Best Countries at Baseball

The Top Ten
1 Dominican Republic The Dominican Republic is a sovereign state occupying the Eastern two thirds of the island of Hispaniola, in the Greater Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean region.

Absolutely fantastic. Strong hitters and professional players dominate. Anyone arguing for the US does not know what they are talking about. Even American teams, like the Phillies for example, have many Dominican players. Power of Mangu!

Winning the World Baseball Classic in 2013 felt really good to them. Having Nelson Cruz, Jose Reyes, Adrian Beltre, Edwin Encarnacion, and Jose Bautista on their team makes me rank them first.

Most MLB active players per capita. We are speaking of a small ten million population, with a lot of professional players.

2 United States The United States of America, or the U.S.A. for short, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, 48 of them are contiguous states. There are two other states, Alaska and Hawaii, which are north and south of the contiguous states, respectively. The United States declared its independence from the... read more

The USA is the World Baseball Classic champion for 2017. They finally put together a team that played with enthusiasm and was equipped with great coaching and chemistry. This took them to a world championship. Well done!

How can the US not be the best? Even if the majority of the Dominican Republic is better than the majority of the USA, the population of the USA is way bigger than any of those other countries.

The U.S. is simply better. The Dominican Republic may be talented, but the U.S. is a monster compared to them.

3 Japan Japan is an island country in East Asia in the Pacific Ocean. It lies off the eastern coast of the Asia Mainland (east of China, Korea, Russia) and stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and near Taiwan in the southwest... read more

I'm from Taiwan (Chinese Taipei), but part of our baseball heritage was passed on from Japan during World War II when they colonized Taiwan. The baseball there is very fundamental and won't make serious mistakes. They are harsh and will make you fundamentally good!

Japan is overall outstanding at baseball. They have developed their own style of baseball that can triumph over teams with players much bigger and taller than them. Additionally, Japan has a great little league which feeds into the professional leagues.

Japan is incredible. It is the only team that has ever gotten first place in the WBC twice. They have great players.

4 Cuba Cuba, officially the Republic of Cuba, is a sovereign state comprising the island of Cuba as well as Isla de la Juventud and several minor archipelagos.

I think the Dominican Republic is the best now, but Cuba is very special. Why? Because Cuba holds the record for the most wins in the World Cup of Baseball (25 times), the Intercontinental Cup (10 times), and Olympic medals (5 times). Isn't that special?

It's the only country that represents without Cuban professional MLB players.

The most champions at a real world tournament. The World Series is not worldwide.

5 Venezuela Venezuela, officially the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, is a federal republic located on the northern coast of South America.

Baseball is like a religion for us. It is part of our culture, and we just love it. We bring some of the best players to the sport. It's that simple.

Venezuela should be number three on this list, not number four. Far and away, Venezuela has more stars in the MLB than Cuba.

6 Taiwan Taiwan, officially the Republic of China (ROC), is a country in East Asia, at the junction of the East and South China Seas in the northwestern Pacific Ocean, with the People's Republic of China (PRC) to the northwest, Japan to the northeast, and the Philippines to the south. The territories controlled... read more

Taiwan beat Japan and Korea this year, both Professional and U-18. The U-18 team also beat the US! Undoubtedly, Taiwan is at top form this year.

Taiwan's baseball is the best because they are improving every day in the CPBL, and many other countries want to buy players from Taiwan.

Taiwan is so good at it, other countries are trying to buy players from there.

7 Canada Canada is a country in North America that is next to the United States, and it's the 2nd largest country in the world by area (size is 9.985 million km²). This country has 10 provinces, and 3 territories. Canada became a dominion on July 1, 1867. Its 10 provinces are: Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec,... read more

Joey Votto, Michael Saunders, Justin Morneau, and Scott Diamond on their team makes them rank this high in my rankings.

8 South Korea South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea (ROK), is a country in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula and sharing a land border with North Korea. Its western border is formed by the Yellow Sea, while its eastern border is defined by the Sea of Japan. South Korea claims... read more

Their teams are always so competitive, and baseball is a huge sport in this country. I did a lot of research, and it is more right at number seven.

South Korea easily beats out Japan. Period.

It's funny how Korea is in the top 10 because, according to the WBSC, they've been winning three in a row, beating all the countries above.

9 Mexico Mexico, officially the United Mexican States, is a federal republic located in North America. The country is located between the U.S. and Central America, and is known for its Pacific and Gulf of Mexico beaches and its diverse landscape of mountains, deserts, and jungles.

