Croatia national baseball team

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Croatia national baseball team
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Country  Croatia
Federation Croatian Baseball Association
Confederation Confederation of European Baseball
Manager Kristina Uroic

The Croatia national baseball team is the national baseball team of Croatia. As of the beginning of 2013 in the IBAF World Rankings, they were the 7th best team in Europe and the 31st men's baseball team overall.[1] The team is controlled by the Croatian Baseball Association, which is represented in the Confederation of European Baseball.[2] Croatia hosted one of the four pools during the first stage of play in the 2009 Baseball World Cup. The Official IBAF 2014 End-of-the-Year World Rankings put Croatia 43rd in the world.[3] Croatia joined the Confederation of European Baseball in 1992.

In 2015, Croatia won the B-Level European Championship in Karlovac. They were undefeated in their pool, winning all 5 games.[4] In the championship game, Croatia defeated Slovakia 6-4 to win the Qualifier for the 2016 European Baseball Championship. Croatia finished in 12th place in the 2014 Euros and were relegated to the B-Level.[5]

Osvaldo Vavra is the current President of the Croatian Baseball Association. Božidar Rožman is the Vice President, and Zdenko Ostović is the Secretary General. Kristina Uroić is the Executive Director of the CBA, which is headquartered in the capital city, Zagreb.[6]

Current roster[edit]

The following was the Croatian roster that participated in the European Championship Qualifier held in Karlovac, Croatia.[7]

Player No. Pos. DOB
Darko Kvaternik 1 P 21/05/1996
Zvonimir Ivancan 2 IF 16/09/1987
Franco Kovacic 3 P-OF 04/10/1996
Andrija Tomic 4 C-OF 12/02/1996
Matija Sertic 5 OF 16/12/1995
Slobodan Gales 6 P-OF 09/05/1988
Vidrac Fran Stancic 7 P 20/10/1996
Pavao Karin 8 IF 07/08/1990
Ross Vukovich 9 IF 14/07/1989
Matko Dabo 10 P 01/01/1990
Antonio Horvatic 11 P-IF 10/04/1997
Nikola Sertic 12 OF 07/09/1991
Robert Krevar 13 IF 04/01/1995
Filip Furjan 14 P 06/05/1993
Philip Smith 15 C 26/01/1990
Mario Manojlov 16 IF-OF 02/12/1984
Kruno Gojkovic 17 IF 20/11/1995
Christian Sket 18 C-OF 25/02/1993
James Summers 19 P 13/09/1973
Ernesto Pereira 20 P-IF 06/05/1982
Hrvoje Jerbic 21 OF 22/11/1995

The manager of the team is James Summers, and the three assistant coaches are Branko Nenadic, Ross Vukovich and Kristijan Brezak.

Tournament results[edit]

Baseball World Cup

European Baseball Championship