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United States national baseball team

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

United States national baseball team
Country United States
FederationUSA Baseball
ConfederationWBSC Americas
ManagerMark DeRosa (WBC)
Mike Scioscia (WBSC)
CaptainMike Trout[2]
WBSC ranking
Current 3 Steady (18 December 2023)[1]
Highest1 (first in September 2018)
Lowest5 (first in December 2021)
World Baseball Classic
Appearances5 (first in 2006)
Best result
1st (2017)
Olympic Games
Appearances5 (first in 1992)
Best result
Gold: 1 – 2000
World Cup
Appearances24 (first in 1938)
Best result
1st (4: 1973, 1974, 2007, 2009)
Intercontinental Cup
Appearances16 (first in 1973)
Best result
1st (2: 1975, 1981)
Pan American Games
Appearances15 (first in 1951)
Best result
1st (1967)

The United States national baseball team, also known as Team USA represents the United States in international-level baseball competitions. The team is currently ranked 2nd in the world by the World Baseball Softball Confederation. The United States has won many international tournaments, many of which are now discontinued. Most notably the team won the Olympic baseball tournament in 2000, and the World Baseball Classic (WBC) in 2017.[3]

The United States national team debuted in the Baseball World Cup in 1938. The tournament was discontinued in 2011 in favor of the best-on-best World Baseball Classic. The United States won the tournament four times. In the 2000 Baseball Olympic games, the United States won their first Olympic gold in baseball.

The United States was an inaugural member of the World Baseball Classic, making its debut in the first edition. In their first three appearances in the WBC, the best finish for the Americans was fourth place in 2009. In 2017, the team won the WBC title for the first time by defeating Puerto Rico in the final game.

Team USA qualified for the 2020 Summer Olympics by winning the eight-team Americas Qualifying Event in June 2021. In the Olympic competition, held in Tokyo in July and August 2021, the team won the silver medal, losing to hosts Japan in the gold medal game.

The team is governed by USA Baseball, and its headquarters/training facilities are located in Cary, North Carolina. Along with the professional national team, USA Baseball also fields a Collegiate, 18U, 15U, and 12U National baseball team. All of the teams contribute to the WBSC ranking of the US National team through various tournaments hosted by the World Baseball Softball Confederation.

Throughout the years, many high-level players have been developed by USA Baseball, and have played on the national team before becoming professional players. Many players who are currently playing in Major League Baseball have also joined the team for the World Baseball Classic and Olympic baseball tournaments.

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Current roster

The cap logo of USA Baseball

The roster for the 2023 World Baseball Classic:

2023 World Baseball Classic roster
Players Coaches





  • 30 active
  • (15 pitchers, 15 position players)
Updated: February 10, 2023[4]

Results and fixtures

The following is a list of professional baseball game results currently active in the latest version of the WBSC World Rankings, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.[5]


  Win   Lose   Void or postponed   Fixture


WBSC Premier12 GS November 2 Netherlands  0–9  United States Estadio Panamericano, Mexico
12:00 CT Boxscore Attendance: 3,015
WBSC Premier12 GS November 3 Mexico  3–2  United States Estadio Panamericano, Mexico
19:00 CT Boxscore Attendance: 10,123
WBSC Premier12 GS November 4 United States  10–8  Dominican Republic Estadio Panamericano, Mexico
19:00 CT Boxscore Attendance: 3,102
WBSC Premier12 SR November 11 United States  1–5  South Korea Tokyo Dome, Japan
19:00 JT Boxscore Attendance: 3,012
WBSC Premier12 SR November 12 United States  4–3  Japan Tokyo Dome, Japan
19:00 JT Boxscore Attendance: 27,827
WBSC Premier12 SR November 13 Australia  2–1  United States Tokyo Dome, Japan
12:00 JT Boxscore Attendance: 2,149
WBSC Premier12 SR November 15 Chinese Taipei  2–3  United States Tokyo Dome, Japan
12:00 JT Boxscore Attendance: 4,967
WBSC Premier12 3rd November 17 United States  2–3 (F/10)  Mexico Tokyo Dome, Japan
12:00 JT Boxscore Attendance: 0


