28/07/2021 - 07/08/2021


Hosted by:   JPN

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Olympic Baseball Day 1 Historical Preview

Olympic Baseball Day 1 Historical Preview
Japan has claimed three Olympic medals; silver in 1996, bronze in 1992 and 2004. The Dominican Republic only previously qualified only in 1992.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic baseball tournament opens on Wednesday, 28 July, at noon local time at Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium.

Host nation/top-ranked Japan and Dominican Republic will be the first of 16 total games in the event, marking 13 years since Olympic baseball was last staged.

World No. 7 Dominican Republic vs. No. 1 Japan

  • In their last meeting, Japan defeated Dominican Republic 4-2 in the group stage of the 2015 Premier12. The game was 2-2 after seven innings, but Japan scored two runs in the eighth.
  • Overall, Japan have claimed three medals in baseball at the Olympic Games: silver in 1996 and bronze in 1992 and 2004. They finished fourth in 2000 and 2008.
  • Only Cuba (5, G3-S2-B0) and United States (3, G1-S0-B2) have won as many medals in baseball at the Olympic Games as Japan (3, G0-S1-B2).
  • The Olympic host nation has only ever won one medal in baseball (USA won a bronze in 1996 in Atlanta).
  • Japan won a medal in all three Olympic Games in which they started the event with a win. They missed out on the medals in both Olympic Games they started with a defeat.
  • Dominican Republic's only previous participation in baseball at the Olympic Games was in 1992. They had a record of W2-L5 to finish sixth out of eight teams. The biggest of their five defeats was 17-0 against Japan in the group stage.