Canada, Taiwan earn final two Olympic baseball berths
by Bob Timmermann
Canada and Taiwan clinched the final two spots in the Olympic baseball tournament during the qualifying tournament in Taiwan.
Canada beat Korea, who had already clinched a spot, 4-3. Taiwan defeated South Africa, 4-0. This gave Korea, Canada, and Taiwan 5-1 records and two games up on the other five nations participating with just one game left.
The field in Beijing for the Olympics will be: China (host), USA, Cuba, Netherlands, Japan, Korea, Canada, and Taiwan.
Australia's coach, John Deeble, let loose on the qualifying tournament setup to Australian paper, The Age. Deeble felt that the tournament was scheduled at a poor time (during spring training in the US and Japan) that kept Australia, the silver medalist in Athens in 2000, from using its best players and that the Asian teams and Canada would benefit.
Smart man, John Deeble.
The IBAF (International Baseball Federation) tiebreaker won't have to be used:
The ranking of the teams after the round robin shall be according to the win-loss record of all the games played.
All ties after the round robin, Semi-finals and Finals shall be settled as follows (in order):
a) The team that won the game(s) between the teams tied shall be given the higher position.
b) Fewest runs allowed divided by the number of innings played in defense in the games between teams tied.
c) Fewest earned runs allowed divided by the number of innings played in defense in the games between the teams tied.
d) Highest team batting average in games between the teams tied.
e) Highest team on base percentage in games between the teams tied.
f) Highest team slugging percentage in games between the teams tied.