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United States National Baseball team
Country  United States of America
Federation USA Baseball
Confederation COPABE
Manager Davey Johnson
Uniforms
Team U.S.A.'s uniform for the 2009 WBC
World Baseball Classic
Appearances 2 (First in 2006)
Best result 4th (2009)
Olympics
Appearances 4 (First in 1992)
Best result Gold Medal Gold (2000)
World Cup
Appearances 23 (First in 1938)
Best result 1st place Gold (1973, 1974, 2007, 2009)
Intercontinental Cup
Appearances 16 (First in 1973)
Best result 1st place Gold (1975 & 1981)
Pan American Games
Appearances 15 (First in 1951)
Best result 1st place Gold (1967)

The United States National Baseball team represents the United States in international baseball competition. The United States is the two-time reigning World Champion, having won the last two Baseball World Cups, and is currently second in the IBAF World Rankings, behind Cuba.[1]

The team is controlled by USA Baseball.

Contents

World Baseball Classic

In June 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. A month after this announcement, the IOC voted to eliminate baseball from the 2012 London Olympic games, leaving the WBC as the only international tournament to feature American professionals.

Though the U.S.A. has its own team in the WBC, American born ballplayers could be found on the rosters of several other clubs as a result of the unique rules of this tournament. A player is eligible to participate on a WBC national team if:

  • The player is a citizen of the nation the team represents.
  • The player is qualified for citizenship or to hold a passport under the laws of a nation represented by a team, but has not been granted citizenship or been issued a passport, then the player may be made eligible by WBCI upon petition by the player or team.
  • The player is a permanent legal resident of the nation or territory the team represents.
  • The player was born in the nation or territory the team represents.
  • The player has one parent who is, or if deceased was, a citizen of the nation the team represents.
  • The player has one parent who was born in the nation or territory the team represents.[2]
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2006

On January 17, 2006, the United States announced its provisional 60 man roster (52 players in all), and whittled down the star-studded squad mixed with youth and experience to just thirty players on February 14, 2006. All teams participating in the tournament needed to have at least three catchers and thirteen pitchers. Sixteen of the thirty 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 is 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' (2001-2002) skipper to the U.S. team. Former big league managers Davey Johnson and Marcel Lachemann served as hitting coach and pitching coach, respectively. Rounding out the coaching staff for Team U.S.A. were Reggie Smith (hitting), Ken Griffey, Sr. (first base), and John McLaren (third base). A number of former players helped including Rick Sutcliffe, Rick Eckstein (bullpen coach), Tony Dello (left-handed batting practice) and James Grady (bullpen catcher and right-handed batting practice). The front office staff comprised Bob Watson, Paul Seiler, Eric Campbell, Ray Darwin, Dave Fanucchi, Rob Butcher, Evan Howard (WBC Team Coordinator), Reggie Younger (Travel Director), Phyllis Merhige (Senior VP, Club Relations), and Tyson Steele and Matt Weiss (Equipment Managers). Dave Tumbas and Greg Keuter served as trainers.

Team U.S.A. hosted Pool B of the four pool round-robin tournament. 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 to emerge from Pool B advanced to Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, California were the U.S. and Mexico. In the second round, they faced the top two teams from Pool A, Japan and Korea.

Round One

  • March 7
    • Flag of the United States.svgUSA 2, Flag of Mexico.svgMexico 0 (Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ)
  • March 8
    • Flag of Canada.svgCanada 8, Flag of the United States.svgUSA 6 (Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ)
  • March 10
    • Flag of the United States.svgUSA 17 vs. Flag of South Africa.svgSouth Africa 0 (stopped in 5th inning due to Mercy Rule) at Scottsdale Stadium in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Round Two

  • March 12
    • Flag of the United States.svgUSA 4, Flag of Japan.svgJapan 3 (Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, CA)
  • March 13
    • Flag of South Korea.svgKorea 7, Flag of the United States.svgUSA 3 (Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, CA)
  • March 15
    • Flag of the United States.svgUSA 1, Flag of Mexico.svgMexico 2 (Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, CA) The United States is eliminated from the competition.

2009

Team U.S.A. competed in Pool C of the 2009 World Baseball Classic, along with Italy, Venezuela and the host nation, Canada. The U.S. won the pool opener against Canada by a score of 6-5, 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 Capitan 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 the wedding he was at earlier in the day).

