Baseball at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Qualification

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Eight teams will qualify for the Olympic baseball tournament. The host nation qualifies automatically. Additionally, two teams will qualify from the American qualifying tournament, and one team will qualify from both the European and Asian qualifying tournaments. The field will be rounded out by the top three teams from the world Olympic qualifying tournament.

Table[edit]

Event Date Location Vacancies Qualified
Host Nation - - 1  China
Americas Qualifying Tournament Aug 25 - Sep 7, 2006 Cuba Havana 2  United States
 Cuba
European Championship September 7–16, 2007 Spain Barcelona 1  Netherlands
Asian Baseball Championship Nov 27 - Dec 3, 2007 Taiwan Taichung[T 1] 1  Japan
Final Qualifying Tournament March 7–14, 2008 Taiwan Taichung and Douliou[T 1] 3  Canada
 South Korea
 Chinese Taipei
TOTAL 8
Note
  1. ^ a b Chinese Taipei is the official IOC designation for the state officially referred to as the Republic of China (ROC), commonly known as Taiwan. (See also Political status of Taiwan for details.)

American Qualifying Tournament[edit]

Qualifying Round[edit]

North and Central America

Team Pld W L PCT RS RA RD
 United States 5 5 0 1.000 49 13 +36
 Canada 5 3 2 0.600 34 17 +17
 Nicaragua 5 3 2 0.600 20 14 +6
 Panama 5 2 3 0.400 38 35 +3
 Mexico[AQ 1] 5 2 3 0.400 24 28 -4
 Guatemala 5 0 5 0.000 4 58 -54

Schedule[edit]

Home Result Away
November 15, 2005
 Nicaragua 1-3  Canada
 United States 23-0 (6 Innings)  Guatemala
 Panama 17-4 (7 Innings)  Mexico
November 16, 2005
 Canada 12-0 (7 Innings)  Guatemala
 Nicaragua 6-1  Panama
 United States 5-4  Mexico
November 17, 2005
 Canada 15-5  Panama
 United States 7-4  Nicaragua
 Mexico 5-2  Guatemala
November 18, 2005
 Mexico 7-2  Canada
 Nicaragua 6-1  Guatemala
 United States 9-3  Panama
November 19, 2005
 United States 5-2  Canada
 Nicaragua 4-2  Mexico
 Guatemala 1-12  Panama

Caribbean

Team Pld W L PCT RS RA RD
 Dominican Republic 3 3 0 1.000 32 0 +32
 Puerto Rico 3 2 1 0.667 32 5 +27
 Aruba[AQ 1] 3 1 2 0.333 11 17 -6
 Bahamas 3 0 3 0.000 0 53 -53
 Jamaica Withdrew
 U.S. Virgin Islands Withdrew
 Curaçao Withdrew

South America

Team Pld W L PCT RS RA RD
 Venezuela 4 4 0 1.000 24 12 +12
 Brazil 4 3 1 0.750 26 8 +18
 Ecuador 4 2 2 0.500 14 15 -1
 Colombia 4 1 3 0.250 14 19 -5
 Argentina 4 0 4 0.000 12 36 -24
Notes
  1. ^ a b The third-place Caribbean team was scheduled to advance to the preliminary round. However, Aruba withdrew and the IBAF replaced it with the fifth-place North American team, Mexico.[1]

Preliminary Round[edit]

Group A

Team Pld W L PCT RS RA RD
 Cuba 5 5 0 1.000 64 10 +54
 Panama 5 4 1 0.800 38 17 +21
 Nicaragua 5 3 2 0.600 24 18 +6
 Dominican Republic 5 2 3 0.400 31 31 0
 Colombia 5 1 4 0.200 15 41 -26
 Ecuador 5 0 5 0.000 11 63 -52

Group B

Team Pld W L PCT RS RA RD
 United States 5 4 1 0.800 46 27 +19
 Mexico 5 4 1 0.800 23 19 +4
 Canada 5 3 2 0.600 24 18 +6
 Venezuela 5 2 3 0.400 27 39 -12
 Brazil 5 1 4 0.200 27 32 -5
 Puerto Rico 5 1 4 0.200 23 34 -11

Schedule[edit]

