgaria               2-2          17           11
Romania              3-1          22           8
Czech Republic  2-2          23           24
Serbia                   1-3          14           33

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BREAKING: World Baseball Classic, Olympic Qualifiers Postponed

 

 

Major international news broke this evening as MLB and USA Baseball published press releases within 35 minutes of each other postponing the World Baseball Classic Qualifiers and the Americas Olympic Baseball Qualifier. The three tournaments were scheduled to take place at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Arizona over the next three weeks. Both press releases (appended below) note that new dates will be revealed for the events at a later date.

How the WBC Qualifiers Are Affected
As the press release notes below, qualifiers are “postponed indefinitely”. Play was scheduled to begin tomorrow in Pool 1 and more than half of the six teams were already in Arizona. It is really disappointing for the players (many of whom may not get another chance pending availability, health, and other factors), coaches, and fans, but it is absolutely the right move.

Given that all major U.S. sports and many worldwide leagues and events have cancelled play, it is unlikely we see international sporting competition before May. As such, it seems likely that the WBCQs will now take place in autumn. Great Britain’s Head Coach Liam Carroll immediately released a statement to put the postponement in perspective.

How Olympic Baseball Is Affected
Four teams are currently qualified for the Olympics in Tokyo, which are still currently scheduled to take place, though other sporting events in Japan, like the Spring Koshien Tournament, have been cancelled or are playing behind closed doors. The Olympic baseball competition is scheduled for 29 July-8 Aug. and the Final Olympic Qualifying Tournament is set for 17-21 June.

These dates mean that there is still time to complete the Americas qualification in time to send two of those teams to Taiwan in advance of the “last chance” tourney. It could potentially allow that event to be pushed back by as much as a month given how the pandemic develops.

There is, however, one other solution, which is that the Olympic tournament proceeds with only four nations, given that every continent except Oceania has received an opportunity to qualify.

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