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Baseball at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Qualification

Eight teams will qualify for the Olympic baseball tournament. The host nation qualifies automatically. Additionally, two teams will qualify from the American qualifying tournament, and one team will qualify from both the European and Asian qualifying tournaments. The field will be rounded out by the top three teams from the world Olympic qualifying tournament.

Contents

TableEdit

Event Date Location Vacancies Qualified
Host Nation - - 1   China
Americas Qualifying Tournament Aug 25 - Sep 7, 2006   Havana 2   United States
  Cuba
European Championship September 7–16, 2007   Barcelona 1   Netherlands
Asian Baseball Championship Nov 27 - Dec 3, 2007   Taichung[T 1] 1   Japan
Final Qualifying Tournament March 7–14, 2008   Taichung and Douliou[T 1] 3   Canada
  South Korea
  Chinese Taipei
TOTAL 8
Note
  1. ^ a b Chinese Taipei is the official IOC designation for the state officially referred to as the Republic of China (ROC), commonly known as Taiwan. (See also Political status of Taiwan for details.)

American Qualifying TournamentEdit

Qualifying RoundEdit

North and Central America

Team Pld W L PCT RS RA RD
  United States 5 5 0 1.000 49 13 +36
  Canada 5 3 2 0.600 34 17 +17
  Nicaragua 5 3 2 0.600 20 14 +6
  Panama 5 2 3 0.400 38 35 +3
  Mexico[AQ 1] 5 2 3 0.400 24 28 -4
  Guatemala 5 0 5 0.000 4 58 -54

ScheduleEdit

Home Result Away
November 15, 2005
  Nicaragua 1-3   Canada
  United States 23-0 (6 Innings)   Guatemala
  Panama 17-4 (7 Innings)   Mexico
November 16, 2005
  Canada 12-0 (7 Innings)   Guatemala
  Nicaragua 6-1   Panama
  United States 5-4   Mexico
November 17, 2005
  Canada 15-5   Panama
  United States 7-4   Nicaragua
  Mexico 5-2   Guatemala
November 18, 2005
  Mexico 7-2   Canada
  Nicaragua 6-1   Guatemala
  United States 9-3   Panama
November 19, 2005
  United States 5-2   Canada
  Nicaragua 4-2   Mexico
  Guatemala 1-12   Panama

Caribbean

Team Pld W L PCT RS RA RD
  Dominican Republic 3 3 0 1.000 32 0 +32
  Puerto Rico 3 2 1 0.667 32 5 +27
  Aruba[AQ 1] 3 1 2 0.333 11 17 -6
  Bahamas 3 0 3 0.000 0 53 -53
  Jamaica Withdrew
  U.S. Virgin Islands Withdrew
  Curaçao Withdrew

South America

Team Pld W L PCT RS RA RD
  Venezuela 4 4 0 1.000 24 12 +12
  Brazil 4 3 1 0.750 26 8 +18
  Ecuador 4 2 2 0.500 14 15 -1
  Colombia 4 1 3 0.250 14 19 -5
  Argentina 4 0 4 0.000 12 36 -24
Notes
  1. ^ a b The third-place Caribbean team was scheduled to advance to the preliminary round. However, Aruba withdrew and the IBAF replaced it with the fifth-place North American team, Mexico.[1]

Preliminary RoundEdit

Group A

Team Pld W L PCT RS RA RD
  Cuba 5 5 0 1.000 64 10 +54
  Panama 5 4 1 0.800 38 17 +21
  Nicaragua 5 3 2 0.600 24 18 +6
  Dominican Republic 5 2 3 0.400 31 31 0
  Colombia 5 1 4 0.200 15 41 -26
  Ecuador 5 0 5 0.000 11 63 -52

Group B

Team Pld W L PCT RS RA RD
  United States 5 4 1 0.800 46 27 +19
  Mexico 5 4 1 0.800 23 19 +4
  Canada 5 3 2 0.600 24 18 +6
  Venezuela 5 2 3 0.400 27 39 -12
  Brazil 5 1 4 0.200 27 32 -5
  Puerto Rico 5 1 4 0.200 23 34 -11

