|Dominican Republic national baseball team|
|Federation||Federación Dominicana de Béisbol|
|WBSC World Rank||10 (18 March 2020)|
|World Baseball Classic|
|Appearances||3 (First in 2006 )|
|Best result||1st (2013)|
|Appearances||22 (First in 1941 )|
|Best result||1st (1948)|
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 10th best in the world by the World Baseball Softball Confederation.The team will try to qualify for the 2020 Olympics at the eight-team Americas Qualifying Event on May 31 through June 5, 2021.
|Dominican Republic roster - 2020 Summer Olympics Qualifier|
| 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. It will try to qualify for the 2020 Olympics at the Americas Qualifying Event on May 31 through June 5, 2021.
|Summer Olympics record||Qualification|
|1984||United States||Preliminary||8th||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||China||Did not qualify||8th, American Qualifying Tournament|
|2020||Japan||To be determined||To be determined|
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