Cuba national baseball team
Country Cuba
FederationBaseball Federation of Cuba
ConfederationPan American Baseball Confederation
ManagerArmando Ferrer
WBSC ranking
Current 9 Increase 2 (31 December 2021)[1]
Highest1 (December 2012)
Lowest11 (2 times; latest in August 2021)
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



  • Armando Ferrer


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

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.[4]

The team had a 2–1 record in the first round.[5][6] 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.[5][7][8][9] 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.[10][11][12] Pool A MVP catcher Ryan Lavarnway had two hits for Israel.[10] Cuba went on to lose all 3 games they played and failed to advance to the championship round.


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.[13]

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:[14]

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

World Baseball Classic
Tournament Results
Puerto Rico / United States 20062nd
Mexico / United States 20096th
Japan 20135th
Japan 20177th
Medal Tally
Gold medal world.svg
Silver medal world.svg
Bronze medal world.svg
World Baseball Classic record Qualification record
Year Round Position W L RS RA W L RS RA
Puerto Rico United States 2006 Final
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 - - - -


Baseball World Cup

Intercontinental Cup

Pan American Games

Central American & Caribbean Games

See also


  1. ^ a b "The WBSC World Ranking". WBSC. 31 December 2021. Retrieved 31 December 2021.
  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. ^ "Blue-and-white takes on Cuba in Tokyo," The Jerusalem Post.
  5. ^ a b Cuba Qualifies for Second Round in WBC | Escambray
  6. ^ Cuba tops Australia, reaches second round of World Baseball Classic
  7. ^ "Despaigne's grand slam sends Cuba to second round of WBC," The Japan Times.
  8. ^ "World Baseball Classic roundup: Dominican Republic cruises" |
  9. ^ Cuba vs. Israel Wrapup | 03/11/17 | World Baseball Classic
  10. ^ a b "Israel beats Cuba to stay unbeaten in WBC '17". Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  11. ^ "Jason Marquis on dominant run in WBC '17". Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  12. ^ "Josh Zeid leading Israel's strong bullpen". Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  13. ^ "Cuba fails to qualify for Olympic baseball for first time". OlympicTalk. NBC Sports. June 2, 2021. Retrieved 2 June 2021.
  14. ^ "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.
  15. ^ "IBAF World Cup 2009 in Europe". Archived from the original on 2009-03-24. Retrieved 2009-03-15.

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