Home Away
August 25, 2006
 Cuba  Colombia
August 26, 2006
 United States 9-3  Canada
 Cuba 11-0  Ecuador
 Mexico 2-1  Brazil
 Panama 3-2  Dominican Republic
August 27, 2006
 Canada 6-5  Puerto Rico
 United States 8-7  Brazil
 Cuba 7-6  Panama
 Mexico 5-4  Venezuela
 Nicaragua 4-0  Colombia
 Dominican Republic 13-1  Ecuador
August 28, 2006
 Mexico 3-15  United States
 Venezuela 5-7  Canada
 Puerto Rico 10-6  Brazil
 Cuba 17-3  Dominican Republic
August 29, 2006
 Puerto Rico 2-5  United States
 Canada 1-2  Mexico
 Dominican Republic 8-3  Colombia
 Cuba 11-0  Nicaragua
August 30, 2006
 United States 9-12  Venezuela
 Canada 7-3  Brazil
 Cuba 15-1  Ecuador
 Nicaragua 6-4  Dominican Republic
 Mexico 8-7  Puerto Rico

Final Round[edit]

  Team has qualified directly
  Team has advanced to the Final Qualifying Tournament
Team Pld W L PCT RS RA RD
 United States 7 6 1 0.857 69 32 +37
 Cuba 7 6 1 0.857 63 18 +45
 Mexico 7 5 2 0.714 38 24 +14
 Canada 7 4 3 0.571 43 38 +5
 Venezuela 7 3 4 0.428 41 41 0
 Panama 7 2 5 0.286 39 51 -12
 Nicaragua 7 2 5 0.286 16 33 -17
 Dominican Republic 7 0 7 0.000 21 61 -40

Oceania Qualifying Tournament[edit]

With  New Zealand withdrawing from the tournament,  Australia received an automatic berth into the World Qualifying Tournament.

  Team has advanced to the Final Qualifying Tournament
Team W L RA/9 Tiebreaker
 Australia 0 0 0 0
 New Zealand Withdrew

Schedule[edit]

Home Away Time
February 8, 2007
 Australia Cancelled  New Zealand 19:00
February 9, 2007
 New Zealand Cancelled  Australia 19:00
February 10, 2007
 Australia Cancelled  New Zealand 15:00
 Australia Cancelled  New Zealand 19:00
February 11, 2007
 Australia Cancelled  New Zealand 14:00

European Qualifying Tournament[edit]

Qualifying Round 1[edit]

Group A

Team Pld W L PCT RS RA RD
 Russia 3 3 0 1.000 35 3 +32
 Austria 3 2 1 0.667 22 18 +4
 Poland 3 1 2 0.333 24 23 +1
 Georgia 3 0 3 0.000 8 45 -37

Group B

Team Pld W L PCT RS RA RD
 Belarus 3 3 0 1.000 33 10 +23
 Lithuania 3 2 1 0.667 29 17 +12
 Finland 3 1 2 0.333 28 43 -15
 Turkey 3 0 3 0.000 22 42 -20

Group C

Team Pld W L PCT RS RA RD
 Croatia 3 3 0 1.000 30 6 +24
 Ireland 3 2 1 0.667 14 5 +9
 Slovakia 3 1 2 0.333 15 16 -1
 Norway 3 0 3 0.000 8 40 -32

Group D

Team Pld W L PCT RS RA RD
 Belgium 3 3 0 1.000 25 2 +23
  Switzerland 3 2 1 0.667 18 11 +7
 Slovenia 3 1 2 0.333 17 17 0
 San Marino 3 0 3 0.000 3 33 -30

Qualifying Round 2[edit]

Semi-finals Final
   Russia 11  
   Lithuania 1  
 
       Russia 17
     Austria 0
   Belarus 5
   Austria 15  
Semi-finals Final
   Croatia 13  
    Switzerland 3  
 
       Croatia 12
     Ireland 2
   Belgium 1
   Ireland 4  

European Baseball Championship[edit]

The European Baseball Championship in Barcelona, Spain served as the qualifying competition for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. The Netherlands won the tournament for the fifth consecutive time and qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Great Britain and Spain advanced to a final qualifying tournament in Taiwan. Prior to the tournament, Greece was removed by the European Baseball Conferderation and replaced with Austria. Czech Republic was downgraded to the last place at the end of the tournament and its wins in the preliminary round vacated.[2]

Preliminary Round[edit]

Group A

Team Pld W L PCT RS RA RD
 Netherlands 5 5 0 1.000 66 5 +61
 Germany 5 4 1 0.800 36 15 +21
 Sweden 5 3 2 0.600 20 27 -7
 Croatia 5 2 3 0.400 26 38 -12
 Austria 5 1 4 0.200 13 44 -31
 Czech Republic 5 0 5 0.000 2 37 -35
  • September 8
 Sweden 1 - 9  Germany
 Czech Republic 0 - 9*  Croatia
 Austria 0 - 22 (5 inn.)  Netherlands
  • September 9
 Croatia 2 - 11  Sweden
 Germany 10 - 0 (7 inn.)  Austria
 Netherlands 11 - 0 (7 inn.)  Czech Republic
  • September 10
 Netherlands 14 - 2 (7 inn.)  Sweden
 Czech Republic 0 - 9*  Austria
 Germany 8 - 7  Croatia
  • September 11
 Netherlands 6 - 3  Germany
 Austria 3 - 8  Croatia
 Czech Republic 1 - 2  Sweden
  • September 12
 Germany 6 - 1  Czech Republic
 Croatia 0 - 13 (7 inn.)  Netherlands
 Sweden 4 - 1  Austria

