Venezuela National Baseball Team
Information
Country Venezuela
FederationFederación Venezolana de Béisbol
ConfederationCOPABE
ManagerOmar López
WBSC ranking
Current 6 Steady (18 December 2023)[1]
Highest6 (first in December 2022)
Lowest11 (first in September 2018)
World Baseball Classic
Appearances5 (first in 2006)
Best result 3rd (1 time, in 2009)
World Cup
Appearances18 (first in 1940)
Best result 1st (3 times, most recent in 1945)
Intercontinental Cup
Appearances2 (first in 1973)
Best result6 (1 time, in 2002)
Pan American Games
Appearances3 (first in 1955)
Best result 1st (1 time, in 1959)

The Venezuela national baseball team (Spanish: Selección de béisbol de Venezuela[2] or Selección de Venezuela)[3] is the national team of Venezuela.[4] It is currently ranked sixth in the world by the World Baseball Softball Confederation, behind the Mexico and ahead of the Netherlands.[1] The team will compete against Israel, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua in the 2023 World Baseball Classic in March 2023 in Miami, Florida.

Current roster

Venezuela roster - 2020 Summer Olympics Final Qualifier
Players Coaching staff
Pitchers
Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches


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.[5]

Legend

  Win   Lose   Void or postponed   Fixture

2019

WBSC Premier12 GS November 5 Venezuela  4–8  Japan Taoyuan Stadium, Taiwan
18:00 NST Boxscore Attendance: 3,868
WBSC Premier12 GS November 6 Chinese Taipei  3–0  Venezuela Taichung Stadium, Taiwan
18:30 NST Boxscore Attendance: 10,983
WBSC Premier12 GS November 7 Venezuela  7–1  Puerto Rico Taichung Stadium, Taiwan
12:00 NST Boxscore Attendance: 618

2022

Bolivarian Games RR June 30 Venezuela  9–2  Dominican Republic Estadio Calamar, Colombia
14:00 COT Boxscore
Bolivarian Games RR July 1 Venezuela  4–5  Peru Estadio Calamar, Colombia
14:00 COT Boxscore Attendance: 2,450
Bolivarian Games RR July 2 Colombia  10–0 (F/6)  Venezuela Estadio Calamar, Colombia
19:00 COT Boxscore
Bolivarian Games RR July 3 Dominican Republic  14–2  Venezuela Estadio Calamar, Colombia
14:00 COT Boxscore
Bolivarian Games RR July 4 Peru  5–6  Venezuela Estadio Calamar, Colombia
14:00 COT Boxscore
Bolivarian Games RR July 5 Venezuela  7–1  Colombia Estadio Calamar, Colombia
14:00 COT Boxscore

2023

World Baseball Classic GS March 11 Dominican Republic  1–5  Venezuela loanDepot Park, United States
19:00 ET LP: Sandy Alcántara (0–1)
Boxscore WP: José Ruiz (1–0)
HR: Anthony Santander (1)
Attendance: 35,890
Umpires: HP – Andy Fletcher, 1B – Tim Meyer, 2B – Ron Kulpa, 3B – Maikol Tibabijo
World Baseball Classic GS March 12 Venezuela  9–6  Puerto Rico loanDepot Park, United States
19:00 ET WP: Pablo López (1–0)
Sv: Silvino Bracho (1)
HR: Anthony Santander (2), Salvador Pérez (1)
Boxscore LP: José Berríos (0–1)
HR: Eddie Rosario (1)
Attendance: 35,615
Umpires: HP – Chris Guccione, 1B – Chris Graham, 2B – Alejandro Pecero, 3B – Mike Estabrook
World Baseball Classic GS March 14 Nicaragua  1–4  Venezuela loanDepot Park, United States
12:00 ET LP: Rodney Theophile (0–1)
Boxscore WP: José Ruiz (1–0)
Sv: José Alvarado (1)
Attendance: 21,873
Umpires: HP – Ángel Hernández, 1B – Chris Guccione, 2B – Alejandro Pecero, 3B – Tim Meyer
World Baseball Classic GS March 15 Venezuela  5–1  Israel loanDepot Park, United States
12:00 ET WP: Jesús Luzardo (1–0)
HR: Eduardo Escobar (1), Eugenio Suárez (1)
Boxscore LP: Robert Stock (0–1)
Attendance: 18,277
Umpires: HP – Andy Fletcher, 1B – Ángel Hernández, 2B – Maikol Tibabijo, 3B – Alejandro Pecero
World Baseball Classic QF March 18 United States  9–7  Venezuela loanDepot Park, United States
19:00 ET WP: David Bednar (1–0)
Sv: Ryan Pressly (2)
HR: Kyle Tucker (1), Trea Turner (2)
Boxscore LP: José Quijada (0–1)
HR: Luis Arráez (1), Luis Arráez (2)
Attendance: 35,792
Umpires: HP – Dan Bellino, 1B – Will Little, 2B – Atsushi Fukaya, 3B – Kun Young Park

