Baseball at the 2008 Summer Olympics

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Baseball
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
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Pictogram used to identify baseball at the 2008 Games
Venue Wukesong Baseball Field
Dates August 13–23
Teams 8
Medalists
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
Bronze medal 
«2004  
Competing teams

Baseball at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing was held from August 13 to August 23. All games were played at Wukesong Baseball Field, a temporary venue constructed at the Beijing Wukesong Culture & Sports Center. Olympic baseball is competed by men only, while women compete in the similar sport of softball.

This event may be the last baseball event contested in the Olympics history, as the International Olympic Committee voted to remove baseball from the program in the 2012 Olympics.[1] Along with softball, baseball was rejected for inclusion in the 2016 Summer Olympics at the IOC's meeting in October 2009.[2]

This was also the first time that the IBAF's new extra-innings rule was officially in effect, allowing each team to start with two base runners from the 11th inning on.[3] South Korea won the gold medal in a 3–2 final victory against Cuba.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze
South Korea
Hyun-Jin Ryu
Ki-Joo Han
Jin-Man Park
Hyuk Kwon
Taek-Keun Lee
Dae-Ho Lee
Seung-Hwan Oh
Jung-Keun Bong
Young-Min Ko
Jong-Wook Lee
Keun-Woo Jeong
Min-Jae Kim
Kab-Yong Jin
Jin-Young Lee
Won-Sam Jang
Seung-Jun Song
Kwang-Hyun Kim
Yong-Kyu Lee
Dong-Joo Kim
Min-Ho Kang
Hyun-Soo Kim
Seung-Yeop Lee
Tae-Hyon Chong
Suk-Min Yoon
Manager: Kyung-Moon Kim
Coaches: Kye-Hyun Cho
Gwang-Soo Kim
Ki-Tae Kim
Cuba
Ariel Pestano
Yoandry Urgellés
Alfredo Despaigne
Luis Rodríguez
Alexei Bell
Yadier Pedroso
Jonder Martínez
Adiel Palma
Luis Navas
Giorvis Duvergel
Alexander Mayeta
Eriel Sánchez
Rolando Meriño
Héctor Olivera
Michel Enríquez
Yuliesky Gourriel
Vicyohandry Odelín
Pedro Luis Lazo
Eduardo Paret
Norberto González
Norge Luis Vera
Frederich Cepeda
Elier Sánchez
Miguel La Hera
Manager: Antonio Pacheco
United States
Brett Anderson
Blaine Neal
Matt Brown
Nate Schierholtz
Jeremy Cummings
Michael Koplove
Terry Tiffee
Kevin Jepsen
Brian Duensing
Dexter Fowler
Brandon Knight
Mike Hessman
Casey Weathers
Jason Donald
Jayson Nix
Taylor Teagarden
Stephen Strasburg
Jake Arrieta
Lou Marson
Matt LaPorta
Trevor Cahill
Brian Barden
John Gall
Jeff Stevens
Manager: Davey Johnson
Coaches: Marcel Lachemann
Reggie Smith
Rick Eckstein
Dick Cooke
Rolando de Armas

Competition format[edit]

Eight teams are competing in the Olympic baseball tournament, and the competition consists of two rounds. The preliminary round follows a round robin format, where each of the teams plays all the other teams once. Following this, the top four teams advance to a single elimination round culminating in the bronze and gold medal games.

Qualification[edit]

Event Date Location Vacancies Qualified
Host nation  China
American Qualifying Tournament Aug 25 – Sept 7, 2006 Cuba Havana 2  United States
 Cuba
European Championship Sept 7 – Sept 16, 2007 Spain Barcelona 1  Netherlands
Asian Baseball Championship Nov 27 – Dec 3, 2007 Taiwan Taichung [1][4] 1  Japan
Final Qualifying Tournament Mar 7 – Mar 14, 2008 Taiwan Taichung and Douliou[2] 3  Canada
 South Korea
 Chinese Taipei
TOTAL 8

^1 Chinese Taipei is the official IOC designation for the state officially referred to as the Republic of China (ROC), commonly known as Taiwan.

Team squad[edit]

Team Qualification criteria Appearance
Canada 1st place of Final Qualifying Tournament  2nd
China Automatic as host nation of the Olympics  1st
Chinese Taipei 3rd place of Final Qualifying Tournament  3rd
Cuba 2nd place of American Qualifying Tournament  5th
Japan 1st place of Asian Baseball Championship  5th
South Korea 2nd place of Final Qualifying Tournament  3rd
Netherlands 1st place of European Championship  4th
United States 1st place of American Qualifying Tournament  4th

Group stage[edit]

All times are China Standard Time (UTC+8)

Team G W L RS RA WIN% GB Tiebreaker
 South Korea 7 7 0 41 22 1.000
 Cuba 7 6 1 52 23 .857 1
 United States 7 5 2 40 22 .714 2
 Japan 7 4 3 30 14 .571 3
 Chinese Taipei 7 2 5 29 33 .286 5 1–0
 Canada 7 2 5 29 20 .286 5 0–1
 Netherlands 7 1 6 9 50 .143 6 1–0
 China 7 1 6 14 60 .143 6 0–1

August 13[edit]

August 14[edit]

August 15[edit]

August 16[edit]

August 17[edit]

August 18[edit]

August 19[edit]

August 20[edit]

Knockout stage[edit]

Semifinals Gold Medal Match
2008-08-22 - Beijing
  Japan  2  
  South Korea  6  
 
2008-08-23 - Beijing
      South Korea  3
    Cuba  2
Bronze Medal Match
2008-08-22 - Beijing 2008-08-23 - Beijing
  United States  2   Japan  4
  Cuba  10     United States  8

Semifinals[edit]

Bronze medal match[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 Japan 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 6 1
 United States 0 1 3 0 4 0 0 0 X 8 9 0
WP: Brett Anderson (1-0)   LP: Kenshin Kawakami (0-1)
Home runs:
JPN: Masahiro Araki (1), Norichika Aoki (1)
USA: Matt LaPorta (2), Matt Brown (2), Jason Donald (1)

Gold medal match[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 South Korea 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 4 0
 Cuba 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 5 1
WP: Hyun-Jin Ryu (2-0)   LP: Norberto González (0-1)   Sv: Tae-Hyon Chong (2)
Home runs:
KOR: Seung-Yeop Lee (2)
CUB: Michel Enríquez (2), Alexei Bell (2)

Final standings[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Michaelis, Vicki (2005-07-08). "Baseball, softball bumped from Olympics". USA Today. Retrieved August 17, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Olympic Leaders Approve Golf and Rugby for 2016 Summer Games". Fox News. Associated Press. August 13, 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-16. 
  3. ^ "IBAF changes rules for extra-inning games in time for Beijing". ESPN. Associated Press. 2008-07-25. Archived from the original on 1 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-31. 
  4. ^ Chinese Taipei Baseball Association Official Website

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