World Baseball Rankings

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 RankingCountryFederationPoints2010 Ranking
1CubaCOPABE956.021
2USACOPABE893.252
3South KoreaBFA766.703
4JapanBFA656.424
5NetherlandsCEB483.516
6CanadaCOPABE458.838
7Taiwan (Chinese Taipei)BFA444.045
8VenezuelaCOPABE393.637
9Puerto RicoCOPABE249.7311
10MexicoCOPABE249.239
11AustraliaBCO225.9710
12Dominican RepublicCOPABE204.2013
13ItalyCEB177.9412
14NicaraguaCOPABE127.5614
15PanamaCOPABE90.2416
16ChinaBFA83.8415
17Germany CEB51.2419
18SpainCEB49.0117
19Netherlands AntillesCOPABE48.9822
20Czech RepublicCEB45.4620
21PakistanBFA43.0025
22ThailandBFA38.3818
23Great BritainCEB33.3221
24ArgentinaCOPABE32.0032
25CroatiaCEB29.0730
26ColombiaCOPABE28.7528
27IndonesiaBFA26.5031
28PhilippinesBFA22.8323
29GreeceCEB21.5033
30Hong KongBFA20.2526

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.

 

About Christopher Pellegrini

Christopher is a budding sabermetrician and long-time supporter of Tokyo’s more lovable team, the Swallows. He has publicly volunteered, several times, that he plans to buy the team at some point in the future. When he finally runs the joint, it is likely that he will fine any player who swings at the first pitch or sac bunts (unless it’s a pitcher, of course). Follow him on Twitter: @chrispellegrini