Baseball Olympic Tournament, Atlanta 1996

° Olympic diary
° Results and attendance
° Torneo Olimpico de Béisbol
° STARS of the Olympic tournament
° PROTAGONISTAS DEL TORNEO OLIMPICO


OLYMPIC RESULTS


Game n. Time Game Attendance Saturday, July 20 10:00 Nicaragua vs. USA ..... 1 - 4 40.458 15:00 Australia vs. Cuba ... 8 - 19 32.741 20:00 Netherlands vs. Japan ... 2 - 12 18.247 Sunday, July 21 15:00 Italy... vs. Korea ... 2 - 1 24.580 20:00 Cuba ... vs. Japan ... 8 - 7 32.404 Monday,July 22 10:00 Australia vs. Netherlands 6 - 16 21.672 15:00 Nicaragua vs. Italy ... 7 - 2 10.404 20:00 Usa ..... vs. Korea ... 7 - 2 45.278 Tuesday, July 23 10:00 Cuba ... vs. Netherlands 18 - 2 8.848 15:00 Korea ... vs. Nicaragua 3 - 8 10.731 20:00 Japan ... vs. Australia 6 - 9 24.763 Wednesday, July 24 15:00 Italy ... vs. Usa ..... 3 - 15 38.126 20:00 Korea ... vs. Cuba ... 11 - 14 21.237 Thursday, July 25 10:00 Netherlands vs. Nicaragua 0 - 5 21.132 15:00 Australia vs. Italy ... 8 - 12 13.563 20:00 Japan ... vs. Usa ..... 5 - 15 51.795 Friday, July 26 REST DAY Saturday, July 27 10:00 Nicaragua vs. Japan ... 6 - 13 12.731 15:00 Cuba ... vs. Italy ... 20 - 6 25.418 20:00 Usa ...... vs. Australia 15 - 5 46.711 Sanday, July 28 10:00 Korea ... vs. Netherlands 11 - 3 16.128 15:00 Usa ..... vs. Cuba ... 8 - 10 51.223 20:00 Nicaragua vs. Australia 10 - 0 20.401 Monday, July 29 10:00 Italy ... vs. Netherlands 7 - 8 19.549 15:00 Cuba ... vs. Nicaragua 8 - 7 23.702 20:00 Japan ... vs. Corea ... 14 - 4 25.612 Tuesday, July 30 10:00 Netherlands vs. Usa ..... 1 - 17 43.520 15:00 Japan ... vs. Italy ... 12 - 1 22.272 20:00 Korea ... vs. Australia 8 - 11 31.125 Wednesday,July 31 REST DAY Thursday, August 1 14:00 Cuba ... vs. Nicaragua 8 - 1 32.607 19:00 USA ..... vs. Japan ... 2 - 11 47.310 Friday, August 2 14:00 Nicaragua vs. USA ..... 3 - 10 41.002 19:00 Cuba ... vs. Japan ... 13 - 9 44.221
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Baseball Olympic Tournament, Atlanta 1996

Nearly one million spectators, 920.000 to be exact (an average of 28.750 per game) witnessed the Baseball Olympic Tournament at the Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta.A total of 1.134.203 tickets sold set Baseball in third position among thesports present in Atlanta, with a small difference of 355 tickets with track and field in second position and 95.797 ticket difference with soccer, first in these standings. Although, it must be taken into account that Baseball only ran a male competition and the other sports ran both male and female competitions. If we compare the number of sessions, 32 for Baseball and 48 for soccer, the average tickets sold per game was clearly in favor of our sport (35.444 against 25.625), and it must be underlined that no other team sport came close to these figures and that only track and field, king of sports, overtook Baseball in its 16 sessions. On the other hand, the technical level was good, specifically as far as the offensive power of the participating teams is concerned (126 homeruns), the final balance of this competition is extremely positive, despite unfaltering organizational problems and difficulties which were obvious in the transportation and communication systems. Cuba confirmed its worldwide supremacy and attained their 143 consecutive victory during the official competition, winning the Gold medal in a tournament which turned out to be more balanced and debating than was initially foreseen.
