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Canada national baseball team

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Canada national baseball team
Information
CountryCanada
FederationBaseball Canada
ConfederationCOPABE
ManagerErnie Whitt
WBSC ranking 9 Decrease 1 (11 August 2021)[1]
World Baseball Classic
Appearances4 (First in 2006)
Best result9 (2006)
Olympic Games
Appearances2 (First in 2004)
Best result4 (2004)
World Cup
Appearances17 (First in 1970)
Best result
Bronze medal world centered.svg
Bronze: 2 – (2009, 2011)
Intercontinental Cup
Appearances? (First in 1973)
Best result?
Pan American Games
Best result
Gold medal america.svg
Gold: 2 – (2011), (2015)

The Canadian national baseball team is the baseball team that represents Canada in international tournaments. It is currently ranked eighth in the world.[1] Its manager is Ernie Whitt, a former Major League Baseball catcher for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Current roster

Canada roster - 2020 Summer Olympics Qualifier
Players Coaches
Pitchers
Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches


Tournament record

World Baseball Classic

 Canada
World Baseball Classic
Tournament Results
United States 20069th
Canada 200913th
United States 201312th
United States 201715th
Medal Tally
Gold-
Silver-
Bronze-
World Baseball Classic record Qualification record
Year Round Position W L RS RA W L RS RA
United States 2006 Round 1 9th 2 1 20 23 No qualifiers held
Canada 2009 Round 1 13th 0 2 7 12 No qualifiers held
United States 2013 Round 1 12th 1 2 18 26 3 0 38 9
United States 2017 Round 1 15th 0 3 3 21 Automatically qualified
Total 4/4 3 8 48 82 3 0 38 9
Team Canada plays at the 2009 WBC as hosting fans cheer the players on
Team Canada plays at the 2009 WBC as hosting fans cheer the players on

2006 WBC

In June 2005, Major League Baseball announced the formation of the World Baseball Classic (WBC), an international competition to be held in March 2006 for the first time. Canada was one of the sixteen teams invited to play in the inaugural classic. Because the event will be held in March, before the North American baseball season traditionally starts, players active in Major League Baseball or any minor league affiliates are eligible to play in the WBC, making the team markedly different from the teams which represented Canada in the 2005 World Cup or the 2004 Olympics.

Several high-profile Canadian players declined the opportunity to participate, including Ryan Dempster, Shawn Hill, Danny Klassen, Éric Gagné and Rich Harden, who were injured. Los Angeles Dodgers' prospect Russell Martin was named to the team, but pulled out in favor of reporting to Spring training. In addition, Larry Walker, who retired after the 2005 season, opted not to participate, choosing instead to serve in a coaching capacity.

Before being eliminated after the first round, Canada played in Pool B of the tournament with Mexico, South Africa and the United States.

vs. South Africa

Team Canada was heavily favoured to win their first game against South Africa, a team made up almost entirely by amateurs. However, South Africa put up a tough challenge to the Canadian team. South African starter, Carl Michaels pitched outstandingly; Canada could not get a run until the 5th inning, when they scored 3. However, the South Africans shockingly scored 4 runs of their own in the bottom of the 5th against Paul Quantrill. It was back and forth from then on. It looked like South Africa might pull off a monumental upset as they went into the 9th with an 8-7 lead. However, in the top of the 9th, the Canadians scored 4 times to win the game 11-8.

vs. the United States

After almost being upset by a surprising South African team, Canada pulled off an upset of its own with an 8-6 victory over the star-studded United States team. Scoring in each of the first five innings, the Canadians built an 8-0 lead using a combination of timely, patient hitting, steady pitching and clutch fielding. In the bottom of the fifth, the United States threatened a comeback, exploding for 6 runs, capped off by a Jason Varitek grand slam. The Canadian team held off the US the rest of the way, as neither team crossed the plate again in the game. Adam Stern had a strong outing, going 3 for 4, a double shy of the cycle, with an inside-the-park home run, as well as making several spectacular plays in center field to keep his team ahead.

vs. Mexico

After Canada's victory over the United States, they got shocked by the Mexican team in a 9-1 resounding defeat. Unfortunately for the Canadian side, this victory would eventually cost them the trip to the 2nd round of the tournament after the United States beat South Africa 17-0 and clinched the second place in Pool B. Canada, USA, and Mexico each finished with a 2-1 record in the pool, but Canada lost the tie-breaker based on runs allowed.