2020 Summer Olympics GS July 30 United States  8–1  Israel Yokohama Stadium, Japan
19:00 JT WP: Joe Ryan
HR: Tyler Austin (1)
Boxscore LP: Joey Wagman
HR: Danny Valencia (1)
2020 Summer Olympics GS July 31 South Korea  2–4  United States Yokohama Stadium, Japan
19:00 JT LP: Ko Young-pyo
Boxscore WP: Nick Martinez
Sv: David Robertson (1)
HR: Triston Casas (1), Nick Allen (1)
2020 Summer Olympics R2 August 2 United States  6–7 (F/10)  Japan Yokohama Stadium, Japan
19:00 JT LP: Edwin Jackson
HR: Triston Casas (2)
Boxscore WP: Ryoji Kuribayashi
HR: Seiya Suzuki (1)
2020 Summer Olympics R2R August 4 Dominican Republic  1–3  United States Yokohama Stadium, Japan
12:00 JT LP: Denyi Reyes
HR: Charlie Valerio (1)
Boxscore WP: Scott Kazmir
Sv: David Robertson (2)
HR: Triston Casas (3), Tyler Austin (2)
2020 Summer Olympics SF August 5 South Korea  2–7  United States Yokohama Stadium, Japan
19:00 JT LP: Lee Eui-lee
Boxscore WP: Ryder Ryan
HR: Jamie Westbrook (1)
2020 Summer Olympics Gold August 7 United States  0–2  Japan Yokohama Stadium, Japan
19:00 JT LP: Nick Martinez
Boxscore WP: Masato Morishita
Sv: Ryoji Kuribayashi (3)
HR: Munetaka Murakami (1)


Haarlem Week GS July 9 United States  0–1 (F/8)  Japan Mulier Stadium, Netherlands
13:00 CET Boxscore
Haarlem Week GS July 10 Italy  0–9  United States Mulier Stadium, Netherlands
12:00 CET Boxscore
Haarlem Week GS July 11 Cuba  0–2  United States Mulier Stadium, Netherlands
19:30 CET Boxscore
Haarlem Week GS July 12 Netherlands  0–10 (F/6)  United States Mulier Stadium, Netherlands
19:30 CET Boxscore
Haarlem Week GS July 13 United States  2–3  Curaçao Mulier Stadium, Netherlands
15:30 CET Boxscore
Haarlem Week SF July 14 United States  2–3 (F/10)  Curaçao Mulier Stadium, Netherlands
15:30 CET Boxscore
Haarlem Week 3rd July 15 United States  5–1  Japan Mulier Stadium, Netherlands
15:30 CET Boxscore