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Saturday, July 20 The United States had a difficult time against a very strong Nicaraguan teamwho kept the US at a disadvantage until the 5th inning. It was a pitching game, dominated by Kris Benson from the United States and Asdrudes Flores from Nicaragua.The prognostics for the other two games were accurate: Cuba beat Australia with five homeruns and Japan triumphed over Holland.
Sunday, July 21 The first surprise of the tournament came when Italy, propelled by pitcher Roberto Cabalisti,s excellent feat, beat Korea. There was a lot of tension during the game between Japan and Cuba which was only decided in the 10th inning in favor of the caribbean team. Cuba lead 1-6 in the second inning but, the Japanese scored 4 runs in the 6th to tie the game and came close to winning following another run in the extra inning. Cuba however, responded with a double by Isaac, three singles by Linares, Kindelán and Caldés which gave them two runs to break the tie and win the game. Monday, July 22 Holland clearly defeated Australia thanks to a very good offense (18 hits to 7). Nicaragua beat Italy despite the Italians, better offense which had twice the amount of hits of the Nicaraguans (10-5). Two homeruns, one by Erasmo Baca and the other one by Anibal Vega made the difference. The United States outdid Korea in a game characterized by the many errors committed by both teams: 4 Korea and 3 for the USA. Tuesday, July 23 Another surprise when Australia, thanks to an explosive 7th inning in which they made 7 runs, beat Japan despite Japan,s three homeruns. Cuba defeated Holland with Juan Manrique,s excellent hitting (2 doubles and a homerun in 4 at bats).Nicaragua proved their good form as they beat Korea (14 hits to 8) thanks to their hitting, which evened out their all too many mistakes on defense. Wednesday, July 24 Korea,s powerful offense, led by Dong Lee (3 out of 3) and Hyuk Kang (3 out 4) made Cuba suffer (17 hits). However, the Cubans, power (20 hits) made up for their pitchers, weaknesses. A strong offensive strategy also decided the game between the USA and Italy which the US won. The North Americans took the lead right away with two homeruns by the first two batters, Williams and Kotsay. Thursday, July 25 Italy proved its power on offense, beating Australia. Nicaragua beat Holland in a game called in the 6th inning because of rain. It was a clean win for the USA against Japan with the north american, batting (14 hits to 6 and 7 homeruns) and excellent pitching by Kris Benson in front of nearly 52,000 passionate fans. Friday, July 26 Rest day. The I.B.A.,s official sponsors, Mizuno and SSK held receptions for dignataries, competition officials and the representatives of the countries participating in the tournament. We thank Masato Mizuno and Kyoichi Sasaki and all of their colloborators. Saturday, July 27Japan began her come back scoring 6 runs in the first inning of the game,beating Nicaragua, hitting 4 homeruns for a total of 13 hits for 11 opponents. Cuba beat Italy continuing the festival of hits for the day (19 and 11). It was a clear win for the United States against Australia. Sunday July 28The day of the big challenge everyone was waiting for. Cuba beat the United States in front of 51,223 spectators in a game which began with 4 runs for Cuba in the first inning, thanks to two homeruns by Ulacia and Linares. The US reduced the advance with 1 run in the same inning and another one in the 5th following a homerun by Warren Morris. However, the cubans, offense reacted with force and in the 6th inning scored 6 more runs, with 5 hits and 2 homeruns by Caldés and Linares. The young northamericans tried to counter-attack but to no avail because Cuba,s defense was tight (no errors against two for the US). Finally, Korea won her first game over Netherlands, while Nicaragua clearly beat Australia, not giving them a chance. Monday, July 29 Day filled with a triple continental challenge.Cuba suffered against Nicaragua with a meager won (8-7) thanks to a powerful offense (5 