2019 WBSC Premier12

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2019 WBSC Premier12
Tournament details
Host countries Japan
 Mexico
 Taiwan
 South Korea
Dates November 2–17
Teams12 (from 4 continents)
Defending champions South Korea (2015)
2015
2023

The 2019 WBSC Premier12 is an international baseball championship sponsored by the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), and the second WBSC Premier12 event. It will be held from November 2 to 17, 2019, in Japan, Mexico, Taiwan, and South Korea.[1] Coinciding with the return of baseball to the 2020 Summer Olympics, it will be the first time that the tournament serves as a qualifier for the Olympic Games. Two quota spots will be allocated, with the top finisher from the Americas territory earning one spot, and the best team from the Asia/Oceania region (excluding Japan which already qualified as host) earning the other.[2]

Teams[edit]

Top 12 Rankings as of December 17, 2018[3]
Rank Team Points Confederation
1  Japan 5796 BFA
2  United States 5565 COPABE
3  South Korea 4987 BFA
4  Chinese Taipei 3569 BFA
5  Cuba 3516 COPABE
6  Mexico 3393 COPABE
7  Australia 2440 BCO
8  Netherlands 2421 CEB
9  Venezuela 2348 COPABE
10  Canada 2186 COPABE
11  Puerto Rico 2105 COPABE
12  Dominican Republic 1920 COPABE

The 12 highest-ranked national teams (as of the 2018 end-of-the-year world rankings) qualified to participate in the 2019 WBSC Premier 12, based on the most recent WBSC World Rankings, which were updated on December 17, 2018.[4]

Format[edit]

The top 12 teams in the WBSC World Rankings qualified to participate in the tournament, which will feature three groups of four teams playing in the Opening Round. Each team will play three games in a round robin format.[5] The top two teams from each group will then advance to the six-team Super Round, which will be hosted at ZOZO Marine Stadium and the Tokyo Dome in Japan.

In the Super Round, the top two teams that advance from their group will compete in a round robin format against the top two teams from the other groups, for a total of four games played per team (for example, each team that advances from Group A will play against the top two teams from Groups B and C, respectively).[6] Following the conclusion of the Super Round, four teams will advance to the Finals, based on the results of the Opening Round game contested between the two teams in the same group who qualified for the Super Round (1 game), as well as the results of the Super Round (4 games). The 3rd and 4th place teams will compete in the Bronze Medal game, while the 1st and 2nd place teams will square off in the Championship Final at the Tokyo Dome.[7]

Venues[edit]

Six stadiums will be used during the tournament:

Group A Group B Group B
Mexico Zapopan, Mexico Taiwan Taichung, Taiwan Taiwan Taoyuan, Taiwan
Estadio de Béisbol Charros de Jalisco Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium
Capacity: 16,000 Capacity: 20,000 Capacity: 20,000
Estadio Telmex de Atletismo.JPG 台中洲際棒球場.JPG 桃園國際棒球場.JPG
Group C Super Round Super Round and Finals
South Korea Seoul, South Korea Japan Chiba City, Japan Japan Tokyo, Japan
Gocheok Sky Dome ZOZO Marine Stadium Tokyo Dome
Capacity: 16,813 Capacity: 30,000 Capacity: 46,000
Gocheok Sky Dome interior.jpg Chiba Marine Stadium Complete View.jpg Tokyo Dome side view.jpg

Opening Round[edit]

Group A[edit]

Teams W L Pct. GB R RA HTH
 Mexico 0 0 .000 0 0
 United States 0 0 .000 0 0
 Netherlands 0 0 .000 0 0
 Dominican Republic 0 0 .000 0 0
Date Local Time Road Team Score Home Team Inn. Venue Game Time Attendance Boxscore
November 2 12:00 Netherlands     United States   Estadio Charros de Jalisco      
November 2 19:00 Dominican Republic     Mexico   Estadio Charros de Jalisco      
November 3 12:00 Dominican Republic     Netherlands   Estadio Charros de Jalisco      
November 3 19:00 Mexico     United States   Estadio Charros de Jalisco      
November 4 19:00 United States     Dominican Republic   Estadio Charros de Jalisco      
November 5 19:00 Netherlands     Mexico   Estadio Charros de Jalisco      

Group B[edit]

Teams W L Pct. GB R RA HTH
 Chinese Taipei 0 0 .000 0 0
 Japan 0 0 .000 0 0
 Venezuela 0 0 .000 0 0
 Puerto Rico 0 0 .000 0 0
Date Local Time Road Team Score Home Team Inn. Venue Game Time Attendance Boxscore
November 5 18:00 Venezuela     Japan   Taoyuan International Stadium      
November 5 18:30 Puerto Rico     Chinese Taipei   Taichung Intercontinental Stadium      
November 6 18:00 Puerto Rico     Japan   Taoyuan International Stadium      
November 6 18:30 Chinese Taipei     Venezuela   Taichung Intercontinental Stadium      
November 7 12:00 Venezuela     Puerto Rico   Taichung Intercontinental Stadium      
November 7 18:30 Japan     Chinese Taipei   Taichung Intercontinental Stadium      

Group C[edit]

Teams W L Pct. GB R RA HTH
 South Korea 0 0 .000 0 0
 Cuba 0 0 .000 0 0
 Australia 0 0 .000 0 0
 Canada 0 0 .000 0 0
Date Local Time Road Team Score Home Team Inn. Venue Game Time Attendance Boxscore
November 6 12:00 Canada     Cuba   Gocheok Sky Dome      
November 6 19:00 Australia     South Korea   Gocheok Sky Dome      
November 7 12:00 Australia     Cuba   Gocheok Sky Dome      
November 7 19:00 South Korea     Canada   Gocheok Sky Dome      
November 8 12:00 Canada     Australia   Gocheok Sky Dome      
November 8 19:00 Cuba     South Korea   Gocheok Sky Dome      

Prize money[edit]

The WBSC announced that it would be giving away $5.2 million in prize money to participants, distributed as follows:[8]

  • Winner: US$1,500,000
  • 2nd Place: US$750,000
  • 3rd Place: US$500,000
  • 4th Place: US$350,000
  • 5th Place: US$300,000
  • 6th Place: US$250,000
  • 7–12th Place: US$180,000 each
  • Each win in Opening Round: US$10,000
  • Each win in Super Round: US$20,000
  • 1st Place in Opening Round: US$20,000

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Groups, locations revealed for WBSC Premier12 2019 major international baseball event". WBSC.org. February 13, 2019. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  2. ^ "Two teams from WBSC Premier12 2019 to qualify for 2020 Tokyo Olympic Baseball". WBSC.org. December 19, 2018. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  3. ^ "World Rankings WBSC". World Baseball Softball Confederation. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  4. ^ "World's Top 12 nations qualified for WBSC Premier12 2019 major international baseball event". WBSC.org. December 19, 2018. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  5. ^ "WBSC Premier12 Tournament Regulations" (PDF). WBSC.org. July 15, 2019. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  6. ^ "WBSC Premier12 Tournament Regulations" (PDF). WBSC.org. July 15, 2019. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  7. ^ "WBSC Premier12 2019 to be played 2-17 November with Finals at Tokyo Dome". WBSC.org. December 19, 2018. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  8. ^ "Over $5 million in prize money to be awarded for 2019 WBSC Premier12, 40% increase from first edition in 2015". WBSC.org. August 26, 2019. Retrieved August 30, 2019.