Brazil national baseball team

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Brazil national baseball team
Country  Brazil
Federation Confederação Brasileira de Beisebol e Softbol
Confederation Pan American Baseball Confederation
Manager Barry Larkin
IBAF World Rank 15th
World Baseball Classic
Appearances 1 (First in 2013)
Best result 14th (2013)
World Cup
Appearances 2 (First in 2003)
Best result 7th
Intercontinental Cup
Appearances 2 (First in 1995)
Best result 5th

The Brazil national baseball team is the national baseball team of Brazil. The team represents Brazil in international competitions. The team is currently ranked 15th in the world. [1]

Tournament results[edit]

World Baseball Classic[edit]

 Brazil
World Baseball Classic
Tournament Results
Japan 2013 14th
Medal Tally
Gold medal world.svg
Gold
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Silver medal world.svg
Silver
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Bronze medal world.svg
Bronze
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World Baseball Classic record Qualification record
Year Host(s) Round Position W L RS RA Host W L RS RA
2006 Did not enter No qualifiers held
2009 Did not enter No qualifiers held
2013 Japan Round 1 14th 0 3 7 15 Panama 3 0 11 3
Total 1/3 0 3 7 15 1/1 3 0 11 3

Baseball World Cup[edit]

Intercontinental Cup[edit]

Pan American Games[edit]

Team history[edit]

The Brazil National Baseball team is controlled by the Confederação Brasileira de Beisebol e Softbol. The team represents the nation of Brazil in senior-level men's international competition and is a member of the COPABE or Pan American Baseball Confederation. Though not a major competitor in the world scene, Brazil has steadily been improving and managed to provide a scare for both the Cuba national baseball team and the United States national baseball team in the first decade of the 21st Century. The Brazilian team is composed in large part of Japanese-Brazilian players with Portuguese first names and Japanese last names, resulting in some unique combinations. Jo Matumoto, a Brazilian team pitcher, got a chance at Organized Baseball in 2007 where he flourished in the Toronto Blue Jays AA system. [2]

Baseball World Cup[edit]

The Baseball World Cup is an international tournament. National baseball teams from around the world compete with one another to crown a champion. It is run by the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) and is one of two active tournaments, the other being the World Baseball Classic, considered by the IBAF to be a major world championship.

2003[edit]

In 2003, Brazil placed 7th in the Baseball World Cup. The field of teams consisted of 15 teams split into to groups. Group an included Cuba, Nicaragua, Chinese Taipaei, South Korea, Canada, Italy and Russia while group b consisted of Japan, team USA, Panama, Brazil, the Netherlands, Mexico, China and France.[1]

  Group a:                  Group b:
  Cuba Japan
  Nicaragua USA
  Chinese Taipei Panama
  South Korea Brazil
  Canada Netherlands
  Italy Mexico
  Russia China
                            France

The order the teams are listed in above shows the teams success in the first round of the tournament. The four teams from each group who finished the first round with the best records went on to play in the placing rounds, which began with the quarterfinals. Brazil played their quarterfinal against the eventual tournament Champions, the Cuba national baseball team and nearly pulled off a huge upset. Pitcher Kleber Ojima nursed a 3-2 lead into the ninth inning, but Cuba's offense proved too powerful for the underdogs to hang on. After a deep triple and a two run game-winning home run, the Brazilian team are crushed and stunned at their 4-3 loss. In their next game the team suffered a lopsided defeat to the United States 14-3, a game in which they were forced to use 5 different pitchers. . This defeat sent Brazil into the Seventh place game where they faced and beat the South Korea national baseball team by the score of 8-3, taking advantage of pitcher Cláudio Yamadao throws eight scoreless innings and Brazil officially finishing out their first ever appearance in the Baseball world cup with a win.[3]

2005[edit]

In 2005 Brazil competed in their second Baseball World Cup, where they were managed by Mitsuyoshi Sato. Coming off a Seventh place finish in 2003, the team was hungry for more success. The first game of pool play had Brazil taking on China. A hard fought game by both teams ended in the 15th inning when China scored twice to beat Brazil 6-5. Brazil had a 3-run lead going into the seventh inning of the contest. Next up for Brazil were the South Africa national baseball team. Behind a strong pitching performance and sturdy defensive play, the Brazilian team one-hit South Africa and improved to 1-1. The success did not last however, as the team faced a powerful team Cuba in their next game. The final score was 11-1 in Cuba's favor and Brazil was left sitting 1-1. The woes continued to pile up for Brazil as they lost the following three games 7-0 to the Netherlands, 4-0 to South Korea and 8-5 over Panama. In the latter game of the skid Brazil actually found itself in the lead with just four innings to play. However the bats for the Panama national baseball team came alive and they rallied for the victory. Brazil finally was able to find its stroke against an unsuspecting Sweden team and took and 11-4 victory while scoring all of their runs in each of the first three innings. The victory gave Brazil a record of 2-4 in the games and a hope to finish with a win and boost their winning percentage. Alas, Brazil would taste no more victory as they dropped their final game 12-4 to Canada, a game in which they led 3-0 early on.[4] Their 15th place finish in 2005 was the last time the team competed in the Baseball World Cup.[2]

Intercontinental Cup[edit]

The Intercontinental Cup is a tournament between the members of the IBAF. Originally held in 1973 in Italy, the Cup was held every other year following until 1999. Since, there has been a competition in 2002 & 2006. As is the trend in many international baseball competitions, Cuba has dominated the Intercontinental Cup, winning 10 golds and three silvers in 16 tournaments. The 2006 tournament was held in Taichung, Taiwan November 9–19.[5]

1995[edit]

In 1995 Brazil competed in the Intercontinental Cup for the first time. The team took 5th place that year, as the dynasty that is Cuban baseball rolled to their seventh consecutive title. Japan would take second place while the Nicaragua national baseball team was left holding the bronze.