Team U.S.A. 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.

A solo home run by Alex Rios gave Puerto Rico an early 1-0 lead as the two teams battled back and forth for most of the game. Leading 4-3 heading into the ninth inning, Puerto Rico added an insurance run, making the score 5-3. Following singles by Shane Victorino and Brian Roberts, and a walk to Jimmy Rollins, Kevin Youkilis worked a patient walk to cut the lead to 5-4. Up stepped the New York Mets' David Wright, and on a 2-1 pitch he looped a single that just stayed fair into right, that brought in Roberts and Rollins to win the game 6-5. With the Win the U.S. secured a spot in the semi-finals of the World Baseball Classic, and eliminated the Puerto Rican team. The United States would go on to lose to Japan 9-4 in the second semi-final.

Roster [3]

Name Position Number Organization B/T Height Weight Birth Date
Heath Bell Pitcher 99 United States San Diego Padres R/R 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 240lb 09/29/1977
Jonathan Broxton Pitcher 51 United States Los Angeles Dodgers R/R 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 290lbs 06/16/1984
John Grabow Pitcher 34 United States Pittsburgh Pirates L/L 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 205lbs 11/04/1978
Jeremy Guthrie Pitcher 46 United States Baltimore Orioles R/R 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 195lbs 04/08/1979
Joel Hanrahan Pitcher 38 United States Washington Nationals R/R 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 250lbs 10/06/1981
LaTroy Hawkins Pitcher 42 United States Milwaukee Brewers R/R 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215lbs 12/21/1972
J.P. Howell Pitcher 39 United States Tampa Bay Rays L/L 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175lbs 04/25/1983
Ted Lilly Pitcher 33 United States Chicago Cubs L/L 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 190lbs 01/04/1976
Matt Lindstrom Pitcher 29 United States Florida Marlins R/R 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 210lbs 02/11/1980
Roy Oswalt Pitcher 44 United States Houston Astros R/R 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 185lbs 08/29/1977
Jake Peavy Pitcher 22 United States Chicago White Sox R/R 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 195lbs 05/31/1981
J.J. Putz Pitcher 23 United States New York Mets R/R 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 250lbs 02/22/1977
Scot Shields Pitcher 62 United States Los Angeles Angels R/R 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180lbs 07/22/1975
Matt Thornton Pitcher 37 United States Chicago White Sox L/L 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 235lbs 09/15/1976
Brad Ziegler Pitcher 31 United States Oakland Athletics R/R 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205lbs 10/10/1979
Chris Iannetta Catcher 26 United States Colorado Rockies R/R 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 225lbs 04/08/1983
Brian McCann Catcher 16 United States Atlanta Braves L/R 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 230lbs 02/20/1984
Mark DeRosa Infielder 7 United States San Francisco Giants R/R 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 205lbs 02/26/1975
Derek Jeter Infielder 2 United States New York Yankees R/R 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195lbs 06/26/1974
Chipper Jones Infielder 10 United States Atlanta Braves S/R 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 210lbs 04/24/1972
Evan Longoria Infielder 13 United States Tampa Bay Rays R/R 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 210lbs 10/07/1985
Brian Roberts Infielder 6 United States Baltimore Orioles S/R 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 175lbs 10/09/1977
Jimmy Rollins Infielder 1 United States Philadelphia Phillies S/R 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) 175lbs 11/27/1978
David Wright Infielder 4 United States New York Mets R/R 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 208lbs 12/20/1982
Kevin Youkilis Infielder 21 United States Boston Red Sox R/R 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 220lbs 03/15/1979
Ryan Braun Outfielder 18 United States Milwaukee Brewers R/R 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 200lbs 11/17/1983
Adam Dunn Outfielder 17 United States Washington Nationals L/R 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 275lbs 11/09/1979
Curtis Granderson Outfielder 28 United States New York Yankees L/R 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185lbs 03/16/1981
Shane Victorino Outfielder 50 United States Philadelphia Phillies S/R 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 180lbs 11/30/1980

Olympic Games

Olympic medal record
Men’s Baseball
Gold 2000 Sydney Team
Bronze 1996 Atlanta Team
Bronze 2008 Beijing Team

Although single exhibition games had been played in conjunction with five previous Olympics, the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California was the first to feature a tournament in the program, and also the first time that the sport was played in Olympics held in the United States. 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 US national team finished second to Japan, however, no medals were given as Baseball at the 1984 Summer Olympics was a demonstration sport.

