Pan American Baseball Confederation

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The Pan American Baseball Confederation (COPABE, Spanish: Confederación Panamericana de Béisbol) 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.

Rankings as of 27 March 2017[1]
COPABE
Rank
WBSC
Rank
Team Points
1 2  United States 5378
2 5  Cuba 3737
3 6  Mexico 2961
4 7  Venezuela 2804
5 10  Canada 2020
6 11  Puerto Rico 1759
7 14  Panama 1318
8 15  Nicaragua 1267
9 16  Dominican Republic 1169
10 17  Colombia 1003
11 18  Brazil 900
12 21  Argentina 516
13 37  Guatemala 130
14 42  Peru 101
15 58  Chile 28
16 61  Bolivia 20
17 64  Ecuador 13
18 65  Honduras 8
19 66  Curaçao 7
20 72  Aruba 0
20 72  Bahamas 0
20 72  Costa Rica 0
20 72  El Salvador 0
20 72  Guyana 0
20 72  Haiti 0
20 72  U.S. Virgin Islands 0
20 72  British Virgin Islands 0
20 72  Jamaica 0
20 72  Trinidad and Tobago 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WBSC Rankings" (web). World Baseball Softball Confederation. 

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