Even though being a minority in numbers, Mexico's players have a lot to say. With legends such as Fernando Valenzuela, Vinicio Castilla, Nomar Garciaparra, Roberto Avila, and others, Mexico has contributed great players to the major leagues. Currently, Adrian Gonzalez, Sergio Romo, Julio Urias, Daniel Perez, Oliver Perez, and many others represent their country in this pastime sport. Baseball is also one of the most popular sports in Mexico. Viva Mexico!

Taiwan and Canada ahead of Mexico? The list was decent until especially Taiwan. I do not know of any notable players from Taiwan.

10 Panama Panama, officially the Republic of Panama, is a transcontinental country in Central America and South America, bordered by Costa Rica to the west, Colombia to the southeast, the Caribbean Sea to the north, and the Pacific Ocean to the south. Its capital and largest city is Panama City, whose metropolitan... read more
The Contenders
11 Netherlands The Netherlands, informally Holland, is a country located in north-western Europe with overseas territories in the Caribbean. It is the largest of four constituent countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Netherlands consists of twelve provinces, and borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the... read more
12 New Zealand New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean.
It is situated 1,500 kilometres (900 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington,... read more
13 Italy Italy (Italian: Repubblica Italiana) is a sovereign state and unitary parliamentary republic in south-central Europe.

Italy covers an area of 301,338 km². With almost 62 million inhabitants, it is the third most populous EU member state. Located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Italy shares... read more
14 United Kingdom The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly shortened to United Kingdom, UK or Britain is a Sovereign State located of the Northwestern coast of Europe. It is a Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy currently lead by Monarch Queen Elizabeth II and its current prime minister is... read more

How about British baseball? No, it's not a myth. It's an old game.

15 Colombia Colombia, officially the Republic of Colombia, is a country situated in the northwest of South America, bordered to the northwest by Panama; to the east by Venezuela and Brazil; to the south by Ecuador and Peru; and it shares maritime limits with Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Jamaica, Dominican Republic... read more
16 Jamaica Jamaica is an island country situated in the Caribbean Sea. Spanning 10,990 square kilometres (4,240 sq mi) in area, it is the third-largest island of the Greater Antilles and the Caribbean (after Cuba and Hispaniola). Jamaica lies about 145 kilometres (90 mi) south of Cuba, and 191 kilometres (119... read more
17 Australia Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. With an area of 7,617,930 square kilometres (2,941,300 sq mi), Australia is the largest country by area in Oceania and... read more
18 Philippines The Philippines, officially the Republic of the Philippines, is an archipelagic country in Southeast Asia. It is situated in the western Pacific Ocean and consists of around 7,641 islands that are broadly categorized under three main geographical divisions from north to south: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao... read more
19 Sweden Sweden, officially the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe.

It borders Norway to the west and Finland to the east, and is connected to Denmark in the southwest by a bridge-tunnel across the Öresund. At 450,295 square kilometers (173,860 sq mi), Sweden is the third-largest... read more

Kids are playing baseball in Sweden. Even the teens and adults play too.

20 India India, officially known as the Republic of India, is a country located in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area and the most populous country, with over 1.4 billion people. Additionally, it is the most populous democracy in the world... read more
21 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka, officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and known from the beginning of British colonial rule until 1972 as Ceylon, is an island country in South Asia near south-east India.
22 Brazil Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in both South America and Latin America. At 8.5 million square kilometers (3,300,000 sq mi) and with over 214 million people, Brazil is the world's fifth-largest country by area and the sixth most populous. Its capital is Brasília,... read more
23 Lithuania Lithuania, officially the Republic of Lithuania, is a country in Northern Europe.It is one of the Baltic states and lies on the eastern shore of the Baltic Sea to the southeast of Sweden and the east of Denmark, with Latvia to the north, Belarus to the east and south, Poland to the south, and Kaliningrad... read more
24 Belgium Belgium, officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a country in Northwestern Europe. The country is bordered by the Netherlands to the north, Germany to the east, Luxembourg to the southeast, France to the southwest, and the North Sea to the northwest. It covers an area of 30,689 km2 (11,849 sq mi) and... read more

Belgian baseball is catching up in European baseball.

Baseball is growing here in Belgium.

25 Ireland Formed in 1916 after the Easter uprising, Ireland is a small country with a population of roughly 5 million.
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