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The Venezuela national baseball team is the national team of Venezuela. They are currently ranked ninth in the world by the World Baseball Softball Confederation.[1]

Venezuela’s National Baseball Team
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Information
Country Venezuela
FederationFederación Venezolana de Béisbol
ConfederationCOPABE
ManagerOmar Vizquel
WBSC World Rank11th
World Baseball Classic
Appearances4 (First in 2006)
Best result 3rd (1 time, in 2009)
World Cup
Appearances18 (First in 1940)
Best result 1st (3 times, most recent in 1945)
Intercontinental Cup
Appearances2 (First in 1973)
Best result6 (1 time, in 2002)
Pan American Games
Appearances3 (First in 1955)
Best result 1st (1 time, in 1959)

Current rosterEdit

Tournament recordEdit

World Baseball ClassicEdit

  Venezuela
World Baseball Classic
Tournament Results
United States / Puerto Rico 20067th
Canada / United States 20093rd
Puerto Rico 201310th
Mexico / United States 20178th
Medal Tally
Gold
Silver
Bronze2009

In June 2005, Major League Baseball announced the formation of the World Baseball Classic, a sixteen nation international competition to be held in March 2006 for the first time. The team Venezuela sent to the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classic included Venezuelan players from Major League Baseball. A player is eligible to participate on a WBC national team if:

  • The player is a citizen of the nation the team represents.
  • The player is qualified for citizenship or to hold a passport under the laws of a nation represented by a team, but has not been granted citizenship or been issued a passport, then the player may be made eligible by WBCI upon petition by the player or team.
  • The player is a permanent legal resident of the nation or territory the team represents.
  • The player was born in the nation or territory the team represents.
  • The player has one parent who is, or if deceased was, a citizen of the nation the team represents.
  • The player has one parent who was born in the nation or territory the team represents.[2]
World Baseball Classic record Qualification record
Year Round Position W L RS RA W L RS RA
2006 Round 2 7th 3 3 22 20 No qualifiers held
2009 Semifinal   3rd 6 2 45 36 No qualifiers held
2013 Round 1 10th 1 2 17 21 Automatically qualified
2017 Round 2 8th 2 5 28 55 Automatically qualified
Total 4/4 12 12 112 132 - - - -

2009: Venezuela wins bronzeEdit

Venezuela competed in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, playing its opening games in Pool C, in Toronto, Ontario. The Venezuelans secured advancement out of Pool C with a pair of resounding wins over Italy. Along the way, Venezuela also lost a 15–6 slugfest against the United States, but won twice against the same team.[3]

2013: First round exitEdit

In the 2013 World Baseball Classic, Venezuela was eliminated by Puerto Rico, who went on to eliminate Italy, the United States and two-time defending champion Japan. Their placing as the third team in Pool C after defeating newcomers Spain was sufficient to secure direct qualification to the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

2017: Venezuela misses the finals againEdit

Baseball World CupEdit

 
  • 1953 :   2nd
  • 1961 :   3rd
  • 1965 : did not qualify
  • 1969 : 4th
  • 1970 : 6th
  • 1971 : did not qualify
  • 1972 : did not qualify
  • 1973 :   3rd
  • 1974 : did not qualify
  • 1976 : did not qualify
  • 1978 : did not qualify
 
  • 1980 : 7th
  • 1982 : did not qualify
  • 1984 : 9th
  • 1986 : 7th
  • 1988 : did not qualify
  • 1990 : 12th
  • 1994 : did not qualify
  • 1998 : did not qualify
  • 2001 : did not qualify
  • 2003 : did not qualify
  • 2005 : did not qualify

2009 IBAF World CupEdit

In 2009, Europe will host the IBAF World Cup. It will mark the first time in history the Baseball World Cup will not be hosted by a certain country, but rather a whole continent. The 2009 Baseball World Cup will take place from 9–27 September. Seven European countries will host and participant in the tournament of 22 teams. The event will be made up of five groups consisting of four teams each, for a total of 20 teams. Italy (Bollate, Bologna, Codogno, Florence, Macerata, Milano, Parma, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia, Rimini, San Marino, Torino, Trieste, Verona & Vicenza) and Netherlands (Rotterdam, Haarlem & Amsterdam) serve as hosts of the sixteen teams of the second round ( 14–20 September), and therefore receive first round byes. The groups are as follows:[4]

2006=7th

Pan American GamesEdit

  • 1955 :   3rd
  • 1959 :   1st
  • 1975 :   3rd

PlayersEdit

UniformEdit

 
 
 
 
 
 

Home

 
home uniform
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Away

 
Away Kit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://rankings.wbsc.org/
  2. ^ "Dan Serafini Wins One For Team Italy". Retrieved 21 March 2009.
  3. ^ "World Baseball Classic". Retrieved 18 March 2009.
  4. ^ "IBAF announces groups for first round of 2009 Baseball World Cup" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 March 2009. Retrieved 15 March 2009.
  5. ^ "IBAF World Cup 2009 in Europe". Archived from the original on 24 March 2009. Retrieved 15 March 2009.