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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Women’s Baseball Calendar 2020: Egypt, Pakistan Among History-Makers

 

We cannot think of a better way to celebrate International Women’s Day than to unveil out first-ever women’s baseball calendar. The number of women’s baseball events has been growing in the last few years, with Europe joining Asia, the Americas, and Australia on the international scene last year. Egypt will make baseball history this spring and, in September, México will host the ninth Women’s Baseball World Cup, which will feature 12 teams for the third time in-a-row.

Despite coronavirus, which has already caused one international tournament to be cancelled, Egypt is set to enter the record books this April. Its national team is booked to play a series in Pakistan, which would be the first time in baseball history that the first international game for a country was played by its women’s national team and not its men’s. The historic debut is one we will be covering closely.

It is quite likely that friendlies will be announced prior to the world championship, but in the meanwhile, nine countries will host women’s baseball events. Pakistan is also set to host the senior women’s national team of Malaysia as it pushes to become one of the Asian leaders in the sport despite no national funding for men’s or women’s baseball.

The UK will host events celebrating women in baseball in April and during Women in Baseball Week in July. Both are open to participants and spectators. Britain has, in recent years, been especially welcoming to mixed clubs, with the university scene leading in that regard.

France, Canada, and the USA will hold national team training camps and the latter two will be joined by Australia in hosting national championships. MLB continues its Baseball Breakthrough Series for girls in June, an important step for an organisation that has only recently incorporated female-only events. Last summer, the MLB Cup in London featured girls’ softball for the first time in the event’s history and it is likely repeat the demonstration this year.

It is also worth noting that every baseball5 national team event is mixed gender, offering several dozen more opportunities this year for women in WBSC sports to step outside softball. More information on the sport can be found here [link].

We welcome submissions to the calendar and look forward to adding more national team events as they emerge.

February
7-10      Phoenix Cup (Hong Kong, China) [Cancelled due to threat of coronavirus]
8-11      France National Team Camp with Three Japanese Guest Coaches (Montigny, France)
16-22    Canada Girls’ National Camp (Cuba) [link]

March
8        Women’s Baseball Clinic with Kindai University (Callao, Perú) [link]
8        International Women’s Day Meetup and Game (Aberdeen, Scotland) [link]

April
10-17    Australian Women’s Championship (Narrabundah, Australia) [link]
14-21    Egypt at Pakistan friendly series [link]
25        90th Anniversary of the UK All-Star Female Game (Sheffield, UK) [link]
TBD    Malaysia at Pakistan friendly series

June
15-18    MLB Girls Baseball Breakthrough Series (Vero Beach, Fla.) [link]

July
3-5       USA Women’s National Open (Orlando, Fla.) [Link]
19-25?   Women in Baseball Week
25-26    Women’s Baseball UK Championship (Finsbury Park, UK) [link]

August
6-9       Canada Under-21 Women’s Invitational Tournament (Sherbrooke, Québec) [link]
20-23    Canada Women’s Invitational Tournament (Stonewall, Manitoba) [link]
TBD    World Children’s Baseball Fair [Female only in 2020] ( Japan)

September
11-20    Women’s Baseball World Cup (Monterrey, Mexico) [Japan, and Canada, USA, Chinese Taipei, Australia, Venezuela, Cuba, Netherlands, Mexico, China, France, Philippines]

November
TBD    I Women’s Baseball South American Championship (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

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Baseball5 Record Book and All-Time Results

It has been a historic year already for the world’s newest sport, with the first continental championship featuring 14 European nations, each of whom won and lost at least two games. In June, baseball5 fans can tune to Kuala Lumpur for the first-ever event in the sport to be held in Asia or feature an Asian nation. A second Americas Open, likely to be considered the Americas Championship, is tentatively scheduled for some time this year. Winners of these tournaments will travel to Mexico in December to join the host nation, France, and Lithuania in the first Baseball5 World Cup.