ScheduleEdit

Home Away
August 25, 2006
  Cuba   Colombia
August 26, 2006
  United States 9-3   Canada
  Cuba 11-0   Ecuador
  Mexico 2-1   Brazil
  Panama 3-2   Dominican Republic
August 27, 2006
  Canada 6-5   Puerto Rico
  United States 8-7   Brazil
  Cuba 7-6   Panama
  Mexico 5-4   Venezuela
  Nicaragua 4-0   Colombia
  Dominican Republic 13-1   Ecuador
August 28, 2006
  Mexico 3-15   United States
  Venezuela 5-7   Canada
  Puerto Rico 10-6   Brazil
  Cuba 17-3   Dominican Republic
August 29, 2006
  Puerto Rico 2-5   United States
  Canada 1-2   Mexico
  Dominican Republic 8-3   Colombia
  Cuba 11-0   Nicaragua
August 30, 2006
  United States 9-12   Venezuela
  Canada 7-3   Brazil
  Cuba 15-1   Ecuador
  Nicaragua 6-4   Dominican Republic
  Mexico 8-7   Puerto Rico

Final RoundEdit

  Team has qualified directly
  Team has advanced to the Final Qualifying Tournament
Team Pld W L PCT RS RA RD
  United States 7 6 1 0.857 69 32 +37
  Cuba 7 6 1 0.857 63 18 +45
  Mexico 7 5 2 0.714 38 24 +14
  Canada 7 4 3 0.571 43 38 +5
  Venezuela 7 3 4 0.428 41 41 0
  Panama 7 2 5 0.286 39 51 -12
  Nicaragua 7 2 5 0.286 16 33 -17
  Dominican Republic 7 0 7 0.000 21 61 -40

Oceania Qualifying TournamentEdit

With   New Zealand withdrawing from the tournament,   Australia received an automatic berth into the World Qualifying Tournament.

  Team has advanced to the Final Qualifying Tournament
Team W L RA/9 Tiebreaker
  Australia 0 0 0 0
  New Zealand Withdrew

ScheduleEdit

Home Away Time
February 8, 2007
  Australia Cancelled   New Zealand 19:00
February 9, 2007
  New Zealand Cancelled   Australia 19:00
February 10, 2007
  Australia Cancelled   New Zealand 15:00
  Australia Cancelled   New Zealand 19:00
February 11, 2007
  Australia Cancelled   New Zealand 14:00

European Qualifying TournamentEdit

Qualifying Round 1Edit

Group A

Team Pld W L PCT RS RA RD
  Russia 3 3 0 1.000 35 3 +32
  Austria 3 2 1 0.667 22 18 +4
  Poland 3 1 2 0.333 24 23 +1
  Georgia 3 0 3 0.000 8 45 -37

Group B

Team Pld W L PCT RS RA RD
  Belarus 3 3 0 1.000 33 10 +23
  Lithuania 3 2 1 0.667 29 17 +12
  Finland 3 1 2 0.333 28 43 -15
  Turkey 3 0 3 0.000 22 42 -20

Group C

Team Pld W L PCT RS RA RD
  Croatia 3 3 0 1.000 30 6 +24
  Ireland 3 2 1 0.667 14 5 +9
  Slovakia 3 1 2 0.333 15 16 -1
  Norway 3 0 3 0.000 8 40 -32

Group D

Team Pld W L PCT RS RA RD
  Belgium 3 3 0 1.000 25 2 +23
   Switzerland 3 2 1 0.667 18 11 +7
  Slovenia 3 1 2 0.333 17 17 0
  San Marino 3 0 3 0.000 3 33 -30

Qualifying Round 2Edit

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
 
 
 
  Russia 11
 
 
 
  Lithuania 1
 
  Russia 17
 
 
 
  Austria 0
 
  Belarus 5
 
 
  Austria 15
 
 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
 
 
 
  Croatia 13
 
 
 
   Switzerland 3
 
  Croatia 12
 
 
 
  Ireland 2
 
  Belgium 1
 
 
  Ireland 4
 

European Baseball ChampionshipEdit

The European Baseball Championship in Barcelona, Spain served as the qualifying competition for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. The Netherlands won the tournament for the fifth consecutive time and qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Great Britain and Spain advanced to a final qualifying tournament in Taiwan. Prior to the tournament, Greece was removed by the European Baseball Confederation and replaced with Austria. Czech Republic was downgraded to the last place at the end of the tournament and its wins in the preliminary round vacated.[2]

