at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Pictogram used to identify baseball at the 2008 Games
Venue Wukesong Baseball Field Dates August 13–23 Teams 8 Medalists Baseball at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing was held from August 13 to August 23. All games were played at Wukesong Baseball Field, a temporary venue constructed at the Beijing Wukesong Culture & Sports Center. For the third time in Olympic competition, professional baseball players were eligible to participate, though no active players from Major League Baseball were available.
This is the most recently contested baseball tournament in Olympic history, as the
International Olympic Committee voted to remove baseball from the program in the 2012 Olympics. Along with  softball, baseball was rejected for inclusion in the 2016 Summer Olympics at the IOC's meeting in October 2009. However, following a 2016 IOC vote, baseball will  again be conducted for the 2020 Games.
This was also the first time that the IBAF's new extra-innings rule was officially in effect, allowing each team to start with two base runners from the 11th inning on.
 South Korea won the gold medal in a 3–2 final victory against Cuba.
Medalists [ edit ]
Competition format [ edit ]
Eight teams are competing in the Olympic baseball tournament, and the competition consists of two rounds. The preliminary round follows a
round robin format, where each of the teams plays all the other teams once. Following this, the top four teams advance to a single elimination round culminating in the bronze and gold medal games.
Qualification [ edit ]
^1 Chinese Taipei is the official IOC designation for the state officially referred to as the Republic of China (ROC), commonly known as Taiwan.
Team squad [ edit ]
Canada 1st place of Final Qualifying Tournament
China Automatic as host nation of the Olympics
Chinese Taipei 3rd place of Final Qualifying Tournament
Cuba 2nd place of American Qualifying Tournament
Japan 1st place of Asian Baseball Championship
South Korea 2nd place of Final Qualifying Tournament
Netherlands 1st place of European Championship
United States 1st place of American Qualifying Tournament
Group stage [ edit ]
All times are
China Standard Time ( UTC+8)
August 13 [ edit ]
August 14 [ edit ]
August 15 [ edit ]
August 16 [ edit ]
August 17 [ edit ]
August 18 [ edit ]
August 19 [ edit ]
August 20 [ edit ]
Knockout stage [ edit ]
Semifinals [ edit ]
Bronze medal match [ edit ]
Gold medal match [ edit ]
Final standings [ edit ]
References [ edit ]