Pan American Baseball Confederation

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The Pan American Baseball Confederation (COPABE, Spanish: Confederación Panamericana de Béisbol, Portuguese: Confederação Pan-Americana de Beisebol) is the governing body of baseball within the Americas.

History[edit]

Talks of the need of a baseball confederation in the Americas sparked with the founding of the Confederation of European Baseball back in the 1950s, although it was not until 1984, during the World Cup played in Cuba, that 12 countries of the Americas finally voted in favor of a formation of a confederation.

The first ever Confederación Panamericana de Béisbol (COPABE) executive meeting was held on March 1985, and 11 countries participated in its first ever Congress on March 15. The Congress saw the election of Oswaldo Matias Flores (Cuba) as the first president of the organization.

On October 5, 1987, the first Pan American Championship was played (Cuba won the tournament). The day after the final game of the tournament was held, the Congress elected Edwin Zerpa Pizzorno (Venezuela) as the next president of the organization.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s COPABE concentrated on developing tournaments at the youth level all over the Americas.

Members[edit]

Rankings[edit]

Since the rankings were first released by the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) until 2014, Cuba had maintained its position as the top national baseball team in the world, and by extension the top-ranked team in the Pan American Baseball Confederation. With the teams of United States, Cuba, Canada, Mexico, and Venezuela, COPABE is the most represented confederation in the world top ten.

Men's Rankings as of 19 September 2017[1]
COPABE
Rank
WBSC
Rank
Team Points
1 2  United States 5414
2 5  Cuba 3637
3 6  Mexico 2957
4 9  Venezuela 2286
5 10  Canada 2142
6 11  Puerto Rico 1777
7 13  Nicaragua 1587
8 15  Panama 1283
9 16  Dominican Republic 1209
10 17  Colombia 893
11 18  Brazil 875
12 21  Argentina 524
13 39  Guatemala 130
14 40  Peru 101
15 58  Chile 28
16 61  Bolivia 20
17 64  Ecuador 13
18 65  Honduras 12
19 67  Curaçao 6
20 72  Aruba NR
20 72  Bahamas NR
20 72  Costa Rica NR
20 72  El Salvador NR
20 72  Guyana NR
20 72  Haiti NR
20 72  U.S. Virgin Islands NR
20 72  British Virgin Islands NR
20 72  Jamaica NR
20 72  Trinidad and Tobago NR

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WBSC Rankings | WBSC". www.wbsc.org. 19 September 2017. Retrieved 24 October 2017. 

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