Panama national baseball team
Information
Country Panama
FederationFederación Panameña de Béisbol
ConfederationCOPABE
ManagerLuis Ortiz
WBSC ranking
Current 10 Steady (18 December 2023)[1]
Highest12 (first in March 2020)
Lowest15 (first in December 2016)
World Baseball Classic
Appearances3 (first in 2006)
Best resultPool stage (2006, 2009, 2023)
Pan American Games
Appearances6 (first in 1983)
Best result4th (2023)

The Panama national baseball team (Spanish: Selección de béisbol de Panamá) is the baseball team that represents Panama at an international level. Along with Nicaragua, they are considered to be the best baseball team in Central America, and one of the best in Latin America. Panama has medalled at multiple international tournaments at both junior and senior levels throughout the sport's history, including one silver medal and two bronze medals at the Baseball World Cup. They are currently the 14th ranked baseball team in the world.[1]

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.[2]

Legend

  Win   Lose   Void or postponed   Fixture

2019

Pan American Games Q January 29 Panama  1–5  Canada Academia CBBS, Brazil
15:00 BRT Boxscore
Pan American Games Q January 30 Panama  4–10  Colombia Academia CBBS, Brazil
15:00 BRT Boxscore

2022

World Baseball Classic Q October 1 Argentina  0–11 (F/7)  Panama Rod Carew Stadium, Panama
19:00 CT LP: Guido Monis
Boxscore WP: Humberto Mejía
HR: Jose Ramos (1)
Attendance: 5,314
Umpires: HP: Michael Ulloa. 1B: Lisa Turbitt. 2B: Frantisek Pribyl. 3B: Mark Stewart
World Baseball Classic Q October 4 Brazil  0–4  Panama Rod Carew Stadium, Panama
19:00 CT LP: André Rienzo
Boxscore WP: Ariel Jurado
HR: Jose Ramos (1), Edgar Munoz (1)
Attendance: 6,789
Umpires: HP: Austin Jones. 1B: Anthony Perez. 2B: Juan Manuel Rodriguez. 3B: Dane Poncsak

2023

World Baseball Classic GS March 8 Panama  12–5  Chinese Taipei Taichung Stadium, Taiwan
19:00 NST WP: Randall Delgado (1–0)
Boxscore LP: Chih-Wei Hu (0–1)
HR: Nien-Ting Wu (1)
Attendance: 15,540
Umpires: HP – Roberto Ortiz, 1B – Trent Thomas, 2B – Chris Segal, 3B – Ki Talk Park
World Baseball Classic GS March 9 Panama  1–3  Netherlands Taichung Stadium, Taiwan
12:00 NST LP: Jaime Barría (0–1)
Boxscore WP: Shairon Martis (1–0)
Sv: Wendell Floranus (2)
HR: Xander Bogaerts (1), Jurickson Profar (1)
Attendance: 6,048
Umpires: HP – Larry Vanover, 1B – Roberto Ortiz, 2B – Trent Thomas, 3B – Shōji Arisumi.
World Baseball Classic GS March 10 Cuba  13–4  Panama Taichung Stadium, Taiwan
12:00 NST WP: Miguel Romero (1–0)
Boxscore LP: Matt Hardy (0–1)
HR: Rubén Tejada (1)
Attendance: 7,023
Umpires: HP - Dan Iassogna, 1B - Serge Makouchetev, 2B - Mark Carlson, 3B - Trent Thomas
World Baseball Classic GS March 11 Panama  2–0  Italy Taichung Stadium, Taiwan
12:00 NST WP: Harold Arauz (1–0)
Sv: Javy Guerra (1)
Boxscore LP: Michele Vassalotti (0–1)
Attendance: 7,732
Umpires: HP: Shoji Arisumi. 1B: Larry Vanover. 2B: Trent Thomas. 3B: Chris Segal.

Current roster

Panama roster - 2023 World Baseball Classic Qualifier
Players Coaches
Pitchers
Catchers
  • 80 Pedro Aguilar
  • 98 Erasmo Caballero
  •  5 Carlos Sanchez

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager
  • 21 Luis Ortiz

Coaches


International Tournaments

World Baseball Classic record Qualification record
Year Round Position W L RS RA W L RS RA
Puerto Rico 2006 Round 1 14th 0 3 7 20 No qualifiers held
Puerto Rico 2009 Round 1 15th 0 2 0 16 No qualifiers held
2013 Did not qualify 2 2 17 13
2017 Did not qualify 2 2 20 14
Taiwan 2023 Round 1 11th 2 2 19 21 2 0 15 0
Total Round 1 3/5 2 7 26 57 6 4 52 27

2006

See also: 2006 World Baseball Classic rosters § Panama

Panama was placed in Pool C of the inaugural World Baseball Classic, playing at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in Puerto Rico. In their opening game, they fell to hosts, 2-1, before losing to Cuba, 8-6, in extra innings. They concluded play with a 10-0, 7-inning loss to Netherlands, failing to get a hit off Dutch pitcher Shairon Martis.[3]

2009

See also: 2009 World Baseball Classic rosters § Panama

Panama once again was sent to Puerto Rico for the 2009 World Baseball Classic, this time as part of the double-elimination Pool D. They opened their campaign with a 7-0 defeat to Puerto Rico, setting up an elimination game against the Dominican Republic, which they lost 9-0. Having failed to score a single run, Panama finished in 15th place overall, just ahead of South Africa.

2013

See also: 2013 World Baseball Classic – Qualifier 3

After finishing last in their pool for the 2009 Classic, Panama was forced to qualify for the 2013 edition. They were selected as the host for Qualifier 3 and were favored to qualify.[4] However, they were upset by Brazil, 3-2, in their opener. After defeating Nicaragua and Colombia in elimination matches, they faced off with Brazil again. Despite having multiple Major League Baseball players to Brazil's one, Panama fell again, 1-0, and missed the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

2017

See also: 2017 World Baseball Classic – Qualifier 3

Panama was again forced to qualify for the 2017 edition. They were selected as the host for Qualifier 3. After defeating France in their opener they fell to Colombia. After defeating France again, they set up a rematch with Colombia but lost the elimination game after Colombia's Dilson Herrera hit a late homer.[5]

2023

See also: 2023 World Baseball Classic rosters § Panama

Baseball World Cup

Central American Games

Intercontinental Cup

Central American and Caribbean Games

U-15 Baseball World Cup

U-23 Baseball World Cup

Bolivarian Games

History

Towns including Colón and Panama City in the Canal Zone had one or more clubs in which British West Indian middling classes played cricket. Cricket became a prime symbol of what Afro-Caribbeans knew made them “Britishers.” As decolonization progressed, the popularity of baseball increased in Panama. The similarity in skills required for cricket and baseball meant that an athlete who primarily practiced one sport could also excel in the other. Oscar Levy was a baseball player who had left Panama in 1920 for the United States. In 1928 the Panama Tribune reported on the success of “famous local pitcher” Chick Levy as a “hero in Cuba.”[6]

References

  1. ^ a b "The WBSC World Ranking". WBSC. 18 December 2023. Retrieved 18 December 2023.
  2. ^ "Panama in the WBSC Ranking (Men's baseball)". World Baseball Softball Confederation. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  3. ^ "Dutch Minor Leaguer No-Hits Panama". AP NEWS. Retrieved 2023-03-14.
  4. ^ "Brazil Shocks Panama in WBC. Chinese Taipei Rolls". 16 November 2012.
  5. ^ "World Baseball Classic".
  6. ^ "The Panama Cannonball's Transnational Ties: Migrants, Sport, and Belonging in the Interwar Greater Caribbean".