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Baseball at the 2020 Summer Olympics – Qualification

Six national teams will qualify to compete in baseball at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. As host nation, Japan automatically qualified. Israel qualified, by winning the Africa/Europe Qualifying Event in September 2019.

In addition, two teams will qualify through the 2019 WBSC Premier12 tournament in November 2019: the best team from the Americas will qualify, as well as the best team from Asia or Oceania. Another team from the Americas will qualify through the Americas Qualifying Event in March 2020. The last spot will be awarded to the winner of the Final Qualifying Tournament in March or April 2020.[1]

TimelineEdit

Event Date Location Vacancies Qualified
Host nation 7 September 2013 N/A 1   Japan
Africa/Europe Qualifying Event 18–22 September 2019   Bologna / Parma 1   Israel
2019 WBSC Premier12 2–17 November 2019   Tokyo 2
Americas Qualifying Event March 2020[2]   Arizona 1
Final Qualifying Tournament TBC 2020   Taichung 1
TOTAL 6

Africa/Europe Qualifying EventEdit

 
Drew Maggi bats for Italy during the qualifying tournament

Israel qualified to play baseball at the 2020 Summer Olympics by winning a two-continent qualifying tournament for Europe and Africa. The tournament was a round robin, and was held in Parma and Bologna, Italy, on September 18-22, 2019. It featured six teams: the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Israel, and the Czech Republic (the top five teams in the 2019 European Baseball Championship), and South Africa (the winner of the 2019 African Baseball Championship).

Petr Čech of the Czech Republic led the tournament in batting average (.500), and Danny Valencia of Israel led in runs (7), home runs (3), RBIs (9), walks (5), and slugging percentage (1.000). Pitchers Orlando Yntema of the Netherlands and Joey Wagman of Israel tied for the lead with two wins, and Wagman led in complete games (1) and strikeouts (14).[3]

As the winner of the tournament, Israel qualified to compete in the Tokyo Olympics. The second-place team in the event, the Netherlands, will receive another qualification opportunity in the final world qualifying tournament in early 2020.[1]

StandingsEdit

Qualified for 2020 Summer Olympics
Qualified for Final Qualifying Tournament
Team W L Pct. R RA
  Israel 4 1 .800 34 11
  Netherlands 4 1 .800 26 15
  Czech Republic 3 2 .600 27 17
  Spain 2 3 .400 16 20
  Italy 2 3 .400 23 26
  South Africa 0 5 .000 8 46

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September 18, 2019
Netherlands   4 – 1   Czech Republic Nino Cavalli Stadium [it], Parma
Attendance: 140
Boxscore
September 18, 2019
South Africa   postponed1   Italy Nino Cavalli Stadium [it], Parma
Boxscore
September 18, 2019
Spain   0 – 3   Israel Gianni Falchi Stadium [it], Bologna
Attendance: 100
Boxscore

September 19, 2019
South Africa   1 – 7   Spain Gianni Falchi Stadium [it], Bologna
Attendance: 100
Boxscore
September 19, 2019
Netherlands   1 – 8   Israel Nino Cavalli Stadium [it], Parma
Attendance: 160
Boxscore
September 19, 2019
Czech Republic   1 – 5   Italy Gianni Falchi Stadium [it], Bologna
Attendance: 864
Boxscore

September 20, 2019
South Africa   4 – 10 (10)   Italy Nino Cavalli Stadium [it], Parma
Attendance: 150
Boxscore
September 20, 2019
South Africa   1 – 11 (8)   Czech Republic Nino Cavalli Stadium [it], Parma
Attendance: 260
Boxscore
September 20, 2019
Israel   8 – 2   Italy Nino Cavalli Stadium [it], Parma
Attendance: 1,213
Boxscore
September 20, 2019
Spain   2 – 6   Netherlands Gianni Falchi Stadium [it], Bologna
Attendance: 250
Boxscore

September 21, 2019
South Africa   1 – 7   Netherlands Gianni Falchi Stadium [it], Bologna
Attendance: 110
Boxscore
September 21, 2019
Italy   3 – 4   Spain Nino Cavalli Stadium [it], Parma
Attendance: 1,230
Boxscore
September 21, 2019
Czech Republic   7 – 4   Israel Gianni Falchi Stadium [it], Bologna
Boxscore

September 22, 2019
Israel   11 – 1 (8)   South Africa Nino Cavalli Stadium [it], Parma
Attendance: 225
Boxscore
September 22, 2019
Spain   3 – 6   Czech Republic Nino Cavalli Stadium [it], Parma
Attendance: 62
Boxscore
September 22, 2019
Netherlands   8 – 3   Italy Gianni Falchi Stadium [it], Bologna
Attendance: 520
Boxscore

1 game postponed 4-4 in 6th inning; continued September 20.[5]

2019 Premier12Edit

The top 12 teams on the WBSC men's baseball ranking list at the end of 2018 qualified for the 2019 Premier12 competition, which is being held in November 2019. Only teams from the Americas, Asia, and Oceania can qualify for the 2020 Olympics through this tournament. The top finisher from the Americas will earn a quota spot (USA or Mexico). The top finisher from Asia or Oceania (excluding the host, Japan) will also earn a quota spot.

TeamsEdit

Americas Qualifying EventEdit

One quota spot will be allocated to the winner of the Americas Qualifying Event to be held in March 2020. That tournament will feature eight teams. All six of the American teams that qualified for the Premier12 but did not qualify by winning that tournament will receive another opportunity at the qualifying event. The field will be completed with the top two finishers at the 2019 Pan American Games that did not qualify for the Premier12. The second- and third-place teams in this event will receive another qualifying opportunity in the final qualification event.[1]

QualificationEdit

Premier12Edit

2019 Pan American GamesEdit

Final Qualifying TournamentEdit

The winner of the final qualifying tournament, which will take place in March or April 2020, will be given last qualifying spot. Six teams will compete. Three of the teams will come from runners-up in the qualifying events above (second place in Africa/Europe (Netherlands), second and third places in the Americas). Two more spots in this event will be granted to the best two finishers in the 2019 Asian Baseball Championship that have not already qualified for the 2020 Olympics (Chinese Taipei and China). The winner of the 2020 Oceania qualifying event will also earn a spot in this tournament.[1]

QualificationEdit

2019 Asian Baseball ChampionshipEdit

The top two finishers at the 2019 Asia Championship that have not already qualified for the 2020 Olympics will qualify for the 2020 Olympic final qualifying tournament. The Asia championship is an 8-team tournament.[6] Teams qualified from the 2019 Asia Championship are:

2020 Oceania Qualifying EventEdit

  • Winner

2020 Americas Qualifying EventEdit

  • 2nd place team
  • 3rd place team

2019 Africa/Europe Qualifying EventEdit

ResultsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "WBSC announces hosts, dates of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Baseball/Softball Qualifiers". 20 January 2019.
  2. ^ "WBSC announces hosts, dates of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Baseball/Softball Qualifiers". 20 January 2019.
  3. ^ "2019 Stats Leader Board", olympicbaseball.wbsc.org.
  4. ^ "Europe/Africa Qualification Event Official Schedule" (PDF).
  5. ^ "Baseball Europe/Africa Qualifier", wbsc.org.
  6. ^ "2019 Asian Baseball Championship Norms" (PDF).