U-23 Baseball World Cup
|Most recent season or competition:|
2016 U-23 Baseball World Cup
|Formerly||21U Baseball World Cup (2014)|
|No. of teams||12|
|Most titles||Chinese Taipei, Japan and Mexico|
The inaugural tournament was held in November 2014, in Taichung, Taiwan, as the 21U Baseball World Cup, with each team made of 21-year-old and younger players but allowed for six players to be 23-year-old and younger. Starting with the 2016 edition—in Monterrey, Mexico—the tournament has been expanded to permit nations to select players up to 23 years old for their entire rosters. Players must also possess valid passports of the nations they are representing, in line with Olympic standards. The U-23 Baseball World Cup is the third-most-important international baseball tournament in terms of distribution of world ranking points, following the Premier12 and the World Baseball Classic.
The rosters of national teams that participated in the tournament included professional players from clubs affiliated to the Australian Baseball League, Chinese Professional Baseball League, Korean Baseball Organization, Major League Baseball, Mexican Baseball League, Nicaraguan Professional Baseball League, and Nippon Professional Baseball.
|21U Baseball World Cup|
|November 7 – 16||
|Chinese Taipei||Japan||South Korea|
|U-23 Baseball World Cup|
|October 28 – November 6||
|October 19 – 28||
- "Chinese Taipei defeat new world No. 1 Japan to capture 21U Baseball World Cup crown". WBSC. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
- "WBSC announces dates, venues for new U-23 Baseball World Cup 2016 Monterrey, MEX". WBSC. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
- "WBSC unveils nations, Logo for inaugural U-23 Baseball World Cup 2016 in Monterrey, Mexico". WBSC. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
- 2018 U-23 Baseball World Cup
- U-23 Baseball World Cup Official Website
- IBAF introduces new Format of International Tournaments. IBAF official website
- Hosting rights of 2016 Baseball World Cups awarded to Japan, Mexico, South Korea. IBAF official website