- Cuba national baseball team
Cuba national baseball team Country Cuba Federation Baseball Federation of Cuba Confederation Pan American Baseball Confederation Manager Higinio Vélez IBAF world rank 1st Uniforms World Baseball Classic Appearances 2 (First in 2006) Best result 2nd (1 time, in 2006) Olympic Games Appearances 5 (First in 1992) Best result 1st (3 times, most recent in 2004)
2nd (2 times, most recent in 2008)
World Cup Appearances 35 (First in 1939) Best result 1st (25 times, most recent in 2005)
2nd (3 times, most recent in 2009)
3rd (2 times, most recent in 1951)
Intercontinental Cup Appearances 13 (First in 1979) Best result 1st (10 times, most recent in 2006)
2nd (3 times, most recent in 1999)
Pan American Games Appearances 15 (First in 1951) Best result 1st (12 times, most recent in 2007)
2nd (1 time, in 1967)
The Cuba national baseball team is the national team of Cuba. The team is made up of amateur players from the Cuban national baseball system, as there are no professional sports leagues in Cuba. Cuba has been described as a baseball powerhouse and currently ranks #1 in IBAF's world rankings.
World Baseball Classic
Cuba participated in the inaugural World Baseball Classic tournament, although there was controversy over Cuban involvement, due to the United States embargo against Cuba. Cuba reached the finals of this tournament, but lost the final to Japan by a score of 10-6.
Cuba again participated in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, playing its first round games in Pool B at Foro Sol in Mexico City. Cuba secured advancement to the second round with wins over South Africa and Australia. However, they lost to Japan twice in the 2nd round and were eliminated. It was their first elimination before finals in international game since 1951.
The Cuban team has participated in every Summer Olympic Games since 1992. It has been the most successful team at the Olympics. In the five tournaments contested, they have won the gold medal three times and the silver twice.
2009 IBAF World Cup
Cuba was originally slated to host the 2009 Baseball World Cup, however, they willingly gave up the honor to Europe. In an effort to help baseball grow as a sport in Europe, the Baseball World Cup was hosted by a whole continent for the first time in history. The 2009 Baseball World Cup took place from September 9–27. Seven European countries hosted and participated in the tournament of 22 teams. The event was 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) served as hosts of the sixteen teams of the second round (September 14–20), and therefore received first round byes. The groups are as follows:
- Group A (hosted by the Czech Republic in Prague): Czech Republic, Australia, Chinese Taipei & Mexico
- Group B (hosted by Spain in Barcelona): Spain, Cuba, Puerto Rico & South Africa
- Group C (hosted by Sweden in Stockholm): Sweden, Canada, Korea & Netherlands Antilles
- Group D (hosted by Russia in Moscow): Russia, France/Great Britain, Japan & Nicaragua
- Group E (hosted by Germany in Regensburg): Germany, China, U.S.A. & Venezuela
World Baseball Classic
Pan American Games
IBAF World Cup
Silver: 1941, 2007, 2009
Bronze: 1944, 1951
Gold: 1979 1983 1985 1987 1989 1991 1993 1995 2002 2006
Silver: 1981 1997 1999
Central American & Caribbean Games
Gold: Won Gold 14 out of the 17 Central American and Caribbean Games.
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- ^ "IBAF World Rankings" (PDF). International Baseball Federation. 2 June 2010. http://www.ibaf.org/attachment-show.aspx?eid=26012717-93e5-47d7-ae45-88a89536ec6f&etype=d. Retrieved 5 October 2010.
- ^ "IBAF announces groups for first round of 2009 Baseball World Cup". http://www.baseballeurope.com/uploads/media/IBAF_announces_groups_for_first_round_of_2009_BWC.pdf. Retrieved 2009-03-15.
- ^ "IBAF World Cup 2009 in Europe". http://www.baseballeurope.com/14/. Retrieved 2009-03-15.
International Baseball IBAF • World Rankings Major World Events Minor World Events Defunct World Events AfricaAfrican Baseball & Softball Association – All-Africa Games Americas Asia Europe Oceania National baseball teams of the Americas (COPABE) North Central America Caribbean South America World Baseball Classic Tournaments Qualifiers2013 Cuba 2006 World Baseball Classic roster
2 Eduardo Paret | 4 Deinis Suárez | 8 Ariel Pestano | 10 Yulieski Gourriel | 11 Rudy Reyes | 12 Michel Enríquez | 14 Joan Carlos Pedroso | 16 Adiel Palma | 19 Ormari Romero | 21 Alexei Ramírez | 23 Vicyohandri Odelín | 24 Frederich Cepeda | 26 Luis Borroto | 31 Yoandy Garlobo | 42 Juan Carlos Moreno | 46 Osmani Urrutia | 48 Yulieski González | 51 Eriel Sánchez | 53 Ariel Borrero | 54 Leslie Anderson | 56 Carlos Tabares | 58 Jonder Martínez | 61 Roger Machado | 62 Yadier Pedroso | 79 Maikel Folch | 81 Yosvani Pérez | 90 Yadel Martí | 97 Yunieski Maya | 99 Pedro Luis Lazo
Manager 39 Higinio Vélez
Cuba 2009 World Baseball Classic roster
2 Eduardo Paret | 3 Luis Miguel Navas | 8 Ariel Pestano | 10 Yulieski Gourriel | 12 Michel Enríquez | 14 Joan Carlos Pedroso | 15 Danny Betancourt | 17 Vladimir García | 20 Norge Luis Vera | 24 Frederich Cepeda | 26 Leonys Martín | 28 Héctor Olivera | 32 Norberto González | 40 Rolando Meriño | 42 Miguel Lahera | 46 Yosvany Peraza | 48 Yulieski González | 51 Yoennis Céspedes | 52 Aroldis Chapman | 54 Alfredo Despaigne | 55 Alexander Mayeta | 56 Leslie Anderson | 59 Ismel Jiménez | 72 Ciro Licea | 74 Luis Miguel Rodríguez | 92 Yolexis Ulacia | 97 Yunieski Maya | 99 Pedro Luis Lazo
Manager 39 Higinio Vélez | Coach 41 Francisco Escaurido | Coach 22 Enrique Cepero | Coach 34 Jose Elosegui | Coach 30 Pedro Perez | Coach 21 Lourdes Gourriel
Baseball at the Summer Olympics List of medalists • List of venues Baseball World CupGreat Britain 1938 · Cuba 1939 · Cuba 1940 · Cuba 1941 · Cuba 1942 · Cuba 1943 · Venezuela 1944 · Venezuela 1945 · Colombia 1947 · Nicaragua 1948 · Nicaragua 1950 · Mexico 1951 · Cuba 1952 · Venezuela 1953 · Costa Rica 1961 · Colombia 1965 · Dominican Republic 1969 · Colombia 1970 · Cuba 1971 · Nicaragua 1972 · Cuba 1973 · Nicaragua 1973 · United States 1974 · Colombia 1976 · Italy 1978 · Japan 1980 · South Korea 1982 · Cuba 1984 · Netherlands 1986 · Italy 1988 · Canada 1990 · Nicaragua 1994 · Italy 1998 · Chinese Taipei 2001 · Cuba 2003 · Netherlands 2005 · Chinese Taipei 2007 · Europe 2009 · Panama 2011
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