Cuba national baseball team
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Information
Country Cuba
FederationBaseball Federation of Cuba
ConfederationPan American Baseball Confederation
ManagerArmando Ferrer
WBSC ranking
Current 8 Increase 1 (31 December 2022)[1]
Highest1 (December 2012)
Lowest11 (2 times; latest in August 2021)
Uniforms
Cuba
World Baseball Classic
Appearances4 (first in 2006)
Best result 2nd (1 time, in 2006)
Olympic Games
Appearances5 (first in 1992)
Best result 1st (3 times, most recent in 2004)
World Cup
Appearances35 (first in 1939)
Best result 1st (25 times, most recent in 2005)
Intercontinental Cup
Appearances13 (first in 1979)
Best result 1st (10 times, most recent in 2006)
Pan American Games
Appearances16 (first in 1951)
Best result 1st (12 times, most recent in 2007)

The Cuba national baseball team (Spanish: Selección de béisbol de Cuba) represents Cuba at regional and international levels. The team is made up from the most professional players from the Cuban national baseball system. Cuba has been described as a baseball powerhouse[2] and currently ranks 7th in WBSC's world rankings.[1] It has medalled in all five Olympics in which baseball was played.[3] Cuba played in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. 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.

Current squad

Cuba roster - 2020 Summer Olympics Qualifier
Players Coaches
Pitchers
Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager
  • Armando Ferrer

Coaches

  • José Hernández
  • Carlos Martí
  • Alexander Ramos
  • Jesús Salgado
  • Raciel Sánchez


Results and fixtures

The following is a list of professional baseball match results currently active in the latest version of the WBSC World Rankings, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.[4]

Legend

  Win   Lose   Void or postponed   Fixture

2023

World Baseball Classic GS March 8 Cuba   Netherlands Taichung Stadium, Taiwan
12:00 NST Boxscore
World Baseball Classic GS March 9 Italy   Cuba Taichung Stadium, Taiwan
19:00 NST Boxscore
World Baseball Classic GS March 10 Cuba   Panama Taichung Stadium, Taiwan
12:00 NST Boxscore
World Baseball Classic GS March 12 Chinese Taipei   Cuba Taichung Stadium, Taiwan
12:00 NST Boxscore

2021

Caribbean Cup GS June 26 Cuba  14–7  Curaçao Daou Ballpark, Curaçao
20:00 AST Boxscore
Caribbean Cup GS June 27 Cuba  9–1  Peru Daou Ballpark, Curaçao
15:00 AST Boxscore
Caribbean Cup GS June 28 U.S. Virgin Islands  Void  Cuba Daou Ballpark, Curaçao
15:00 AST Boxscore
Caribbean Cup GS June 30 Curaçao  0–7  Cuba Daou Ballpark, Curaçao
20:00 AST Boxscore
Caribbean Cup GS July 1 Cuba  Void  U.S. Virgin Islands Daou Ballpark, Curaçao
15:00 AST Boxscore
Caribbean Cup GS July 2 Peru  0–13  Cuba Daou Ballpark, Curaçao
15:00 AST Boxscore
Caribbean Cup F July 3 Curaçao  4–3  Cuba Daou Ballpark, Curaçao
20:00 AST Boxscore

2019

Pan American Games GS July 29 Cuba  1–6  Colombia Campo de Béisbol, Peru
10:00 PET Boxscore Attendance: 2,456
Pan American Games GS July 30 Canada  8–6  Cuba Campo de Béisbol, Peru
19:00 PET Boxscore Attendance: 1,123
Pan American Games GS July 31 Cuba  10–0 (F/7)  Argentina Campo de Béisbol, Peru
15:00 PET Boxscore Attendance: 987
Pan American Games 5th August 3 Dominican Republic  10–9 (F/10)  Cuba Campo de Béisbol, Peru
15:00 PET Boxscore Attendance: 2,415
WBSC Premier12 GS November 6 Canada  3–0  Cuba Gocheok Dome, South Korea
12:00 KST Boxscore Attendance: 250
WBSC Premier12 GS November 7 Australia  2–3  Cuba Gocheok Dome, South Korea
12:00 KST Boxscore Attendance: 252
WBSC Premier12 GS November 8 Cuba  0–7  South Korea Gocheok Dome, South Korea
19:00 KST Boxscore Attendance: 13,600

