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Team USA Faces Host Japan in Tokyo 2020 Gold Medal Game

August 7, 2021
Game Notes |  Media Guide  |  Live Stats |  Watch Live (NBCSN) YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Team USA (4-1) and Japan (4-0) will go head-to-head in the gold medal game of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on Saturday evening at Yokohama Baseball Stadium. The first pitch is set for 7 p.m. JST/6 a.m. EDT/3
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YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Team USA (4-1) and Japan (4-0) will go head-to-head in the gold medal game of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on Saturday evening at Yokohama Baseball Stadium. The first pitch is set for 7 p.m. JST/6 a.m. EDT/3 a.m. PDT on NBC Sports Network. Nick Martinez (1-0) will get the ball for the stars and stripes.

This is the U.S.’s first appearance in an Olympic Games gold medal game since September 27, 2000, when Ben Sheets pitched a complete-game shutout to defeat the two-time defending champions, Cuba, 4-0 in the finale. It was the second Olympic gold medal in USA Baseball history after also winning the baseball tournament in the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games when it was still a demonstration sport.

Japan and the U.S. have a history in the Olympic finale, having faced each other in the Los Angeles 1984 and Seoul 1988 Olympic Games with a gold medal on the line. Japan defeated Team USA 6-3 to claim gold in 1984, but the U.S. won gold in 1988 with a 5-3 victory.

Since baseball became an official sport on the Olympic Programme, the U.S. and Japan have faced each other two times in a medal-round game in the Olympics, splitting the two matchups. Japan defeated Team USA 8-3 in the bronze medal game of the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, and Team USA won the bronze in Beijing 2008, beating Japan 8-4.

Martinez will get the start for the red, white, and blue after setting the tone for the U.S. pitching staff on a record-tying night against Korea in the opening round. He struck out nine batters in 5.0 innings, giving up four hits and one run, as the Team USA pitchers combined to strike out 14 batters–the most in an Olympic Games since July 28, 1992, against Italy.

Japan will turn to Masato Morishita and face a lineup featuring Tyler Austin and Triston Casas, who lead the tournament in slugging percentage (.857) and home runs (3), respectively. Austin has gotten a hit in all five games of the Olympic baseball tournament playing in his home stadium and Casas has also reached base safely in all five contests, tallying hits in four games.

Saturday’s game will serve as a rematch of the quarterfinals in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games when Japan walked off the U.S., 7-6, in an extra-inning matchup. Team USA trailed 2-0 but eventually took a 6-3 lead on a Casas three-run, opposite-field home run. The stars and stripes’ bullpen struggled in the loss, allowing Japan to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth to force extras. 

Regardless of the outcome, the U.S. will win its sixth Olympic medal for baseball, and its fourth as an official sport on the Olympic Programme. 

Gold: 1988*, 2000
Silver: 1984*
Bronze: 1996, 2008

Additionally, with Team USA securing an Olympic medal in 2020, Eddy Alvarez will become just the sixth athlete all-time to win an Olympic medal in both the Summer and Winter Games. He will be the third American athlete to do so, following Eddie Egan (1920, 1932) and Lauryn Williams (2004, 2012, 2014).

The game will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network. Fans and media are encouraged to visit USABaseball.com and follow @USABaseball on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for the most up-to-date information for the team, including daily game notes, recaps, live scoring, and behind-the-scenes content.

Followers are encouraged to use the official hashtag of USA Baseball, #ForGlory🇺🇸, during the event.

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Team USA Coaching Staff Announced for the 2023 World Baseball Classic

DeRosa to lead a staff with 139 combined years of Major League playing and coaching experience; First-ballot Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. and five-time World Series champion Andy Pettitte to make professional coaching debuts
August 23, 2022
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the coaching staff who will join Team USA Manager Mark DeRosa for the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC). DeRosa, who will be making his professional coaching debut, will manage a staff that includes a first-ballot Hall of Famer, 139 combined years of Major

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the coaching staff who will join Team USA Manager Mark DeRosa for the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC). DeRosa, who will be making his professional coaching debut, will manage a staff that includes a first-ballot Hall of Famer, 139 combined years of Major League playing and coaching experience, and 10 World Series titles.

Team USA will be led by DeRosa, bench coach Jerry Manuel, pitching coach Andy Pettitte, hitting coach Ken Griffey Jr., first base coach Lou Collier, third base coach Dino Ebel, and bullpen coach Dave Righetti.

“I couldn’t be more excited to get in the fight with this group of men,” said DeRosa. “The wealth of knowledge, experience, and character that these guys will bring to our clubhouse will be vital to our success. March can’t come fast enough.” 

“The wealth of baseball knowledge on this coaching staff is second to none,” said Team USA General Manager Tony Reagins. “Jerry will bring a lifetime of baseball experience to the dugout to assist Mark as his bench coach while former All-Stars Dave Righetti and Andy Pettitte will handle the pitching staff. Dino & Lou who have spent a lifetime in baseball coaching and developing players will handle the first and third base coaching duties while Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. will be an invaluable asset as our teams hitting coach. I’d like to welcome all of these guys to our team.”

“Our goal is to defend our World Baseball Classic title and the coaching staff we have assembled is an incredible first step in making that goal a reality,” said USA Baseball Executive Director and CEO Paul Seiler. “Every member of this staff is a respected figure in the game of baseball and boasts remarkable accolades from their respective playing and coaching careers. We are excited to work with these coaches as we collectively aim to lead Team USA to a second consecutive world title.”

The U.S. is looking to win its second World Baseball Classic title after capping the 2017 event with a dominant 8-0 victory over Puerto Rico in the championship game at Dodgers Stadium.

The fifth installment of the Classic will take place from March 8-21, 2023. loanDepot park in Miami will also host the semifinals and finals of the tournament from March 19-21.

Team USA will begin its title defense as part of Pool C at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, from March 11-15, facing Canada, Colombia, Mexico, and a to-be-determined qualifying team. The Pool C winner and runner-up will advance to the quarterfinals in Miami, Florida, from March 17-18, and match-up against the winner and runner-up of Pool D.

2023 World Baseball Classic Team USA Coaching Staff:

  • Manager: Mark DeRosa
  • Bench Coach: Jerry Manuel
  • Pitching Coach: Andy Pettitte
  • Hitting Coach: Ken Griffey Jr.
  • First Base Coach: Lou Collier
  • Third Base Coach: Dino Ebel
  • Bullpen Coach: Dave Righetti

Nine-year Major League manager Manuel will serve as the bench coach for the stars and stripes in 2023. He began his coaching career assuming roles with the Chicago White Sox, the Montréal Expos, and the Florida Marlins, where he helped Team USA’s 2017 World Baseball Classic champion manager Jim Leyland win a World Series. “The Sage” was named the manager of the White Sox in 1998 and would go on to amass 500 wins over the next six seasons. Manuel was named the 2000 AL Manager of the Year after leading Chicago to the AL Central title. In 2005, he joined long-time USA Baseball coach Willie Randolph on his coaching staff for the New York Mets before being named the interim manager in 2008 and taking over the role full-time from 2009 to 2010. Manuel finished his managerial career with a 704-684 (.507) record. He currently runs the Jerry Manuel Foundation, which educates young African American men with charter school standards while training them in the fundamentals of baseball. Manuel currently serves as a consultant for Major League Baseball.

Team USA will turn to Major League Baseball’s all-time postseason wins leader Pettitte to lead the pitching staff. Throughout his 18-year career in the Bigs, Pettitte won five World Series titles with the New York Yankees and was a three-time All-Star. He made his debut for the Yankees in 1995 and won four world championships in five years from 1996 to 2000, and earned ALCS MVP honors in 2001. Pettitte also won a World Series with the Yanks in 2009 and finished his postseason career with 19 wins, including five in World Series games. He finished his career with 256 victories and a 3.85 ERA, and his No. 46 jersey was retired by the New York Yankees on August 23, 2015. In 2019, Pettitte earned the USA Baseball Volunteer Coach of the Year award after serving as a pitching coach in the inaugural Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League.

A member of Team USA's inaugural World Baseball Classic Team in 2006, Griffey Jr. will return to Team USA in 2023 as the team's hitting coach. It will mark his professional coaching debut after a 22-year career with the Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds, and the Chicago White Sox, where he was a 13-time All-Star, a 10-time Gold Glove Award winner, a seven-time Silver Slugger, and the 1997 AL MVP. "The Kid" ended his career boasting a lifetime .284 batting average, 2,781 hits, 1,836 RBIs, and 630 home runs–good enough for seventh all-time. Griffey Jr. is a first-ballot Hall of Famer and a member of the MLB All-Century Team and became the first player in Seattle Mariners history to have their jersey retired. He is no stranger to the World Baseball Classic, playing for the red, white, and blue in the inaugural event in 2006. Griffey Jr. led the team in eight statistical categories, including batting average (.524), at-bats (21), hits (11), doubles (2), home runs (3), RBIs (10), on-base percentage (.583), and OPS (1.631).

Collier will assume the role of first base coach for the team in 2023. He spent eight years playing in the Major Leagues for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Milwaukee Brewers, Montréal Expos, Boston Red Sox, and Philadelphia Phillies, and two years in the KBO League in South Korea. Following his playing career, he started the Lou Collier Baseball Association in Chicago, a program dedicated to developing inner city youth and spreading the love of baseball while teaching them life skills. Collier spent time as a coach for the Illinois Tech Scarlet Hawks and currently serves as a scout for the Kansas City Royals. His son, Cam, was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the first round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft.

