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Baseball at the 2004 Summer Olympics

Baseball
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
Venue Helliniko Olympic Complex
Dates August 15–25
Teams 8
Medalists
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
Bronze medal 

Baseball at the 2004 Summer Olympics was held on two separate diamonds within the Helliniko Olympic Complex, from August 15 to August 25. This was a male-only event.

The competition consisted of a preliminary round with each team playing all the other teams once, for a total of seven games. The top four teams at the end of this round advanced to the medals round. The medals round consisted of two semifinal games with the winners advancing to the gold medal game. The losing teams of the semifinals would play in the bronze medal game.

Team squads

Team Qualification criteria Appearance
Australia Winner of Oceania Champion vs Africa Champion (South Africa)  3rd
Canada Second place at Americas Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Panama  1st
Chinese Taipei Second place at Asian Championship  2nd
Cuba First place at Americas Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Panama  4th
Greece Automatic as host nation of the Olympics  1st
Italy First place at European Olympic Qualification Tournament  4th
Japan First place at Asian Championship  4th
Netherlands Second place at European Olympic Qualification Tournament  3rd

Controversy

Despite being the "home of baseball" and the defending gold medalists, the United States did not make it to Athens after losing a qualifying game to Mexico, 1-0. The Americas Tournament, which decided which two teams from North America, South America and the Caribbean went to Athens, was single-elimination, when almost all other baseball tournaments are double-elimination. (The Mexicans didn't make it to the Olympics either; in the very next round, they were beaten by Canada.) Ironically, many Americans wound up playing in Athens anyway, as members of the nascent Greek team.

Others took issue with the fact that three of the eight slots in the Olympics (including the hosts) were European, while the Americas and Asia (with much stronger baseball nations) got only two slots apiece. The absence of such teams as the USA, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and South Korea led to disinterest in the Olympic tournament in those countries.

The 2008 tournament has changed the qualifying procedure; the United States qualified, as did Cuba and the host country China.

Bracket

Results

Preliminary round

The top four teams (Japan, Cuba, Canada and Australia) advanced to the semifinals. To determine the seed ranking of teams tied in the standings, the result of the two teams' game against each other was used. Japan therefore received first place due to the win over Cuba. In the semi-finals, Japan (#1) played Australia (#4) and Cuba (#2) played Canada (#3). The higher ranked team in each game was the home team.

Team W L Tiebreaker
6 1 1-0
6 1 0-1
5 2 -
4 3 -
3 4 -
2 5 -
1 6 1-0
1 6 0-1
August 15
August 16
August 17
August 18
August 20
August 21
August 22

Semifinals

Bronze medal match

Final

Final standing

References

  • Official Olympic Report
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