Preliminary RoundEdit

Group A

Team Pld W L PCT RS RA RD
  Netherlands 5 5 0 1.000 66 5 +61
  Germany 5 4 1 0.800 36 15 +21
  Sweden 5 3 2 0.600 20 27 -7
  Croatia 5 2 3 0.400 26 38 -12
  Austria 5 1 4 0.200 13 44 -31
  Czech Republic 5 0 5 0.000 2 37 -35
  • September 8
  Sweden 1 - 9   Germany
  Czech Republic 0 - 9*   Croatia
  Austria 0 - 22 (5 inn.)   Netherlands
  • September 9
  Croatia 2 - 11   Sweden
  Germany 10 - 0 (7 inn.)   Austria
  Netherlands 11 - 0 (7 inn.)   Czech Republic
  • September 10
  Netherlands 14 - 2 (7 inn.)   Sweden
  Czech Republic 0 - 9*   Austria
  Germany 8 - 7   Croatia
  • September 11
  Netherlands 6 - 3   Germany
  Austria 3 - 8   Croatia
  Czech Republic 1 - 2   Sweden
  • September 12
  Germany 6 - 1   Czech Republic
  Croatia 0 - 13 (7 inn.)   Netherlands
  Sweden 4 - 1   Austria

* The Czech Republic's 4-1 and 6-2 victories over Croatia and Austria were vacated and the results recorded as 9-0 forfeits.

Group B

Team Pld W L PCT RS RA RD
  Great Britain 5 4 1 0.800 35 24 +11
  Spain 5 4 1 0.800 29 22 +7
  France 5 3 2 0.600 20 15 +5
  Italy 5 3 2 0.600 31 13 +18
  Ukraine 5 1 4 0.200 10 36 -26
  Russia 5 0 5 0.000 14 29 -15
  • September 7
  Great Britain 12 - 8   Spain
  • September 8
  Ukraine 0 - 13 (8 inn.)   Italy
  France 4 - 2   Russia
  • September 9
  Spain 5 - 4   Ukraine
  Italy 1 - 5   France
  Russia 7 - 10   Great Britain
  • September 10
  France 6 - 2   Ukraine
  Spain 4 - 0   Russia
  Italy 6 - 0   Great Britain
  • September 11
  France 3 - 4   Great Britain
  Ukraine 4 - 3 (11 inn.)   Russia
  Italy 4 - 6   Spain
  • September 12
  Russia 2 - 7   Italy
  Great Britain 9 - 0   Ukraine
  Spain 6 - 2   France

Final RoundEdit

  Team has qualified directly
  Team has advanced to the Final Qualifying Tournament
Team Pld W L PCT RS RA RD Tiebreaker*
  Netherlands 5 5 0 1.000 54 14 +40
  Great Britain 5 3 2 0.800 35 24 +11 1-1, 0.833 RA/IN
  Spain 5 3 2 0.600 41 32 +9 1-1, 0.833 RA/IN
  Germany 5 3 2 0.600 29 24 +5 1-1, 0.889 RA/IN
  France 5 1 4 0.200 16 35 -19
  Sweden 5 0 5 0.000 15 51 -36

* Tiebreakers: 1) W-L in games among tied teams 2) Runs against per 1 defensive inning among tied teams 3) Earned Runs against per 1 defensive inning among tied teams

  • September 14
  Netherlands 18 - 0 (7 inn.)  France
  Germany 3 - 11   Spain
  Sweden 7 - 10   Great Britain
  • September 15
  France 10 - 0 (7 inn.)   Sweden
  Spain 8 - 10 (11 inn.)   Netherlands
  Great Britain 5 - 7   Germany
  • September 16
  Germany 7 - 1   France
  Sweden 5 - 8   Spain
  Netherlands 6 - 1   Great Britain

ClassificationEdit

  • September 13
Seventh Place Game
  Czech Republic 2 - 7   Italy
Ninth Place Game
  Croatia 2 - 1   Ukraine
Eleventh Place Game
  Austria 2 - 7   Russia

2007 Asian ChampionshipEdit

The IBAF and IOC recognize Taiwan as Chinese Taipei. Internationally, the team plays as the Chinese Taipei National baseball team, however are referred to, in the country, as the Taiwan National baseball team and use the flag  .

B LevelEdit

Team W D L Tiebreaker
  Philippines 2 1 0 -
  Thailand 1 1 1 -
  Hong Kong 1 0 2 1-0
  Pakistan 1 0 2 0-1

ScheduleEdit

Home Result Away Time
November 27, 2007
  Pakistan 0-2   Philippines 17:00
  Hong Kong 4-8   Thailand 18:00
November 28, 2007
  Thailand 3-5   Pakistan 13:00
  Philippines 4-1   Hong Kong 18:00
November 29, 2007
  Philippines 0-0 (F/12)   Thailand 13:00
  Pakistan 6-8   Hong Kong 18:00

A LevelEdit

  Team has qualified directly
  Team has advanced to the Final Qualifying Tournament
Team W L Tiebreaker
  Japan 3 0 -
  South Korea 2 1 -
  Chinese Taipei 1 2 -
  Philippines 0 3 -