The US won its only gold at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sidney, Australia. Baseball had its debut as an official medal sport at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. The US finished fourth, behind Cuba, Japan and Chinese Taipei. In 2004, the US had to face the embarrassment of not even qualifying for the Olympics in Athens, Greece.

The United States qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics by winning the American Qualifying Tournament. They won the Bronze medal at the Beijing games, finishing behind South Korea (Gold) and Cuba (Silver).

At the International Olympic Committee (IOC) meeting in 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.[4]

USA Baseball Olympic Team roster
Players Coaches/Other
Pitchers
Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches

† Disabled list
* On Major League Baseball 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment

Amateur World Series/IBAF World Cup

The U.S.A. lost the inaugural Amateur World Series in 1938 against Great Britain in Northern England. The U.S. won its first Amateur World Series in 1973, and repeated a year later.

In 1986, the Amateur World Series became the International Baseball Federation's (IBAF) World Cup. There have been 37 Amateur World Series and Baseball World Cups to date, with the last five all featuring a sixteen team tournament. Team U.S.A. heads into the 2009 Baseball World Cup as the reigning champions, winning the 2007 Baseball World Cup in Taiwan.

2007

The U.S. was in group A of the 2007 IBAF World Cup, along with Chinese Taipei, 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 Major League players and top 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.

2009

The U.S. will be competing in Group E of the 2009 Baseball World Cup, taking place from September 9-27. Europe will host the 2009 games; it will mark the first time in history the World Cup will be hosted by a whole continent rather than an individual country. Seven European countries will host and participant in the tournament of 22 teams. The event will be made up of five groups consisting of four teams each, for a total of twenty teams. Italy (Bollate, Bologna, Codogno, Florence, Macerata, Milano, Parma, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia, Rimini, San Marino, Torino, Trieste, Verona & Vicenza) and Netherlands (Rotterdam, Haarlem & Amsterdam) serve as hosts of the sixteen teams of the second round (September 14-20), and therefore receive first round byes. The groups are as follows:[5]

Italy will also host the final round (September 22-27 in Grosseto, Nettuno, Anzio, Matino, Caserta, Messina, Palermo & Rome) consisting of eight teams.[6]

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. As with many international baseball competitions, it 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.

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

Pan American Games

The U.S. and Cuba have been arch rivals at the Pan American Games ever since the event began in 1951. The U.S. has finished second behind Cuba eight of the twelve times they've brought home the gold. Likewise, when the U.S. won the gold medal at the 1967 Pan American Games, Cuba finished second.

In total, the U.S. has won one gold medal, nine 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. The 16th Pan American Games are to take place in October 2011, in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. It will be the largest multi-sport event held in Mexico outside Mexico City.

2007

The U.S. competed in Group A at the 2007 Pan American Games, along with Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic and Brazil. The U.S. emerged out of Group A with a 3-0 record, and defeated Mexico 2-1 in the second round to set up a chamionship game against their nemeses, Cuba. Cuba won the gold for the tenth time in a row, while the U.S. settled for the silver. The bronze was awarded to both Mexico and Nicaragua as rain canceled their bronze medal match up.

Placings

World Baseball Classic

Olympics

Amateur World Series

  • 1938 : Silver 2nd
  • 1939 : Bronze 3rd
  • 1940 : Silver 3rd
  • 1941 : 6th place
  • 1942 : 5th place
  • 1943 : Did not participate
  • 1944 : Did not participate
  • 1945 : Did not participate
  • 1947 : Did not participate
 
  • 1948 : Did not participate
  • 1950 : Did not participate
  • 1951 : Did not participate
  • 1952 : Did not participate
  • 1953 : Did not participate
  • 1961 : Did not participate
  • 1965 : Did not participate
  • 1969 : Silver 2nd
  • 1970 : Silver 2nd
 

Baseball World Cup

   

Intercontinental Cup

   

Pan American Games

   

See also

Notes


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