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 5 continents)
Defending champions South Korea (2015)
Final positions
Champions
Gold medal world centered.svg
 Japan (1st title)
Runner-up
Silver medal world centered.svg
 South Korea
Third place
Bronze medal world centered.svg
 Mexico
Fourth place United States
Tournament statistics
Games played32
Attendance312,565 (9,768 per game)
Most Valuable PlayerJapan Seiya Suzuki
2015
2023

The 2019 WBSC Premier12 was an international baseball championship featuring the 12 highest-ranked national teams in the world, held by the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC). It was the second WBSC Premier12 event. The championship was held from November 2 to 17, 2019, in Mexico, South Korea, Taiwan, and Japan.[1]

The tournament served as a qualifier for baseball at the 2020 Summer Olympics. Two quota spots were allocated, with Team Mexico as the top finisher from the Americas earning one spot, and Team South Korea as the top-finishing team from the Asia/Oceania region (excluding Team Japan, which already qualified as host) earning the other.[2][3]

Japan defeated South Korea in the championship game, and the bronze medal game was won by Mexico over Team USA.

Teams[edit]

Top 12 Rankings as of December 17, 2018[4]
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 qualified to participate in the 2019 WBSC Premier 12, based on the then-most-recent WBSC World Rankings, which were as of December 17, 2018.[5]

Format[edit]

Opening Round[edit]

The tournament began with three groups of four teams each playing in the 12-team Opening Round. Each team played three games, in a round robin format against the other three teams in its group.[6]

Super Round[edit]

The top two teams from each group then advanced to the six-team Super Round, which was hosted at ZOZO Marine Stadium and the Tokyo Dome in Japan.

In the Super Round, the top two teams that advanced from each of the three groups competed in a round robin format against the top two teams that advanced from the other two groups, for a total of four games played per team.[6]

Finals[edit]

Following the conclusion of the Super Round, four teams advanced to the Finals. The four teams were selected based on a combination of the results of the Opening Round game contested between the two teams in the same group that qualified for the Super Round (1 game), plus the teams' results in the Super Round (4 games).

The 3rd- and 4th-place teams competed in a Bronze Medal Game, while the 1st- and 2nd-place teams faced each other in the Championship Final at the Tokyo Dome.[7]

Venues[edit]

Six stadiums were 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, 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
 Mexico 3 0 1.000 24 5
 United States 2 1 .667 1 21 16
 Dominican Republic 1 2 .333 2 23 24
 Netherlands 0 3 .000 3 6 33
Date Local Time Road Team Score Home Team Inn. Venue Game Time Attendance Boxscore
November 2 12:00 Netherlands  0–9  United States   Estadio Charros de Jalisco 2:17 3,015 [2]
November 2 19:00 Dominican Republic  1–6  Mexico 6 Estadio Charros de Jalisco 2:00 8,000 [3]
November 3 12:00 Dominican Republic  14–4  Netherlands 7 Estadio Charros de Jalisco 2:59 5,132 [4]
November 3 19:00 Mexico  8–2  United States   Estadio Charros de Jalisco 3:03 10,123 [5]
November 4 19:00 United States  10–8  Dominican Republic   Estadio Charros de Jalisco 3:20 3,102 [6]
November 5 19:00 Netherlands  2-10  Mexico   Estadio Charros de Jalisco 3:17 6,895 [7]

Group B[edit]

Teams W L Pct. GB R RA
 Japan 3 0 1.000 20 5
 Chinese Taipei 2 1 .667 1 10 9
 Venezuela 1 2 .333 2 11 12
 Puerto Rico 0 3 .000 3 2 17
Date Local Time Road Team Score Home Team Inn. Venue Game Time Attendance Boxscore
November 5 18:00 Venezuela  4–8  Japan   Taoyuan International Stadium 3:39 3,868 [8]
November 5 18:30 Puerto Rico  1–6  Chinese Taipei   Taichung Intercontinental Stadium 2:58 11,852 [9]
November 6 18:00 Puerto Rico  0–4  Japan   Taoyuan International Stadium 2:35 4,209 [10]
November 6 18:30 Chinese Taipei  3–0  Venezuela   Taichung Intercontinental Stadium 3:56 10,983 [11]
November 7 12:00 Venezuela  7–1  Puerto Rico   Taichung Intercontinental Stadium 2:48 618 [12]
November 7 18:30 Japan  8–1  Chinese Taipei   Taichung Intercontinental Stadium 3:37 20,465 [13]

Group C[edit]

Teams W L Pct. GB R RA HTH TQB
 South Korea 3 0 1.000 15 1
 Australia 1 2 .333 2 5 9 1–1 00.067
 Canada 1 2 .333 2 5 6 1–1 00.046
 Cuba 1 2 .333 2 3 12 1–1 −0.105
Date Local Time Road Team Score Home Team Inn. Venue Game Time Attendance Boxscore
November 6 12:00 Canada  3–0  Cuba   Gocheok Sky Dome 3:16 250 [14]
November 6 19:00 Australia  0–5  South Korea   Gocheok Sky Dome 2:50 5,899 [15]
November 7 12:00 Australia  2–3  Cuba 10 Gocheok Sky Dome 3:15 252 [16]
November 7 19:00 South Korea  3–1  Canada   Gocheok Sky Dome 3:15 6,000 [17]
November 8 12:00 Canada  1–3  Australia   Gocheok Sky Dome 2:50 200 [18]
November 8 19:00 Cuba  0–7  South Korea   Gocheok Sky Dome 3:05 13,600 [19]