Current Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Ebel will hold the same position with Team USA in the 2023 World Baseball Classic. He returned to the Dodgers organization in 2019 and has helped lead them to two NL West titles and the 2020 World Series title. Ebel signed with the Dodgers as a free agent in 1988 after winning the Division II baseball championship with Florida Southern College. He spent eight years in their farm system, where he began his coaching career as a "player-coach" for Bakersfield from 1991 to 1994 and then with San Bernadino in 1995. Ebel spent eight years as a manager in the Rookie-level, Single-A, and Double-A ranks for the Dodgers before joining the Los Angeles Angels organization in 2005 as the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees manager. The Angels elevated him to the Bigs as the bench coach in 2005, a position he would hold again from 2015 to 2017. He served as the Halos' third base coach from 2006 to 2014 and again in 2018. Ebel spent 14 seasons working with Mike Scioscia, who led Team USA to a silver medal in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Ebel’s son, Brady, was just named to the USA Baseball 15U National Team and will compete in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup in Mexico.

Rounding out the coaching staff is bullpen coach Righetti, who achieved incredible success as a player and coach in the Majors. Righetti spent 16 years pitching for the New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants, Oakland A's, Toronto Blue Jays, and Chicago White Sox as a starting pitcher before moving to the bullpen in 1984. He began his career in The Bronx in 1981 and was named the AL Rookie of the Year. Righetti threw a no-hitter on July 4, 1983–the first by a Yankees left-hander in nearly 70 years–and led the AL with 46 saves in 1986. He finished his playing career as a two-time All-Star, held a 3.46 lifetime ERA, went 82-79, and recorded 252 saves. Righetti was named the pitching coach for the Giants in 2000 and held that position for 18 seasons. During his time in San Francisco, he helped lead the team to a 2002 NL pennant, World Series titles in 2010, 2012, and 2014, 22 All-Star Game selections by their pitchers, and coached Tim Lincecum to back-to-back Cy Young Awards in 2008 and 2009.

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Mark DeRosa Named Team USA's World Baseball Classic Manager

A member of the 2009 WBC team, DeRosa will make his professional coaching debut in 2023
August 19, 2022
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced Mark DeRosa will manage Team USA in the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC). DeRosa, a member of Team USA’s WBC team in 2009, will make his professional coaching debut as the U.S. looks to defend its world championship title next Spring. A 16-year

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced Mark DeRosa will manage Team USA in the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC). DeRosa, a member of Team USA’s WBC team in 2009, will make his professional coaching debut as the U.S. looks to defend its world championship title next Spring.

A 16-year MLB veteran, DeRosa is currently a co-host of MLB Network’s daily morning program, MLB Central.

“I’m completely honored and humbled to be named the manager of Team USA,” said DeRosa. “Competing in the 2009 World Baseball Classic for Team USA was one of the greatest experiences of my baseball journey. Getting the chance to lead this star-studded roster and represent our country is an opportunity of a lifetime, and I can’t wait to get started.”

“Mark DeRosa brings a lifetime of baseball knowledge to the dugout for Team USA,” said General Manager Tony Reagins. “’DeRo’ is well respected both on and off the field and his experience and leadership as a player in the 2009 Classic will be a valued asset as we navigate this process. His insight and ability to communicate effectively will shine through as we continue to develop the various elements of the Team USA World Baseball Classic title defense.”

“We are excited to welcome Mark DeRosa back to Team USA as our manager for the 2023 World Baseball Classic,” said USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO Paul Seiler. “Mark will bring a truly unique perspective to managing this team given his extensive professional career combined with his experience working for MLB Network. Few people are as informed and attuned to what is going on in professional baseball and the premier players in the game today as he is. We look forward to watching him lead this team as we look to defend our world championship title.”

The U.S. is looking to win its second consecutive World Baseball Classic title after capping the 2017 event with a dominant 8-0 victory over Puerto Rico in the championship game at Dodgers Stadium.

DeRosa was selected in the seventh round of the 1996 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Pennsylvania, where he played both baseball and football for the Quakers. He made his MLB debut on September 2, 1998, for the Atlanta Braves in what would kickstart a 16-year playing career. DeRosa played in 1,241 career games for the Braves (1998-2004), Texas Rangers (2005-2006), Chicago Cubs (2007-2008), Cleveland Indians (2009), St. Louis Cardinals (2009), San Francisco Giants (2010-11), Washington Nationals (2012), and Toronto Blue Jays (2013), and tallied a .268 lifetime batting average, 494 RBIs, and 100 home runs. In 22 career postseason games, DeRosa batted .358 with 10 RBIs and won the 2010 World Series with the Giants.

A native of Carlstadt, New Jersey, DeRosa was a member of Team USA in the 2009 WBC, helping lead the red, white, and blue to its first semifinal appearance in the event. He appeared in all eight games, hit .316 with a double, triple, and a home run, and led the team with nine RBIs.

DeRosa first joined MLB Network as a guest analyst during the 2011 and 2013 postseasons and made the transition to full-time in November of 2013 upon retiring. He co-hosts MLB Network’s weekday morning show, MLB Central, alongside Robert Flores and Lauren Shehadi.

Team USA will begin its WBC title defense as part of Pool C in Phoenix, Arizona, from March 11-15, facing Canada, Colombia, Mexico, and a to-be-determined qualifying team. The Pool C winner and runner-up will advance to the quarterfinals in Miami, Florida, from March 17-18, and match-up against the winner and runner-up of Pool D.

The fifth installment of the Classic, to be played from March 8-21, 2023, will take place at Intercontinental Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan; the Tokyo Dome in Japan; Chase Field, the home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, in Phoenix; and loanDepot park, the home of the Miami Marlins, in Florida. loanDepot park in Miami will also host the semifinals and finals of the World Baseball Classic from March 19-21.

USA Baseball will announce the full coaching staff next week. Follow @USABaseball on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, for the latest Team USA World Baseball Classic news.

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Twenty-Two USA Baseball Alumni Selected to 2022 MLB All-Star Game

Seven former Team USA players selected to AL and NL starting lineups
July 19, 2022
CARY, N.C. – Twenty-two USA Baseball alumni were selected for the 2022 MLB All-Star Game, which will take place at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles tonight, Tuesday, July 19, at 8:00 p.m. ET. The National League roster features 14 alums, and eight American League players also have experience with USA

CARY, N.C. – Twenty-two USA Baseball alumni were selected for the 2022 MLB All-Star Game, which will take place at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles tonight, Tuesday, July 19, at 8:00 p.m. ET.

The National League roster features 14 alums, and eight American League players also have experience with USA Baseball.

Seven alumni were selected to the starting lineup, including five for the NL and two for the AL. Paul Goldschmidt (St. Louis Cardinals), Bryce Harper (Philadelphia Phillies), Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers), Manny Machado (San Diego Padres), and Trea Turner (Los Angeles Dodgers) were all named to the NL starting lineup for Tuesday night. Giancarlo Stanton (New York Yankees) and Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels) were voted into the starting lineup for the AL. Due to injury, however, Harper and Trout will not participate in the Mid-Summer Classic.

Seven 2022 All-Stars have won a gold medal with the U.S. The roster features representatives from five different gold medal-winning teams, including three members of the 2017 World Baseball Classic team that won the organization’s first-ever championship at the event. The stars and stripes will look to defend their title in 2023 after Trout announced he will play in the World Baseball Classic next year and be the captain for Team USA.

In total, nine players competed for the Collegiate National Team, four played for the Professional National Team, four suited up for the 18U National Team, three were members of the former 16U National Team, and one appeared on the 15U National Team.

The complete list of USA Baseball alumni named 2022 MLB All-Star Game rosters is as follows:

Name; MLB Team; USA Baseball National Team Program(s):

  • Tyler Anderson; Los Angeles Dodgers; 2010 Collegiate National Team
  • *Nolan Arenado; St. Louis Cardinals; 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
  • Gerrit Cole; New York Yankees; 2009 & 2010 Collegiate National Teams
  • Jake Cronenworth; San Diego Padres; 2019 Professional National Team
  • Travis d’Arnaud; Atlanta Braves; 2011 Professional National Team
  • Freddie Freeman; Los Angeles Dodgers; 2005 16U & 2006 18U National Teams
  • Paul Goldschmidt; St. Louis Cardinals; 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
  • *Josh Hader; Milwaukee Brewers; 2015 Professional National Team
  • *Bryce Harper; Philadelphia Phillies; 2008 16U & 2009 18U National Teams
  • Clayton Kershaw; Los Angeles Dodgers; 2005 18U National Team
  • Manny Machado; San Diego Padres; 2009 18U National Team
  • *Carlos Rodon; San Francisco Giants; 2012 & 2013 Collegiate National Teams
  • Kyle Schwarber; Philadelphia Phillies; 2013 Collegiate National Team
  • Corey Seager; Texas Rangers; 2010 16U National Team
  • *George Springer; Toronto Blue Jays; 2010 Collegiate National Team
  • Giancarlo Stanton; New York Yankees; 2013 & 2017 World Baseball Classic Teams
  • Dansby Swanson; Atlanta Braves; 2014 Collegiate National Team
  • Jose Trevino; New York Yankees; 2012 Collegiate National Team
  • *Mike Trout; Los Angeles Angels; 2010 Professional National Team
  • Kyle Tucker; Houston Astros; 2012 15U National Team
  • Trea Turner; Los Angeles Dodgers; 2012 & 2013 Collegiate National Teams
  • *Justin Verlander; Houston Astros; 2003 Collegiate National Team

*Denotes All-Stars who are inactive

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Tony Reagins Named Team USA General Manager

MLB's Chief Baseball Development Officer is tasked with leading the U.S. to a second WBC title
July 13, 2022
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today named Tony Reagins Team USA’s General Manager for the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC). Currently the Chief Baseball Development Officer for Major League Baseball and a member of USA Baseball's Board of Directors, Reagins is tasked with leading the red, white, and blue to

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today named Tony Reagins Team USA’s General Manager for the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC). Currently the Chief Baseball Development Officer for Major League Baseball and a member of USA Baseball's Board of Directors, Reagins is tasked with leading the red, white, and blue to back-to-back world titles after the 2017 squad won the WBC after defeating Puerto Rico 8-0 in the championship game.

