Taiwan climbs to 5th in world baseball ranking

Taiwan's national baseball teams have earned the most points in 2018, elevating the nation's ranking from sixth to fifth in the world, exchanging places with Mexico. ( The Yomiuri Shimbun via AP Images )

Taipei, Sept. 28 (CNA)-Taiwan has vaulted past Mexico to fifth in the latest world baseball rankings compiled by the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC).

Taiwan, with a total of 3,165 points from competitions from 2015 to 2018, rose from sixth to fifth in the world, exchanging places with Mexico, the WBSC said in a news release on Thursday.

Taiwan collected 645 ranking points this year by winning the U-12 Asian Championship, taking 2nd place at the U-18 Asia Championship in Miyazaki, Japan, and earning the bronze medal at both the U-15 Baseball World Cup and Asian Games.

The United States — winner of the U-15 Baseball World Cup in Panama, and the U-12 Pan-Am Championship in Mexico — remained atop the rankings, a position it has held since February, the WBSC said.

Japan, Korea and Cuba all maintained their previous positions at second, third and fourth, respectively, according to the rankings.

The new rankings weighed each country’s national team performances from the U-12 to professional levels in official WBSC-sanctioned international competitions over a four-year period from 2015 to 2018.

The rankings reflect results from over 250 competitions, including the U-15 Baseball World Cup, the Asian Games, the Central American and Caribbean Games, the East Asian Cup, the South American Baseball Championship, the U-18 and U-12 continental championships played in Asia and Europe, and others, the WBSC said.