homeruns, 2 by Linares), although Nicaragua obtained one more hit than the Cubans (13 to 12). Also for the minimal and same result, Netherlands upset Italia in the European confrontation. There was less tension in the game between the two Asian representatives in which Korea had no chance against Japan. Tuesday, July 30 Japan left nothing to hazard and defeated Italy in the game to decide who would go on to the semifinals.The United States beat Holland with ease and Australia and Korea played to escape last place. Australia won despite the Koreans 5 homeruns. Wednesday, July 31 Rest day. The Atlanta Braves and Major League Baseball International gave a joint reception. We thank John Schuerholz, Greg Murphy, Tim Brosnan and all their collaborators. Thursday, August 1 In the first semifinal with Cuba versus Nicaragua, the Cubans came ahead with 14 hits (2 homeruns by Kindelán and Manrique) against 6 for Nicaragua and an excellent performance on the mound by Omar Romero and a perfect relief by Omar Ajete. The surprise came in the second semifinal USA versus Japan. The United States was clearly the favorite in this game but Japan recuperated after the
preliminary round undeniably beating the United States. Well concentrated, the Japanese jumped ahead in the second inning scoring 3 runs with 4 hits (2 homeruns by Okubo and Imaoka) and continued to fray their path towards victory as they scored 3 more runs in the 5th with 4 hits (1 homerun by Takabayashi). In the 6th inning, the US closed the gap with 2 runs thanks to LeCroy,s homerun but, Japan,s pitcher, Sugiura, the United States, nightmare in Barcelona,92, did not give up any more runs. He was relieved by Kawamura. Japan continued to increase the gap to 11 runs (five homeruns) with a total of 11 hits to the Americans, 6 hits and no errors against 1. Friday, August 2 - The big final. Recuperated from yesterday,s loss, the United States team immediately takes the lead with 4 runs in the 1st inning (homeruns by Lee and Kotsay).Nicaragua responds scoring 3 runs with a triple by Roa but, the US pitchers, Greisinger and Looper do not give up any other hits to the Nicaraguan batters. Scoring twelve hits (5 homeruns) to 3 and a final result of 10 runs to 3, the United States takes the bronze medal.In the final, the strong offensive game perfectly reflects the Olympic Tournament. Cuba takes home their most precious medal: repeat the Gold from Barcelona,92, and this time in front of 50,000 spectators and in the «home» of Baseball. FINAL Cuba proved themselves as the Olympic Champions beating Japan 13 runs to 9 in a dominantly offensive game: 14 hits for Cuba (8 homeruns) and 9 hits for Japan (3 homeruns). It was a tough game for the 6 Japanese pitchers as well as for the Cuban pitcher Omar Luis and his relief, Pedro Luis Lazo. In addition to Omar Linares (3 homeruns), Luis Ulacia also was unstoppable at bat (4 hits in 5 at bats with 1 homerun and 2 doubles). Meanwhile, Orestes Kindelán struck out 4 times following his ninth homerun of the Tournament. In the first inning, Cuba took the lead scoring (3-0) with a two-run homerun by Linares and 1 run by Kindelán and increased the lead in the second with 3 more runs (6-0), following a hit by Caldés, another double by Estrada and a homerun by Ulacia. In the 4th inning, Japan scored one run (6-1) with a walk and two hits and tied the score in the 5th (6-6) with 1 run following a hit, a walk, a single, a ball not played by Linares and a homerun by Matsunaka with bases loaded. However, the Cubans retorted without delay. In the 6th inning they scored 4 more runs (10-6) with a homerun by Caldés, 1 by Paret and 1 two-run homer by Linares after a double by Ulacia. In the 7th inning, Tani batted a homerun (10-7) to which Cuba answered with another with one by Pacheco (11-7). In the 8th inning Linares continued his big day with another two-run homer (13-7). In the 9th, Tani again sent the ball well out of the park to close the game for Japan with two more runs, leaving the final score at 13 runs to 9 in favor of Cuba who took her second Olympic Gold.