Reagins will make his first appearance on a WBC staff with USA Baseball but is no stranger to the role. In 2007, he became the fifth African American General Manager in MLB history when he was promoted by the Los Angeles Angels, beginning a tenure in which the Halos went 363-285 (.560). He led the 2008 Angels to their first 100-win season in franchise history and won consecutive league titles in 2008 and 2009. In 2021, Reagins served as the General Manager for the U.S. Olympic Team that won a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

“Tony is one of the most well-respected and knowledgeable figures in baseball, and we are thrilled to name him our General Manager for the 2023 World Baseball Classic team,” said USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO Paul Seiler. “Not only has he exhibited success as a General Manager in his career, but his commitment to the game of baseball is unmatched. He has significantly influenced the sport in the United States throughout his career and is the perfect person to authentically represent USA Baseball as we look to win our second consecutive World Baseball Classic.”

“It’s an honor to be named General Manager of Team USA for the 2023 World Baseball Classic,” Reagins said. “We’re looking forward to assembling a talented coaching staff and roster that will build off the success of the 2017 team and make our country proud, while competing against the best players from around the world.”

A native of Indio, California, and graduate of California State University, Fullerton, Reagins began his career as an intern with the Angels and worked his way up to the Director of Player Development before taking over as General Manager. Under his direction, Reagins was responsible for the free-agent signing of Torii Hunter in 2007 and drafting Mike Trout in 2009.

He joined the Commissioner’s Office in March 2015 as Senior Vice President of the first-ever Youth Programs department and became the Executive Vice President of Baseball & Softball Development in March 2018. By the time Reagins was named Major League Baseball’s Chief Baseball Development Officer in 2020, baseball and softball were the most participated team sport in the United States, and participation in baseball rose 20% since 2014. He continued the development of PLAY BALL in partnership with USA Baseball and USA Softball with the implementation of initiatives such as Fun At Bat and has led the ascent of diversity-focused programs such as Hank Aaron Invitational, DREAM Series, Breakthrough Series, and the Elite Development Invitational. Additionally, his efforts to grow the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program in the United States, South America, Canada, Europe, and Africa have shone, amounting to a nearly 160% increase in participation from 2016 to 2020.

Team USA will begin its WBC title defense as part of Pool C in Phoenix, Arizona, from March 11-15 and will face Canada, Colombia, Mexico, and a to-be-determined qualifying team. The Pool C winner and runner-up will advance to the quarterfinals in Miami, Florida, from March 17-18, and match-up against the winner and runner-up of Pool D.

The fifth installment of the Classic, which will be played from March 8-21, 2023, will take place at Intercontinental Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan; the Tokyo Dome in Japan; Chase Field, the home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, in Phoenix; and loanDepot park, the home of the Miami Marlins, in Florida. loanDepot park in Miami will also host the semifinals and finals of the World Baseball Classic from March 19-21.

The U.S. won its first WBC title in 2017. Marcus Stroman was named the MVP after throwing six scoreless innings in the final and finishing the tournament with a 2.35 ERA.

USA Baseball will look to identify the coaching staff and roster over the next several months.

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Team USA to Open World Baseball Classic Title Defense in Phoenix

Stars and stripes to face Canada, Colombia, Mexico, and a future qualifier in Pool C
July 7, 2022
CARY, N.C. – World Baseball Classic, Inc. (WBCI) today announced the dates, venues, and pools for the 2023 World Baseball Classic. Team USA will begin its title defense as part of Pool C in Phoenix, Arizona, from March 11-15 and will face Canada, Colombia, Mexico, and a to-be-determined qualifying team.

CARY, N.C. – World Baseball Classic, Inc. (WBCI) today announced the dates, venues, and pools for the 2023 World Baseball Classic. Team USA will begin its title defense as part of Pool C in Phoenix, Arizona, from March 11-15 and will face Canada, Colombia, Mexico, and a to-be-determined qualifying team. The Pool C winner and runner-up will advance to the quarterfinals in Miami, Florida, from March 17-18, and match-up against the winner and runner-up of Pool D.

The fifth installment of the Classic, which will be played from March 8-21, 2023, will take place at Intercontinental Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan; the Tokyo Dome in Japan; Chase Field, the home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, in Phoenix; and loanDepot park, the home of the Miami Marlins, in Florida. loanDepot park in Miami will also host the semifinals and finals of the World Baseball Classic from March 19-21.

The U.S. won its first World Baseball Classic title in 2017 after blanking Puerto Rico, 8-0, in the championship game. Marcus Stroman was named the MVP after throwing six scoreless innings in the final and finishing the tournament with a 2.35 ERA.

“We are ecstatic that the World Baseball Classic is returning in 2023 and we look forward to defending the title following our memorable run in 2017,” said USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO Paul Seiler. “The World Baseball Classic is the premier international baseball tournament and features the best players from across the globe. We join in the celebration of its return; however, Team USA is ready to get to work on repeating as champions next spring.”

USA Baseball will look to announce its General Manager and Manager for the 2023 World Baseball Classic in the coming months before assembling the remainder of the coaching staff and building its roster. Stay tuned to @USABaseball on social media (Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter) for the most up-to-date information on the red, white, and blue.

Team USA own a 5-3 all-time World Baseball Classic record against teams currently in Pool C, having faced both Canada and Colombia in the opening round of the tournament in 2017 to the tune of 8-0 and 3-2 (10 innings) victories, respectively. The U.S. has advanced to the quarterfinals in every event since the Classic began in 2006 and to the semifinals twice (2009, 2017).

In 2023, the field of teams will expand to 20 for the first time in the tournament’s history. The 16 teams that participated in the 2017 Classic are invited to play in 2023 and will be joined by four teams that will advance from the 2022 Qualifiers, which will be held at Armin-Wolf-Arena in Regensburg, Germany from September 16-21 and at Rod Carew National Stadium in Panama City, Panama from September 30-October 5. The 2023 World Baseball Classic will feature five-team pools in the first round for round-robin play. The top two teams in each of the four first-round pools will advance to the quarterfinals, while the top two teams from each quarterfinal pool will advance to the Championship Round.

The North American quarterfinals, including the teams advancing from Pools C and D, will take place in Miami on March 17-18, while the semifinals and finals will be played from March 19-21.

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Paul Seiler Reelected to WBSC Executive Board

Seiler’s third consecutive term to last through 2025
July 6, 2022
TAIPEI CITY, Taiwan –The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) announced Monday that USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO Paul Seiler was reelected to its Executive Board for a third term through 2025. His reappointment came during the IV WBSC Congress in Taipei City, Taiwan. Seiler was first elected as a member-at-large in

TAIPEI CITY, Taiwan The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) announced Monday that USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO Paul Seiler was reelected to its Executive Board for a third term through 2025. His reappointment came during the IV WBSC Congress in Taipei City, Taiwan. Seiler was first elected as a member-at-large in 2017.

The WBSC is the world governing body for the sports of baseball, softball, and Baseball5. It was established in 2013 by the merger of the International Baseball Federation and International Softball Federation.

"My congratulations to Paul for his reelection on the WBSC Executive Board,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “He has been an instrumental part of the WBSC's development and the growth of baseball around the world. He is a dear friend and colleague ever since we first started working together at IBAF and I'm pleased to have Paul continue on the WBSC Executive Board with many exciting projects ahead of us, including the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games." 

“We are delighted that USA Baseball, and in particular Paul Seiler, will continue to serve as members of the WBSC leadership team,” said USA Baseball President Mike Gaski. “His reelection to a third term is a testament to the respect and admiration he and USA Baseball hold among the global leaders of our game. We look forward to witnessing the growth of baseball globally under his continued leadership.”

“I am both honored and humbled to continue serving on the WBSC Executive Board,” said Seiler. “I cannot overstate the importance of leading by example and USA Baseball continues to be one of the foremost ambassadors for baseball globally thanks to a tremendous team of people dedicated to the care and proliferation of our game in the United States. It continues to be my privilege to represent them among the leaders for baseball with the WBSC as we collectively aim to develop, strengthen, and grow our beloved game domestically and internationally.”

A native of Trenton, New Jersey, Seiler joined USA Baseball in 1988 and was later named Executive Director/CEO in October 2000 after serving as the organization’s Director of National Team Operations from 1997–1999. During his tenure, USA Baseball has forged a long-term partnership with Major League Baseball, achieved record success by its national teams, and experienced unprecedented internal growth.

In 2000, Seiler worked closely with Major League Baseball, the MLB Players Association, and the United States Olympic Paralympic Committee (USOPC) to help lead Team USA to its first Olympic gold medal at the Sydney Games. In addition to being elected to the Executive Committee of the WBSC in 2017, he also served as the Second Vice Chairman for the WBSC’s Baseball Division. Seiler was also one of two technical delegates for baseball in the Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Most recently, he led the Professional National Team program to a silver medal in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after helping baseball return to the Olympic Programme for the first time since 2008.

