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Nov '14 19

Men’s Baseball World Rankings updated / Premier 12 almost set



Following the last international tournament of the year, the men’s baseball world rankings were updated earlier this week. Thanks to a second-place finish at the 21U Baseball World Cup in Taichung, Japan passed the United States for first place in the standings. The Czech Republic (5th in Taichung) made a big leap, moving up seven spots into the top 20. They are the fifth best team from Europe on the list behind the Netherlands (5th), Italy (11th), Spain (16th) and Germany (17th).

With the last international tournament in the books the lineup for the inaugural Premier 12 event in 2015 has been unofficially set. Japan, USA, Cuba, Chinese Taipei, Netherlands, Canada, Dominican Republic, Korea, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Italy and Panama are the top 12 nations in the ranking. Mexico and Australia barely missed out on passing Panama in the 12th spot. But not all is lost for Mexico, as they square off against Panama on Wednesday.

According to the current men’s baseball world ranking page at www.ibaf.org the formula for the rankings will be updated with the beginning of 2015, which could lead to a different outlook.

Men’s Baseball World Ranking Top 30:

Rank Nation  Points
2013 Trending
1  Japan 785.18 2 1
2  USA 766.02 1 1
3  Cuba 612.98 3
4  Chinese Taipei 605.48 4
5  Netherlands 433.50 6 1
6  Canada 353.52 7 1
7  Dominican Republic 349.18 5 2
8  Korea 340.90 8
9  Puerto Rico 276.50 9
10  Venezuela 261.00 10
11  Italy 196.18 11
12  Panama 128.42 13 1
13  Australia 127.82 14 1
14  Mexico 125.28 12 2
15  Brazil 116.61 15
16  Spain 105.52 17 1
17  Germany 78.90 19 2
18  Nicaragua 70.77 18
19  Colombia 69.00 16 3
20  Czech Republic 68.93 27 7
21  China 68.25 20 1
22  Israel 55.47 26 4
23  Philippines 52.40 23
24  Pakistan 51.00 21 3
25  Great Britain 50.56 24 1
26  New Zealand 50.00 28 2
27  France 46.75 32 5
28  Argentina 42.91 22 6
29  South Africa 33.00 31 2
30  Thailand 30.50 25 5



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