Canada jumps to No. 7 in latest WBSC Baseball World Rankings

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By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

OTTAWA- Canada has moved up three spots from 10th to seventh in the latest World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball World Rankings that were unveiled earlier today.

The rankings weigh a country’s National Team performance — from U-12 to Professional — in WBSC-sanctioned international competitions over a four-year period (2015-2018). In that span, Canada won a gold medal at the 2015 Pan Am Games and followed that up with a fifth place showing at the inaugural Premier 12 event in November 2015. Canada was one of 16 nations to participate in the 2017 World Baseball Classic and last September finished fourth at the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup staged in Thunder Bay, Ont.

With baseball returning to the Olympic program for the 2020 Tokyo Games, the Baseball World Rankings take on even more significance with qualification events looming.

The Top 12 ranked nations at the end of 2018 will battle in the November 2019 WBSC Premier12, the second edition of the men’s professional national team global championship. A select number of top finishers from the II Premier12 will gain direct entry into the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

“This is a very exciting and critical time leading up to the WBSC Premier12 2019 and Tokyo 2020 Games,” said WBSC president Riccardo Fraccari in a press release. “These next years will be among the most important for baseball/softball to continue emerging as a major global sport.”

The United States took over Japan for the top spot on the Baseball World Rankings with Korea, Cuba, Mexico and Chinese Taipei rounding out the top six.

The No. 7 ranking matches Canada’s position from 2014, 2013 and 2009. In 2011 and 2012, Canada reached its highest-ever ranking at  No. 6.

WBSC Baseball World Rankings

Adam Morissette

Adam Morissette was born and raised in Ottawa, Ont. where sports were always a big part of his life whether it be baseball, hockey or football, including playing two seasons as centre for coach Pat Sheahan with the Queen's University Golden Gaels in Kingston -- Canada's first capital. Morissette has always have been passionate about baseball and has fond memories of attending Montreal Expos games with his father, Mike, and listening to his recollection of watching baseball in Montreal at Jarry Park and stories about Gary Carter, Rusty Staub and Steve Rodgers. Morissette could often be found in a near empty Lynx Stadium watching Joe Siddall, Bert Heffernan, Curtis Pride and Jamie Carroll soaking in a beautiful summer night at the ballpark. He was a member of the provincial championship Orleans Red Sox Little League teams also played with the Ottawa White Sox for the late Lyle Anderson and Todd Burke in OBA Midget and American Legion play and the Capital City Crushers (NCBL), primarily as a catcher. Has also spent time coaching Little League in Orleans and South Ottawa. He wanted to turn his passion into a career and enrolled in Sport Business Management at Algonquin College in Ottawa in 2007. After working for the Ottawa 67's OHL team as the Ticket Coordinator, Morissette jumped at the opportunity to become the Media and Public Relations Coordinator with Baseball Canada in 2010. He loves watching and reading about pro, college or amateur baseball and is a long-time subscriber to Baseball America. Morissette is thrilled about the idea of writing about baseball and is interested in covering any story that his car -- and time -- will allow him to cover.