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USA Baseball Board of Directors Expansion Welcomes Three Additional Former Athletes

ESPN analyst and Women’s National Team alum Jenny Dalton-Hill, Professional National Team alum Jacob May, and Olympic gold medalist Ernie Young join the board in 2022
January 10, 2022
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the expansion of its Board of Directors with the addition of three former athletes, including Women’s National Team alum and ESPN analyst Jenny Dalton-Hill, Professional National Team alum Jacob May, and nine-time national team coach and Olympic gold medalist Ernie Young. Dalton-Hill and

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the expansion of its Board of Directors with the addition of three former athletes, including Women’s National Team alum and ESPN analyst Jenny Dalton-Hill, Professional National Team alum Jacob May, and nine-time national team coach and Olympic gold medalist Ernie Young.

Dalton-Hill and Young previously served on the USA Baseball Board of Directors, whereas May will serve for the first time. The three additions were approved at the annual Board of Directors meeting in December. Courtesy of the expansion, former USA Baseball athletes now compose 40% of the board's membership.

“The expansion of our Board of Directors with three additional former athletes is a tremendous step forward for USA Baseball and we are thrilled to welcome our newest member Jacob, as well as welcome back Ernie and Jenny,” said USA Baseball President Mike Gaski. “These three individuals bring incredible experience and value to our board. We anticipate their contributions making a big impact and having a great influence on USA Baseball as we continue to evolve and grow in the world of amateur sports.”

Dalton-Hill rejoins the Board of Directors with over ten years of experience as both a player and a coach for USA Baseball. Her first stint with Team USA came as a member of the 2010 Women’s National Team, where she helped guide the U.S. to a bronze medal at the 2010 International Baseball Federation (IBAF) Women’s Baseball World Cup. After her playing career, Dalton-Hill served as a coach at the inaugural USA Baseball Girls Camp in 2021 as well as at the Women’s National Team Development Program (NTDP) in 2011, 2014, and 2021. In addition, she was an assistant coach for the 2012 Women’s National Team, helping to lead Team USA to an IBAF Women’s Baseball World Cup silver medal. Currently a college softball analyst for ESPN, Dalton-Hill was an All-American softball player at the University of Arizona, where she won three national championships and was named 1996 National Player of the Year. Dalton-Hill also previously served on the USA Baseball Board of Directors from 2012-2020 and was a member of the Colorado Silver Bullets in 1997 where she played under MLB Hall of Famer Phil Niekro.

May made his USA Baseball debut in 2015 with the Professional National Team. He started all eight games for Team USA in the 2015 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Premier12™, helping the U.S. earn a silver medal. May was selected in the third round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Chicago White Sox out of Coastal Carolina University and played in 550 minor league games throughout his professional career, collecting 557 hits and a .265 career batting average. The outfielder made his Major League debut on April 4, 2017, and appeared in 15 games for the White Sox that season before finishing his career in 2018. Following his final season of professional baseball, May began working at Live Oak Bank where he served as an Associate Relationship Manager and a Business Analyst before becoming a Wealth Manager Administrator at Budros, Ruhlin & Roe, Inc. in December 2019. He currently works as an AVP, Junior Special Assets for United Midwest Savings Bank after joining the company in February of 2021. May will also serve as a USA Baseball representative on the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) Athletes’ Advisory Council, joining fellow Team USA alum and board member Willie Bloomquist.

Olympic gold medalist Young has had an accomplished playing and coaching career with Team USA spanning 23 years. A member of the gold medal-winning Sydney 2000 Olympic Games team, he also played on the Professional National Team again in 2003. Young spent eight years playing in the major leagues for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, and Oakland Athletics between 1994 and 2004. He remained involved with Team USA after the Sydney Olympic Games by joining the Board of Directors in 2003 before rejoining in 2021. He also served as a hitting coach for five national teams, including the 2021 Olympic Team that won silver at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, and managed the 2010 and 2011 Professional National Teams. With Young on a coaching staff, Team USA has amassed an overall record of 55-17-2 and won a world championship in 2009.

In addition to welcoming three new members, Mike Gaski, Jason Dobis, and Elliot Hopkins were reelected to leadership roles on the USA Baseball Board of the Directors. They will continue to serve as president, treasurer, and secretary, respectively. Additionally, George Grande (At-Large) and John Gall (10 Year+ Athlete) were also both reelected to extra terms and National Amateur Baseball Federation (NABF) Executive Director Derek Topik rotated onto the board as a National Member Organization (NMO) representative.

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USA Baseball Announces Award Winners for 2021

Olympic silver medalist Tyler Austin named Richard W. “Dick” Case Award winner
December 16, 2021
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today named the recipients of its annual organizational awards, recognizing the top athletes, coaches, and performances from its 2021 USA Baseball national teams. Olympian Tyler Austin was honored as the Richard W. “Dick” Case Award winner, becoming the first Professional National Team alumnus to earn

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today named the recipients of its annual organizational awards, recognizing the top athletes, coaches, and performances from its 2021 USA Baseball national teams. Olympian Tyler Austin was honored as the Richard W. “Dick” Case Award winner, becoming the first Professional National Team alumnus to earn athlete of the year honors since 2009. The award is given annually to USA Baseball’s top player in honor of the organization’s founding Executive Director and CEO. 

Professional National Team members collected top honors in several other categories in 2021, including Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year Mike Scioscia. Todd Frazier earned the International Performance of the Year award after helping Team USA clinch its spot in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and John Fierro was named the Service Provider of the Year after serving as the team’s Certified Athletic Trainer for the ninth time in his career. Additionally, the Olympic Team won USA Baseball’s Team of the Year after winning the silver medal in the Olympic Games.

Collegiate National Team Manager Elliott Avent was named the organization’s first-ever College Coach of the Year and 18U National Team Manager Jason Maxwell earned the Developmental Coach of the Year award for the second time in his career. Additionally, Troy Tulowitzki was honored as the Volunteer Coach of the Year.

Rounding out the awards in 2021 is Coach Educator of the Year Michael Cuddyer and USA Baseball Director of Development Jim Koerner, who was named the organization’s “Doc” Councilman Science Award recipient. 

“We are thrilled to close out our 2021 season by recognizing a group of tremendous individuals for their contributions and successes representing USA Baseball this year,” said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball’s Executive Director/CEO. “Each award recipient shined on and off the field this year but also collectively excelled as ambassadors of baseball in the United States domestically and internationally. It is a privilege to have them as members of the USA Baseball family and we will continue to honor their successes for many years to come.”

The complete list of the 2021 USA Baseball organizational award winners is as follows: 

  • Richard W. “Dick” Case Award: Tyler Austin, Olympic Team
  • Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year: Mike Scioscia, Olympic Team
  • Team of the Year: Olympic Team
  • International Performance of the Year: Todd Frazier, Olympic Qualifying Team
  • Service Provider of the Year: John Fierro, Olympic Team
  • Developmental Coach of the Year: Jason Maxwell, 18U National Team
  • College Coach of the Year: Elliott Avent, Collegiate National Team
  • Volunteer Coach of the Year: Troy Tulowitzki, Collegiate National Team & 13U/14U Athlete Development Program
  • Coach Educator of the Year: Michael Cuddyer, USA Baseball Develops Blog
  • “Doc” Councilman Science Award: Jim Koerner, USA Baseball

 

Tyler Austin was awarded the Richard W. “Dick” Case Award after being named to the All-Olympic Team following Tokyo 2020. He led Team USA in eight offensive categories in the Olympic Games: batting average, runs scored, hits, doubles, total bases, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage. The stars and stripes’ designated hitter finished the tournament hitting .417 with three doubles, two home runs, seven RBI, and a .462 on-base percentage. His offensive contributions led the red, white, and blue to a silver medal, its first Olympic medal since 2008.

Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year Mike Scioscia took over the USA Baseball Professional National Team program in 2021 searching for not only a spot in the Olympic Games but an Olympic Medal… and he delivered. First, Team USA finished the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball Americas Qualifier with an undefeated record to clinch its spot in the Games. Then he followed that by leading the U.S. to a silver medal in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Under his leadership, Team USA finished with an overall record of 8-2 over both tournaments in 2021, suffering its only two losses to eventual Olympic gold medalists Japan in the Olympic Games. The silver medal was Team USA’s second silver (Los Angeles 1984)–fifth overall–in Olympic history, and the first Olympic medal since 2008. Their achievements also earned them the 2021 USA Baseball Team of the Year award.

The Olympic Qualifying Team’s Todd Frazier earned the 2021 International Performance of the Year award after his perfect 4-for-4 performance against Venezuela clinched Team USA’s spot in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Frazier sparked Team USA in the field and at the plate, starting a momentum-swinging 5-3 double-play that thwarted a first-inning Venezuela threat. He recorded hits in each of his four at-bats and was involved in every scoring play of the night for Team USA. He came home on Eric Filia’s two-run blast, laced an RBI double in the fifth inning, and hit a critical home run in the seventh, driving in the final two U.S. runs of the night in the 4-2 victory.

Olympic Team Certified Athletic Trainer John Fierro was named the Service Provider of the Year in 2021 after making his eighth and ninth appearances on a USA Baseball administrative staff, respectively, as a member of the Olympic qualifying team and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games staff. Thanks to his successful career in professional baseball that spans over 30 years, Fierro is one of the most sought-after Certified Athletic Trainers and a staple for Team USA’s Professional National Teams. With his assistance and attention to the athletes in 2021, the Professional National Team qualified for the Olympics after going unbeaten in the WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier and followed by winning a silver medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. 

Jason Maxwell received his second career USA Baseball Developmental Coach of the Year award after leading the 18U National Team to a dominant and overwhelming victory over Canada in its seven-game international friendship series. Finishing with a record of 5-1-1 over its seven games, the 18U National Team outscored Canada 60-11 and dominated nearly every statistical category. Maxwell also focused on developing the team’s mental approach to the game and their lives throughout his time guiding Team USA. 2021 marks Maxwell’s second time earning this honor, having also won the award in 2018 after leading the 15U National Team to its first-ever world championship.

