China
China
China has seen a very palpable growth of its baseball in the past decade and is currently ranked No. 18 in the world, according to the IBAF. The 2006 World Baseball Classic was regarded as a major stepping stone for the Chinese national team in preparation for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Chinese catcher Wei Wang became the first player to hit a home run in the World Baseball Classic in Team China's first round game against eventual champion Japan.

In 2009, China experienced a breakthrough by eliminating Chinese Taipei from the World Baseball Classic with their first and only victory in the tournament. This was the second year in a row China beat baseball rivals Chinese Taipei on an international stage. China's strongest performance came while hosting the 16th Asian Games in 2010, as they reached the semi-finals by going 2-1 in pool play.

Under the tutelage of veteran coach John McLaren, China was unable to get out of Pool B in Tokyo after losses to Cuba, Australia and Japan.
First Round (Round Robin)
Pool B: Tokyo Tokyo Dome
Gm 2 cub
0
6
F
Tue, Mar 7
10:00 PM EST
Wed, Mar 8
12:00 PM JST
Gm 4 chn
11
0
F
Thu, Mar 9
5:00 AM EST
Thu, Mar 9
7:00 PM JST
Gm 6 jpn
1
7
F
Fri, Mar 10
5:00 AM EST
Fri, Mar 10
7:00 PM JST

ROUND ROBIN STANDINGS

Pool B: Tokyo Tokyo Dome

Japan (3-0) and Cuba (2-1) have advanced to Pool E: Tokyo

Rank Team W L
1 Japan jpn 3 0
2 Cuba cub 2 1
3 Australia aus 1 2
4 China chn 0 3

HEADLINES




Cuba bounces back by cruising past China

Roel Santos was a homer shy of the first World Baseball Classic cycle and Bladimir Banos led a combined one-hitter as Cuba moved to 1-1 in Pool B play with a 6-0 win over China in Tokyo.


VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS


Roster
Pitchers
# Name B/T Height Weight Birth Date
52 Bruce Chen L-L 6'2" 215lbs. 06/19/1977
33 Kun Chen R-R 6'1" 190lbs. 03/05/1980
28 Andrew Chin L-L 6'1" 180lbs. 09/22/1992
23 Quan Gan R-R 6'1" 172lbs. 06/17/1996
35 Hai-Cheng Gong R-R 6'2" 168lbs. 12/28/1998
60 Kwon Ju R-R 5'11" 180lbs. 05/31/1995
11 Xin Li L-L 6'1" 165lbs. 04/17/1992
8 Yu Liu R-R 6'0" 167lbs. 09/15/1991
5 Chao Lu R-R 6'4" 204lbs. 10/09/1988
68 Yusong Lu R-R 6'0" 210lbs. 02/06/1992
36 Xia Luo R-R 5'10" 165lbs. 07/14/1992
19 Jiping Qi R-R 5'11" 159lbs. 12/05/1995
31 Menghao Wang R-R 6'1" 154lbs. 09/25/1992
15 Chaoqun Zheng R-R 6'0" 198lbs. 02/09/1993
Catchers
10 Ning Li R-R 6'1" 187lbs. 11/12/1994
2 Weiqiang Meng R-R 6'1" 188lbs. 05/31/1989
56 Wei Wang R-R 6'1" 180lbs. 12/25/1978
Infielders
21 Ray Chang R-R 6'1" 195lbs. 08/24/1983
62 Yanpeng Chen R-R 6'1" 176lbs. 05/26/1996
30 Fujia Chu L-L 6'2" 185lbs. 09/10/1989
12 Xiaolei Du R-R 5'11" 159lbs. 05/25/1990
38 Zeyuan Li R-R 6'1" 198lbs. 04/23/1986
16 Joey Wong L-R 5'10" 185lbs. 04/12/1988
51 Guiyuan Xu L-L 6'0" 188lbs. 01/29/1996
Outfielders
65 Zhenghong Lu L-R 5'9" 155lbs. 04/15/1991
66 Chuang Na L-L 6'1" 198lbs. 03/15/1987
26 Shunyi Yang R-R 6'2" 165lbs. 01/01/1993
6 Yanyong Yang L-R 5'10" 143lbs. 05/05/1994
* Designated Pool Pitcher on the active roster that is eligible to participate in one or more consecutive rounds. After each round, these pitchers may be replaced on the Roster with another pitcher from that Federation’s Designated Pitcher Pool.
Coaching Staff
# Name Position
John McLaren Manager
Dave Bush Coach
Jimmy Johnson Coach
Weijun Luo Coach
Sheng Yi Coach
Xiaotian Zhang Coach
Wanbi Zhou Coach

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