* The Czech Republic's 4-1 and 6-2 victories over Croatia and Austria were vacated and the results recorded as 9-0 forfeits.

Group B

Team Pld W L PCT RS RA RD
 Great Britain 5 4 1 0.800 35 24 +11
 Spain 5 4 1 0.800 29 22 +7
 France 5 3 2 0.600 20 15 +5
 Italy 5 3 2 0.600 31 13 +18
 Ukraine 5 1 4 0.200 10 36 -26
 Russia 5 0 5 0.000 14 29 -15
  • September 7
 Great Britain 12 - 8  Spain
  • September 8
 Ukraine 0 - 13 (8 inn.)  Italy
 France 4 - 2  Russia
  • September 9
 Spain 5 - 4  Ukraine
 Italy 1 - 5  France
 Russia 7 - 10  Great Britain
  • September 10
 France 6 - 2  Ukraine
 Spain 4 - 0  Russia
 Italy 6 - 0  Great Britain
  • September 11
 France 3 - 4  Great Britain
 Ukraine 4 - 3 (11 inn.)  Russia
 Italy 4 - 6  Spain
  • September 12
 Russia 2 - 7  Italy
 Great Britain 9 - 0  Ukraine
 Spain 6 - 2  France

Final Round[edit]

  Team has qualified directly
  Team has advanced to the Final Qualifying Tournament
Team Pld W L PCT RS RA RD Tiebreaker*
 Netherlands 5 5 0 1.000 54 14 +40
 Great Britain 5 3 2 0.800 35 24 +11 1-1, 0.833 RA/IN
 Spain 5 3 2 0.600 41 32 +9 1-1, 0.833 RA/IN
 Germany 5 3 2 0.600 29 24 +5 1-1, 0.889 RA/IN
 France 5 1 4 0.200 16 35 -19
 Sweden 5 0 5 0.000 15 51 -36

* Tiebreakers: 1) W-L in games among tied teams 2) Runs against per 1 defensive inning among tied teams 3) Earned Runs against per 1 defensive inning among tied teams

  • September 14
 Netherlands 18 - 0 (7 inn.) France
 Germany 3 - 11  Spain
 Sweden 7 - 10  Great Britain
  • September 15
 France 10 - 0 (7 inn.)  Sweden
 Spain 8 - 10 (11 inn.)  Netherlands
 Great Britain 5 - 7  Germany
  • September 16
 Germany 7 - 1  France
 Sweden 5 - 8  Spain
 Netherlands 6 - 1  Great Britain

Classification[edit]

  • September 13
Seventh Place Game
 Czech Republic 2 - 7  Italy
Ninth Place Game
 Croatia 2 - 1  Ukraine
Eleventh Place Game
 Austria 2 - 7  Russia

2007 Asian Championship[edit]

Please note, that the IBAF and IOC recognize Taiwan as Chinese Taipei. Internationally, the team plays as the Chinese Taipei National baseball team, however are referred to, in the country, as the Taiwan National baseball team and use the flag Taiwan.

B Level[edit]

Team W D L Tiebreaker
 Philippines 2 1 0 -
 Thailand 1 1 1 -
 Hong Kong 1 0 2 1-0
 Pakistan 1 0 2 0-1

Schedule[edit]

Home Result Away Time
November 27, 2007
 Pakistan 0-2  Philippines 17:00
 Hong Kong 4-8  Thailand 18:00
November 28, 2007
 Thailand 3-5  Pakistan 13:00
 Philippines 4-1  Hong Kong 18:00
November 29, 2007
 Philippines 0-0 (F/12)  Thailand 13:00
 Pakistan 6-8  Hong Kong 18:00

A Level[edit]

  Team has qualified directly
  Team has advanced to the Final Qualifying Tournament
Team W L Tiebreaker
 Japan 3 0 -
 South Korea 2 1 -
 Chinese Taipei 1 2 -
 Philippines 0 3 -

Schedule[edit]

