Baseball at the 2008 Summer Olympics

Baseball
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
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Pictogram used to identify baseball at the 2008 Games
Venue Wukesong Baseball Field
Dates August 13–23
Teams 8
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s)  South Korea
2nd place, silver medalist(s)  Cuba
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)  United States
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Competing teams

Baseball at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing was held from August 13 to August 23. All games were played at Wukesong Baseball Field, a temporary venue constructed at the Beijing Wukesong Culture & Sports Center. For the third time in Olympic competition, professional baseball players were eligible to participate, though no active players from Major League Baseball were available.

This is the most recently contested baseball tournament in Olympic history, as the International Olympic Committee voted to remove baseball from the program in the 2012 Olympics.[1] Along with softball, baseball was rejected for inclusion in the 2016 Summer Olympics at the IOC's meeting in October 2009.[2] However, following a 2016 IOC vote, baseball was again included for the 2020 Games.[3]

This was also the first time that the IBAF's new extra-innings rule was officially in effect, allowing each team to start with two base runners from the 11th inning on.[4] South Korea won the gold medal in a 3–2 final victory against Cuba.

Medalists

Competition format

Eight teams are competing in the Olympic baseball tournament, and the competition consists of two rounds. The preliminary round follows a round robin format, where each of the teams plays all the other teams once. Following this, the top four teams advance to a single elimination round culminating in the bronze and gold medal games.

Qualification

Event Date Location Vacancies Qualified
Host nation  China
American Qualifying Tournament Aug 25 – Sept 7, 2006 Cuba Havana 2  United States
 Cuba
European Championship Sept 7 – Sept 16, 2007 Spain Barcelona 1  Netherlands
Asian Baseball Championship Nov 27 – Dec 3, 2007 Taiwan Taichung 1  Japan
Final Qualifying Tournament Mar 7 – Mar 14, 2008 Taiwan Taichung and Douliou 3  Canada
 South Korea
 Chinese Taipei[1]
TOTAL 8

^1 Chinese Taipei is the official IOC designation for the state officially referred to as the Republic of China (ROC), commonly known as Taiwan.

Team squad

Team Qualification criteria Appearance
Canada 1st place of Final Qualifying Tournament  2nd
China Automatic as host nation of the Olympics  1st
Chinese Taipei 3rd place of Final Qualifying Tournament  3rd
Cuba 2nd place of American Qualifying Tournament  5th
Japan 1st place of Asian Baseball Championship  5th
South Korea 2nd place of Final Qualifying Tournament  3rd
Netherlands 1st place of European Championship  4th
United States 1st place of American Qualifying Tournament  4th

Group stage

All times are China Standard Time (UTC+8)

Team G W L RS RA WIN% GB Tiebreaker
 South Korea 7 7 0 41 22 1.000
 Cuba 7 6 1 52 23 .857 1
 United States 7 5 2 40 22 .714 2
 Japan 7 4 3 30 14 .571 3
 Chinese Taipei 7 2 5 29 33 .286 5 1–0
 Canada 7 2 5 29 20 .286 5 0–1
 Netherlands 7 1 6 9 50 .143 6 1–0
 China 7 1 6 14 60 .143 6 0–1

August 13

August 14

August 15

August 16

August 17

August 18

August 19

August 20

Knockout stage

 
Semifinals Gold Medal Match
 
           
 
2008-08-22 - Beijing
 
 
 Japan 2
 
2008-08-23 - Beijing
 
 South Korea 6
 
 South Korea 3
 
2008-08-22 - Beijing
 
 Cuba 2
 
 United States 2
 
 
 Cuba 10
 
Bronze Medal Match
 
 
2008-08-23 - Beijing
 
 
 Japan 4
 
 
 United States 8

Semifinals

Bronze medal match

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 Japan 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 6 1
 United States 0 1 3 0 4 0 0 0 X 8 9 0
WP: Brett Anderson (1-0)   LP: Kenshin Kawakami (0-1)
Home runs:
JPN: Masahiro Araki (1), Norichika Aoki (1)
USA: Matt LaPorta (2), Matt Brown (2), Jason Donald (1)

Gold medal match

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 South Korea 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 4 0
 Cuba 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 5 1
WP: Hyun-Jin Ryu (2-0)   LP: Norberto González (0-1)   Sv: Tae-Hyon Chong (2)
Home runs:
KOR: Seung-Yeop Lee (2)
CUB: Michel Enríquez (2), Alexei Bell (2)

Final standings

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