Dominican Republic national baseball team
|Federation||Federación Dominicana de Béisbol|
|IBAF World Rank||6th|
|World Baseball Classic|
|Appearances||3 (First in 2006)|
|Best result||1st (2013)|
The Dominican Republic national baseball team is the national baseball team of the Dominican Republic.
World Baseball Classic
| Dominican Republic
World Baseball Classic
|Puerto Rico / United States 2006||4th|
|Puerto Rico 2009||9th|
|Puerto Rico / United States 2013||1st|
|World Baseball Classic record||Qualification record|
|2006||Puerto Rico/United States||Semifinal||4th||5||2||36||26||No qualifiers held|
|2009||Puerto Rico||Round 1||9th||1||2||12||5||No qualifiers held|
|2013||Puerto Rico/United States||Final||1st||8||0||37||14||Automatically qualified|
The Dominican Republic was invited to play at the inaugural World Baseball Classic in 2006. Placed in Pool D for the opening round, the Dominican Republic swept through the group, defeating Venezuela, Italy, and Australia at Cracker Jack Stadium in Lake Buena Vista, United States. After falling to Puerto Rico in the first game of the 2nd round in Puerto Rico, the Dominicans recovered to qualify for the semifinals by virtue of winning their last two games. They would fall in the semifinals, however, to Cuba.
The Dominicans were placed in Pool D of the 2009 World Baseball Classic, playing their opening round games at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Considered one of the pre-tournament favorites with multiple Major League Baseball All-Stars, they were upset in their opening game of the modified double-elimination pool by the Netherlands. After eliminating Panama, they faced the Dutch again for the right to advance but were stunned in 11 innings and eliminated from the competition.
Drawn into Pool C with Puerto Rico, Spain, and Venezuela at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico once again, the Dominicans opened the round-robin round 1 with a decisive 9–3 victory over 2009 semifinalists Venezuela. A victory over Spain and a Puerto Rico win over Venezuela ensured advancement to the second round; the Dominicans clinched the top seed by defeating the hosts. In the second round, the Dominicans rallied past upstart Italy despite an early 4–0 deficit at Marlins Park in Miami, United States. Two ninth-inning runs pushed the Dominicans past the host Americans and into the semifinals. Another victory over Puerto Rico ensured the Dominicans of the top seed and a chance to avoid two-time defending champions Japan national baseball team. Instead, they would face the surprising semifinalists Netherlands. After an early 1–0 deficit, four 5th-inning runs pushed the Dominican Republic into the final, where a 3–0 victory gave them their first-ever World Baseball Classic title. New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano was named MVP of the tournament.
The Dominican Republic team participated in the 1992 Games, the first medal competition for the sport, and finished 6th. The team failed to qualify for another competition before baseball was eliminated from the Olympics after the 2008 Games.
|Summer Olympics record||Qualification|
|1984||United States||Preliminary||8th [lower-alpha 1]||0||3||8||35||Invited as a replacement for Cuba|
|1996||United States||Did not qualify|
|2000||Australia||Did not qualify|
|2004||Greece||Did not qualify|
|2008||People's Republic of China||Did not qualify||8th, American Qualifying Tournament|
|Total [lower-alpha 2]||1/5||2||5||23||60|
- No medals awarded; tournament was a demonstration sport only
- Totals only include years 1992 to 2008, during which baseball was an official medal sport.
Baseball World Cup
Pan American Games
- AFP: Dutch stun Dominicans while US denies World Baseball Classic upset bid. Google.com (2009-03-07). Retrieved on 2013-07-23.
- Washington, The. (2009-03-11) Dutch stun Dominicans. Washington Times. Retrieved on 2013-07-23.
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