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WBSC Rankings: Curacao On the Rise, Japan No. 1

 Matt Tallarini  |    Jan 4th, 2023 9:03pm EST

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) released the newest 2023 World Baseball Rankings on December 31.  

The WBSC, along with their regional sectors of the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania, rank member nations who earn points for appearing in separate international competitions during the year based upon the final result of each tournament.  

Japan remains No. 1 in the WBSC’s world rankings, going into the new year at the top after placing high in tournaments they have appeared along with winning gold during the U-23 World Cup in Taiwan from October. 

A few surprises have arose from the 2022 WBSC calendar of events. Curacao, an up-and-coming talent pool in the WBSC Americas sector, had the biggest improvement from 2022’s rankings, gaining 11 spots from their previous ranking, 44th, and now stand at No. 33. 

Curacao earned their rankings by placing second during the Honkbalweek Haarlem Tournament in the Netherlands, along with a third-place finish in the 2022 Caribbean Cup in the Bahamas in December, earning the island a berth in the 2023 Central American and Caribbean Games in El Salvador next June.  

The Dominican Republic fell three places, dropping from sixth to being ranked ninth in the world, partially due to the D.R. not participating in the WBSC U-18 and U-23 events in 2022.  

Under the points system the World Baseball Softball Confederation uses to determine the World Rankings, the winner of the upcoming World Baseball Classic in March will receive 1,000 points plus a 150 point bonus, while the other participating countries will receive 100 points for being in the field.  

The WBSC Premier 12, which is slated for late 2024, is an event where teams will receive 120 points for participating, with the winner earning 1,200 points plus a 180 point bonus. 

The full methodology of the WBSC’s World Baseball Rankings is available on the WBSC’s website. 

The WBSC will have one baseball event in 2023, the U-12 Baseball World Cup from July 28 to August 6, where certain countries will have a chance to go up in the rankings for overall youth and senior events.  

The Top 25 Nations in the WBSC World Baseball Rankings:

Rank Nation Previous Ranking Points
1 Japan   4179
2 Chinese Taipei   3819
3 U.S.A. 5 3449
4 South Korea 3 3428
5 Mexico 4 3273
6 Venezuela 7 2723
7 Netherlands 8 2468
8 Cuba 9 2246
9 Dominican Republic 6 1894
10 Australia   1889
11 Colombia   1669
12 Panama 13 1529
13 Puerto Rico 16 1419
14 Canada 12 1404
15 Czech Republic 14 1309
16 Italy 17 1206
17 Nicaragua 15 1117
18 Germany   1071
19 Spain   806
20 Israel   702
21 France 22 672
22 Great Britain 24 450
23 Brazil   423
24 Belgium 25 412
25 South Africa 26 385
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Matt Tallarini
Matthew (Matt) Tallarini is the Founder and Chief Correspondent for the World Baseball Network. Matt played semi-professional baseball with the Pelham Mets in Pelham, New York for four years, including the 2018 Semi Pro World Series. During the pandemic, Matt began engaging with international baseball, as a way to keep connected to the sport. Matt created the World Baseball Network and its signature website, WorldBaseball.com as a way to promote and inform similar likeminded fans about the players, teams and leagues innovating the sport of baseball and feeding into Major League Baseball (MLB). As a result of Matt’s efforts, World Baseball Network is now the benchmark standard for international baseball coverage, including MLB, MiLB, NCAA, Korea, Japan, Caribbean, Baseball United, WBC, WBSC and more. In a short time, Matt has interviewed a who’s who of global baseball legends and coaches. These include: Former Yankee closer Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera; Hall of Famer Trevor Hoffman; former Yankee Luis Sojo veteran of four Yankee World series teams; Mickey Callaway former MLB manager; Paul Mainieri LSU National Championship coach; Eric Holtz manager Team Israel of the 2020 Olympics; Ian Kinsler former MLB player and now Israel national team player; Harold Ramirez of the Tampa Bay Rays formerly with the Indians and Cubs; Joey Meneses of the Washington Nationals; and Mike Cameron current USA Baseball advisor former-MLB outfielder. Matt Tallarini is 2015 graduate of Mitchell College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and a 2022 graduate of Iona University with a Masters in Finance. Since its inception, Matt has been the Chief Correspondent for World Baseball Network. Matt has interviewed and interacted with many international players and coaches including former Yankee closer Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera, Hall of Famer Trevor Hoffman, former Yankee Luis Sojo veteran of four Yankee World series teams, Mickey Callaway former MLB manager, Paul Mainieri LSU National Championship coach, Eric Holtz manager Team Israel of the 2020 Olympics, Ian Kinsler former MLB player and now Israel national team player, Harold Ramirez of the Tampa Bay Rays formerly with the Indians and Cubs, Joey Meneses of the Washington Nationals, Mike Cameron current USA Baseball advisor former-MLB outfielder. Matthew is 2015 graduate of Mitchell College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and a 2022 graduate of Iona University with a Masters in Finance.