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Colombia national baseball team
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Information
Country Colombia
ConfederationWBSC Americas
ManagerLuis Urueta
WBSC ranking
Current 11 Increase 4 (31 December 2021)[1]
Highest11 (first in December 2021)
Lowest19 (first in December 2012)
Uniforms
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Home
Visitor
World Baseball Classic
Appearances1 (first in 2017)
Best result12th (2017)
World Cup
Appearances18 (first in 1944)
Best result
Gold medal world centered.svg
1st (2: 1947, 1965)
Pan American Games
Appearances7 (first in 1951)
Best result
Bronze medal america.svg
3rd (1971)

The Colombia national baseball team (Spanish: Selección de béisbol de Colombia) is the national baseball team of Colombia. The team represents Colombia in international competitions.

History

The Colombian national team first participated in the Amateur World Series ― which would become the Baseball World Cup ― in 1944, finishing sixth. It would go on to win the 1947 edition, which it hosted in Barranquilla.[2] Colombia again hosted, and won, in 1965, though the Colombian government notably denied the defending-champion Cuban team entry into the country, due to tensions with Fidel Castro's government.[3][4]

In 2017, Colombia defeated Spain and Panama to secure their first ever appearance in the World Baseball Classic. The 2017 team was managed by Luis Urueta. Its pitching staff was anchored by Major Leaguers José Quintana and Julio Teheran, and included then-prospects Jorge Alfaro and Gio Urshela. However, the group was placed in the Pool C — meaning its "very tough" competitors would be the United States, the Dominican Republic, and Canada.[5] Colombia ultimately finished third in the division and did not move on to the second round, though it did manage to defeat Canada 4–1 at Marlins Park in Miami.

The team tried but failed to qualify for the 2020 Olympics at the eight-team Americas Qualifying Event on May 31 through June 5, 2021.

As a participant in the 2017 WBC, Colombia automatically qualified for the expanded 2023 World Baseball Classic. It was placed in a group with the United States, Canada, Mexico, and a fifth team to be determined by qualification.[6] On July 29, 2022, the team announced that Urueta would return to coach the national team for the WBC.[7]

Current roster

Colombia roster - 2020 Summer Olympics Qualifier
Players Coaches
Pitchers
Catchers
  • Andrés Ángulo
  • Gustavo Campero
  • Carlos Martínez

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager
  • Jair Fernández

Coaches


International tournaments

World Baseball Classic

 Colombia
World Baseball Classic
Tournament Results
United States 201711th
Medal Tally
Gold medal world.svg
Gold
-
Silver medal world.svg
Silver
-
Bronze medal world.svg
Bronze
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World Baseball Classic record Qualification record
Year Round Position W L RS RA W L RS RA
2006 Did not enter No qualifiers held
2009 Did not enter No qualifiers held
2013 Did not qualify 1 2 16 17
United States 2017 Round 1 11th 1 2 9 14 3 0 17 6
United States 2023 To be determined Automatically qualified
Total 2/5 1 2 9 14 4 2 33 23

Baseball World Cup

Pan American Games

Intercontinental Cup

U-23 Baseball World Cup

References

  1. ^ "The WBSC World Ranking". WBSC. 31 December 2021. Retrieved 31 December 2021.
  2. ^ "1947 Amateur World Series Standings". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  3. ^ "1965 Amateur World Series". Baseball Reference. Retrieved 1 July 2021.
  4. ^ "A History of Cuban Baseball, 1864–2006". Baseball Reference. Retrieved 1 July 2021.
  5. ^ Oz, Mike (24 February 2017). "World Baseball Classic 2017: Can two star pitchers make Colombia a surprise team?". Yahoo!Sports. Retrieved 8 August 2022.
  6. ^ Axisa, Mike (7 July 2022). "World Baseball Classic releases schedule, venues, team pools ahead of 2023 return". CBS Sports. Retrieved 8 August 2022.
  7. ^ Acosta, Sebastian (29 July 2022). "Colombia define a su manager para el Clásico Mundial de Beisbol 2023" (in Spanish). Con Las Bases Llenas. Retrieved 8 August 2022.