World Baseball Classic GS March 11 Great Britain  2–6  United States Chase Field, United States
19:00 MT LP: Vance Worley (0–1)
HR: Trayce Thompson (1)
Boxscore WP: Adam Wainwright (1–0)
HR: Kyle Schwarber (1)
Attendance: 39,650
Umpires: HP – Carlos Torres, 1B – Felix Tejada, 2B – Bill Miller, 3B – Jhonatan Biarreta
World Baseball Classic GS March 12 Mexico  11–5  United States Chase Field, United States
19:00 MT WP: Patrick Sandoval (1–0)
HR: Joey Meneses (2)
Boxscore LP: Nick Martinez (0–1)
HR: Will Smith (1)
Attendance: 47,534
Umpires: HP: Alan Porter. 1B: Jairo Mendoza. 2B: Edwin Louisa. 3B: Cory Blaser.
World Baseball Classic GS March 13 Canada  1–12 (F/7)  United States Chase Field, United States
19:00 MT LP: Mitch Bratt (0–1)
HR: Jared Young (1)
Boxscore WP: Lance Lynn (1–0)
HR: Mike Trout (1), Trea Turner (1)
Attendance: 29,621
Umpires: HP – Bill Miller, 1B – Edwin Louisa, 2B – Alan Porter, 3B – Jairo Mendoza
World Baseball Classic GS March 15 United States  3–2  Colombia Chase Field, United States
19:00 MT WP: Kendall Graveman (1–0)
Sv: Ryan Pressly (1)
Boxscore LP: Ruben Galindo (0–1)
Attendance: 29,856
Umpires: HP – Alan Porter, 1B – Bill Miller, 2B – Jairo Mendoza, 3B – Roberto Peralta
World Baseball Classic QF March 18 United States  9–7  Venezuela loanDepot Park, United States
19:00 ET WP: David Bednar (1–0)
Sv: Ryan Pressly (2)
HR: Kyle Tucker (1), Trea Turner (2)
Boxscore LP: José Quijada (0–1)
HR: Luis Arráez 2 (2)
Attendance: 35,792
Umpires: HP: Dan Bellino. 1B: Will Little. 2B: Atsushi Fukaya. 3B: Kun Young Park.
World Baseball Classic SF March 19 Cuba  2–14  United States loanDepot Park, United States
19:00 ET LP: Roenis Elías (0–1)
Boxscore WP: Adam Wainwright (2–0)
HR: Paul Goldschmidt (1), Trea Turner 2 (4), Cedric Mullins (1)
Attendance: 35,779
Umpires: HP – John Tumpane, 1B – Quinn Wolcott, 2B – Lance Barksdale, 3B – Jong Chui Park, LF – Ramiro Alfaro, RF – Edward Pinales
World Baseball Classic F March 21 United States  2–3  Japan loanDepot Park, United States
19:00 ET LP: Merrill Kelly (0–1)
HR: Trea Turner (5), Kyle Schwarber (2)
Boxscore WP: Shōta Imanaga (1–0)
Sv: Shohei Ohtani (1)
HR: Munetaka Murakami (1), Kazuma Okamoto (2)
Attendance: 36,098
Umpires: HP – Lance Barksdale, 1B – John Tumpane, 2B – Edward Pinales, 3B – Ramiro Alfaro, LF – Jong Chui Park, RF – Quinn Wolcott

Primary national team tournament records

World Baseball Classic

In 2005, Major League Baseball announced the formation of the World Baseball Classic, a 16-nation international competition to be held in March of 2006 for the first time. The tournament was the first of its kind to have the national teams of IBAF's member federations feature professional players from the major leagues around the world, including Major League Baseball.

World Baseball Classic record Qualification record
Host nation(s)
and year
Round Pos Pld W L RS RA Squad W L RS RA
United States 2006 Quarter-finals 8th of 16 6 3 3 33 20 Squad No qualifiers held
Canada United States 2009 Third place 3rd of 16 8 4 4 50 54 Squad No qualifiers held
United States 2013 Quarter-finals 6th of 16 6 3 3 28 19 Squad Automatically qualified
United States 2017 Champions 1st of 16 8 6 2 41 21 Squad Automatically qualified
United States 2023 Final 2nd of 20 7 5 2 51 27 Squad Automatically qualified
Total 1 title 5/5 35 21 14 203 141

Record by team

Main tournament
 Canada 5 4 1 0.800 41 18 +23
 Puerto Rico 6 3 3 0.500 30 27 +3
 Colombia 2 2 0 1.000 6 4 +2
 Italy 1 1 0 1.000 6 2 +4
 Netherlands 1 1 0 1.000 9 3 +6
 South Africa 1 1 0 1.000 17 0 +17
 Japan 4 2 2 0.500 12 16 −4
 Mexico 4 1 3 0.250 10 18 −8
 Venezuela 5 3 2 0.600 37 30 +7
 Dominican Republic 3 1 2 0.333 12 13 −1
 South Korea 1 0 1 0.000 3 7 −4
 Great Britain 1 1 0 1.000 6 2 +4
 Cuba 1 1 0 1.000 14 2 +12
Total 35 21 14 0.618 203 142 +62

2006: Inaugural Classic

On January 17, 2006, the United States announced its provisional 60-man roster (52 players in all), and whittled down the squad mixed with youth and experience to 30 players on February 14, 2006. Sixteen of the 30 Major League clubs were represented on the 2006 squad, including multiple representatives from the New York Yankees (4), Houston Astros (3), Washington Nationals (3), Atlanta Braves (2), Boston Red Sox (2), Chicago Cubs (2), Colorado Rockies (2), Houston Astros (2), and Texas Rangers (2). The fact that four Yankees were selected for the squad irked Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, who was opposed to the WBC being held in the middle of spring training to the point where at his team's complex in Tampa, Florida, he posted a sign apologizing for their absence and mocking the tournament in the process. Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig promptly ordered him to take down the sign the next day.