2018

Haarlem Week GS July 14 Germany  5–4  Cuba Mulier Stadium, Netherlands
19:00 CET Boxscore
Haarlem Week GS July 15 Cuba  1–7  Japan Mulier Stadium, Netherlands
19:00 CET Boxscore
Haarlem Week GS July 16 Italy  7–3  Cuba Mulier Stadium, Netherlands
14:00 CET Boxscore
Haarlem Week GS July 17 Netherlands  6–4  Cuba Mulier Stadium, Netherlands
19:00 CET Boxscore
Haarlem Week GS July 19 Cuba  2–12  Chinese Taipei Mulier Stadium, Netherlands
14:00 CET Boxscore
Haarlem Week R1R July 20 Germany  1–7  Cuba Mulier Stadium, Netherlands
11:00 CET Boxscore
Central American & Caribbean Games July 20 Cuba  5–0  Mexico Estadio Rentería, Colombia
15:00 COT Boxscore Attendance: 2,500
Haarlem Week 4th July 21 Italy  5–9  Cuba Mulier Stadium, Netherlands
14:00 CET Boxscore
Central American & Caribbean Games July 21 Panama  0–1  Cuba Estadio Rentería, Colombia
15:00 COT Boxscore Attendance: 1,000
Central American & Caribbean Games July 22 Cuba  1–8  Puerto Rico Estadio Rentería, Colombia
20:00 COT Boxscore Attendance: 9,500
Central American & Caribbean Games July 24 Venezuela  2–1  Cuba Estadio Rentería, Colombia
20:00 COT Boxscore Attendance: 700
Central American & Caribbean Games July 26 Cuba  13–1 (F/8)  Dominican Republic Estadio Rentería, Colombia
20:00 COT Boxscore Attendance: 1,000
Central American & Caribbean Games July 27 Nicaragua  3–11  Cuba Estadio Rentería, Colombia
10:00 COT Boxscore Attendance: 200
Central American & Caribbean Games July 29 Cuba  3–1  Colombia Estadio Rentería, Colombia
20:00 COT Boxscore Attendance: 12,000

World Baseball Classic, Olympics, and IBAF World Cup history

2006 WBC

Cuba competed in the inaugural 2006 World Baseball Classic (WBC) tournament, despite the controversy of Cuban involvement and the United States embargo against Cuba. In the final, Cuba lost the gold medal to Japan, 10–6.

2009 WBC

This was the second time Cuba competed at the 2009 WBC Pool B stage, at Foro Sol in Mexico City. Cuba continued to advance to the second round with wins over South Africa and Australia. Cuba lost to Japan twice in the 2nd round, and were eliminated.

They last were eliminated before the start of the final stage of any international tournament in 1951.[citation needed]

2013 WBC

This was the third time Cuba competed at the 2013 WBC Pool A stage, in the Fukuoka Dome in Fukuoka, Japan. Cuba advanced in the tournament against: China, Japan, and newcomers Brazil. Cuba moved on to the second round in Pool 1 to defeat the Netherlands, losing 6–2. Cuba defeated Chinese Taipei, 14–0. They played a face off game with previous competitors, the Netherlands, and lost 7–6. Just as in 2009, Cuba was eliminated in the path to competing in the finals.