Elliott Avent, NC State University’s Head Coach and the 2021 Collegiate National Team Manager, had a banner year in 2021, earning the first-ever USA Baseball College Coach of the Year. Avent led his Wolfpack on a historic run through the NCAA postseason, knocking off the No. 1 Arkansas Razorbacks on their home field in the Super Regionals before eventually making the semifinals of the College World Series. Following their tremendous run and finishing the season 37-19, Avent managed the Collegiate National Team in 2021. Without an international opponent for Team USA to face due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, he led an unprecedented number of athletes on two rosters in an 11-game Stars and Stripes series. Ultimately, his summer ended by facing off against the U.S. Olympic Team in a three-game exhibition series before the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Five-time MLB All-Star, two-time Gold Glove winner, and now 2021 USA Baseball Volunteer Coach of the Year Troy Tulowitzki coached with both the Collegiate National Team and the 13U/14U Athlete Development Program in 2021. Tulowitzki drew from his successful playing career to offer a unique perspective to the USA Baseball athletes he worked with as a coach of two programs. In addition to his regular coaching duties with the Collegiate National Team, he mentored the athletes on transitioning from amateur to professional baseball. Expanding on this role while on the coaching staff at the 13U/14U Athlete Development Program, Tulowitzki hosted a seminar for the participants and their parents to discuss college recruiting, providing in-depth strategies and insight into navigating the process. He also made himself available to all athletes and their families, engaging with them and offering additional advice as asked.

Coach Educator of the Year Michael Cuddyer is a two-time MLB All-Star, the 2013 MLB Batting Title champion, and a regular contributor to the USA Baseball Sport Development Blog. Simultaneously serving as an assistant coach for the USA Baseball 18U National Team in 2021, Cuddyer continued to produce a weekly educational series titled Cuddyer’s Corner for USA Baseball’s social media profiles, YouTube channel, and official website. Every week he focuses on a range of topics that affect the game of baseball in the United States. His unique insight as a former All-Star in Major League Baseball, a USA Baseball national team alum, and a coach helps countless coaches, parents, and leagues in the development of a well-rounded baseball player, improving their skills and overall experience within the game.

Lastly, Jim Koerner was honored with the “Doc” Councilman Science Award after working with nearly every single program USA Baseball hosted in 2021. During this season, he focused on the developmental side of baseball, utilizing every available technological offering USA Baseball provides to its athletes. Koerner allowed real-time data from swing and pitch tracking analysis, as well as statistics collected from the Major League Baseball and USA Baseball Prospect Development Pipeline Performance Evaluations, to drive his coaching efforts. His focus on developing athletes using analytics allows athletes to make immediate adjustments in practice and game situations. Moreover, Koerner also utilizes the data collection to create long-term development curricula, exercise programs, drills for athletes of all ages, and educational video series for baseball players across the country.

The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) annually honors one Sportsman, Sportswoman, and Team of the Year based on nominations from its national governing bodies. Additionally, they also present Olympic, College, Developmental, and Volunteer Coach of the Year awards, as well as a Coach Educator of the Year, “Doc” Councilman Science Award, and Service Provider of the Year. USA Baseball’s award winners serve as the organization’s nominees in their respective categories with the USOPC.

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Federowicz Gives Back to Apex, North Carolina, With Homegrown Clinic

November 16, 2021
Photo Album APEX, N.C. -- Two-time USA Baseball national team alumnus and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games silver medalist Tim Federowicz hosted a USA Baseball Homegrown Clinic in his hometown of Apex, North Carolina, on Saturday. Hosted at the ball field of his alma mater, Apex High School, nearly 150 youth

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APEX, N.C. -- Two-time USA Baseball national team alumnus and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games silver medalist Tim Federowicz hosted a USA Baseball Homegrown Clinic in his hometown of Apex, North Carolina, on Saturday. Hosted at the ball field of his alma mater, Apex High School, nearly 150 youth from the area joined in on the fun, getting to play baseball with a hometown hero.

Before turning the event over to Federowicz, kids were welcomed to the event by members of the Apex High School baseball team, USA Baseball's mascot Freedom, Apex High School Baseball Coach Lane Olive, and Apex Mayor Jacques Gilbert.

“Tim understands he comes back and pours into the community to bring up the next person,” said Mayor Gilbert. “There is another young Tim that is ready to also move forward and achieve much success, and they can use Tim as an inspiration. I think that is what we all should do, inspire others through our success. I think that is what Tim is going to continue to do for many. They can see him and say ‘Wow, I can accomplish this same thing!’.

Attendees were split into groups and participated in baseball stations, such as base running, throwing, and home run derby, before playing a modified baseball scrimmage where Federowicz served as a designated pitcher.

The event concluded with a question-and-answer session with the participants. There, they learned that Federowicz’s favorite baseball player growing up was Derek Jeter, and his favorite team was the Atlanta Braves. Each kid then got to meet him one-on-one and received an autographed poster before heading home.

“I love any chance to give back to the community, especially the one I grew up in,” said Federowicz. “I remember coming to camps like this growing up. It’s just cool to get out there and see the younger generations and how excited they were to come out here and play. Interacting with the kids, getting to pitch, and getting to see them smile and have fun diving all over the place... it’s just awesome.”

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Olympic Silver Medalist Tim Federowicz to Host Homegrown Clinic in Apex

November 5, 2021
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced that Tokyo 2020 Olympic silver medalist and three-time USA Baseball alum Tim Federowicz will host a Homegrown Clinic at Apex High School in Apex, North Carolina, on Saturday, November 13, 2021 from 1-3 p.m. The event is free and open to 150 kids

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced that Tokyo 2020 Olympic silver medalist and three-time USA Baseball alum Tim Federowicz will host a Homegrown Clinic at Apex High School in Apex, North Carolina, on Saturday, November 13, 2021 from 1-3 p.m.

The event is free and open to 150 kids aged 5-12 from the greater Triangle area. Parents can register their kids for the Homegrown Clinic here.

USA Baseball Homegrown Clinics are designed to introduce kids to the fundamentals of baseball and softball in a fun, non-competitive, community-based environment. Participants will get outside to learn and play America's pastime alongside a Team USA alum from their hometown.

Federowicz played for the Apex High School Cougars from 2002-2005 before moving on to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was named a First-Team Freshman All-American. After playing for the Collegiate National Team in 2006, he was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the seventh round of the 2008 MLB First Year Player Draft, played eight seasons in Major League Baseball, and earned a silver medal for Team USA at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 in August.

During the event, participants will go through various stations manned by members of the Cougar’s baseball and softball programs, including baserunning, catching/throwing, fielding, and a home run derby. Additionally, they will participate in a Q&A session and play in a modified scrimmage with Federowicz. Every child who attends will also receive a t-shirt and a poster commemorating the event.

USA Baseball will implement the COVID-19 protocols mandated by the local government for all participants and attendees during the Homegrown Clinic. 

Members of the media are invited to attend and will be required to follow the required COVID-19 protocols. To RSVP for the event, members of the media may fill out a credential application here.

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Seven USA Baseball Alums Become World Series Champs

Team USA alums made up over a quarter of Atlanta Braves' World Series-winning roster
November 3, 2021
CARY, N.C. – With the Atlanta Braves 7-0 win in Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday night, seven USA Baseball alumni became World Series Champions, as announced by the organization on Wednesday. Ian Anderson, Travis d’Arnaud, Freddie Freeman, AJ Minter, Drew Smyly, Dansby Swanson, and Kyle Wright were

CARY, N.C. – With the Atlanta Braves 7-0 win in Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday night, seven USA Baseball alumni became World Series Champions, as announced by the organization on Wednesday.

Ian Anderson, Travis d’Arnaud, Freddie Freeman, AJ Minter, Drew Smyly, Dansby Swanson, and Kyle Wright were all crowned champions after the Atlanta Braves’ series-clinching victory over the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.

Anderson tossed 5.0 hitless innings in Game 3 of the World Series, earning a win in his only appearance of the series. It was the second longest no-hit bid by a rookie in the World Series. The 2015 18U National Team alum made four starts throughout the postseason, going 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA. He earned a win in Game 3 of the National League Division Series (NLDS), pitching five scoreless innings against the Milwaukee Brewers. Anderson made a pair of starts in the National League Championship Series (NLCS), posting a 3.86 ERA against the defending-champion Los Angeles Dodgers. The right-hander, who is now 4-0 with a 1.26 ERA in his postseason career, won a gold medal with Team USA at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup in 2015.

d’Arnaud, a 2011 Professional Team alum, caught all 16 of the Braves postseason games. He hit two homers in the World Series, going yard in back-to-back games in Games 2 and 3. d’Arnaud hit .216 and drove in three runs throughout the postseason, and served as the catcher for a pitching staff that had a 3.06 ERA in the World Series. d’Arnaud caught four games for Team USA at the 2011 Baseball World Cup.

Freeman batted .318 in the World Series, hitting a pair of homers and driving in five runs. Playing first base in every inning of the postseason, the two-time alum accumulated a .304 batting average with five home runs in the postseason. Freeman had a .420 OBP in the playoffs while anchoring the Braves infield defense. He now owns a .290 career postseason average to go along with nine homers and 20 RBI. Freeman played for Team USA in back-to-back years, suiting up for the 2005 16U National Team before playing for the 2006 18U National Team.