Manager Buck Martinez brought his 17 years of professional experience as a major league catcher, and 1+ seasons as Toronto Blue Jays' (20012002) skipper to the U.S. team. Former big league managers Davey Johnson and Marcel Lachemann served as hitting coach and pitching coach, respectively.

Along with fellow North American rivals Canada and Mexico, the U.S. hosted the South Africa. Round One games were held at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona and Scottsdale Stadium in Scottsdale, Arizona. The top two teams advanced to Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, California. Despite a surprising loss to Canada, the United States advanced to the second round via tiebreaker. However, second-round losses to South Korea and Mexico allowed Japan to advance over the Americans via tiebreak.

2006 WBC Results
March 7
1st Round, Pool B – Game 1
Mexico  0–2  United States United States Chase Field
Attendance: 32,727
March 8
1st Round, Pool D – Game 3
Canada  8–6  United States United States Chase Field
Attendance: 16,993
March 10
1st Round, Pool D – Game 6
United States  17–0 (F/5)  South Africa United States Scottsdale Stadium
Attendance: 11,975
March 12
2nd Round, Pool 1 – Game 1
Japan  3–4  United States United States Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Attendance: 32,896
March 13
2nd Round, Pool 2 – Game 3
United States  3–7  South Korea United States Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Attendance: 21,288
March 16
2nd Round, Pool 2 – Game 5
United States  1–2  Mexico United States Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Attendance: 38,284

2009: America's second-best finish

The United States competed in Pool C of the 2009 World Baseball Classic along with Italy, Venezuela, and host Canada. The U.S. won the pool opener against Canada by a score of 6-, and secured advancement into Round 2 by defeating Venezuela in a 15–6 slugfest. Venezuela, however, came back to defeat the U.S. in the championship game of Pool C, 5–3.

On March 14, in their first match of round 2 against Puerto Rico, in Miami, Florida's Dolphin Stadium, the United States was mercy ruled for the first time in international competition, losing 11–1 in seven innings. Adam Dunn and Captain Derek Jeter were among the ones to voice their distaste with the severe beating. Manager Davey Johnson even stated "I should have stayed there", referencing a wedding he was at earlier in the day.

The United States came on strong the following day against the surprising Netherlands (who had already eliminated a tournament super power: The Dominican Republic), jumping out to a 6–0 lead in the fourth inning, and winning 9–3. With Puerto Rico losing to Venezuela 2–0 the following day, the U.S. would face Puerto Rico once again in the qualifying round. The loser would be eliminated from the tournament. With Puerto Rico leading 5–3 in the 9th inning, singles by Shane Victorino and Brian Roberts and walks by Jimmy Rollins and Kevin Youkilis cut the lead to 5–4 for New York Mets third baseman David Wright, who looped a barely-fair single into right that brought in Roberts and Rollins to win the game, 6–5, advancing to the semifinals while eliminating Puerto Rico. The United States would go on to lose to Japan 9–4 in the second semifinal.

2009 WBC Results
March 7
1st Round, Pool C – Game 1
Canada  5–6  United States Canada Rogers Centre
Attendance: 42,314
March 8
1st Round, Pool D – Game 3
United States  15–6  Venezuela Canada Rogers Centre
Attendance: 13,094
March 11
1st Round, Pool D – Game 6
Venezuela  5–3  United States Canada Rogers Centre
Attendance: 12,358
March 14
2nd Round, Pool 1 – Game 2
United States  1–11 (F/7)  Puerto Rico United States Dolphin Stadium
Attendance: 30,595
March 15
2nd Round, Pool 2 – Game 3
Netherlands  3–9  United States United States Dolphin Stadium
Attendance: 11,059
March 17
2nd Round, Pool 2 – Game 5
Puerto Rico  5–6  United States United States Dolphin Stadium
Attendance: 13,224
March 18
2nd Round, Pool 2 – Game 6
United States  6–10  Venezuela United States Dolphin Stadium
Attendance: 16,575
March 22
United States  4–9  Japan United States Dodger Stadium
Attendance: 43,630

2013: Stiffer competition; America misses the finals again

The United States team competed in Pool D of the 2013 World Baseball Classic along with Italy, Canada, and Mexico. The U.S. team lost to Mexico in the first round 5–2, but later won two games against Canada and Italy, securing their place for the second round, along with Italy, on Pool 2.

