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Taiwan comes fifth in first World Baseball Ranking

Taiwan comes fifth in first World Baseball Ranking

Taiwan ranked No.5 in the inaugural World Baseball Ranking, released by the International Baseball Federation yesterday, with Cuba sitting comfortably at the top overall position.
Asia led all continents with three teams in the top five, leading with Korea who surged to 2nd place after beating Cuba for the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The United States of America is in 3rd place, while Japan and Taiwan came in at 4th and 5th places, respectively.
Canada came in at No. 7. The Netherlands sixth and Mexico eighth, while Panama and Australia rounded out the top 10.
"The IBAF is long overdue for a world rankings system," IBAF president Harvey Schiller said. "The level of competition worldwide grows stronger every year, and we need to begin to recognize the federations that are fielding teams and performing well, whether it is in an intercontinental tournament or a World Cup."
The ranking system assigns points based on finishes in sanctioned events over the last four years, or in a period that includes two IBAF Baseball World Cups.
The rankings were developed with Scott Goode, a sports information director at Harding University in Arkansas.
Events are weighted for importance with the Olympics, World Cup and World Baseball Classic getting more credit than junior and continental tournaments.
The rankings are for promoting the federation's teams and will not necessarily be used for tournament seedings or organizing events.
Founded in 1938, IBAF is the worldwide governing body for baseball. It sanctions play between teams sponsored by the national baseball federations of member countries through competition tournaments including the Baseball World Cup, the World Baseball Classic (in conjunction with Major League Baseball), the Intercontinental Cup, and the Olympic baseball tournament (in conjunction with the International Olympic Committee). Its headquarters are in Lausanne, Switzerland.
For the whole ranking list please log on the IBAF website: www.ibaf.org/ibaf/world_rankings.


Updated : 2021-05-07 19:41 GMT+08:00