Baseball at the 2000 Summer Olympics

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Baseball
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
Venues Sydney Baseball Stadium
Blacktown Olympic Park
Dates 17–27 September
Teams 8
Medalists
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
Bronze medal 
«1996 2004»

Baseball at the 2000 Summer Olympics was the third time an Olympic baseball tournament had been held as a full medal sport, and the ninth time it had been part of the Summer Olympic Games in any capacity. It was held in Sydney, Australia from 17 September through to the bronze and gold medal games on 27 September. Two venues were used for the Games: the Sydney Baseball Stadium and Blacktown Olympic Park. For the first time in Olympic competition, professional baseball players were eligible to participate, though no active players from Major League Baseball were available.[1]

The United States won the gold medal by defeating Cuba 4–0.[2] Since becoming a medal sport, it was the first time Cuba had not won the gold medal. The gold medal game was also only the second game Cuba had lost in Olympic baseball, having lost to the Netherlands earlier in the tournament.[1] South Korea won their first Olympic baseball medal, beating Japan in the bronze medal match 3–1.[2]

Format[edit]

The main tournament featured eight teams. These teams were selected from a series of continental qualifying tournaments, with the exception of Australia who qualified automatically as hosts. As had been the case at the 1996 Games in Atlanta, two teams each qualified from the Americas via the 1999 Pan American Games, Asia via the 1999 Asian Baseball Championship, and Europe via the 1999 European Baseball Championship. The final spot went to the winner of a deciding series between the African and Oceania champions, as determined by the 1999 All-Africa Games and the 2000 Oceania Baseball Championship respectively. This playoff was won by South Africa, who swept Guam in a best-of-five series in Johannesburg in December 1999.

The eight teams met in a round-robin series, facing each other once. The top four teams from this then met in the finals, with the first and fourth placed teams playing against each other in one semi final, and the second and third placed teams in the other. The losers of these semi finals competed in the bronze medal game, while the winners met in the gold medal game.[1]

Teams[edit]

Team Qualification method

Australia
Host nation

Cuba
1999 Pan American Games

Italy
1999 European Baseball Championship

Japan
1999 Asian Baseball Championship

Netherlands
1999 European Baseball Championship

South Africa
1999 All-Africa Games, then defeated Guam
in Africa Champion v Oceania Champion playoff

South Korea
1999 Asian Baseball Championship

United States
1999 Pan American Games

Results[edit]

Preliminary round[edit]

Qualified for the final round
Team W L PCT Tiebreaker
(Head–to–head record)
 Cuba 6 1 .857 1–0
 United States 6 1 .857 0–1
 South Korea 4 3 .571 1–0
 Japan 4 3 .571 0–1
 Netherlands 3 4 .429
 Italy 2 5 .286 1–0
 Australia 2 5 .286 0–1
 South Africa 1 6 .143
17 September Cuba  16 – 0 (F/7)  South Africa Australia Blacktown Olympic Park
Attendance: 3,082
Boxscore
17 September United States  4 – 2 (F/13)  Japan Australia Sydney Baseball Stadium
Attendance: 13,404
Boxscore
17 September Italy  2–10  South Korea Australia Blacktown Olympic Park
Attendance: 2,951
Boxscore
17 September Australia  4–6  Netherlands Australia Sydney Baseball Stadium
Attendance: 13,762
Boxscore

18 September Cuba  13–5  Italy Australia Blacktown Olympic Park
Attendance: 2,424
Boxscore
18 September South Korea  3–5  Australia Australia Sydney Baseball Stadium
Attendance: 13,281
Boxscore
18 September United States  11 – 1 (F/7)  South Africa Australia Blacktown Olympic Park
Attendance: 3,474
Boxscore
18 September Japan  10–2  Netherlands Australia Sydney Baseball Stadium
Attendance: 11,360
Boxscore

19 September South Africa  0 – 13 (F/7)  Italy Australia Blacktown Olympic Park
Attendance: 2,511
Boxscore
19 September Australia  3–7  Japan Australia Sydney Baseball Stadium
Attendance: 13,093
Boxscore
19 September Netherlands  2–6  United States Australia Blacktown Olympic Park
Attendance: 3,352
Boxscore
19 September South Korea  5–6  Cuba Australia Sydney Baseball Stadium
Attendance: 13,565
Boxscore

20 September Italy  1–6  Japan Australia Blacktown Olympic Park
Attendance: 3,245
Boxscore
20 September Netherlands  4–2  Cuba Australia Sydney Baseball Stadium
Attendance: 12,450
Boxscore
20 September South Africa  4–10  Australia Australia Blacktown Olympic Park
Attendance: 3,459
Boxscore
20 September United States  4–0  South Korea Australia Sydney Baseball Stadium
Attendance: 13,818
Boxscore

22 September South Korea  2–0  Netherlands Australia Blacktown Olympic Park
Attendance: 3,350
Boxscore
22 September Cuba  1–0  Australia Australia Sydney Baseball Stadium
Attendance: 14,036
Boxscore
22 September South Africa  0–8  Japan Australia Blacktown Olympic Park
Attendance: 3,512
Boxscore
22 September United States  4–2  Italy Australia Sydney Baseball Stadium
Attendance: 13,912
Boxscore

23 September Netherlands  2 – 3 (F/10)  South Africa Australia Blacktown Olympic Park
Attendance: 3,484
Boxscore
23 September Japan  6 – 7 (F/10)  South Korea Australia Sydney Baseball Stadium
Attendance: 13,970
Boxscore
23 September Australia  7 – 8 (F/12)  Italy Australia Blacktown Olympic Park
Attendance: 3,562
Boxscore
23 September Cuba  6–1  United States Australia Sydney Baseball Stadium
Attendance: 14,010
Boxscore

24 September Italy  2–3  Netherlands Australia Blacktown Olympic Park
Attendance: 3,439
Boxscore
24 September South Korea  13 – 3 (F/8)  South Africa Australia Sydney Baseball Stadium
Attendance: 13,864
Boxscore
24 September Japan  2–6  Cuba Australia Blacktown Olympic Park
Attendance: 3,479
Boxscore
24 September Australia  1 – 12 (F/7)  United States Australia Sydney Baseball Stadium
Attendance: 14,018
Boxscore

Final round[edit]

  Semi-finals     Gold medal match
                 
  1   Cuba 3  
  4   Japan 0    
      W1   Cuba
0
      W2   United States
4
  2   United States 3    
  3   South Korea 2   Bronze medal match
 
L2   South Korea
3
  L1   Japan 1

Semi-finals[edit]

26 September Cuba  3–0  Japan Australia Sydney Baseball Stadium
Attendance: 13,727
Boxscore
26 September United States  3–2  South Korea Australia Sydney Baseball Stadium
Attendance: 14,002
Boxscore

Bronze medal game[edit]

27 September South Korea  3 – 1  Japan Australia Sydney Baseball Stadium
Attendance: 14,058
Boxscore

Gold medal game[edit]

27 September Cuba  0 – 4  United States Australia Sydney Baseball Stadium
Attendance: 14,107
Boxscore

Final standings[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (2001). Official Report of the XXVII Olympiad (PDF). 2: Celebrating the Games. Canberra, Australia: Paragon Printers Australasia. pp. 176–9. ISBN 0-9579616-0-X. Retrieved 15 September 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (2001). "Baseball". Official Report of the XXVII Olympiad (PDF). 3: Results. Canberra, Australia: Paragon Printers Australasia. ISBN 0-9579616-1-8. Retrieved 15 September 2010.