On March 12, they beat Puerto Rico 7–1, which then proceeded to face off against the Dominican Republic on March 14, losing 3–1 where they face off Puerto Rico once again the next day, as Puerto Rico beat the American team 4–3 (as revenge for being eliminated from the 2009 World Baseball Classic), thus eliminating them from the tournament.

2013 WBC Results
March 8
1st Round, Pool D – Game C
Mexico  5–2  United States United States Chase Field
Attendance: 44,256
March 9
1st Round, Pool D – Game 5
Italy  2–6  United States United States Chase Field
Attendance: 19,303
March 10
1st Round, Pool D – Game 6
United States  9–4  Canada United States Chase Field
Attendance: 22,425
March 14
2nd Round, Pool 2 – Game 2
Puerto Rico  1–7  United States United States Marlins Park
Attendance: 32,872
March 15
2nd Round, Pool 2 – Game 4
Dominican Republic  3–1  United States United States Marlins Park
Attendance: 34,366.
March 16
2nd Round, Pool 2 – Game 5
Puerto Rico  4–3  United States United States Marlins Park
Attendance: 19,762

2017: First championship

The Americans won their first game over Colombia, 3–2, in 10 innings on a walk-off single by Adam Jones. After losing to the Dominican Republic after having a 5-run lead, the U.S. defeated Canada to reach the Second Round.

In the Second Round the Americans won the first game of the round defeating Venezuela 4–2. In the second game the U.S. was defeated by Puerto Rico 6–5 after giving up 4 runs in the 1st inning. The U.S. then defeated the Dominican Republic to advance to the Championship Round.

In the Championship Round Semifinals on March 21, the Americans defeated Japan 2–1 to advance to their first-ever appearance in the Final. In the Final on March 22, the U.S. once again faced Puerto Rico; the U.S. however, ended up winning 8–0 capturing the first ever World Baseball Classic Title for the United States. Following the conclusion of the tournament, Eric Hosmer, Christian Yelich, and Marcus Stroman were named to the 2017 All-World Baseball Classic team.[6]

2017 WBC Results
March 10
1st Round, Pool C – Game 2
Colombia  2–3  United States United States Marlins Park
Attendance: 22,580
March 11
1st Round, Pool C – Game 4
United States  5–7  Dominican Republic United States Marlins Park
Attendance: 37,446
March 12
1st Round, Pool C – Game 6
Canada  0–8  United States United States Marlins Park
Attendance: 22,303
March 15
2nd Round, Pool F – Game 2
Venezuela  2–4  United States United States Petco Park
Attendance: 16,635
March 17
2nd Round, Pool 2 – Game 4
United States  5–6  Puerto Rico United States Petco Park
Attendance: 34,463
March 18
2nd Round, Pool 2 – Game 6
Dominican Republic  3–6  United States United States Petco Park
Attendance: 43,002
March 21
United States  2–1  Japan United States Dodger Stadium
Attendance: 33,462
March 22
United States  8–0  Puerto Rico United States Dodger Stadium
Attendance: 51,565

2023: the Americans fail to repeat

Team USA won their first game in pool play against Great Britain 6–2. They lost their next game against Mexico 11–5 in which would ultimately be their only pool play loss. The United States won their final two games against Canada and Columbia and advanced to the knockout stage.

In their quarterfinal matchup against Venezuela, the Americans were trailing 7–5 in the 8th when Trea Turner hit a go-ahead Grand Slam to win the game 9–7 for Team USA to advance to the semi-finals. There, the U.S. blew out Cuba 14–2 and advanced to the Championship round for the second time in a row.

