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08-06-2006, 10:33 AM
This will be the official thread to post everything about the America's Olympic Baseball Qualifying Tournament. The qualifying tournament is from August 25 to September 6, 2006. They're being held in Havana, Cuba. The top two teams qualifying for the 2008 Olympics, and the 3rd and 4th place teams go into an eight team tournament with 2nd and 3rd European teams, 2nd and 3rd Asian teams, top team from Oceania, and top team from Africa. The top three team in that 8 man tournament qualify for the 2008 Olympics as well.
Here is the website with all the details and schedule for the America's Olympic Qualifying: http://www.baseball.ch/PanAm/PA.htm
08-06-2006, 07:24 PM
Why is the qualifying tournament so early?? Almost 2 years in advance!!
ALSO, WHY IS MEXICO NOT IN THE QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT?????
08-06-2006, 09:00 PM
... because the people who run international baseball are buffoons.
08-07-2006, 03:01 PM
It was brought to my attention that my prior post above might have been a little rude in light of Aldo Notari's recent death.
I did not mean to disparage Mr. Notari, but I stand by my general comments regarding IBAF.
The simple fact of the matter is, international baseball is run very poorly. Most of the time, it seems unclear if IBAF's #1 goal is to advance baseball or to be a thorn in MLB's side.
The nonsense surrounding the WBC is Example #1 this year. Holding the Olympic qualifier two years early is Example #2. Holding it in Cuba is Example #3. And holding it during the exact same week as MLB September call-ups -- meaning some of the best players can't participate -- is Example #4.
08-07-2006, 05:48 PM
I figured out why Mexico is not in the qualifying tourney. In November of 2005, the USA hosted the First-Stage of the Olympic Qualifying Event where 4 out of the 6 teams in the tournament go to the real America's Olympic Qualifying, held in Cuba. The tournament had the USA, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Panama. Mexico and Guatemala were the two teams that were eliminated.
08-25-2006, 01:32 AM
Anyone know the schedules for the COPABE Qualifiers
in Havana which start Friday?
Is there an official site for the tournament??
08-25-2006, 05:49 AM
Actually the link given in the first post of this thread is the full schedule in .pdf fromat. As for the site, I'll get back to you on that one
08-25-2006, 09:48 AM
Gracias, Perseas . . . . If I'm able to locate one, I'll
put it on the site . . . I found a COPABE site last night, but it
hadn't been updated since the last qualifiers!
08-26-2006, 09:02 AM
The tournament started yesterday (Cuba 14, Colombia 0)
and you can follow it at
Enjoy . . .
08-29-2006, 08:16 PM
Results from Day 1 to Day 5.
CUB - COL 14-0
08-29-2006, 08:41 PM
STANDINGS AFTER DAY 5
(Team, Wins, losses)
1) Cuba 4-0
2) Panama 3-1
3) Nicaragua 2-2
4) Dominican Republic 2-2
5) Columbia 1-3
6) Ecuador 0-4
1) USA 4-0
2) Mexico 3-1
3) Canada 2-2
4) Puerto Rico 1-3
5) Brasil 1-3
6) Venezuela 1-3
08-30-2006, 02:03 PM
From Cuban paper Granma . . . a review of the tournament and some of its participants. Action resumes Friday . . .
08-30-2006, 09:33 PM
The top four teams in each group qualified for the playoffs. In the playoffs, each team will play every team in the opposite group. For example, Team 2 in Group B plays Team 1, Team 2, Team 3, and Team 4 in Group A.
Pool A: Pool B:
1. Cuba 1.USA
2. Panama 2.Mexico
3. Nicaragua 3.Canada
4. Dominican Republic 4.Venezuela
The 2 teams with the best record automatically qualify for the 2008 Olympics.
The 3rd and 4th place teams qualify for another qualifying tournament in 2007.
08-31-2006, 10:58 PM
Does anybody know of any video footage of the tournament??? Highlights, full games??? Anything. Maybe there is some in Cuba that somebody could try to post.