Home Result Away Time
December 1, 2007
 Chinese Taipei 2-5  South Korea 13:00
 Japan 10-0 (F/7)  Philippines 18:00
December 2, 2007
 Philippines 0-9  Chinese Taipei 13:00
 South Korea 3-4  Japan 18:00
December 3, 2007
 South Korea 13-1 (F/7)  Philippines 13:00
 Chinese Taipei 2-10  Japan 18:00

African Qualifying Tournament[edit]

  Team has advanced to the Final Qualifying Tournament
Team W L Tiebreaker
 South Africa 5 0 -
 Nigeria 3 1 -
 Ghana 3 2 -
 Zimbabwe 2 3 -
 Lesotho 1 3 -
 Cameroon 0 5 -

Schedule[edit]

Home Result Away Time
December 15
 Ghana 22-0  Cameroon 9:00
 Nigeria 17-3  Zimbabwe 9:00
 Cameroon 1-18  Lesotho 12:20
 Zimbabwe 0-20  South Africa 12:20
 Lesotho 0-29  South Africa 15:30
 Nigeria 22-0  Ghana 15:30
December 16
 Cameroon Rained Out  Zimbabwe 9:00
 Nigeria Rained Out  Lesotho 9:00
 Cameroon 1-16 (5 Innings)  South Africa 12:20
 Ghana 3-1 (6 Innings)  Zimbabwe 12:20
 Nigeria Rained Out  South Africa 15:30
 Ghana Rained Out  Lesotho 15:30
December 17
 Nigeria 2-12 (8 Innings)  South Africa 9:00
 Ghana 11-5  Lesotho 9:00
 Zimbabwe 19-11 (7 Innings)  Cameroon 9:00
 South Africa 15-0 (7 Innings)  Ghana 12:00
 Cameroon 5-22 (6 Innings)  Nigeria 12:00
 Zimbabwe 7-4  Lesotho 12:00
 Lesotho Cancelled  Nigeria 15:00

Note: The final game between Lesotho and Nigeria was dependent on whether it had any impact upon the final standings. As South Africa had clinched the championship before the game was to begin, it was cancelled.

Final Qualifying Tournament[edit]

The final qualifying tournament will feature the third and fourth place teams from the Americas qualifying tournament, the second and third place teams from the Asian and European qualifying tournaments, and the Oceanian and African continental champions. However, European runner-up Great Britain withdrew from the tournament and were replaced by the fourth place team Germany.

Qualified Teams

Standings[edit]

  Team has qualified
Team W L Tiebreaker
 Canada 6 1 1-0
 South Korea 6 1 0-1
 Chinese Taipei 5 2 -
 Mexico 4 3 1-0
 Australia 4 3 0-1
 Germany 2 5 -
 Spain 1 6 -
 South Africa 0 7 -

Schedule[edit]

Home Result Away Time
March 7
 South Africa 0-5  South Korea 12:30
 Mexico 10-15  Canada 12:30
 Chinese Taipei 13-3 (F/7)  Spain 19:00
 Germany 1-4  Australia 18:30
March 8
 Canada 10-0 (F/7)  South Africa 12:30
 Mexico 1-6  Chinese Taipei 12:30
 South Korea 16-2 (F/7)  Australia 18:30
 Spain 0-1  Germany 18:30
March 9
 Germany 0-2  Chinese Taipei 12:30
 Australia 10-5  Canada 12:30
 South Africa 1-2  Spain 18:30
 South Korea 6-1  Mexico 18:30
March 10
 Germany 4-3  South Africa 12:30
 Spain 5-14  South Korea 12:30
 Chinese Taipei 5-6 (F/10)  Canada 18:30
 Australia 4-7  Mexico 18:30
March 12
 South Korea 12-1 (F/7)  Germany 12:30
 Canada 11-0 (F/7)  Spain 12:30
 Mexico 5-0  South Africa 18:30
 Chinese Taipei 5-0  Australia 18:30
March 13
 Australia 9-0  Spain 12:30
 Germany 0-4  Mexico 12:30
 Canada 4-3  South Korea 18:30
 South Africa 0-4  Chinese Taipei 18:30
March 14
 Spain 1-2  Mexico 12:30
 South Africa 11-13  Australia 12:30
 Chinese Taipei 3-4  South Korea 18:30
 Canada 2-1 (F/10)  Germany 16:30

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Allen, USA storm Mexico at Olympic qualifier". Minor League Baseball. 28 August 2006. Archived from the original on 23 July 2008. Retrieved 23 Jul 2008. 
  2. ^ "Euro Baseball 2007". Confederation of European Baseball. Archived from the original on 27 August 2010. Retrieved 27 July 2010.