Their Championship round opponent was a championship much anticipated for the WBC, which was Japan. The Americans took an early 1–0 lead on a Trea Turner homerun but could not close the door and lost to Japan, with the final score being 3–2. Trea Turner and Mike Trout were named to the 2023 All-World Baseball Classic team.[7]

2023 WBC Results
March 11th
10:00 P.M. EST, 7:00 P.M. PST
Pool C, Game 1
 Great Britain 2–6 United States  Chase Field, Phoenix Arizona
Attendance: 39,650
March 12th
10:00 P.M. EST, 7:00 P.M. PST
Pool C, Game 2
 Mexico 11–5 United States  Chase Field, Phoenix Arizona
Attendance: 47,534
March 13th
10:00 P.M. EST, 7:00 P.M. PST
Pool C, Game 3
 Canada 1–12 (F/7) United States  Chase Field, Phoenix Arizona
Attendance: 29,621
March 15th
10:00 P.M. EST, 7:00 P.M. PST
Pool C, Game 4
United States  3–2  Colombia Chase Field, Phoenix Arizona
Attendance: 29,856
March 18th
7:00 P.M. EST, 4:00 P.M. PST
United States  9–7  Venezuela Marlins Park, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 35,782
March 19th
7:00 P.M. EST, 4:00 P.M. PST
 Cuba 2–14 United States  Marlins Park, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 35,779
March 21st
7:00 P.M. EST, 4:00 P.M. PST
United States  2–3  Japan Marlins Park, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 36,098

Olympic Games


Baseball unofficially debuted at the Summer Olympics of 1904 in St. Louis. Single exhibition games were played in conjunction with five Olympics: 1912 in Stockholm, 1936 in Berlin, 1952 in Helsinki, 1956 in Melbourne, and 1964 in Tokyo. The 1952 exhibition was of a Finnish variant of baseball known as pesäpallo.

The 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles was the first to feature a tournament in the program. Eight teams competed in the tournament held at Dodger Stadium. Cuba, after winning the gold medal at the 1983 Pan American Games, was to participate, but did not as a result of the Soviet-led boycott. The United States national team (Team USA) finished second, falling to Japan in the final game, 6–3. No official medals were awarded as baseball was a demonstration sport.

Baseball returned as a demonstration sport at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. Again an eight-team tournament, the United States finished first in the tournament, defeating Japan, 5–3, in the final game.

Baseball became an official medal sport beginning with the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. Competition was open only to male amateurs in 1992 and 1996. As a result, Team USA and other nations where professional baseball is developed relied on college baseball players, while Cuba used their most experienced veterans, who technically were considered amateurs as they nominally held other jobs. Professional baseball players were introduced in 2000, but the situation remained largely the same. No active players from Major League Baseball (MLB) competed—as MLB declined to release its players—so Team USA utilized minor-league players and free agents, while Cuba and some other nations were still able to use their best players, as they had no commitments with MLB.[8][9][10][11]

At the International Olympic Committee (IOC) meeting on July 8, 2005, baseball and softball were voted out of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, becoming the first sports voted out of the Olympics since polo was eliminated from the 1936 Summer Olympics.[12] The IOC cited the absence of the best players as the main reason for baseball being dropped from the Olympic program following the 2008 games.[9] Baseball returned to the Olympic program for the 2020 games, held in 2021 in Tokyo. It will not be part of the 2024 games in Paris, but is scheduled for the 2028 games in Los Angeles.[13]

1992: Fourth in Barcelona

Team USA had a 5–2 record in pool play, then lost to Cuba in the semifinals, followed by a loss to Japan in the bronze-medal match.

1992 USA Baseball Olympic Team

Note: Jason Moler of Cal State Fullerton was initially named to the squad as one of the catchers, but was replaced by Varitek due to injury prior to the start of the competition.[14]


1996: Bronze in Atlanta

Team USA had a 6–1 record in pool play, then lost to Japan in the semifinals, followed by a win over Nicaragua in the bronze-medal match.

1996 USA Baseball Olympic Team

Manager: Skip Bertman[18]


2000: Gold in Sydney

Team USA had a 6–1 record in pool play, then defeated South Korea in the semifinals, followed by a win over Cuba in the gold-medal game.

2004: Did not qualify for Athens

2008: Bronze in Beijing

Team USA qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics by winning the American Qualifying Tournament. In Beijing, Team USA had a 5–2 record in pool play, then lost to Cuba in the semifinals, followed by a win over Japan in the bronze-medal match.

