Panama national baseball team
|Panama national baseball team|
|World Baseball Classic|
|Appearances||2 (First in 2006)|
|2019 Pan American Games Qualifier roster|
World Baseball ClassicEdit
World Baseball Classic
|Puerto Rico 2006||14th|
|Puerto Rico 2009||15th|
|World Baseball Classic record||Qualification record|
|2006||Round 1||14th||0||3||7||20||No qualifiers held|
|2009||Round 1||15th||0||2||0||16||No qualifiers held|
|2013||Did not qualify||2||2||17||13|
|2017||Did not qualify||2||2||20||14|
Panama was placed in Pool C of the inaugural World Baseball Classic, playing at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in Puerto Rico. In their opening game, they fell to hosts, 2-1, before losing to Cuba, 8-6, in extra innings. They concluded play with a 10-0, 7-inning loss to Netherlands, failing to get a hit off Dutch pitcher Shairon Martis.
Panama once again was sent to Puerto Rico for the 2009 World Baseball Classic, this time as part of the double-elimination Pool D. They opened their campaign with a 7-0 defeat to Puerto Rico, setting up an elimination game against the Dominican Republic, which they lost 9-0. Having failed to score a single run, Panama finished in 15th place overall, just ahead of South Africa.
After finishing last in their pool for the 2009 Classic, Panama was forced to qualify for the 2013 edition. They were selected as the host for Qualifier 3 and were favored to qualify. However, they were upset by Brazil, 3-2, in their opener. After defeating Nicaragua and Colombia in elimination matches, they faced off with Brazil again. Despite having multiple Major League Baseball players to Brazil's one, Panama fell again, 1-0, and missed the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
Panama was again forced to qualify for the 2017 edition. They were selected as the host for Qualifier 3. After defeating France in their opener they fell to Colombia. After defeating France again, they set up a rematch with Colombia but lost the elimination game after Colombia's Dilson Herrera hit a late homer.
- Connor, Joe, Welcome to Panama. ESPN (MLB), January 17, 2006. Retrieved 2009-12-16.