France national baseball team
|Confederation||Confederation of European Baseball|
|Appearances||3 (First in 1994)|
|Appearances||3 (First in 1991)|
The French National Baseball team represents the French Federation of Baseball and Softball (Fédération française de baseball et softball) in international competitions, such as the World Baseball Classic, the European Baseball Championship or the World Cup of Baseball.
The history of the French team began in 1929 with their first official game against Spain in Barcelona with a 10–6 victory. The team made its debut in competition in 1955 when it played in the finals of the second European Baseball Championship, finishing fifth out of five teams.
The French team has qualified for the World Cup finals three times, the first time in 1994. In order to qualify for the finals a playoff game was played against South Africa. France lost seven games during the competition, and finished in 16th place out of 16 teams. In 2001, as well as 2003, les Bleus (the nickname of the team) made their way into the World Cup finals. During the 2001 edition the French team finished in 15th place, tied for last with the Philippines. They also finished in 15th place in 2003, out of 15 teams. After 3 trips to the World Cup and 21 games, the French team has yet to record a win.
Regarding the European Baseball Championship, France participated in 21 events, its best result being 3rd in 1999. France finished 8th in their last appearance in 2012. In the 2012 World Baseball Classic Qualifier, France lost both its games to Spain and South Africa.
In September 2013, France named former MLB pitcher Eric Gagne new head coach. Since then the team played a series of trial games in Florida in October 2013 and in Phoenix, Arizona in March 2014 in preparation for the 2014 European Championships.
2014 European Championships Roster
|Dan Camou||UC-Santa Barbara||RHP|
|Andy Paz||Oakland Athletics A||C|
|René Leveret||Quebec (CAN-AM)||INF|
|Félix Brown||Trois-Rivières (CAN-AM)||INF|
|Omar Williams||DOOR Neptunus (Holland)||INF|
|World Baseball Classic record||Qualification record|
|2006||Did not enter||No qualifiers held|
|2009||Did not enter||No qualifiers held|
|2013||Did not qualify||United States||0||2||2||13|
Baseball World Cup
- 1994 : 16th
- 2001 : 15th
- 2003 : 15th
- 1991 : 10th
- 1993 : 10th
- 1997 : 7th
European Baseball Championship
2014 NATIONAL TEAM SCHEDULE
FRANCE INTERNATIONAL BASEBALL TOURNAMENT
4 September (Paris, France) FRANCE vs. JAPAN
6 September (Paris, France) FRANCE vs. BELGIUM
7 September (Paris, France) FRANCE vs. JAPAN
8 September (Paris, France) FRANCE vs. NETHERLANDS
12 September (Regensburg, Germany) FRANCE vs. GERMANY
13 September (Regensburg, Germany) FRANCE vs. GREAT BRITAIN
14 September (Regensburg, Germany) FRANCE vs. ITALY
15 September (Regensburg, Germany) FRANCE vs. SWEDEN
16 September (Regensburg, Germany) FRANCE vs. BELGIUM