Thanks so much!
09-02-2006, 12:25 PM
Results from Day 8 of the playoffs.
Canada 15 - Panama 12 (Walk off, pinch-hit, GRAND SLAM!)
Mexico 2 - Nicaragua 0
USA 12 - Dominican Republic 2
Cuba 10 - Venezuela 1
Group B teams won three out of the four games.
09-03-2006, 11:08 PM
USA and Cuba have qualified for the Beijing´08 Olympics.
Mexico and Canada can still qualify in a later tournament in China Taipei.
Team USA beat Panama 11 to 5. Angels phenom Brandon Wood went 2-3 with a double.
Cuba beat Mexico 4 to 0 behind 21 years old RHP Frank Montieth known as "The Lisa Express". Montieth pitched 8 innings of 2 hit ball with 6 K's using 99 pitches including 44 fastballs. Montieth, who plays for the Havana Lions, retired 11 consecutive Mexican batters at one point and none reached second base.
Yuliesky Gourriel, Alexander Mayeta and Ariel Pestano homered for the Cubans. Mexico added LHP Oscar Rivera to their roster late to face Cuba. Rivera was the best pitcher in the Mexican Summer League and just finished pitching in the Mexican league finals for the Yucatan Lions.
Frank Montieth pitched also against Nicaragua during the qualifaying round. Montieth no hit no run Nicaragua for 7 innings before being lifted from the game.
Why was not Montieth part of the Cuban roster during the WBC?
I do not remember seing him either in the initial 60 men roster.
Ah, now he is playing in a tournament hosted by Cuba. Uhmmmmm!
Red Sox Rule
09-04-2006, 06:55 AM
Well Done Cuba :gt :clapping . Since i visited Cuba and seeing as how Team GB won't be playing in many international competitions until it gets alot better, i've kinda adopted Cuba as my International team. :D I even bought there jerseys when i was there
09-04-2006, 08:30 PM
Cuba and USA have qualified for the 2008 Olympics. Mexico has qualified for the next qualifying tournament which is next year, and so there is one spot left for the qualifier next year. If Canada beats Nicaragua tomorrow, then Canada makes it.
09-05-2006, 08:25 PM
The tournament has finally wrapped up, and the following teams have qualified for the following tournaments:
2008 Beijing Olympics:
8-team tournament in 2007 for the final 3 Olympic spots:
Baseball World Cup 2007 Taipei:
Pan American Games Brazil 2007:
09-05-2006, 09:22 PM
USA won the game 8 x 5. The 45, 000 Cuban fans who watched the game gave the USA team an ovation at the end of the game. The Cuban team went to congratulate the American team once the game concluded. :clapping
Congratulations to all USA fans including myself. :D
I rarely loose because I root for two teams: Cuba and USA. ;)
09-09-2006, 09:53 PM
"It was a playoff atmosphere and something I haven't been a part of before, so for me, that's what it felt like," he said.
Schumaker is referring to him helping Team USA qualify for the 2008 Olympics in the tournament that was recently held in Cuba.
"So far for me in my baseball career, it's been the best experience of my life," Schumaker said. "Having 40,000 people against you is kind of crazy, but it was a lot of fun. Every pitch counted, and going from the Minors -- where we were struggling a lot in Memphis -- to that atmosphere was awesome."
Even though the crowd was obviously heavily partisan toward the home team, the fans' love of baseball impressed Schumaker.
"If we made a great play, they would still clap and cheer for you," Schumaker said. "They respected the game, especially when it's played well, and they said the reason they were excited about the tournament was watching the USA play Cuba. They appreciated us being there, and we had a lot of fun. It's obviously different down there, but I had a great time."
Schumaker was also very impressed with the Cuban players.
"It was pretty sad, because a lot of those guys could play in the big leagues, no doubt about it," Schumaker said. "Half of that team could. They had some pretty good arms. They pitch backward there, using the breaking stuff to set up the fastball, instead of the other way around, but they know how to play the game. They play it right, and they play it hard."