France
France
France has a long history in baseball as the second oldest national federation of Europe (1924) and a founding member of the European Baseball Confederation (1953). France's best result on the international stage is a bronze medal at the 1999 European Championship, a feat nearly repeated in 2014 when "Les Bleus" fell one victory short of a new bronze medal. France's first appearance at the WBC Qualifier in 2012 featured a defeat to tournament winner Spain and an epic extra-inning lost to South Africa.
2016 Qualifiers
Qualifier 3: Panama City Estadio Nacional Rod Carew
Gm 2 pan
2
9
F
Thu, Mar 17
9:00 PM EDT
Thu, Mar 17
9:00 PM EST
Gm 3 esp
5
3
F
Fri, Mar 18
2:00 PM EDT
Fri, Mar 18
2:00 PM EST
Gm 5 fra
7
4
F
Sat, Mar 19
9:00 PM EDT
Sat, Mar 19
9:00 PM EST

HEADLINES

Panama rallies past France to put final on tap

Team France was close to serving up some disappointing deja vu to Panama on Saturday night. But the French pitching staff had trouble finding the strike zone in key moments, and a crucial error helped Panama respond to a three-run deficit to claim a 7-4 victory on the third day of the World Baseball Classic qualifier.


France looks to upset Panama in semifinal

If France is the proverbial David, then host Panama will serve as Goliath on Saturday, when the two teams square off in a 9 p.m. ET elimination game at Rod Carew Stadium, The winner will face Colombia in the qualifier final on Sunday night at 8 ET, with a bid to the 2017 World Baseball Classic up for grabs.


Behind early outburst, France ousts Spain

Buoyed by a big first-inning rally, France defeated Spain, 5-3, on Friday afternoon at Rod Carew Stadium to revive its hopes in the Panama City pool of the World Baseball Classic qualifier. With the loss, Spain was eliminated in its bid to reach its second consecutive Classic tournament. France will try to keep its tournament hopes going on Saturday at 9 p.m. ET, when it faces the loser of Friday night's Colombia-Panama matchup. The winner of that Saturday contest will face the Colombia-Panama winner on Sunday at 7 looking to win the pool and earn a trip to the Classic. Fans can watch all Classic qualifier action on MLB.com or worldbaseballclassic.com and follow along with Gameday.


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