Tournament record

World Baseball Classic

In June 2005, Major League Baseball announced the formation of the World Baseball Classic, a sixteen nation international competition to be held in March 2006 for the first time. The team Venezuela sent to the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classic included Venezuelan players from Major League Baseball. A player is eligible to participate on a WBC national team if:

World Baseball Classic record Qualification record
Year Round Position W L RS RA W L RS RA
Puerto Rico United States 2006 Round 2 7th 3 3 22 20 No qualifiers held
Canada United States 2009 Semifinal 4th 6 2 45 36 No qualifiers held
Puerto Rico 2013 Round 1 10th 1 2 17 21 Automatically qualified
Mexico United States 2017 Round 2 8th 2 5 28 55 Automatically qualified
United States 2023 Quarterfinal 5th 4 1 30 18 Automatically qualified
Total Semifinal 5/5 16 13 142 150 - - - -

2009: Bronze medal

Venezuela competed in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, playing its opening games in Pool C, in Toronto, Ontario. The Venezuelans secured advancement out of Pool C with a pair of resounding wins over Italy. Along the way, Venezuela also lost a 15–6 slugfest against the United States, but won twice against the same team.[7]

2013: First round exit

In the 2013 World Baseball Classic, Venezuela was eliminated by Puerto Rico, who went on to eliminate Italy, the United States and two-time defending champion Japan. Their placing as the third team in Pool C after defeating newcomers Spain was sufficient to secure direct qualification to the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

2017: Misses the finals again

2023

The team will compete against Team Israel, Team Puerto Rico, Team Dominican Republic, and Team Nicaragua in the 2023 World Baseball Classic in March 11–15, 2023 in Miami, Florida.[8]

Baseball World Cup

  • 1940 : 4th
  • 1941 : Gold 1st
  • 1942 : Bronze 3rd
  • 1944 : Gold 1st
  • 1945 : Gold 1st
  • 1950: Bronze 3rd
  • 1951: Silver 2nd
  • 1953: Silver 2nd
  • 1961: Bronze 3rd
  • 1969: 4th
  • 1973: Bronze 3rd

2009 IBAF World Cup

In 2009, Europe will host the IBAF World Cup. It will mark the first time in history the Baseball World Cup will not be hosted by a certain country, but rather a whole continent. The 2009 Baseball World Cup will take place from 9–27 September. Seven European countries will host and participant in the tournament of 22 teams. The event will be made up of five groups consisting of four teams each, for a total of 20 teams. Italy (Bollate, Bologna, Codogno, Florence, Macerata, Milan, Parma, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia, Rimini, San Marino, Turin, Trieste, Verona and Vicenza) and Netherlands (Rotterdam, Haarlem and Amsterdam) serve as hosts of the sixteen teams of the second round ( 14–20 September), and therefore receive first round byes. The groups are as follows:[9]

Pan American Games

  • 1955 : Bronze 3rd
  • 1959 : Gold 1st
  • 1975 : Bronze 3rd

U-23 Baseball World Cup

Players

Uniform

Home
home uniform
Away
Away Kit

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "The WBSC World Ranking". WBSC. 18 December 2023. Retrieved 18 December 2023.
  2. ^ Balbuena, Franger Reynaldo (9 September 2020). Tratado de Béisbol. Page Publishing, Inc. ISBN 978-1-64334-453-9.
  3. ^ "Clásico Mundial de Beisbol: ¿A quién se podría enfrentar Venezuela en cuartos de final?". MERIDIANO.net (in Spanish). Retrieved 31 March 2023.
  4. ^ Zubillaga, Jorge (15 March 2023). "▷ Selección venezolana de béisbol culmina invicta la fase de grupos al vencer 5-1 a Israel #15Mar". El Impulso (in Spanish). Retrieved 31 March 2023.
  5. ^ "Venezuela in the WBSC Ranking (Men's baseball)". World Baseball Softball Confederation. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  6. ^ "Dan Serafini Wins One For Team Italy". Retrieved 21 March 2009.
  7. ^ "World Baseball Classic". Retrieved 18 March 2009.
  8. ^ "Team Israel to boast current MLBers on its World Baseball Classic roster". The Jerusalem Post.
  9. ^ "IBAF announces groups for first round of 2009 Baseball World Cup" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 March 2009. Retrieved 15 March 2009.
  10. ^ "IBAF World Cup 2009 in Europe". Archived from the original on 24 March 2009. Retrieved 15 March 2009.