2008 USA Baseball Olympic Team
2008 USA Baseball Olympic Team roster
Players Coaches





2020: Silver in Tokyo

Members of the 2020 Olympic squad before a scrimmage at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in 2021

In November 2019, with Scott Brosius as manager, the team initially failed to qualify at the 2019 WBSC Premier12 Tournament.[22] The team subsequently qualified, with Mike Scioscia as manager, by winning the Americas Qualifying Event held from May 31 to June 5, 2021, in Florida.[23] Luke Williams led the team in batting average (.444), runs (6), hits (8), and RBIs (6), Todd Frazier and Mark Kolozsvary led in home runs (2), and David Robertson led the team in saves (2).[24]

At the Olympics, the team first won its three-team pool, via victories over South Korea and Israel. In the modified double-elimination bracket, the team lost to Japan in the second round, then defeated the Dominican Republic in the repechage and South Korea in the semi-finals and advanced to the gold medal game where the team lost to Japan for the second time.[25] Team Japan was made up of players from Nippon Professional Baseball, which paused its season for the Olympics,[26] while Team USA fielded minor-league players and free agents with major-league experience.[27][28]

2020 USA Baseball Olympic Team
2020 USA Baseball Olympic Team roster
Players Coaches





The team's roster for the Olympics was released on July 2, 2021.[29]

Premier12 Tournament


Team USA came in second in the 2015 WBSC Premier12 Tournament.


Team USA came in fourth in the 12-team 2019 WBSC Premier12 Tournament in November 2019. Two quota spots were allocated from the Tournament, of the spots for six baseball teams at the 2020 Olympic Games, with third-place Mexico as the top finisher from the Americas earning one spot and Team USA not earning a spot.[30] Team USA did not include players who were on their teams' 40-man MLB rosters, being made up of minor league players, including former First Round MLB draft picks Jo Adell, Tanner Houck, and Brent Rooker (2017 MLB draft), Alec Bohm and Xavier Edwards (2018 MLB draft), and Andrew Vaughn (2019 MLB draft). Other teams used their top-level players.[31][32]

Amateur World Series and Baseball World Cup

The U.S. lost the inaugural Amateur World Series in 1938. The U.S. won its first Amateur World Series in 1973, and repeated a year later.

In 1988, the Amateur World Series became the International Baseball Federation's (IBAF) World Cup.

Since 1938, the U.S. has won 15 medals at the Baseball World Cup: four gold (1973, 1974, 2007, 2009), seven silver (1938, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1978, 1988, 2001), and four bronze (1939, 1940, 1982, 1984).

The U.S. was usually represented by college players in these tournaments, while Cuba used its best players.

Amateur World Series and Baseball World Cup record
Year Host Round Position W L RS RA Year Host Round Position W L RS RA Year Host Round Position W L RS RA
1938 United Kingdom
2 of 2 1 4 14 20 1974 United States
1 9 1 1994 Nicaragua 8 4 4
1939 Cuba
3 of 3 0 6 1978 Italy
2 9 1 1998 Italy 8 4 3
1940 Cuba
3 9 3 1980 Japan 4 8 3 2001 Taiwan
2 7 3
1941 Cuba 6 2 6 1982 South Korea
3 6 3 2003 Cuba 5 7 2
1942 Cuba 5 1 11 1984 Cuba
3 8 4 2005 Netherlands 7 7 4
1969 Dominican Republic
2 9 1 1986 Netherlands 4 7 4 2007 Taiwan
1 9 1
1970 Colombia
2 10 3 1988 Italy
2 11 2 2009 Italy
1 14 1
1972 Nicaragua
2 13 2 1990 Canada 7 5 4 2011 Panama 4 7 4
1973 Nicaragua
1 10 0 Total 25/39 4
- - - -
1938 Amateur World Series
August 13 Great Britain  3–0  United States United Kingdom Wavertree Stadium, Liverpool
August 15 Great Britain  8–6  United States United Kingdom Kingston upon Hull
August 17 Great Britain  0–5  United States United Kingdom Spotland Stadium, Rochdale
August 19 Great Britain  4–0  United States United Kingdom The Shay, Halifax
August 20 Great Britain  5–3  United States United Kingdom Leeds


The U.S. was in group A of the 2007 IBAF World Cup, along with Republic of China, Japan, Mexico, Panama, Italy, Spain and South Africa. The U.S. went 6–1 to win their group, with their only loss coming on November 9, 2007 against Italy. It was the U.S.'s first loss to Italy in 21 years and the first time it ever lost to Italy with professional players, as the team consisted of minor league prospects.