Minter, a 2014 Collegiate National Team alum, dominated in the NLCS before appearing in three games in the World Series. Minter made four appearances in the NLCS against the Dodgers, allowing no runs and striking out eight batters in 6.0 innings. He allowed just one two hits in the series. Minter threw 4.2 innings in the World Series and struck out seven while allowing four runs. The southpaw earned the win in Game 1 of the World Series, throwing 2.2 innings in a 6-2 win. Minter won a gold medal with the Collegiate National Team at the XXVIII Haarlem Baseball Week in Haarlem, Netherlands.

Smyly went 1-0 in three games in the postseason. The two-time Team USA alum earned a win in his first appearance of the playoffs, throwing 3.1 innings in a 9-2 NLCS Game 4 win over the Dodgers. He pitched twice in the World Series, striking out six batters in four innings. The left-hander is now 2-0 in his playoff career, which has spanned three different seasons. After pitching at the 2011 Baseball World Cup, Smyly was part of the gold-medal winning team at the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

Swanson hit two homers in the World Series and played all 16 games of the postseason at shortstop. He hit a game-tying homer in Game 4 of the World Series and hit another home run in Game 6. The 2014 Collegiate National Team alum batted .224 with two home runs and four RBI in the playoffs, picking up at least one hit in 12 of the team’s 16 games. He now owns a .264 career postseason batting average with five homers. Swanson was a teammate of Minter’s in 2014, when they won gold at XXVIII Haarlem Baseball Week.

Wright, a 2016 Collegiate National Team alum, made two appearances in the World Series. The right-hander struck out the side in his World Series debut in Game 2, before throwing 4.2 innings and allowing one run on five hits in Game 4. Wright was added to the Braves postseason roster for the World Series after making his postseason debut in 2020. He had a 2.20 ERA in five appearances with the Collegiate National Team in 2016.

The American League-champion Astros had three USA Baseball alumni participate in the World Series. Five-time alum Alex Bregman, two-time alum Ryne Stanek, and 2015 15U National Team alum Kyle Tucker all represented Team USA in the Fall Classic.

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Fifty-Six USA Baseball Alumni on MLB Postseason Rosters

Dodgers lead all clubs with eight alums on 26-man roster
October 8, 2021
CARY, N.C. – Fifty-six Team USA alumni have been named to Major League Baseball postseason rosters, USA Baseball announced on Friday. There are at least three USA Baseball alumni on all 10 postseason rosters. The Los Angeles Dodgers lead the way with eight alumni, while the Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, and

CARY, N.C. – Fifty-six Team USA alumni have been named to Major League Baseball postseason rosters, USA Baseball announced on Friday.

There are at least three USA Baseball alumni on all 10 postseason rosters. The Los Angeles Dodgers lead the way with eight alumni, while the Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, and San Francisco Giants each boast seven players who previously donned the stars and stripes on their roster.

The list features 30 gold medalists, including 10 members of the 2017 World Baseball Classic gold medal-winning team.

Twenty alumni were on rosters for the American League and National League Wild Card games, which took place on October 5 and 6. The Divisional Series began on Thursday and continues on Friday, with all four divisional round games set to take place.

The complete list of USA Baseball alumni in the 2021 postseason is as follows:

  • Atlanta Braves
  • (Name; National Team)
  • Ian Anderson; 2015 18U
  • Travis d'Arnaud; 2011 Pro
  • Freddie Freeman; 2005 16U, 2006 18U
  • AJ Minter; 2014 Collegiate
  • Drew Smyly; 2011 Pro, 2017 WBC
  • Dansby Swanson; 2014 Collegiate
  • Kyle Wright; 2016 Collegiate

 

  • Boston Red Sox
  • Christian Arroyo; 2012 18U
  • Matt Barnes; 2010 Collegiate
  • Bobby Dalbec; 2015 Collegiate; 2019 Pro
  • Jarren Duran; 2021 Pro
  • Tanner Houck; 2015, 2016 Collegiate, 2019 Pro
  • Kyle Schwarber; 2013 Collegiate
  • Alex Verdugo; 2010 14U

 

  • Chicago White Sox
  • Zack Collins; 2011 16U; 2014 Collegiate
  • Yasmani Grandal; 2009 Collegiate
  • Craig Kimbrel; 2013 WBC
  • Lance Lynn; 2007 Collegiate
  • Carlos Rodon; 2012, 2013 Collegiate
  • Andrew Vaughn; 2013 15U, 2017, 2018 Collegiate, 2019 Pro

 

  • Houston Astros
  • Alex Bregman; 2010 16U, 2011 18U, 2013, 2014 Collegiate, 2017 WBC
  • Jason Castro; 2009 Pro
  • Lance McCullers; 2010 18U
  • Ryne Stanek; 2011, 2012 Collegiate
  • Kyle Tucker; 2012 15U

 

  • Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Walker Buehler; 2014 Collegiate
  • Joe Kelly; 2007 Collegiate
  • Corey Knebel; 2011 Collegiate
  • AJ Pollock; 2011 Pro
  • David Price; 2005, 2006 Collegiate
  • Max Scherzer; 2005 Collegiate
  • Corey Seager; 2010 16U
  • Trea Turner; 2012, 2013 Collegiate

 

  • Milwaukee Brewers
  • Jackie Bradley Jr.; 2010 Collegiate
  • Josh Hader; 2015 Pro
  • Kolten Wong; 2009 Collegiate
  • Christian Yelich; 2017 WBC

 

  • New York Yankees
  • Gerrit Cole; 2009, 2010 Collegiate
  • Joey Gallo; 2011 18U
  • Giancarlo Stanton; 2013, 2017 WBC

 

  • San Francisco Giants
  • Kris Bryant; 2012 Collegiate
  • Brandon Crawford; 2006 Collegiate, 2017 WBC
  • Alex Dickerson; 2010 Collegiate
  • Kevin Gausman; 2009 18U, 2011 Collegiate
  • Evan Longoria; 2007 Pro, 2009 WBC
  • Jake McGee; 2017 WBC
  • Buster Posey; 2004 18U, 2017 WBC

 

  • St. Louis Cardinals
  • Nolan Arenado; 2017 WBC
  • Jack Flaherty; 2013 18U
  • Paul Goldschmidt; 2017 WBC
  • Andrew Miller; 2017 WBC

 

  • Tampa Bay Rays
  • Shane Baz; 2016 18U, 2021 Olympic
  • JP Feyereisen; 2019 Pro
  • Austin Meadows; 2011 16U
  • David Robertson; 2017 WBC, 2021 Olympic
  • Michael Wacha; 2011 Collegiate
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Team USA Brings Home Silver From Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

August 7, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E USA  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1 JPN 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 X 2 8 0 WP: Masato Morishita (2-0)  |  LP: Nick Martinez (1-1) |  S: Ryoji KuribayashiBOX SCORE | 
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YOKOHAMA, Japan -- The U.S. fell short in an old-fashioned pitcher’s duel in the gold medal game of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, leaving nine runners on base in a 2-0 loss to host Japan at Yokohama Baseball Stadium. Team USA finished the tournament with a 4-2 record and brought home the silver medal.

Four members of Team USA were named to the All-Olympic Team following Tokyo 2020, including second baseman Eddy Alvarez, designated hitter Tyler Austin, first baseman Triston Casas, and left-handed pitcher Anthony Gose. In addition to the four All-World honorees, Nick Allen earned the award for Best Defensive Player in the tournament.

Team USA got runners on base in seven innings on Saturday but could not corral the timely hit. Trailing 1-0 after a solo home run by Munetaka Murakami in the third inning, the U.S. threatened in the fifth with a two-out single by Allen and a Jack Lopez hit-by-pitch. But Japan would escape the two-out jam, which became the story of the night. 

Austin led off the sixth inning with a walk, but Japan quickly retired Casas and Todd Frazier. Eric Filia was then hit by a pitch, putting runners on first and second with two outs, but Japan forced a foul-out to the catcher to keep the U.S. scoreless. In the seventh, Allen laced a one-out double to left-center to put a runner in scoring position, but back-to-back groundouts on only three pitches stranded him on base.

U.S. starting pitcher Nick Martinez and reliever Ryder Ryan kept the Japan offense to its lone run to this point in the game; however, a defensive miscue would add an insurance run to the home team’s lead in the eighth. A leadoff single to right field preceded a sacrifice bunt to put a runner in scoring position with one out in the bottom of the inning on reliever Scott McGough. Masataka Yoshida followed with a single to center that kept the runner at third base, but an errant throw from Lopez to home plate allowed Tetsuto Yamada to cross the plate, extending Japan’s lead to 2-0.

Down to its final out in the bottom of the ninth inning, Allen picked up his third hit of the night with a single to right-field in an attempt to rally; but, Japan forced a fielder’s choice groundout to second base on the very next pitch to end the game and claim the gold.

Martinez (1-1) had a strong outing for the U.S., keeping Japan to just one run in the gold medal game. He finished with seven strikeouts and gave up five hits and one run in six innings of work in the loss. Ryan came on in the seventh and struck out a batter in his one inning of relief, and McGough gave up an unearned run on a walk and two hits in the eighth inning. Masato Morishita earned the win for Japan while Ryoji Kuribayashi got the save.

Allen accounted for half the Team USA offense on the night, finishing 3-for-4 with a double. Alvarez (1-for-4), Austin (1-for-3), and Filia (1-for-3) were the only other U.S. players to tally a hit on the evening.

Austin was the lone member of Team USA to get a hit in every game of the Olympic Games tournament, finishing with a team-leading .417 batting average. Casas finished the tournament leading the entire field in RBIs (8) and tied for the most home runs (3).

After winning the silver medal, Alvarez became just the sixth athlete all-time to win an Olympic medal in both the Summer and Winter Games. He is the third American athlete to do so, following Eddie Egan (1920, 1932) and Lauryn Williams (2004, 2012, 2014).