We pride ourselves on being the only news source to continually (or even regularly) cover baseball5 and have taken leadership in breaking relevant news, in offering signficant coverage, and analysing events and tournaments. Yesterday, we published the first-ever tournament statistics in the sport and today we unveil the Baseball5 Record Book and the head-to-head results of every mixed (the standard baseball5 format) senior national team since the first tournament in September 2018.

Thus far, five tournaments have been contested, and all of them are listed in the record book, which offer a Top 10 in seven different categories. Several could be difficult to break, like Cuba’s 34-0 victory over Guatemala in the 2019 Americas Open, which holds three different records. A total of 18 different countries positively contributed to records being set, with Cuba, France, Belarus, Bulgaria, Moldova, and Romania particularly high on the list. Check out the full publication here: Baseball5 Record Book.

A total of 21 countries in Europe and the Americas have fielded teams in an international tournament. Cuba has won three of those events and has a 23-5 all-time record, while Venezuela (14-6), Colombia (14-7), and France (14-7) have all dominated at times. Bulgaria (12-8), Russia (10-2), and Romania (10-13) are the only other teams with double-digit all-time win totals. In a delightful turn of events, no team has played more than three games and gone winless. The database is in Excel format and, given the large amounts of data, to see head-to-head results, it is necessary to click on each cell. Investigate further here: National Team All-Time Head-to-Head.

With the Baseball5 Asia Cup coming up in June and possible Baseball5 World Cup qualifiers for Africa, the Americas, and Oceania, we should have plenty of updates for both documents by the end of the year.

If you are interested in the exhilarating sport of baseball5, here are some relevant links.

2020 Baseball5 Calendar [Link]
History of Baseball5 [Link]
2020 Baseball5 Euros [Link]

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Record-Setting Baseball5 Euros Are Offensive Hit

France has been crowned the first baseball5 champion of Europe after 30 months of trailblazing in the sport. The Baseball5 Euros featured exhilarating play and plenty of tense moments across the 90 games contested. Few can argue with the offensive excitement of baseball5, as 1,023 runs were scored over the three days. One baseball5 world record and three European records were set by the 14 teams, eight of whom were making their international debut. Today we present a series of notes, analysis, and records from the tournament, along with statistics from the competition. Tomorrow we unveil the baseball5 all-time record book, plus the head-to-head records of every national team that has played a baseball5 tournament.

Day 1 Recap [Link]
Day 2 Recap [Link]
Day 3 Recap [Link]

Notes

  • All teams in the top four have two losses and at least eight wins.
  • One team played only nine games in the tournament and one played 14, but most contested 10 or 11.
  • There was a wider range of average innings played per game, with France and Estonia playing only 4.54 innings per contest and Belarus a whopping 5.57 innings. That means that Belarus played 10 percent more innings than would be expected.
    • Interestingly, with all the mercy rule victories and extra innings, the average number of innings played was exactly five. (A few games’ innings totals are missing.)
  • A total of 1,023 runs were scored in 90 games (11.37 per game)
    • 507 runs were scored in 41 pool play games (12.37 per game)
    • 333 in 35 playoff games (9.51 per game)
    • 183 in 14 games in the finals (13.07 per game)
  • The offensive leaders were France (129), Italy (103), and Russia (93).
    • France averaged 11.33 runs per game in pool play, 5.8 runs in the playoffs, and 16 in the finals.
    • Italy, meanwhile, averaged 11.83 in group contests and 5.8 runs in the playoffs, but only 1.5 in the bronze medal series.
    • Measured per five innings to account for mercy rule wins, France had a superpowered offence, averaging 11.12 runs per five frames. Italy (7.92), Russia (7.75), and Lithuania (7.67) were close.
  • Russia was the defensive leader with only 23 runs allowed in 12 games. France (43 in 13) and Italy (59) were the next closest.
    • By innings, Russia (1.92 per five), France (3.31), Italy (4.54), and Israel (4.64) had solid performances.
  • No team scored fewer than 30 runs.
    • Moldova (2.78 per five innings) and Moldova (2.86) were the only nations to average less than three runs per five frames.
  • Two teams allowed more than 100 runs: Estonia (119) and Czech Republic (117). The former allowed opponents to average 10.08 runs per five innings, while the Czechs (8.73) were almost as porous. Only two other teams permitted more than seven runs per five frames.
    • Only three teams (Estonia, Czech Republic, and Belgium) allowed more runs per five innings than silver medallists Lithuania (7.02).
  • The following world record was set:
    • Most runs in a loss: 11 (twice), Bulgaria (11) vs. Lithuania (12) and Belarus (11) vs. Netherlands [2020 Euros]
      • Previous record: 10, Venezuela (11) vs. Guatemala (10) [2019 Americas Open]
      • Previous European record: 10, Serbia (11) vs. Moldova (10) [2020 Balkan Open]
    • Israel and Belarus (playoffs) and Belarus and the Netherlands (Fifth Place Game) tied the record for the all-time longest baseball5 game at eight innings, equalling Czech Republic and Serbia in the 2018 Balkan Open.
      • This may be the world record as well.
    • The following European records were set:
      • Most runs in a game, one team: 22, France vs. Czech Republic
        • Previous record: 18, Moldova vs. Serbia (2020 Balkan Open)
      • Most runs in a game: 30, France (20) vs. Lithuania (10) [2020 Euros Championship Series]
        • Previous record: 21, Moldova (3) vs. Serbia (18) [2020 Balkan Open]
      • Largest margin of victory: 22, France vs. Czech Republic
        • Previous record: 16, France (16) vs. Italy (0) [2018 Rome]
      • The following European records were not equalled:
        • Fewest runs in a victory: 1, Bulgaria (1) vs. Romania (0) [2018 Balkan Open]