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CUBANumbers like, best offense (405), best defense (.984) and second on the mound, are all you need to explain Cuba,s victory. But above all, note Cuba,s amazing offensive power with 28 homeruns, headed by Orestes Kindelán with 9 homeruns (Olympic Record) and a 471 average, Omar Linares (485) and Juan Manrique (474). JAPAN It was a real triumph for the Japanese too who knew when to hit and who confirmed there power and concentration. Their win over the United States was an authentic chef d,oeuvre, legitimized by the teams competence from every point of view. Particularly good at bat were Saigo (474) and Iguchi (444). USA The United States was simpling missing the experience of a tournament at this level.The strong offense (27 homeruns) revealed its many talents who hold a bright future, namely Warren Morris and Jacque Jones with 5 homeruns each. NICARAGUA It was only in the last game that Nicaragua slackened and thus lost their hopes for a medal. The tournament was positive for a team who knew how to hold back a crushing Cuban team with the best pitchers of the competition (3,08) José Luis Quiroz, Asdrudes Flores and Omar Obando. The best batter was Bayardo Dávila (450). NETHERLANDS An efficient team who knew how to capitalize its capacity, winning two important games and placing directly behind the finalists. Paul Nanne (0.00) was the best pitcher of the tournament, while Eric de Bruin (471) placed 5th among the batters. ITALY Positive outcome with two wins and a bitter taste after the loss in the European Derby. Roberto Cabalisti,s pitching performance was excellent, taking the win for both games and leading in strikeouts. Luigi Carrozza was the best batter (571) for the tournament AUSTRALIA This team demonstrated the improved technical level in Oceania with an excellent offensive power lead by Hynes (462) and Tunkin (462) and encountering the same difficulties as some other teams on the mound when facing batters of such a high level. KOREA Disappointment. Much more was expected from the Korean team, traditionally a star in every international competition and who was bounced back to a position they are not accustomed to.
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Torneo Olímpico de Béisbol, Atlanta 1996
Casi un millón de espectadores, exactamente 920.000 personas (28.750 de promedio por encuentro) presenciaron en el Fulton County Stadium de Atlanta el Torneo Olímpico de Béisbol. Un total de 1.134.203 entradas vendidas colocan al Béisbol en tercera posición entre todos los deportes presentes en Atlanta, con una mínima diferencia de 355 entradas respecto al Atletismo, situado en segundo lugar y de 95.797 entradas en relación al Fútbol, primero en esta clasificación, aunque hay que tener en cuenta que el Béisbol tuvo una sola competición masculina, y los otros dos deportes disputaban en paralelo sus competiciones masculina y femenina. Comparando el número total de sesiones, 32 de Béisbol y 48 de Fútbol, el promedio de entradas vendidas por encuentro fue claramente favorable a nuestro deporte (35.444 contra 25.625), teniendo que subrayar que ningún otro deporte de equipo se acercó a estas cifras y solamente el Atletismo, deporte rey, mejoró las del Béisbol en sus 16 sesiones. Como, por otra parte, el nivel técnico alcanzado fué de buena calidad, especialmente en lo que respecta al poder ofensivo de los equipos participantes (126 cuadrangulares), el balance final de esta competición resulta extremadamente positivo, aunque no faltaron problemas y dificultades de organización, que se hicieron patentes de forma muy significativa en los transportes y las comunicaciones. Cuba se confirmó como Campeón Olímpico, venciendo a Japón por 13 carreras a 9, en un encuentro dominado por la ofensiva: 14 hits cubanos (8 cuadrangulares) y 9 hits de Japón (3 cuadrangulares). Encuentro difícil para los seis lanzadores utilizados por Japón y también para los lanzadores cubanos Omar Luis y su relevo Pedro