2017 WBC

At the 2017 World Baseball Classic, Cuban hitters Frederich Cepeda and Alfredo Despaigne had the distinction in WBC history to be the only players that each hit six home runs in their careers in the WBC.[5]

The team had a 2–1 record in the first round.[6][7] It was led by slugger Despaigne, who took over as the all-time WBC home-run leader.[3]

Cuba advanced into the second round, where it lost its first game to undefeated Pool A winner Team Israel.[6][8][9][10] Former Major League starting pitcher Jason Marquis (in 5.2 innings) and three Team Israel relief pitchers (including Brad Goldberg and Josh Zeid, who both threw 96 mph fastballs) kept Cuba to five hits and one run, a homer by Despaigne, who became the all-time World Baseball Classic home run leader.[11][12][13] Pool A MVP catcher Ryan Lavarnway had two hits for Israel.[11] Cuba went on to lose all 3 games they played and failed to advance to the championship round.

Olympics

Cuba has been the most successful Cuba national team at the Olympics bringing home three gold medals and two silver medals. They have the distinction of being one of two nations to compete in the first five baseball contests at the Summer Olympic Games since it has been an event that started at the [[Olympic.

On June 1, 2021, Cuba was eliminated from qualification for the 2020 Olympics, marking their first failure to qualify for the games.[14]

IBAF World Cup

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:[15]

International tournament results

Cuban team lining up prior to the gold medal game in the 2006 Intercontinental Cup against the Netherlands
Cuban team lining up prior to the gold medal game in the 2006 Intercontinental Cup against the Netherlands

World Baseball Classic

 Cuba
World Baseball Classic
Tournament Results
Puerto Rico / United States 20062nd
Mexico / United States 20096th
Japan 20135th
Japan 20177th
Medal Tally
Gold medal world.svg
Gold
-
Silver medal world.svg
Silver
2006
Bronze medal world.svg
Bronze
-
World Baseball Classic record Qualification record
Year Round Position W L RS RA W L RS RA
Puerto Rico United States 2006 Final
Silver
2nd
5 3 44 43 No qualifiers held
Mexico United States 2009 Round 2 6th 4 2 36 24 No qualifiers held
Japan 2013 Round 2 5th 4 2 45 18 Automatically qualified
Japan 2017 Round 2 7th 2 4 23 40 Automatically qualified
Taiwan 2023 To be determined Automatically qualified
Total 5/5 15 11 148 125 - - - -

Olympics

Baseball World Cup

Intercontinental Cup

Pan American Games

Central American & Caribbean Games

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "The WBSC World Ranking". WBSC. 31 December 2022. Retrieved 31 December 2022.
  2. ^ "Baseball World Cup big news in Cuba, no matter the outcome". CNN. 2009-09-28.
  3. ^ a b "World Baseball Classic: Israel continues to shock the world, beats Cuba 4-1," Haaretz.
  4. ^ "Cuba in the WBSC Ranking (Men's baseball)". World Baseball Softball Confederation. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  5. ^ "Blue-and-white takes on Cuba in Tokyo," The Jerusalem Post.
  6. ^ a b Cuba Qualifies for Second Round in WBC | Escambray
  7. ^ Cuba tops Australia, reaches second round of World Baseball Classic
  8. ^ "Despaigne's grand slam sends Cuba to second round of WBC," The Japan Times.
  9. ^ "World Baseball Classic roundup: Dominican Republic cruises" | SI.com
  10. ^ Cuba vs. Israel Wrapup | 03/11/17 | World Baseball Classic
  11. ^ a b "Israel beats Cuba to stay unbeaten in WBC '17". Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  12. ^ "Jason Marquis on dominant run in WBC '17". Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  13. ^ "Josh Zeid leading Israel's strong bullpen". Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  14. ^ "Cuba fails to qualify for Olympic baseball for first time". OlympicTalk. NBC Sports. June 2, 2021. Retrieved 2 June 2021.
  15. ^ "IBAF announces groups for first round of 2009 Baseball World Cup" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-03-24. Retrieved 2009-03-15.
  16. ^ "IBAF World Cup 2009 in Europe". Archived from the original on 2009-03-24. Retrieved 2009-03-15.

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