Philippines national baseball team

Philippines national baseball team
Country  Philippines
Federation Philippine Amateur Baseball Association
Confederation Baseball Federation of Asia
Manager Tim Hulett
BAF Rank 5th
Intercontinental Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 2006)
Best result 8th place
Asian Games
Appearances 3 (First in 1998)
Best result 5th place
Asian Championship
Appearances 19 (First in 1954)
Best result 1st (1 time, in 1954)
3rd (2 times, most recent in 1971)

The national baseball team of the Philippines represents the country and competes in international matches and tournaments. It is organized by the Philippine Amateur Baseball Association.

They were the inaugural champions of the Asian Baseball Championships in 1954 but finished fourth in seven of the next eight editions of the biennial events.

Since their last fourth-place finish in 1973, the national team has struggled in competing against top level Asian clubs such as Japan, Chinese Taipei, and Korea, among others.

They have recently participated in the 2006 Intercontinental Cup, and the 2006 Asian Games. They won the gold medal at the 2005 Southeast Asian Games when they hosted the biennial meet.


Early history

Baseball had a long history in the Philippines with the sport's introduction in the islands dating back in 1898. At the inaugural Asian Baseball Championship in 1954, the Philippines managed to finish first.[1]

From the 1960s until the 1970s, baseball was a national pastime in the country. From 1955 until 1971, in all but one of the eight editions of that period, the Philippines finished either third or fourth at the Asian Baseball Championship which was dominated by Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan (later competes as Chinese Taipei). The Philippines last podium finish was in 1971, where it finished third.[1]


Philippine players walking off the field after their first ever game in the Intercontinental Cup in Taichung, Taiwan. They lost to South Korea 10–0

The Philippines participated at the 2003 Asian Baseball Championship which also served as an Olympic qualifier. However it finished fifth. The national team achieved better results at the 2005 Southeast Asian Games, winning the gold medal for the baseball event beating Thailand 11-1 in the final.[1]

In November 2006, the Philippines participated at the Intercontinental Cup were they didn't manage to win a match in 9 games with their best stint being the 5-1 defeat against South Korea in the seventh place game. At the 2006 Asian Games the Philippines did not performed significantly better than at the Intercontinental Cup in terms of standings, finishing last in a competition of six teams. The results of the national team were closer scoring nine runs in five contests.[1]

At the 2007 Asian Baseball Championships preliminary round, the Philippines did not lose a single match winning 2-0 against Pakistan and 4-1 against Hong Kong before drawing with Thailand. Before resuming play at the final round of the Asian Baseball Championship, the Philippines went on to defend their title at the 2007 Southeast Asian Games but suffered a close 5-4 defeat to Thailand who emerged as champions. At the Asian Baseball Championship finals the Philippines did not win a game against the "Big Three" which composes of Japan, South Korea and Chinese Taipei.[1]

Due to the performance of the national team at the 2007 edition of the Asian Baseball Championship, they automatically qualified for the "A" round of the tournament facing Japan, Thailand and Indonesia in their group with the Philippines winning over the latter two teams.[1]


The national team was inactive in 2010.[1] The national sport association for baseball, PABA has experienced difficulties such as mismanagement, insufficient resources and a national squad had not been assembled. There was a dispute between then PABA President Hector Navasero and other personalities with the national sport association. Marty Eizmendi was asked by Philippine Olympic Committee president Peping Cojuangco to settle the issues faced by PABA. The POC urged for a national baseball team to participate at the 2011 Southeast Asian Games due to baseball being a potential source of a gold medal for the Philippines based on past track records. The POC and PABA later agreed to cooperate and decided organize the very first try-outs in decades.[2] The Philippine national team that participated at the Southeast Asian Games won the gold medal beating host Indonesia by 3-1 in the finals.[1]

In 2012, they later attempted to qualify for the 2013 World Baseball Classic but failed.[1] In late 2013, Navasero died and his son who was also the secretary general called for an election where Eizmendi was appointed as President. Tom Navasero resigned from his post. Eizmendi inherited the management and resource issues affecting the national sports association which affected the national team's stints.[2]

The Philippines defeated Indonesia again at the 2015 East Asia Cup championship in Jakarta by 10-0 qualifying for the 2015 Asian Baseball Championship but withdrew from the continental tournament citing financial issues with the East Asia Cup runners-up participating instead.[2]

At the 2017 World Baseball Classic qualifiers, the Philippines will be managed by American Tim Hulett.[3]

International tournament results

World Baseball Classic

World Baseball Classic record Qualification record
Year Host(s) Round Position W L RS RA Host W L RS RA
2006 Did not enter No qualifiers held
2013 Did not qualify Taiwan 1 2 30 28
2017 Australia 0 2 8 28
Total 0/4 1 4 38 56

Asian championships

Asian Baseball Championship
Year Host Position
1954 Philippines 1st place
1955 Philippines 4th place
1959 Japan 4th place
1962 Taiwan 4th place
1963 Korea 4th place
1965 Philippines 4th place
1967 Japan 4th place
1969 Taiwan 3rd place
1971 Korea 3rd place
1973 Philippines 4th place
1975 Korea 5th place
1983 Korea 5th place
1985 Australia Did not participate
1987 Japan Did not participate
1989 Korea 6th place
1991 People's Republic of China 5th place
1993 Australia 6th place
1995 Japan 5th place
1997 Taiwan 5th place
1999 Korea 5th place
2001 Taiwan 4th place
2003 Japan 5th place
2005 Japan 5th place
2007 Taiwan 4th place
2009 Japan 5th place
2012 Taiwan 5th place
2015 Taiwan Withdrew
Total 1 gold, 2 bronze

Asian Games

Asian Games Record
Year Host Position
1994 Japan Did not participate
1998 Thailand 5th place
2002 Korea 5th place
2006 Qatar 6th place
2010 People's Republic of China Did not participate
2014 Korea

SEA Games

SEA Games Records
Year Host Position
2005 Philippines 1st place
2007 Thailand 2nd place
2009 Laos Not held
2011 Indonesia 1st place
2013 Myanmar Not held
2015 Singapore
Total 2 golds, 1 silver

Current roster

Philippines National Baseball Team
2017 World Baseball Classic qualification roster
Players Coaches
  • Ernesto Binarao
  • J.R. Bunda
  • Leslie Cabiling
  • Vladimir Eguia
  • Taylor Garrison
  • Austin Haynal
  • Romeo Jasmin
  • Ryan Juarez
  • Ronel Peralta
  • Devon Ramirez
  • Clay Rapada
  • Jon Jon Robles
  • Kevin Vance


  • Adriane Ros Bernardo
  • Brady Conlan
  • Jennald Pareja
  • Angelo Songco
  • Matt Vance
  • Joshua Wong



United States Tim Hulett
Philippines Wilfredo Hidalgo

Reference: Major League Baseball[4], Tiebreaker Times[5]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Fidler, Gabriel. "Philippines Preparing for Baseball Renaissance". Mister Baseball. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  2. 1 2 3 Ochosa, Mike (24 September 2015). "Philippine baseball's lost opportunity". Rappler. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  3. "Woodward, Hulett to manage in World Classic qualifying". NZ Herald. NZME. Publishing Limited. Associated Press. 28 January 2016. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  4. "2017 (World Baseball Classic) qualifier roster - Philippines" (PDF). Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  5. Li, Matthew (6 February 2016). "RP Baseball Team optimistic about WBC Qualifier chances". Tiebreaker Times. Retrieved 6 February 2016.

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