Luis Lazo. Además de Omar Linares (3 cuadrangulares) el protagonista del ataque cubano fué Luis Ulacia (4 hits en 5 turnos con 1 cuadrangular y 2 dobles), mientras Orestes Kindelán, tras conseguir su noveno cuadrangular en el Torneo, recibió cuatro ponches consecutivos.En la primera entrada se adelantó Cuba en el marcador (3-0), con un cuadrangular de 2 carreras de Linares y uno de 1 carrera de Kindelán, y aumentó su ventaja en la segunda con otras 3 carreras (6-0), tras un hit de Caldés, otro doble de Estrada y un cuadrangular de Ulacia. En la cuarta entrada Japón consiguió 1 carrera (6-1) con una base y dos hits y en la quinta alcanzó el empate (6-6) con 1 carrera conseguida por medio de un golpeado, una base, un hit sencillo, una pelota no jugada de Linares y un cuadrangular con bases llenas de Matsunaka. Sin embargo la respuesta cubana no se hizo esperar, y en la misma sexta entrada consiguió 4 carreras más (10-6) con 1 cuadrangular de Caldés, 1 de Paret y 1 de dos carreras de Linares, tras un hit de dos bases de Ulacia. En la séptima entrada, Tani bateó un cuadrangular (10-7) al que Cuba respondió con otro de Pacheco (11-7). Luego, en la octava entrada, Linares continuó su gran día con otro cuadrangular de dos carreras (13-7). En la novena, nuevamente Tani envió la pelota más allá de la cerca, para cerrar la cuenta de Japón con 2 carreras más, dejando el resultado final en 13 carreras a 9 a favor de Cuba, que consiguió así su segundo Oro Olímpico.

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PROTAGONISTAS DEL TORNEO OLIMPICO
CUBA Mejor ataque en absoluto (405), mejor defensiva (.984) y segundo en el montículo,bastarían estas cifras para explicar el éxito cubano. Pero sobre todo destaca su inmenso poder ofensivo, con 28 cuadrangulares, encabezado por Orestes Kindelán con 9 cuadrangulares (record Olímpico) y 471 de promedio, Omar Linares (485) y Juan Manrique (474). JAPON Gran triunfo también de los japoneses, por haber sabido golpear en el momento preciso, confirmando sus características de garra y concentración. Su victoria sobre Estados Unidos fue una auténtica obra maestra, legitimada por la competencia del equipo en todos los puestos. Particularmente positivos en el bateo: Saigo (474) e Iguchi (444). USA A los Estados Unidos le ha faltado la experiencia propia de un Torneo de este nivel. Fortísimo en la ofensiva (27 cuadrangulares) puso de relieve a sus numerosos talentos, que a buen seguro tienen un gran futuro, destacando Warren Morris y Jacque Jones, con 5 cuadrangulares cada uno. NICARAGUA Cediendo solamente en el último encuentro, perdió así su objetivo de alcanzar una Medalla. Torneo muy positivo para un equipo que supo tener a raya al rodillo cubano, con el mejor montículo de la competición (3,08), en donde destacaron José Luis Quiroz, Asdrudes Flores y Omar Obando. Su mejor atacante fue Bayardo Dávila (450). HOLANDA Equipo práctico que ha sabido capitalizar al máximo sus posibilidades ganado dos encuentros importantes y colocándose inmediatamente detrás de los finalistas. Paul Nanne (0.00) fue el mejor lanzador del Torneo, mientras Eric de Bruin (471) quedó quinto entre los bateadores. ITALIA Positivo balance, con dos encuentros ganados y el regusto amargo de su derrota en el derby europeo. Excelente la prestación del lanzador Roberto Cabalisti, protagonista de las dos victorias y líder de ponchados, y gran éxito de Luigi Carrozza (571), mejor bateador del Torneo.   AUSTRALIA El equipo confirmó la mejora del nivel técnico del Béisbol en Oceanía, con un excelente poder ofensivo guiado por Hynes (462) y Tunkin (462), encontrando las mismas dificultades que otros equipos en el montículo cuando tienen que enfrentarse a bateadores de alto nivel.   COREA Decepcionante. Se esperaba mucho más del equipo coreano, tradicionalmente gran protagonista en todas las competiciones internacionales y que, por esta vez, se vió relegado a una posición a la que no está acostumbrado.
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