Results

Round One

  • March 7
    • Canada 11, South Africa 8
  • March 8
    • Canada 8, USA 6
  • March 9
    • Canada 1, Mexico 9

2009 WBC

Canada also competed in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, hosting the Pool C games at Rogers Centre in Toronto. The Canadians lost a close game against the United States by a 6-5 score in the Pool C opener. Canada was eliminated from the tournament after losing 6-2 to underdog Italy. Canada exited the WBC with an 0-2 record and 6.35 runs allowed per 9 innings, to secure thirteenth place overall.

2013 WBC

Canada won a qualifying tournament in Armin-Wolf-Arena in Regensburg, Germany, in September 2012, that also featured the Czech Republic, Germany and Great Britain. Canada moved on to the 1st Round.[2]

The Canadian team was placed in 2013 World Baseball Classic – Pool D against Italy, Mexico and the United States. On March 8, Canada lost to the Italian baseball team 14-4 after the game ended in the 8th inning due to the mercy rule in place after Italy scored five additional runs during the bottom of the 8th inning.

On March 9, Canada faced off against Mexico. With Canada already leading the game, third baseman Luis Cruz motioned the pitcher Arnold Leon to bean the next batter, Rene Tosoni, which resulted in a bench clearing brawl. Seven players from both teams ejected from the game. Despite this, they clinched a 10-3 win over Mexico. They lost the final game against the United States 9-4, thus eliminating Canada from the tournament. The Canadian team missed out on advancing to the next round for the third time, but still managed to claim their automatic qualification for the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

2017 WBC

In the 2017 World Baseball Classic, their performance were abysmal, even having lost to surprising debutants Colombia. After losing all three of its matches, they are forced to go through qualifiers for the 2021 World Baseball Classic.

Olympic Games

 Canada
Baseball at the Olympics
Medal Event
Greece Athens, 20044th
China Beijing, 20086th
Medal Tally
Gold-
Silver-
Bronze-
Summer Olympics record Qualification
Year Host Round Position W L RS RA
1984 United States Preliminary 5th (tied) [a] 1 2 10 11
1988 South Korea Preliminary 5th (tied) [a] 1 2 17 19
1992 Spain Did not qualify
1996 United States Did not qualify
2000 Australia Did not qualify
Bronze medal (Americas).svg
1999 Pan American Games
2004 Greece Finals 4th 5 4 46 36
Bronze medal (Americas).svg
2004 Americas Olympic Baseball Qualifying Tournament
2008 China Preliminary 6th 2 5 26 23 4th, American Qualifying Tournament
Gold medal.svg
Final Qualifying Tournament
2020 Japan Did not qualify
Total [b] 2/5 7 9 72 59
  1. ^ a b No medals awarded; tournament was a demonstration sport only
  2. ^ Totals only include years 1992 to 2008, during which baseball was an official medal sport.

Canada has qualified for two Olympic Games, in 2004 and 2008. Canadian teams also competed twice when baseball was a demonstration sport, in 1984 and 1988.

1984 Summer Olympics

In the 1984 Summer Olympics, the team finished third in their pool, the equivalent of a tie for fifth overall.

1988 Summer Olympics

In the 1988 Summer Olympics, the team finished seventh.

2004 Summer Olympics

In the 2004 Summer Olympics, the team finished fourth.

2008 Summer Olympics

Canada qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics by finishing 1st place in the final qualifying tournament. They finished the tournament in 6th.

World Cup

 Canada
Baseball World Cup
Amateur World Series
Colombia Colombia, 19709th (tie)
Cuba Cuba, 19716th (tie)
Nicaragua Nicaragua, 19729th
Nicaragua Nicaragua, 19736th (tie)
United States United States, 19744th (tie)
Italy Italy, 19789th
Japan Japan, 19805th
South Korea South Korea, 19825th
World Cup
Italy Italy, 19885th
Canada Canada, 19908th
Nicaragua Nicaragua, 199414th
Italy Italy, 19986th in Pool B
Taiwan Taiwan, 20016th in Pool B
Cuba Cuba, 20035th in Pool A
Netherlands Netherlands, 20055th in Pool A
Taiwan Taiwan, 20079th
Europe Europe, 20093rd
Panama Panama, 20113rd
Medal Tally
Gold-
Silver-
Bronze2
Rank14th

Canada has competed at 9 World Cups and 8 more times in its predecessor the Amateur World series. Their best finish was a bronze at the 2009 World Cup and at the 2011 World Cup.

