France national baseball team

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France national baseball team
Country  France
Confederation Confederation of European Baseball
Manager Eric Gagne
World Cup
Appearances 3 (First in 1994)
Best result 15th
Intercontinental Cup
Appearances 3 (First in 1991)
Best result 7th

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.

History[edit]

The history of the French team began in 1929 with their first official game against Spain in Barcelona with a 10–6 victory.[1] 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.[2]

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.[3] 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.


Past results & current roster[edit]

France U22 team, runner-up of the 2006 U22 European Championship.

2014 Spring Training Roster[edit]

Name Team Position
Matthieu Brelle Sénart RHP
Dan Camou UC-Santa Barbara RHP
Leo Cespedes Toulouse RHP
Fernand Cocly Dominican Republic RHP
Marc Andre-Habeck Frank Phillips College RHP
Thomas Meley Montpellier LHP
Jonathan Mottay Sénart RHP
Owen Ozanich Rouen RHP
Alex Roy Rouen/Seattle Mariners A LHP
Yoann Vaugelade Rouen RHP
Boris Marche Rouen C
Dylan Gleeson Rouen C
Andy Paz Oakland Athletics A C
René Leveret Quebec (CAN-AM) INF
Antonio Feliz St. Marten INF
Maxime Lefevre Rouen INF
Luc Piquet Rouen INF
Félix Brown Trois-Rivières (CAN-AM) INF
Carlos Hereaud Rouen INF
Frédéric Hanvi Kochi (Japan) OF
Oscar Combes Rouen OF
Omar Williams St. Marten OF
Andy Pitcher Montpellier OF
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 Did not qualify United States 0 2 2 13
Total 0/3 - - - - 1/1 0 2 2 13

Baseball World Cup[edit]

  • 1994 : 16th
  • 2001 : 15th
  • 2003 : 15th

Intercontinental Cup[edit]

  • 1991 : 10th
  • 1993 : 10th
  • 1997 : 7th

European Baseball Championship[edit]

  • 1954 : did not qualify
  • 1955 : 5th
  • 1956 : did not qualify
  • 1957 : did not qualify
  • 1958 : 6th
  • 1960 : did not qualify
  • 1962 : 6th
  • 1964 : 5th
  • 1965 : did not qualify
  • 1967 : did not qualify
  • 1969 : 7th
 
  • 1971 : 9th
  • 1973 : 6th
  • 1975 : 6th
  • 1977 : did not qualify
  • 1979 : did not qualify
  • 1981 : did not qualify
  • 1983 : 6th
  • 1985 : did not qualify
  • 1987 : 6th
  • 1989 : 5th
 
  • 1991 : 4th
  • 1993 : 4th
  • 1995 : 5th
  • 1997 : 5th
  • 1999 : Bronze 3rd
  • 2001 : 4th
  • 2003 : 7th
  • 2005 : 6th
  • 2007 : 5th
  • 2010 : 6th
  • 2012 : 8th

2014 NATIONAL TEAM SCHEDULE

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Peter C. Bjarkman, Diamonds around the globe, Wesport (CT), Greenwood Press, 2005, p.355
  2. ^ honkbalsite.com – European Championship – 1955
  3. ^ honkbalsite.com – World Cup – 1994

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