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Baseball at the 2008 Summer Olympics

Baseball at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing was held from August 13 to August 23. All games were played at Wukesong Baseball Field, a temporary venue constructed at the Beijing Wukesong Culture & Sports Center. Olympic baseball is competed by men only, while women compete in the similar sport of softball.

Baseball
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
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Pictogram used to identify baseball at the 2008 Games
Venue Wukesong Baseball Field
Dates August 13–23
Teams 8
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s)  South Korea
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Cuba
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  United States
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Competing teams

This is the most recently contested baseball tournament in Olympic history, as the International Olympic Committee voted to remove baseball from the program in the 2012 Olympics.[1] Along with softball, baseball was rejected for inclusion in the 2016 Summer Olympics at the IOC's meeting in October 2009.[2] However, following a 2016 IOC vote, baseball will again be conducted for the 2020 Games.[3]

This was also the first time that the IBAF's new extra-innings rule was officially in effect, allowing each team to start with two base runners from the 11th inning on.[4] South Korea won the gold medal in a 3–2 final victory against Cuba.

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MedalistsEdit

Competition formatEdit

Eight teams are competing in the Olympic baseball tournament, and the competition consists of two rounds. The preliminary round follows a round robin format, where each of the teams plays all the other teams once. Following this, the top four teams advance to a single elimination round culminating in the bronze and gold medal games.

QualificationEdit

Event Date Location Vacancies Qualified
Host nation   China
American Qualifying Tournament Aug 25 – Sept 7, 2006   Havana 2   United States
  Cuba
European Championship Sept 7 – Sept 16, 2007   Barcelona 1   Netherlands
Asian Baseball Championship Nov 27 – Dec 3, 2007   Taichung [1][5] 1   Japan
Final Qualifying Tournament Mar 7 – Mar 14, 2008   Taichung and Douliou[2] 3   Canada
  South Korea
  Chinese Taipei
TOTAL 8

^1 Chinese Taipei is the official IOC designation for the state officially referred to as the Republic of China (ROC), commonly known as Taiwan.

Team squadEdit

Team Qualification criteria Appearance
Canada 1st place of Final Qualifying Tournament  2nd
China Automatic as host nation of the Olympics  1st
Chinese Taipei 3rd place of Final Qualifying Tournament  3rd
Cuba 2nd place of American Qualifying Tournament  5th
Japan 1st place of Asian Baseball Championship  5th
South Korea 2nd place of Final Qualifying Tournament  3rd
Netherlands 1st place of European Championship  4th
United States 1st place of American Qualifying Tournament  4th

Group stageEdit

All times are China Standard Time (UTC+8)

Team G W L RS RA WIN% GB Tiebreaker
  South Korea 7 7 0 41 22 1.000
  Cuba 7 6 1 52 23 .857 1
  United States 7 5 2 40 22 .714 2
  Japan 7 4 3 30 14 .571 3
  Chinese Taipei 7 2 5 29 33 .286 5 1–0
  Canada 7 2 5 29 20 .286 5 0–1
  Netherlands 7 1 6 9 50 .143 6 1–0
  China 7 1 6 14 60 .143 6 0–1

August 13Edit

August 14Edit

August 15Edit

August 16Edit

August 17Edit

August 18Edit

August 19Edit

August 20Edit

Knockout stageEdit

Semifinals Gold Medal Match
2008-08-22 - Beijing
   Japan  2  
   South Korea  6  
 
2008-08-23 - Beijing
       South Korea  3
     Cuba  2
Bronze Medal Match
2008-08-22 - Beijing 2008-08-23 - Beijing
   United States  2    Japan  4
   Cuba  10      United States  8

SemifinalsEdit

Bronze medal matchEdit

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
  Japan 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 6 1
  United States 0 1 3 0 4 0 0 0 X 8 9 0
WP: Brett Anderson (1-0)   LP: Kenshin Kawakami (0-1)
Home runs:
JPN: Masahiro Araki (1), Norichika Aoki (1)
USA: Matt LaPorta (2), Matt Brown (2), Jason Donald (1)

Gold medal matchEdit

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
  South Korea 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 4 0
  Cuba 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 5 1
WP: Hyun-Jin Ryu (2-0)   LP: Norberto González (0-1)   Sv: Tae-Hyon Chong (2)
Home runs:
KOR: Seung-Yeop Lee (2)
CUB: Michel Enríquez (2), Alexei Bell (2)

Final standingsEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Michaelis, Vicki (2005-07-08). "Baseball, softball bumped from Olympics". USA Today. Retrieved August 17, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Olympic Leaders Approve Golf and Rugby for 2016 Summer Games". Fox News. Associated Press. August 13, 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-16. 
  3. ^ Victor Mather (August 3, 2016). "Baseball and Softball Returning to Olympics in 2020". New York Times. 
  4. ^ "IBAF changes rules for extra-inning games in time for Beijing". ESPN. Associated Press. 2008-07-25. Archived from the original on 1 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-31. 
  5. ^ Chinese Taipei Baseball Association Official Website

ReferencesEdit