The silver medal was Team USA’s second in its Olympic history, following a silver medal in the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games when baseball was a demonstration sport. USA Baseball now claims six Olympic medals in its history: two gold (1988*, 2000), two silver (1984*, 2020), and two bronze (1996, 2008).

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U.S. Advances to Gold Medal Game With 7-2 Victory Over Korea

August 5, 2021
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KOR  0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 7 0
USA 0 1 0 1 0 5 0 0 X 7 9 1
WP: Ryder Ryan (1-0)  |  LP: Euilee Lee |  S: N/A
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YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Team USA manufactured a five-run sixth inning and got a solo home run from Jamie Westbrook to advance to the gold medal game of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 following a 7-2 victory over Korea in the semifinals at Yokohama Baseball Stadium on Thursday.

Saturday’s final will be the fourth time the U.S. will play in an Olympic gold medal game in its history (1984*, 1988*, 2000), having won the gold in the 1988 Seoul* and the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Nick Martinez will start for the stars and stripes in the finale, which will begin at 7 p.m. JST/6 a.m. EDT/3 a.m. PDT. 

Additionally, with Team USA securing a spot in the gold medal game, Eddy Alvarez will become just the sixth athlete all-time to win an Olympic medal in both the Summer and Winter Games. He will be the third American athlete to do so, following Eddie Egan (1920, 1932) and Lauryn Williams (2004, 2012, 2014).

The U.S. took an early lead in the contest in the bottom of the second inning off Korea starter Euilee Lee. Mark Kolozsvary got on base with a one-out walk and advanced to second on a stolen base. Two batters later, Jack Lopez picked up his first knock of the tournament, sending an RBI-single to center field to put the red, white, and blue ahead 1-0.

Team USA would double its lead in the bottom of the fourth thanks to Westbrook. With two outs in the bottom half of the frame, Westbrook launched the first pitch of the at-bat into the second level of the left-field stands, squeezing just past the foul pole to go up 2-0. 

An RBI-single in the fifth inning allowed Korea to scratch its first run across the plate and forced the U.S. to its bullpen. Ryder Ryan came on in relief of starter Joe Ryan with runners on first and second and one out, and he immediately induced a 4-6-3 double play to escape the jam and keep the narrow 2-1 lead in favor of the stars and stripes. 

Todd Frazier kickstarted the U.S. offense in the bottom half of the sixth, coming out the winning end of a 12-pitch battle with reliever Wonjoon Choi to put a runner on first base to lead off the inning. Westbrook followed with his second hit of the game to put runners on the corners with one out and Kolozsvary coming to the plate. He followed with an RBI-single through the left side to score Frazier and put the red, white, and blue up 3-1.

A walk to Nick Allen extended the inning, loading the bases with one out and forcing Korea to call on its fourth pitcher of the inning. Lopez then smacked the first pitch he saw from Songwoo Cho to left field for an RBI-single. Alvarez tallied an RBI on a hard groundout to first base to follow Lopez, and Tyler Austin came through with a clutch two-RBI single to center to push the U.S. ahead 7-1 heading into the seventh inning.

With Scott McGough on the bump for the U.S., Korea plated its second run of the game on an RBI-single, bringing the score to 7-2. But that was all the Korea offense could muster as Anthony Gose and Anthony Carter would combine to retire the last eight consecutive batters of the game, securing the victory and gold medal-game berth for Team USA.

Joe Ryan worked 4.1 innings and gave up four hits in his second start of the Olympic Games. He finished with three strikeouts and one walk and surrendered a run in a no-decision. Ryder Ryan (1-0) was stellar in his relief appearance, pitching a perfect 1.2 innings to preserve the U.S. lead into the seventh to get his first win of the tournament. McGough gave up three hits and a run in his 0.1 innings of work, and Gose (1.2 innings) and Carter (1.0 innings) added a pair of strikeouts each.

Austin, Westbrook, and Lopez led the team offensively, each finishing 2-for-4 on the night. Austin and Lopez also contributed a pair of RBIs, and Alvarez (1-for-4), Westbrook, and Kolozsvary (1-for-3, 2 runs) also tallied an RBI for the U.S.

Saturday’s gold medal game will be a rematch of the quarterfinal game between Japan and Team USA, a 7-6 extra-inning victory for Japan. It will also mark the third time Japan and the U.S. have squared off in an Olympic gold medal game, with Japan winning in 1984* and the U.S. winning in 1988*. 

*Baseball was a demonstration sport in the 1984 Los Angeles and 1988 Seoul Olympic Games

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Team USA and Korea Face Off in Olympic Semifinal

August 5, 2021
Game Notes |  Media Guide  |  Live Stats |  Watch Live (USA Network) YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Team USA (3-1) and Korea (3-2) will once again face-off in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 with a lot on the line. The winner of tonight's semifinal match-up will advance to the gold medal game

YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Team USA (3-1) and Korea (3-2) will once again face-off in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 with a lot on the line. The winner of tonight's semifinal match-up will advance to the gold medal game to face host-country Japan, which clinched its spot with a 5-2 victory over Korea on Wednesday. The loser will be relegated to the bronze medal game to face the Dominican Republic.

First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. JST/6 a.m. EDT/3 a.m. PDT and fans in the U.S. can watch it live on the USA Network, NBCOlympics.com, or the NBC Sports App.

Joe Ryan (1-0) will start on the mound for the U.S. and will square off against Euilee Lee (0-0). Ryan kicked-off the Olympic Games for Team USA in a 8-1 victory over Israel, striking out five in his six innings of work.

Tyler Austin (.412) and Triston Casas (.313) are in the midst of four-game hitting streaks, tallying a hit in every game of the Olympic Games. They also currently lead the tournament in slugging percentage (Austin .941; Casas .938), and Casas leads the tournament with three home runs and eight RBIs.

Saturday will mark the eighth all-time meeting against the defending gold medalists in an Olympic Games, and the stars and stripes hold a 6-1 head-to-head record in the previous six meetings. In the last meeting on July 31, the U.S. pitching staff tallied a record-tying 14 strikeouts while Casas and Nick Allen hit home runs in a 4-2 victory over Korea. The win clinched the top spot in Group B and secured a berth in the medal round for Team USA.

Nick Martinez was strong on the mound in his victory. After giving up back-to-back singles and a run to start the game, he sat down 13 of the next 14 batters he faced, striking out the side in the top of the third. Martinez scattered four hits and no walks over five innings of work and struck out nine batters to get the win. Casas led the offense with a 1-for-4 day with a two-run home run in the fifth inning to take a 2-1 lead. Allen hit a solo shot in the sixth for the eventual game-winning run before Austin added an RBI-single to put the U.S. up 4-2.

The gold medal game is set for Saturday, August 7, at 7 p.m. JST/6 a.m. EDT/3 a.m. PDT and the bronze medal game is scheduled for Saturday, August 7, at 12 p.m. JST/Friday, August 6, at 11 p.m. EDT/8 p.m. PDT.

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Followers are encouraged to use USA Baseball's official hashtag, #ForGlory🇺🇸, during the event.

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Team USA Beats Dominican Republic to Advance to Semifinals

August 4, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E DR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 0 USA 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 X 3 3 3 WP: Scott Kazmir (1-0) |  LP: Denyi Reyes (0-1) |  S: David Robertson (2)BOX
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
DR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 0
USA 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 X 3 3 3
WP: Scott Kazmir (1-0) |  LP: Denyi Reyes (0-1) |  S: David Robertson (2)
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YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Tyler Austin and Triston Casas continued their powerful showings at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 with a pair of home runs and the U.S. pitching staff delivered in the clutch to defeat the Dominican Republic 3-1 at Yokohama Baseball Stadium on Wednesday.

With the win, Team USA advances to the semifinals on Thursday, August 5, at 7 p.m. JST/6 a.m. EDT/3 a.m. PDT. They will face the loser of the first semifinal between Japan and Korea with a spot in the gold medal game on the line.

The U.S. jumped on the Dominican Republic starter Denyi Reyes early when Casas got the red, white, and blue on the board courtesy of his tournament-leading third home run. With Austin on first base thanks to a one-out walk, he launched a 1-1 hanging breaking ball to deep center-field to give the stars and stripes an early 2-0 lead.

The U.S. held on to its two-run lead thanks to a strong showing from starting pitcher Scott Kazmir. After escaping a bases-loaded jam with one out in the top of the first inning, Kazmir retired 12 of the next 13 batters, including the last nine he faced, allowing just a lead-off double in the third inning.

Holding on to its two-run lead in the bottom half of the fifth inning, Austin came to the plate with two outs and laced the first pitch he saw to dead center, giving Team USA a 3-0 cushion.

The relievers took over from there and delivered in clutch moments. Brandon Dickson survived two fielding errors to pitch a hitless sixth inning, and Scott McGough escaped giving up two hits in the top of the seventh to keep the U.S. lead at three.

Anthony Gose pitched a perfect eighth inning before handing the game over to David Robertson in the ninth. Robertson picked up the first two outs but surrendered a solo home run and a free pass in back-to-back at-bats to bring the tying run to the plate. He would respond by striking out Yefri Perez to close out the game and securing the 3-1 victory and a spot in the semifinals.

Kazmir (1-0) earned the win for the stars and stripes, giving up just two hits, one walk, and striking out five batters in five innings. Robertson (2) was credited with his second save of the Olympic Games. 

Offensively, the U.S. struggled on the day, collecting just three hits. Casas finished the day 1-for-3 with his two-run homer, and Austin picked up the other RBI on a 1-for-3 day with a solo shot and two runs scored. Eric Filia (1-for-2) was the only other American batter to collect a hit in the game with a single in the fourth inning.

