The Dominican Republic national baseball team is the national baseball team of the Dominican Republic. The team has won the Baseball World Cup in 1948 and World Baseball Classic in 2013. They are the first team to have won both world competitions. They are currently ranked the 12th best in the world by the World Baseball Softball Confederation.
|Dominican Republic national baseball team|
|Federation||Federación Dominicana de Béisbol|
|World Baseball Classic|
|Appearances||3 (First in 2006)|
|Best result||1st (2013)|
|Appearances||22 (First in 1941)|
|Best result||1st (1948)|
|2019 Pan American Games Qualifier roster|
| Dominican Republic|
World Baseball Classic
|Puerto Rico / United States 2006||4th|
|Puerto Rico 2009||9th|
|Puerto Rico / United States 2013||1st|
|United States 2017||5th|
|World Baseball Classic record||Qualification record|
|2006||Semifinal||4th||5||2||36||26||No qualifiers held|
|2009||Round 1||9th||1||2||12||5||No qualifiers held|
|2017||Round 2||5th||4||2||33||19||Automatically qualified|
The Dominican Republic was invited to play at the inaugural World Baseball Classic in 2006. Placed in Pool D for the opening round, the Dominican Republic swept through the group, defeating Venezuela, Italy, and Australia at Cracker Jack Stadium in Lake Buena Vista, United States. After falling to Puerto Rico in the first game of the 2nd round in Puerto Rico, the Dominicans recovered to qualify for the semifinals by virtue of winning their last two games. They would fall in the semifinals, however, to Cuba.
The Dominicans were placed in Pool D of the 2009 World Baseball Classic, playing their opening round games at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Considered one of the pre-tournament favorites with multiple Major League Baseball All-Stars, they were upset in their opening game of the modified double-elimination pool by the Netherlands. After eliminating Panama, they faced the Dutch again for the right to advance but were stunned in 11 innings and eliminated from the competition.
Drawn into Pool C with Puerto Rico, Spain, and Venezuela at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico once again, the Dominicans opened the round-robin round 1 with a decisive 9–3 victory over 2009 semifinalists Venezuela. A victory over Spain and a Puerto Rico win over Venezuela ensured advancement to the second round; the Dominicans clinched the top seed by defeating the hosts. In the second round, the Dominicans rallied past upstart Italy despite an early 4–0 deficit at Marlins Park in Miami, United States. Two ninth-inning runs pushed the Dominicans past the host Americans and into the semifinals. Another victory over Puerto Rico ensured the Dominicans of the top seed and a chance to avoid two-time defending champions Japan national baseball team. Instead, they would face the surprising semifinalists Netherlands. After an early 1–0 deficit, four 5th-inning runs pushed the Dominican Republic into the final, where a 3–0 victory over Puerto Rico gave them their first-ever World Baseball Classic title. New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Canó was named MVP of the tournament.
The Dominican Republic advanced out of the first round of the 2017 World Baseball Classic. The Dominican Republic’s win over the US set a new Marlins Park record for baseball game attendance with 37,446. Manny Machado of the Dominican Republic was named MVP for the first round Pool C bracket of the WBC, after batting .357. On the second round, however, they fell to both Puerto Rico and the United States, eliminating them from the World Baseball Classic and ending its championship reign.
The Dominican Republic team participated in the 1992 Games, the first medal competition for the sport, and finished 6th. The team failed to qualify for another competition before baseball was eliminated from the Olympics after the 2008 Games.
|Summer Olympics record||Qualification|
|1984||United States||Preliminary||8th [a]||0||3||8||35||Invited as a replacement for Cuba|
|1996||United States||Did not qualify|
|2000||Australia||Did not qualify|
|2004||Greece||Did not qualify|
|2008||People's Republic of China||Did not qualify||8th, American Qualifying Tournament|
Alcibíades Colón Inoa (August 16, 1919 – February 15, 2016) was a Dominican Republic baseball player. Colón was born in the city of Mao, the head municipality of the Valverde Province in the northwest of the country.Colón is best known for having been part of the Dominican Republic national baseball team in 1950 and represent his country in international tournaments. Additionally, he played in the professional leagues of the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela, and has the distinction for getting the first hit in the history of Quisqueya Stadium.A line drive hitter and aggressive baserunner, Colón also was a steady defensive right fielder with a strong throwing arm. He started playing amateur baseball with several sport clubs, before joining the Dominican Army baseball team in the late 1940s. After that, he was selected for the national baseball team that competed in the 1950 Baseball World Cup held at Managua, Nicaragua, in which participated 12 countries.
In a BWC tournament wrapped in controversy, the Dominican Republic squad finished in a three-way tie with the teams of Cuba and Venezuela, all with an identical 9–2 record, making it necessary to play a three-team, round-robin playoff which finally was won by the Dominicans. Nevertheless, this playoff was annulled when the International Baseball Federation officials agreed to disqualify Puerto Rico for using professional players during the tournament. As a result, an opening round loss of Cuba to Puerto Rico was changed to a forfeit victory for the Cubans, leaving them with a 10–1 record and the gold medal. Dominican Republic had to settle for the silver medal and the bronze medal went to Venezuela. Colón was a bright spot for his team, compiling a pretty solid batting average of .386 (17-for-44) and 11 runs scored while batting third in the order.Following his stellar performance in the World Cup, Colón was signed to play with the Tigres del Licey during the 1951 Dominican winter season, as he helped the team win the pennant in his professional debut. Afterwards, he played for the Criollos de Caguas of the Puerto Rican league in 1952, before returning to Licey in 1953. That season, Colón batted .338 while Licey claimed its second title in three years. Then, in 1954, Colón hit .306 for the Tigres and also had time to play nine games for the Patriotas de Venezuela club of the Venezuelan league late in the season.In the summer of 1955, Colón formed part of the Diablos Rojos del México club of the Mexican League. He then rejoined Licey for the upcoming winter season.
The Estadio Quisqueya in Santo Domingo was inaugurated on October 23, 1955 with a game between Licey and the visiting Estrellas Orientales. In this game Colón went 3-for-4, including the first hit and the first run scored against Estrellas pitcher Don Elston, making history as the first player to do it in the new stadium. Licey prevailed, 8–7, while pitcher Chi-Chi Olivo was credited with the win.Even so, in 1956 Olivo was used sparingly by Licey manager Ed Lopat and decided to retire at the end of the season.After baseball, Colón received numerous public tributes for his contributions on and off the field. In 1991, he was enshrined in the Dominican Sports Hall of Fame for his contributions to the sport of baseball.Colón died in 2016 at his home of Mao, Dominican Republic, at the age of 96.Aneury Tavárez
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Dominican Republic roster – 2006 World Baseball Classic – 4th place
Dominican Republic roster – 2009 World Baseball Classic – 9th place
Dominican Republic roster – 2013 World Baseball Classic – Champions
Dominican Republic roster – 2017 World Baseball Classic – 5th place