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2020 U23 World Cup Americas Qualifier Results

Tournament Information
February 21- March 1
Games scheduled for seven innings with five and six inning mercy rules.

Hosts:
Group A- Managua, Nicaragua
Group B- Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Participating Nations:
Group A: Nicaragua, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Peru, El Salvador
Group B: Honduras, Cuba, Panama, Colombia, Argentina, Guatemala

Group A
Venezuela 3-0 Dominican Republic
Brazil 15-0 El Salvador
Nicaragua 22-0 Peru (5 innings)

Brazil 2-3 Venezuela
El Salvador 4-3 Peru
Dominican Republic 0-2 Nicaragua

Peru 7-21 Dominican Republic
Venezuela 20-2 El Salvador (5 innings)
Nicaragua 7-6 Brazil (8 innings)

Dominican Republic 20-2 El Salvador (6 innings)
Peru 1-13 Brazil
Venezuela 2-11 Nicaragua

Dominican Republic 6-4 Brazil
Venezuela 10-0 Peru
El Salvador 1-2 Nicaragua

Group B
Guatemala 0-4 Colombia
Cuba 3-2 Panama (8 innings)
Argentina 7-6 Honduras

Guatemala 2-27 Cuba
Colombia 10-0 Argentina
Honduras 2-7 Panama

Panama 10-2 Argentina
Guatemala 0-2 Honduras
Colombia 0-3 Cuba

Panama 11-0 Guatemala
Argentina 0-10 Cuba
Colombia 14-3 Honduras

Argentina 9-2 Guatemala
Panama 0-8 Colombia
Cuba 13-1 Honduras

Group A Standings        W-L     RF        RA
Nicaragua                           5-0          44           9
Venezuela                           4-1          38           15
Dominican Republic          3-2          47           18
Brazil                                   2-3          40           17
El Salvador                         1-4          9             60
Peru                                     0-5          11           70

Group B Standings          W-L     RF        RA
Cuba                                    5-0          56           5
Colombia                            4-1          36           6
Panama                               3-2          30           15
Argentina                            2-3          18           38
Honduras                            1-4          14           41
Guatemala                          0-5          4             53

Consolation Round
Guatemala 5-6 El Salvador (11 innings)
Peru 8-9 Argentina
Honduras 2-8 Brazil

Peru 8-5 Guatemala
Brazil 0-4 Argentina
El Salvador 7-8 Honduras

Guatemala 2-8 Brazil
El Salvador 2-3 Argentina
Peru 0-8 Honduras

Super Round
Dominican Republic 3-7 Colombia
Venezuela 0-5 Cuba
Panama 0-4 Nicaragua