The U.S. can play for a gold medal with a win on Thursday in the second semifinal. In its previous six Olympic Games baseball tournaments, Team USA has never failed to reach a medal game. The Dominican Republic was relegated into the bronze medal game follow the loss and will await the loser of the second semifinal.

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Team USA to Face Dominican Republic With Semifinal Spot on the Line

The winner will face the loser of Japan and Korea in the second semifinal
August 3, 2021
Game Notes |  Media Guide  |  Live Stats |  Watch Live YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Team USA (2-1) will face the Dominican Republic (2-2) on Wednesday, August 4, at 12 p.m. JST/Tuesday, August 3, at 11 p.m. EDT/8 p.m. PDT with a spot in the second semifinal on the line at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic

YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Team USA (2-1) will face the Dominican Republic (2-2) on Wednesday, August 4, at 12 p.m. JST/Tuesday, August 3, at 11 p.m. EDT/8 p.m. PDT with a spot in the second semifinal on the line at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games baseball tournament. Fans in the U.S. can watch it live on NBCOlympics.com or the NBC Sports App.

The winner of this matchup will advance to face the loser of Japan and Korea on Thursday, August 5, at 7 p.m./6 a.m. EDT/3 a.m. PDT. The loser will advance directly into the bronze medal game on Saturday.

Scott Kazmir (0-0) will make his Olympic debut starting on the mound for the U.S. The Dominican Republic will give the ball to Denyi Reyes (0-0).

Wednesday's matchup will be the third all-time meeting in Olympic Games history between the two countries, with Team USA holding a 2-0 advantage.

The last match-up was during the Barcelona 1992 games when lefty Jeff Alkire hurled a complete game, two-hit shutout for Team USA in a game that was called due to run-rule in the seventh inning. Alkire faned six in the effort, his second win of the Olympic Games. Calvin Murray sparked the Americans with three hits and Chad McConnell picked up three RBIs. Jason Varitek chipped-in two hits and scored twice. Dominican starter Felix Noval suffered the loss.

Through three games in the Tokyo 2020 baseball tournament, Tyler Austin leads the team in batting average (.429), doubles (3), total bases (12), and slugging percentage (.857). Triston Casas leads the team in homers (2) and RBIs (6). The pitching staff holds a collective 2.96 ERA, a .235 batting average against, striking out 30 hitters and surrendering just eight walks.

Three-time World Series champion Scioscia leads a roster laden with major league and international baseball experience. Of the 24 players on the roster, 19 have previously suited up for the red, white, and blue, and seven have won a gold medal. Additionally, 13 athletes have played in Major League Baseball (MLB), four have been named an MLB All-Star, two have won a World Series, and one was a member of Team USA when it won its first World Baseball Classic title in 2017.

Fans and media are encouraged to visit USABaseball.com and follow @USABaseball on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for the most up-to-date information for the team, including daily game notes, recaps, live scoring, and behind-the-scenes content.

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Team USA Falls in Extra-Inning Battle to Japan

Despite the loss, the U.S. is still in content to play for a gold medal
August 2, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E USA  0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 6 12 2 JPN 0 0 2 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 7 12 0 WP: Ryoji Kuribayashi  |  LP: Edwin Jackson  | 
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
USA  0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 6 12 2
JPN 0 0 2 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 7 12 0
WP: Ryoji Kuribayashi  |  LP: Edwin Jackson  |  BS: Scott McGough
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YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Team USA came out on the losing end of a back-and-forth battle worthy of an Olympic Games final on Monday night, falling to Japan 7-6 in extra innings at Yokohama Baseball Stadium.

Despite the loss, the U.S. (2-1) is still in contention for a spot in the gold medal game on Saturday but must win its next two games to do so. The stars and stripes will face the winner of the elimination game between the Dominican Republic and Israel on Wednesday, August 4, at noon JST/Tuesday, August 3 at 11 p.m. EDT/8 p.m. PDT. A loss in either of its next two games would relegate Team USA into the bronze medal game.

U.S. starter Shane Baz struggled out of the gate and was chased from the game in the bottom of the third inning. With two outs, Japan hit a double to the centerfield wall and followed with an RBI-single to center to score the game’s first run. Back-to-back walks loaded the bases and an infield single put Japan ahead 2-0 before Brandon Dickson came on and got out of the jam.

But Team USA would respond immediately. Triston Casas worked a one-out walk off Japan starter Masahiro Tanaka and Todd Frazier drove the first pitch he saw into the left-center gap to score Casas from first base. Eric Filia was hit by a pitch to put runners on the corners with one out before Mark Kolozsvary followed with an RBI-single to tie the game at two. Nick Allen then placed a double down the right-field line to score Filia from second to push the U.S. ahead 3-2.

Japan tied the game in the bottom of the fourth on a two-out RBI-double; but, the stars and stripes, again, wasted no time responding. Back-to-back singles by Eddy Alvarez and Tyler Austin led off the top of the fifth to put runners on first and second with no outs and Casas coming to the plate. He connected in a big way, slamming an opposite-field three-run home run over the left-field fence to put Team USA ahead 6-3.

A solo shot to left field and an RBI-single put Japan back within one after five complete, with the red, white, and blue leading 6-5. The bullpens took over from there, exchanging outs until the bottom of the ninth. The stars and stripes turned to Scott McGough to close out the game but a walk, a single, and a tough groundout tied the game at 6-6 to force extra-innings.

The U.S. was able to advance a runner to third base on a fielder’s choice with one out in the extra-inning tie-breaker, but a lineout to left field kept Team USA off the board. Japan, however, got the job done, sacrificing both runners to second and third on a bunt before Takuya Kai came up with the walk-off single to right field to finish the game, 7-6.

Baz worked 2.2 innings in a no-decision for the U.S. He gave up five hits, two earned runs, walked three batters, and struck out one in his first appearance in the Olympic Games. Dickson was first out of the bullpen and gave up one run in his 1.1 innings of work, and he was followed by Anthony Carter, who gave up two runs in 0.1 innings.

Ryder Ryan struck out two batters in 1.1 innings of hitless relief and Anthony Gose followed with 1.1 innings of one-hit relief with a strikeout to get the U.S. into the eighth inning. David Robertson pitched a scoreless eighth, striking out two batters before McGough suffered the blown save in the bottom of the ninth inning. Edwin Jackson was tagged with the loss, giving up the unearned run in the bottom of the 10th inning.

Four Team USA batters had multi-hit games on the evening, led by Kolozsvary (3-for-5, RBI) and Casas (2-for-4, 3 RBIs, 2 runs). Austin continued his hot hitting in the tournament, finishing the day 2-for-5 with a run scored and Frazier had his first multi-hit game of the Olympics, going 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored.

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U.S. and Japan to Face Off in Olympic Quarterfinals

First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. JST/6 a.m. EDT/3 a.m. PDT
August 2, 2021
Game Notes |  Media Guide  |  Live Stats |  Watch Live YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Team USA (2-0) will face off against host-country Japan (2-0) on Monday, August 2, in the quarterfinals of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games baseball tournament. The first pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. JST/6 a.m. EDT/3 a.m.

YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Team USA (2-0) will face off against host-country Japan (2-0) on Monday, August 2, in the quarterfinals of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games baseball tournament. The first pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. JST/6 a.m. EDT/3 a.m. PDT at Yokohama Baseball Stadium and fans in the U.S. can watch it live on the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN), NBCOlympics.com, or the NBC Sports App.

Shane Baz (0-0) will get the start on the mound for the U.S. Japan will turn to Masahiro Tanaka (0-0).

Monday’s game will be the 10th all-time meeting against Japan in an Olympic Games. Team USA holds a 5-4 record over Japan in the previous contests and has won the last three meetings, including their last matchup in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games bronze medal game. 

Trailing 4-1 in the bronze medal game, Matthew Brown three-run home run to tie the game in the bottom half of the third inning. Brown doubled and Nate Schierholtz walked to put runners on with one out in the bottom of the fifth, Taylor Teagarden followed with a double off the right-field wall, and Jason Donald hit a two-run bomb to double-up Japan, 8-4. Kevin Jepsen came on in relief in the eighth and shut the door on Japan, securing Team USA’s second bronze medal in its Olympic history.

The winner of tonight’s game will advance to play the winner of Israel and Korea on Wednesday, August 4, at 7 p.m./6 a.m. EDT/3 a.m. PDT in the first of two semifinals. The loser will advance into the elimination bracket and play on Wednesday, August 4, at 12 p.m./Tuesday, August 3, at 11 p.m. EDT/8 p.m. PDT.

Through two games, Tyler Austin leads the team in batting average (.444), RBIs (4), and total bases (9) and is tied for the team lead in doubles (2) with Eddy Alvarez. The pitching staff has been stout on the mound, holding a collective 1.50 ERA, a .185 batting average against, striking out 23 hitters, and surrendering just two walks. The previous two starting pitchers for the red, white, and blue have struck out 14 batters and surrendered no walks in 11.0 innings of work.

Three-time World Series champion Scioscia leads a roster laden with major league and international baseball experience. Of the 24 players on the roster, 19 have previously suited up for the red, white, and blue, and seven have won a gold medal. Additionally, 13 athletes have played in Major League Baseball (MLB), four have been named an MLB All-Star, two have won a World Series, and one was a member of Team USA when it won its first World Baseball Classic title in 2017.

Fans and media are encouraged to visit USABaseball.com and follow @USABaseball on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for the most up-to-date information for the team, including daily game notes, recaps, live scoring, and behind-the-scenes content.

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