The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) announced their latest rankings this week and Ireland has moved up to #47 in the world! The Irish National Baseball Team recently took home the bronze medal at the European C-Pool Championships in July 2016.
It’s important to remember that the WBSC rankings are based on a comprehensive picture of a nation’s baseball program. In other words, Ireland’s ranking is based on the overall strength of Ireland’s youth and amateur baseball programs, rather than simply relying on the recent success of the Irish National Baseball Team. So, in that regard, Baseball Ireland should be commended for building and strengthening Irish baseball programs to the point where Ireland jumped up six places in the current rankings.
From the WBSC website:
The WBSC Baseball World Rankings reflect a 4-year cycle and a data set of more than 1,000 international contests dating to mid-2012. Points generated from recent competitions include the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup 2016, the U-18 Baseball World Cup 2017 European qualifier, and the U-12 Baseball World Cup 2017 qualifiers in the Americas and Europe. Expired points from the current world rankings include points derived from the U-15 Baseball World Cup 2012 (won by Venezuela), the East Asian Baseball Cup 2012 and international friendlies in 2012.
For our part, the Baseball United Foundation is proud to be a partner with Baseball Ireland to support the continued development of youth and amateur baseball in Ireland, including helping Irish Little League teams and the Irish National Baseball Team. If you’d like to help us in our efforts, join our Support Irish Baseball Facebook community and buy an Irish National Team cap in our online store!