Intercontinental Cup

Pan American Games

At the 2011 Pan American Games, Canada beat the USA 2-1 to win Canada's first ever baseball gold medal. Canada won their second consecutive gold medal at the 2015 Pan American Games, defeating the USA 7-6 (10 innings) in the final.

Players

Manager
Ernie Whitt
Coaches
Larry Walker, Denis Boucher, Stubby Clapp, Greg Hamilton, Tim Leiper, Paul Quantrill
Player No. Pos. DOB and age Team League
Andrew Albers 27 P (1985-10-06) October 6, 1985 (age 35) Minnesota Twins (minors) Major League Baseball
Phillippe Aumont 17 P (1989-01-07) January 7, 1989 (age 32) Philadelphia Phillies Major League Baseball
John Axford 59 P (1983-04-01) April 1, 1983 (age 38) Oakland Athletics Major League Baseball
Jesse Crain 28 P (1981-07-05) July 5, 1981 (age 40) Chicago White Sox Major League Baseball
Mark Hardy 26 P (1988-05-03) May 3, 1988 (age 33) San Diego Padres (minors) Major League Baseball
Jim Henderson 51 P (1982-10-21) October 21, 1982 (age 38) New York Mets Major League Baseball
Shawn Hill 45 P (1981-04-28) April 28, 1981 (age 40) Detroit Tigers Major League Baseball
Jay Johnson 57 P (1989-12-21) December 21, 1989 (age 31) Philadelphia Phillies (minors) Major League Baseball
Chris Leroux 63 P (1984-04-14) April 14, 1984 (age 37) Pittsburgh Pirates Major League Baseball
Trystan Magnuson 38 P (1985-06-06) June 6, 1985 (age 36) Toronto Blue Jays (minors) Major League Baseball
Scott Mathieson 47 P (1984-02-27) February 27, 1984 (age 37) Yomiuri Giants Nippon Professional Baseball
Dustin Molleken 35 P (1984-08-21) August 21, 1984 (age 37) Detroit Tigers Major League Baseball
Jameson Taillon 18 P (1991-11-18) November 18, 1991 (age 29) Pittsburgh Pirates Major League Baseball
Chris Robinson 30 C (1984-05-12) May 12, 1984 (age 37) Baltimore Orioles (minors) Major League Baseball
John Suomi 55 C (1980-10-05) October 5, 1980 (age 40) Kansas City Royals (minors) Major League Baseball
Taylor Green 5 IF (1986-11-02) November 2, 1986 (age 34) Milwaukee Brewers Major League Baseball
Cale Iorg 16 IF (1985-09-06) September 6, 1985 (age 35) Detroit Tigers (minors) Major League Baseball
Brett Lawrie 13 IF (1990-01-18) January 18, 1990 (age 31) Chicago White Sox Major League Baseball
Jonathan Malo 11 IF (1983-09-29) September 29, 1983 (age 37) Québec Capitales Can-Am League
Justin Morneau 33 IF (1981-05-15) May 15, 1981 (age 40) Chicago White Sox Major League Baseball
Pete Orr 4 IF (1979-06-08) June 8, 1979 (age 42) Philadelphia Phillies Major League Baseball
Jimmy Van Ostrand 29 IF (1984-08-07) August 7, 1984 (age 37) Washington Nationals (minors) Major League Baseball
Joey Votto 19 IF (1983-09-10) September 10, 1983 (age 37) Cincinnati Reds Major League Baseball
Tyson Gillies 24 OF (1988-10-31) October 31, 1988 (age 32) Philadelphia Phillies (minors) Major League Baseball
Adam Loewen 21 OF (1984-04-09) April 9, 1984 (age 37) Arizona Diamondbacks (minors) Major League Baseball
Michael Saunders 20 OF (1986-11-19) November 19, 1986 (age 34) Toronto Blue Jays Major League Baseball
Rene Tosoni 9 OF (1986-07-02) July 2, 1986 (age 35) Milwaukee Brewers (minors) Major League Baseball
Tim Smith 14 DH (1986-06-14) June 14, 1986 (age 35) Atlanta Braves (minors) Major League Baseball

Uniforms

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See also

References

  1. ^ a b "The WBSC World Ranking". WBSC. August 11, 2021. Retrieved August 11, 2021.
  2. ^ World Baseball Classic. "Schedule" Accessed October 3, 2012. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 5, 2012. Retrieved September 21, 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

External links

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