The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today released the latest rankings in the WBSC Men’s Baseball World Ranking, based on the recent conclusion of the 20-nation World Baseball Classic 2023, where the Dominican Republic dropped to number 10.
The top-three WBSC World Championship organized by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association. The World Baseball Ranking shows 1,150 winners, 953 for runner-up, 905 for third and fourth place and a minimum of 242 points per participation. Japan confirmed its position at No. 1 in the world Ranking, rising to 5,323 points, while the United States of America (4,402) moved up one place to the second and Mexico (4,130) moved up two places to the third. Chinese Taipei (4,061) and Korea (4,049) rounded out the top five, while Venezuela (3,534) remained steady at No. 6. Cuba (seventh with 3,151 points) and Australia (ninth with 2,600) improved their rankings by one place. The Netherlands (3,089) lost one place and now ranks eighth, while the Dominican Republic (2,415) ranks tenth.
Italy (2,017) was one of the biggest movers, climbing four spots in the top 12 ranking to No. rising 12. Among the other World Baseball classic entries, China improved more, seven positions up to No. 23, Israel (No. 18) and Great Britain (no. 20) also won two. The WBSC has placed a total of 84 men’s baseball programs, an increase of three since the beginning of the year, adding Afghanistan, Laos, Palestine and Thailand, while American Samoa left. Costa Rica and Bangladesh, in position 61, are the ones that move the most, rising 15 and 13 places respectively. The Men’s Baseball World Rankings include all results in WBSC-sanctioned tournaments, from U-12 Baseball to the Premier12 and World Baseball Classic, as well as continental tournaments and friendlies.
The top 12 countries at the end of 2023 will qualify for the next edition of the WBSC Premier12.
The events organized in the last four years by the WBSC, from the U-12 Baseball World Cup to the Premier12 and the World Baseball Classic, as well as continental and friendly tournaments with the top 12 countries are suitable for the next edition. of the WBSC Premier12.