Super Round[edit]

Key
Nations that qualified for the Gold Medal game
Nations that qualified for the Bronze Medal game
Rank Teams W L Pct. GB R RA
1  Japan 4 1 .800 27 16
2  South Korea 3 2 .600 1 25 21
3  Mexico 3 2 .600 1 17 12
4  United States 2 3 .400 2 11 20
5  Chinese Taipei 2 3 .400 2 15 14
6  Australia 1 4 .200 3 5 17
Date Local Time Road Team Score Home Team Inn. Venue Game Time Attendance Boxscore
November 11 12:00 Chinese Taipei  0–2  Mexico   Zozo Marine Stadium 2:49 2,803 [20]
November 11 19:00 Australia  2–3  Japan   Zozo Marine Stadium 2:39 17,819 [21]
November 11 19:00 United States  1–5  South Korea   Tokyo Dome 3:21 3,012 [22]
November 12 12:00 Australia  0–3  Mexico   Tokyo Dome 2:36 2,089 [23]
November 12 19:00 Chinese Taipei  7–0  South Korea   Zozo Marine Stadium 3:32 4,056 [24]
November 12 19:00 United States  4–3  Japan   Tokyo Dome 3:27 27,827 [25]
November 13 12:00 Australia  2–1  United States   Tokyo Dome 2:45 2,149 [26]
November 13 19:00 Mexico  1–3  Japan   Tokyo Dome 3:01 31,776 [27]
November 15 12:00 Chinese Taipei  2–3  United States   Tokyo Dome 2:37 4,967 [28]
November 15 19:00 Mexico  3–7  South Korea   Tokyo Dome 3:34 5,121 [29]
November 16 12:00 Australia  1–5  Chinese Taipei   Tokyo Dome 2:57 7,299 [30]
November 16 19:00 South Korea  8–10  Japan   Tokyo Dome 3:40 44,224 [31]

Finals[edit]

Bronze medal game[edit]

Date Local Time Road Team Score Home Team Inn. Venue Game Time Attendance Boxscore
November 17 12:00 United States  2–3  Mexico 10 Tokyo Dome 3:15 N/A [32]

Championship final[edit]

Date Local Time Road Team Score Home Team Inn. Venue Game Time Attendance Boxscore
November 17 19:00 South Korea  3–5  Japan   Tokyo Dome 3:00 44,960 [33]

Final standings[edit]

Awards[edit]

Following the conclusion of the tournament, the WBSC announced the Premier12 All-World Team. WBSC also announced the individual awards winners.[8]

Prize money[edit]

The WBSC gave $5.2 million in prize money to participants, distributed as follows, with a minimum of half of a team's prize money to be distributed equally among its players:[9][10]

  • Winner: US$1,500,000 (Japan)
  • 2nd Place: US$750,000 (South Korea)
  • 3rd Place: US$500,000 (Mexico)
  • 4th Place: US$350,000 (United States)
  • 5th Place: US$300,000 (Chinese Taipei)
  • 6th Place: US$250,000 (Australia)
  • 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

Controversies[edit]

The super-round game between South Korea and the United States played on November 11, which South Korea won 5–1, became a topic of debate due to an alleged misjudgment by an umpire, Tetsuya Shibata, against South Korea in the third inning. Baserunner Kim Ha-seong slid back to home plate before catcher Eric Kratz in the eyes of some was able to tag him out, but Tetsuya ruled it as an out instead. Team Korea's coach, Kim Kyung-moon immediately requested a VAR check, but was refused.[11] Slowed-down television footage was available online, and some criticized the call claiming it was wrong and that South Korea lost a run due to the call. The Korea Baseball Organization held a meeting after the match with the tournament's technical directors and filed an appeal,[12] additionally stating that Kratz physically obstructed Kim's path to home plate in violation of WBSC playing regulations. WBSC responded by saying that they respected Team Korea's perspective and would seek to make improvements in the future.[13] The Japanese media initially kept this incident quiet on the news, and many ridiculed the controversy in Japan.[14]

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. ^ "(Premier12) S. Korea beats Mexico to qualify for 2020 Olympic baseball tournament | Yonhap News Agency". En.yna.co.kr. Retrieved November 16, 2019.
  4. ^ "World Rankings WBSC". World Baseball Softball Confederation. Archived from the original on November 30, 2015. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  5. ^ "World's Top 12 nations qualified for WBSC Premier12 2019 major international baseball event". WBSC.org. December 19, 2018. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  6. ^ a b "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. ^ "WBSC announces Premier12 MVP, All World Team". WBSC. November 18, 2019. Retrieved November 18, 2019.
  9. ^ "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.
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  11. ^ "[프리미어12] '홈 막히고, 태그도 없는데' 日 심판 오심에 날아간 한국 득점". MSN. 엑스포츠뉴스. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  12. ^ "[프리미어12] 심판 배정 공정성 논란에 WBSC "내부 논의 통해 개선할 것"". MSN. 엑스포츠뉴스. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  13. ^ "[프리미어12] '태그 오심 논란' WBSC "한국 의견 존중, 개선하겠다"". chosun.com. Sun Soo-min. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  14. ^ "[프리미어12]"한국, 심판 판정에 불만" 일본 언론은 '오심'이라 쓰지 않았다". chosun.com. Na Yu-ri. Retrieved November 12, 2019.

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