Pan American Baseball Confederation

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The Pan American Baseball Confederation (Confederación Panamericana de Béisbol or COPABE), 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 Confederaciòn 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. [needs update]

Rankings as of 26 November 2014[1]
COPABE
Rank
IBAF
Rank
Team Points
1 2  United States 5453
2 5  Cuba 3813
3 6  Canada 2659
4 7  Venezuela 2642
5 8  Mexico 2637
6 11  Puerto Rico 1759
7 12  Dominican Republic 1559
8 15  Panama 1096
9 16  Brazil 1002
10 17  Colombia 905
11 18  Nicaragua 881
12 27  Argentina 257
13 37  Guatemala 130
14 48  Peru 72
15 54  Ecuador 36
16 63  Bolivia 13
17 64  Chile 10
18 65  Curaçao 7
19 70  Honduras 3
20 72  Aruba 0
20 72  Bahamas 0
20 72  British Virgin Islands 0
20 72  Costa Rica 0
20 72  El Salvador 0
20 72  Guyana 0
20 72  Haiti 0
20 72  Jamaica 0
20 72  Trinidad and Tobago 0
20 72  U.S. Virgin Islands 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IBAF World Rankings" (web). World Ranking - IBAF.com (English Site). 

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