This one loss, however, would be their only. The U.S. went on to beat Korea, Netherlands, and Cuba to capture the gold.


In Round 1 of the 2009 Baseball World Cup, the U.S. (2–1) finished second in Group E and advanced with first-place Venezuela (3–0). In Round 2, the U.S. was joined by the nine other first- and second-place teams from Round 1, four wild-card teams, and the two principal host teams (Italy and the Netherlands). The 16 teams were divided into Groups F and G. The U.S. (7–0) defeated each of the other seven teams in Group G. In Round 3, the first four teams in Group F were renamed Group 1 and the first four teams in Group G were renamed Group 2. The U.S. finished first in Group 2 with a record of 7–0; Cuba finished first in Group 1, with a 5–2 record. In the Final Round, Group 1 and 2's fourth-place teams competed for overall seventh place; the two third-place teams competed for overall fifth place; and the two second-place teams competed for the bronze medal. In the gold-medal game, the U.S. defeated Cuba, 10–5.

Tournament awards were given to Justin Smoak (MVP) and Todd Redmond (best won/loss average (pitcher)). Smoak (first base) was also named to the tournament All-Star Team, along with Jon Weber (outfield) and Terry Tiffee (designated hitter).

Intercontinental Cup

The Intercontinental Cup is a tournament between the members of the IBAF. It was first held in 1973 in Italy, and was held every other year following until 1999. Since, there has been a competition in 2002 & 2006, both of which, the U.S. has chosen to sit out. The tournament has been dominated by Cuba, who has won ten gold & three silver in the 16 tournaments. Japan is second in medal ranking, with two gold, five silver & five bronze, and the U.S. is third, with two gold, four silver & two bronze. The United States use college players in this tournament, while Cuba sends its best players.

Future big leaguers have competed in the Intercontinental Cup for the U.S. including Joe Carter, Terry Francona, Mickey Morandini, John Olerud, and Robin Ventura.


Pan American Games

The U.S. and Cuba have been archrivals at the Pan American Games ever since the event began in 1951. The U.S. has finished second behind Cuba eight of the 12 times they have brought home the gold. Likewise, when the U.S. won the gold medal at the 1967 Pan American Games, Cuba finished second. The U.S. roster is usually composed of promising college players, while Cuba is able to send its best players.

In total, the U.S. has won one gold medal, ten silver medals, and three bronze. The only games the U.S. failed to medal in were 1979 and 1995. For the 1995 games, the U.S. did not send their national team, but instead the St. John's University baseball team, who finished 0–4 against the international all-star teams.


Haarlem Baseball Week

World Port Tournament

Collegiate National Team

Gerrit Cole pitching for the Collegiate National team in 2010

USA Baseball also fields a Collegiate National Team which has 22 members of top collegiate baseball players in the country, consisting of five infielders, four outfielders, two catchers, nine pitchers, and a pair of two-way players. The team competes in exhibition games across the U.S. and overseas against teams from across the world, including teams from Canada, Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) and the Netherlands.[33] The 2009 team won the World Baseball Challenge in Canada.

Players who took the field for the Collegiate National Team and have gone on to Major League Baseball success include such notables as Jim Abbott, Kris Bryant, Troy Glaus, Todd Helton, Ryan Howard, Barry Larkin, Tino Martinez, Dustin Pedroia, David Price, Huston Street, Mark Teixeira, Troy Tulowitzki, Trea Turner, Jason Varitek, Carlos Rodon, Gerrit Cole, Will Clark and Ryan Zimmerman.

Other national teams

The USA won the gold medal in the first ever World Games in 1981 with a roster of college players. Franklin Stubbs, Oddibe McDowell, Spike Owen, and some others went on to play in MLB.

USA Baseball also fields 18U, 15U, and 12U national baseball teams. Former national teams included 16U and 14U national teams. USA Baseball also hosts two national team development programs in the age divisions of 17U and 14U. The selection processes for these programs can be found on the official website of USA Baseball and these team programs also have their respective Twitter pages.

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