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2008 America Cup (Baseball)

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2008 America Cup (Baseball)

The 2008 America Baseball Cup was held in the Venezuelan cities of Puerto Ordaz and El Tigre, from September 26 to October 7. The tournament acted as a qualifier for the 2009 World Cup.


"America Baseball Cup" is the English translation of the competition's Spanish name, which is Copa America de Beisbol. The competition was used to select the teams that represented Central and South America — including the Caribbean — in the Baseball World Cup.

Format and participation

The tournament is split up into 2 groups. Group A consists of Venezuela, Nicaragua, Colombia, Netherlands Antilles and Mexico, and Group B consists of Puerto Rico, Brazil, Aruba, Guatemala and Panama.

Cuba did not compete because they already qualified for the 2009 World Cup as they were Olympic competitors the same year.


Puerto Rico won the tournament, defeating Nicaragua 4:1 in the final.

Notable Players

  • C: César Quintero, Panama (.577/.593/.846)
  • 1B: Carlos Rivera, Puerto Rico (MVP) (.375/.444/.719, 3 HR, 10 RBI)
  • 2B: Ofilio Castro, Nicaragua (.480/.536/.640, 7 R, 7 RBI)
  • SS: Andy González, Puerto Rico (.379/.455/.517, 8 R)
  • 3B: Agustín Murillo, Mexico (.323/.353/.742, 4 2B, 3 HR, 7 R, 11 RBI)
  • OF: Willie Vasquez, Venezuela (.414/.469/.483)
  • OF: Ardley Jansen, Netherlands Antilles (.444/.467/.963, 4 HR, 8 R, 8 RBI)
  • OF: Danilo Sotelo, Nicaragua (.385/.393/.462)
  • DH: José Velázquez, Puerto Rico (.308/.379/.462)
  • RHP: Johnny Gregorius, Netherlands Antilles (2-0, 0 R, 5 H in 15 IP)
  • LHP: Raymond Martes, Netherlands Antilles (1-1, 5.02)
  • References

    2008 America Cup (Baseball) Wikipedia

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