Taiwan ranked 4th in IBAF Men's Baseball
By Joy Lee, The China Post
December 22, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan was ranked 4th in the Men's Baseball World Rankings updated by the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) under the name Chinese Taipei.
Taiwan was ranked 5th in the same rankings last year, and after the 2013 World Baseball Classic, Taiwan's qualification for the second round led the nation to advance from 5 to 4.
In the IBAF's latest rankings, after calculating the performances the performances of local baseball teams in all the international games in 2013, Taiwan remained in 4th with 548.48 points.
According to the IBAF, the United States was ranked first in the latest rankings for the first time, with Cuba dropping to number 3 and Japan moving up to number 2; the highest ranking the East Asian baseball nation has ever achieved.
South Korea took ninth place in the previous rankings due to their ninth-place finish at the 2013 WBC, and it moved up one rank to 8th in the latest rankings, the IBAF said.
According to the IBAF's rankings, Taiwan was followed by Dominican Republic, the Netherlands, Canada, Puerto Rico and Venezuela in the top-10 list.
The IBAF said that the teams of the IBAF member-nations are ranked based on their tournament results with the most successful teams being ranked highest. A point system is used, according to the IBAF, with points being awarded based on the results of IBAF-recognized international tournaments.