Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic has competed in the 2006, 2009 and 2013 World Baseball Classic tournaments. They finished 4th in the inaugural event in 2006. In 2009, Ubaldo Jimenez set a new record for strikeouts by a starter during Round One against the Netherlands when he struck out 10 batters over four innings in Team Dominica's 2-1 loss to the Netherlands, however the 121 Dominican Republic was eliminated in the opening round. The team bounced back in 2013 and went on to win its first ever World Baseball Classic after defeating Team Puerto Rico 3-0. The Dominican Republic is currently ranked 7th overall by the IBAF.

A total of 472 Dominican-born players have gone on to play in the Majors. With more than a 100 players with Major League Clubs, the Dominican Republic contributes the most players in Major League Baseball. This includes 2008 NL MVP Albert Pujols, 2008 NL Rookie of the Year Geovany Soto and Manny Ramírez. The country has sent more foreign-born players to the Majors than any other country. There were 88 Dominican-born players on Opening Day rosters in 2008.

Baseball culture is rich in the Dominican Republic, and they never field a team that would be wise to overlook. The presence of Major League academies combined with the success and notoriety of Dominican-born players who go on to fame and fortune in Major League Baseball proves to make the country more of a baseball powerhouse than ever in the years to come.

The 2013 champions looked dominant through Pool C in Miami, emerging from that hotly contested pool a perfect 3-0. But Team USA and Puerto Rico outlasted them in San Diego to send the DR home this time around.
First Round (Round Robin)
Pool C: Miami Marlins Park
Gm 1 dom
2
9
F
Thu, Mar 9
6:00 PM EST
Thu, Mar 9
6:00 PM EDT
Gm 4 dom
5
7
F
Sat, Mar 11
6:30 PM EST
Sat, Mar 11
6:30 PM EDT
Gm 5 col
10
3
F/11
Sun, Mar 12
12:30 PM EDT
Sun, Mar 12
12:30 PM EDT
Second Round (Round Robin)
Pool F: San Diego Petco Park
Gm 1 pur
1
3
F
Tue, Mar 14
9:00 PM EDT
Tue, Mar 14
6:00 PM PDT
Gm 3 dom
0
3
F
Thu, Mar 16
10:00 PM EDT
Thu, Mar 16
7:00 PM PDT
Gm 6 dom
6
3
F
Sat, Mar 18
10:00 PM EDT
Sat, Mar 18
7:00 PM PDT

ROUND ROBIN STANDINGS

Pool C: Miami Marlins Park

Dominican Republic (3-0) and USA (2-1) advance to Pool F: San Diego

Rank Team W L
1 Dominican Republic dom 3 0
2 United States usa 2 1
3 Colombia col 1 2
4 Canada can 0 3
Pool F: San Diego Petco Park

Puerto Rico (3-0), USA (2-1) advance to Championship Round in Los Angeles

Rank Team W L
1 Puerto Rico pur 3 0
2 United States usa 2 1
3 Dominican Republic dom 1 2
4 Venezuela ven 0 3

HEADLINES


Sticks and Jones! USA flies over DR into Final 4

The United States is headed to the World Baseball Classic semifinals. Giancarlo Stanton belted a go-ahead homer and Adam Jones made a catch for the ages, propelling the U.S. to its second semifinals appearance with a 6-3 win over the Dominican Republic on Saturday night in San Diego.


Saturday night survive: USA-DR win or else!

The team of All-Stars from the Dominican Republic and Team USA have been on a crash course toward a final World Baseball Classic clash since the tournament started earlier this month. And now, it's finally here.


Long drives, strong pitching propel DR

Behind stellar pitching and home runs by Gregory Polanco and Nelson Cruz, the Dominican Republic secured a much-needed 3-0 victory over Venezuela on Thursday in the second round of the World Baseball Classic at Petco Park.


VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS


Roster
Pitchers
# Name B/T Height Weight Birth Date
58 Fernando Abad L-L 6'1" 220lbs. 12/17/1985
68 Dellin Betances R-R 6'8" 265lbs. 03/23/1988
37 Alex Colome R-R 6'1" 220lbs. 12/31/1988
21 Samuel Deduno R-R 6'3" 210lbs. 07/02/1983
70 Jumbo Diaz R-R 6'4" 315lbs. 02/27/1984
27 Jeurys Familia R-R 6'3" 240lbs. 10/10/1989
18 Carlos Martinez R-R 6'0" 190lbs. 09/21/1991
50 Hector Neris R-R 6'2" 215lbs. 06/14/1989
74 Hansel Robles R-R 6'0" 220lbs. 08/13/1990
56 Fernando Rodney R-R 5'11" 240lbs. 03/18/1977
45 Enny Romero R-L 6'3" 232lbs. 01/24/1991
54 Ervin Santana R-R 6'2" 175lbs. 12/12/1982
76 Cesar Valdez R-R 6'2" 200lbs. 03/17/1985
36 Edinson Volquez R-R 6'0" 220lbs. 07/03/1983
Catchers
35 Welington Castillo R-R 5'10" 220lbs. 04/24/1987
86 Alberto Rosario R-R 6'0" 175lbs. 01/10/1987
Infielders
29 Adrian Beltre R-R 5'11" 220lbs. 04/07/1979
22 Robinson Cano L-R 6'0" 210lbs. 10/22/1982
3 Manny Machado R-R 6'3" 215lbs. 07/06/1992
Hanley Ramirez R-R 6'2" 235lbs. 12/23/1983
7 Jose Reyes S-R 6'0" 195lbs. 06/11/1983
2 Jean Segura R-R 5'10" 205lbs. 03/17/1990
5 Jonathan Villar S-R 6'1" 215lbs. 05/02/1991
Outfielders
19 Jose Bautista R-R 6'0" 205lbs. 10/19/1980
23 Nelson Cruz R-R 6'2" 230lbs. 07/01/1980
6 Starling Marte R-R 6'1" 190lbs. 10/09/1988
25 Gregory Polanco L-L 6'5" 235lbs. 09/14/1991
48 Mel Rojas Jr. S-R 6'2" 225lbs. 05/24/1990
Designated Pitcher Pool
Joaquin Benoit R-R 6'4" 250lbs. 07/26/1977
Santiago Casilla R-R 6'0" 210lbs. 07/25/1980
Johnny Cueto R-R 5'11" 229lbs. 02/15/1986
Edgar Garcia R-R 6'2" 190lbs. 09/20/1987
Ivan Nova R-R 6'5" 250lbs. 01/12/1987
38 Wily Peralta R-R 6'1" 255lbs. 05/08/1989
Luis Severino R-R 6'2" 215lbs. 02/20/1994
* 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
Tony Pena Manager
Jose Cano Coach
10 Bill Castro Coach
Denny Gonzalez Coach
Alfredo Griffin Coach
Junior Noboa Coach
Juan Samuel Coach

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