2002[edit]

2002 was Brazil's second shot at Intercontinental Cup glory. However, Cuba ended their drought of Golds with yet another first place finish, one of their ten in Cup history. South Korea took the silver while the Dominican Republic national baseball team hoisted the bronze. Brazil was left with a seventh place finish and hasn't competed in the tournament since.

Pan American Games[edit]

The Pan American Games are a sort of warm up for the Olympic Games in the sense that they are held every four years and occur one year prior to the Summer Olympic Games each cycle. The Pan American Games hold competitions in multiple sports and have been held since 1951. [6]

2007[edit]

In 2007 Brazil competed in its very first Pan American Games for baseball. The team opened up pool play with an impressive 1-0 win over Nicaragua. Pitchers Claudio Yamada and Kleber Ojima combined for the four hit shutout while the lone run was scored on a home run by Tiago Magalhaes. Brazil had put themselves in the drivers seat with a huge game 1 win, but took a step back with a 14-2 spanking handed to them by the Dominican Republic national baseball team. This loss put the teams record at 1-1 and meant that the next and final game of pool play was make it or break it for Brazil. In the matchup between Brazil and a powerful United States team, Things were extremely close for the majority of the game. Brazil took an early one-run lead in the first inning but saw it quickly taken away in the second as the U.S. pulled even. The game would stay deadlocked until the fifth when the U.S. would gain a one run advantage, and later in the seventh would tack on what proved to be a decisive five runs. Despite late efforts by Brazil, who came up with two runs in the eighth and one in the ninth, the American team shut the door for the win and finished pool play undefeated on the 7-5 victory. This loss dropped Brazil to 1-2, a record which proved not good enough to make advance to the medal rounds. The United States would end up making it all the way to the championship where they were beaten by Cuba 3-1. [7]

Current squad[edit]

Preliminary roster for 2013 World Baseball Classic.

Manager: Barry Larkin
Coaches: Tiago Caldeira, Marcos Guimaraes, Go Kuroki, Ricardo Matumaru, Mitsuyoshi Sato, Satiro Watanabe.

Pos. 0#0 Player Date of birth (age) Club
21 P Gabriel Asakura (1988-11-11)November 11, 1988 Cal State Golden Eagles
28 P Noris Chacon (1972-11-24)November 24, 1972 Atibaia
27 P Rafael Fernandes (1986-04-23)April 23, 1986 Tokyo Yakult Swallows
-- P Luiz Gohara (1996-07-31)July 31, 1996 Pulaski Mariners
34 P Murilo Gouvea (1988-10-15)October 15, 1988 Lexington Legends
24 P Hugo Kanabushi (1989-05-22)May 22, 1989 Tokyo Yakult Swallows (minor league)
19 P Kesley Kondo (1989-12-01)December 1, 1989 Utah Utes
18 P Rafael Moreno (1995-02-11)February 11, 1995 DSL Orioles
13 P Oscar Nakaoshi (1991-05-28)May 28, 1991 Hakuoh University
25 P Andre Rienzo (1988-07-05)July 5, 1988 Chicago White Sox
-- P Jean Tome (1989-09-05)September 5, 1989 Mie Nishi
32 P Thyago Vieira (1993-01-07)January 7, 1993 Everett AquaSox
15 P Carlos Yoshimura (1984-02-22)February 22, 1984 Yamaha
26 C Bruno Hirata (1988-03-17)March 17, 1988 Toshiba
4 IF Felipe Burin (1992-02-10)February 10, 1992 Pulaski Mariners
33 IF Alan Fanhoni (1991-12-23)December 23, 1991 NTT East
37 IF Iago Januario (1993-01-20)January 20, 1993 VSL Rays
34 IF Daniel Matsumoto (1980-12-18)December 18, 1980 Tokyo Yakult Swallows
17 IF Pedro Okuda (1990-04-20)April 20, 1990 VSL Mariners
20 IF Leonardo Reginatto (1990-04-10)April 10, 1990 Bowling Green Hot Rods
1 IF Lucas Rojo (1994-04-05)April 5, 1994 VSL Phillies
36 IF Reinaldo Sato (1980-10-25)October 25, 1980 Yamaha
6 IF Marcio Tanaka (1980-06-09)June 9, 1980 JR Kyushu
30 OF Tiago Magalhaes (1981-05-18)May 18, 1981 Yamaha
9 OF Mike Magario (1991-11-18)November 18, 1991 Tokyo Yakult Swallows (minor league)
29 OF JC Muniz (1976-06-28)June 28, 1976 Marília
16 OF Paulo Orlando (1985-11-01)November 1, 1985 Omaha Storm Chasers

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