The IBAF decided yesterday that the World Baseball Classic (WBC), which was won by the Japanese national team both times it was held, will be the organization’s main event. The third WBC tournament is scheduled for early 2013, and the Japanese Players Association has yet to sign off on whether or not it will agree to defend its back-to-back titles. The holdup on the decision is due to a disagreement about revenue sharing.
At any rate, if the JBPA decides to take part (which it probably will), and once again wins the whole thing, then they’ll certainly rise from their current spot of fourth in the world rankings.
Here are the top 30 of the 76 nations currently ranked by the IBAF:
|2011 Ranking||Country||Federation||Points||2010 Ranking|
|7||Taiwan (Chinese Taipei)||BFA||444.04||5|
COPABE = Confederación Panamericana de Béisbol
BFA = Baseball Federation of Asia
CEB = Confederation of European Baseball
BCO = Baseball Confederation of Oceania
Click here for the rankings for all 76 teams.