Dominican Republic 1-5 Panama
Venezuela 5-4 Colombia
Nicaragua 6-0 Cuba

Dominican Republic 2-3 Cuba
Panama 9-5 Venezuela
Nicaragua 4-3 Colombia

Third: Colombia 0-9 Venezuela
Final: Cuba 0-1 Nicaragua

Final Standings                         W-L     RF        RA
1st- Nicaragua*                                 9-0          59           12
2nd- Cuba*                                        7-2          64           14
3rd- Venezuela*                               6-3          57           33
4th- Colombia                                  5-4          50           28
5th- Panama                                     5-3          44           25
6th- Dominican Republic              3-5          53           33
7th- Argentina                                 5-3          25           40
8th- Brazil                                        4-4          48           23
9th- Honduras                                 3-5          30           48
10th- El Salvador                            2-6          24           76
11th- Peru                                         1-7          19           83
12th- Guatemala                             0-8          11           67

*Qualified for 2020 Under-23 World Cup.

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MLB, MLBPA, WBSC reach player agreement for Olympics, Qualifiers

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) has reached an agreement with Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) to permit players on MLB 40-man rosters to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and the respective qualifiers.

As part of the accord, National Team roster sizes will increase from 24 players to 26 for the upcoming WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier in Arizona (22-26 March in Surprise and Tempe, USA) and the WBSC Baseball Final Qualifier (17-21 June in Taichung and Douliu, TPE) to safeguard the health of the players and prevent potential fatigue.

Per the MLB-MLBPA-WBSC agreement, National Teams will be able to select any MLB-affiliated player, except those on active MLB 26-man rosters.

“The WBSC is thrilled to partner with MLB and the MLBPA to give more of the top athletes in the sport of baseball the highest honour of representing their country as well as the opportunity to play on the world’s biggest sporting stage, the Olympic Games,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “This collaboration with the MLB and MLBPA is a further demonstration of the common will, together with other professional organisations, to make baseball a truly global sport and to contribute to the success of the Olympic Games.

“The return of Olympic baseball and softball is expected to be one of the main attractions of the Tokyo 2020 Games, and we — on behalf of our sport and athletes worldwide — are doing everything we can to make it the most exciting and competitive Olympic baseball event ever.”

Road to Tokyo 2020
The eight participating nations in the WBSC Americas Baseball Qualifier in Arizona include host and world No. 2 USA, Canada (No. 12), Colombia (No. 14), Cuba (No. 8), Dominican Republic (No. 10), Nicaragua (No. 15), Puerto Rico (No. 11) and Venezuela (No. 9). The winner of this qualifier will earn a place in the 2020 Olympics.

The six teams competing in the WBSC Baseball Final Olympic Qualifier in Taiwan include host Chinese Taipei (No. 4), along with Australia (No. 6), China (No. 21), Netherlands (No. 7) and the second- and third-place finishers from the Americas qualifier. The winner of this qualifier will earn the sixth and final quota of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic baseball tournament.

Four nations have already qualified for baseball at the 2020 Olympics: host Japan (No. 1), Israel (No. 18), Korea (No. 3) and Mexico (No. 5).

Press release by WBSC.

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BREAKING: Final Olympic Baseball Qualifier postponed to June

Taipei, TPE — The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), together with host Chinese Taipei Baseball Association (CTBA) and the Chinese Taipei Professional Baseball League (CPBL), today announced that the WBSC Baseball Final Qualification Event for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020, scheduled to take place in Taichung and Dou Liu, TPE, from 1-5 April, has been postponed to 17-21 June due to player, personnel and spectator health and safety measures against the spread of the coronavirus.

After consulting with medical and governmental authorities, a joint decision by the WBSC and the Local Organising Committee was taken to postpone the event.

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 upcoming WBSC Americas Baseball Qualifier, which is scheduled for 22-26 March in Surprise and Tempe, Arizona.

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 from WBSC.

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