ScheduleEdit

Home Result Away Time
December 1, 2007
  Chinese Taipei 2-5   South Korea 13:00
  Japan 10-0 (F/7)   Philippines 18:00
December 2, 2007
  Philippines 0-9   Chinese Taipei 13:00
  South Korea 3-4   Japan 18:00
December 3, 2007
  South Korea 13-1 (F/7)   Philippines 13:00
  Chinese Taipei 2-10   Japan 18:00

African Qualifying TournamentEdit

  Team has advanced to the Final Qualifying Tournament
Team W L Tiebreaker
  South Africa 5 0 -
  Nigeria 3 1 -
  Ghana 3 2 -
  Zimbabwe 2 3 -
  Lesotho 1 3 -
  Cameroon 0 5 -

ScheduleEdit

Home Result Away Time
December 15
  Ghana 22-0   Cameroon 9:00
  Nigeria 17-3   Zimbabwe 9:00
  Cameroon 1-18   Lesotho 12:20
  Zimbabwe 0-20   South Africa 12:20
  Lesotho 0-29   South Africa 15:30
  Nigeria 22-0   Ghana 15:30
December 16
  Cameroon Rained Out   Zimbabwe 9:00
  Nigeria Rained Out   Lesotho 9:00
  Cameroon 1-16 (5 Innings)   South Africa 12:20
  Ghana 3-1 (6 Innings)   Zimbabwe 12:20
  Nigeria Rained Out   South Africa 15:30
  Ghana Rained Out   Lesotho 15:30
December 17
  Nigeria 2-12 (8 Innings)   South Africa 9:00
  Ghana 11-5   Lesotho 9:00
  Zimbabwe 19-11 (7 Innings)   Cameroon 9:00
  South Africa 15-0 (7 Innings)   Ghana 12:00
  Cameroon 5-22 (6 Innings)   Nigeria 12:00
  Zimbabwe 7-4   Lesotho 12:00
  Lesotho Cancelled   Nigeria 15:00

Note: The final game between Lesotho and Nigeria was dependent on whether it had any impact upon the final standings. As South Africa had clinched the championship before the game was to begin, it was cancelled.

Final Qualifying TournamentEdit

The final qualifying tournament will feature the third and fourth place teams from the Americas qualifying tournament, the second and third place teams from the Asian and European qualifying tournaments, and the Oceanian and African continental champions. However, European runner-up Great Britain withdrew from the tournament and were replaced by the fourth place team Germany.

Qualified Teams

StandingsEdit

  Team has qualified
Team W L Tiebreaker
  Canada 6 1 1-0
  South Korea 6 1 0-1
  Chinese Taipei 5 2 -
  Mexico 4 3 1-0
  Australia 4 3 0-1
  Germany 2 5 -
  Spain 1 6 -
  South Africa 0 7 -

ScheduleEdit

Home Result Away Time
March 7
  South Africa 0-5   South Korea 12:30
  Mexico 10-15   Canada 12:30
  Chinese Taipei 13-3 (F/7)   Spain 19:00
  Germany 1-4   Australia 18:30
March 8
  Canada 10-0 (F/7)   South Africa 12:30
  Mexico 1-6   Chinese Taipei 12:30
  South Korea 16-2 (F/7)   Australia 18:30
  Spain 0-1   Germany 18:30
March 9
  Germany 0-2   Chinese Taipei 12:30
  Australia 10-5   Canada 12:30
  South Africa 1-2   Spain 18:30
  South Korea 6-1   Mexico 18:30
March 10
  Germany 4-3   South Africa 12:30
  Spain 5-14   South Korea 12:30
  Chinese Taipei 5-6 (F/10)   Canada 18:30
  Australia 4-7   Mexico 18:30
March 12
  South Korea 12-1 (F/7)   Germany 12:30
  Canada 11-0 (F/7)   Spain 12:30
  Mexico 5-0   South Africa 18:30
  Chinese Taipei 5-0   Australia 18:30
March 13
  Australia 9-0   Spain 12:30
  Germany 0-4   Mexico 12:30
  Canada 4-3   South Korea 18:30
  South Africa 0-4   Chinese Taipei 18:30
March 14
  Spain 1-2   Mexico 12:30
  South Africa 11-13   Australia 12:30
  Chinese Taipei 3-4   South Korea 18:30
  Canada 2-1 (F/10)   Germany 16:30

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Allen, USA storm Mexico at Olympic qualifier". Minor League Baseball. 28 August 2006. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 23 Jul 2008.
  2. ^ "Euro Baseball 2007". Confederation of European Baseball. Archived from the original on 27 August 2010. Retrieved 27 July 2010.