World Baseball Softball Confederation

After an incredible week of Baseball5 action at El Zocalo in Mexico City, there was no better way to end the WBSC Baseball5 World Cup 2022 than to recognize the stars of the sport with their outstanding achievements throughout the tournament.

Saturday was a big party for this new discipline and the crowd came out to celebrate the best of the game. And the 2,000 crowded onto center court and the extras in the street watching the big screen were not disappointed.

After Cuba beat Japan 2-0 in the finalthe awards ceremony saw Japan’s Ayako Rokkaku and Cuba’s Briandy Molina named the 2022 WBSC Baseball World Cup Most Valuable Players – as voted on by media and the event’s technical directors – as well that an All Star team made up of

  • Briandy Molina CUB #1
  • Ayako RokkakuJPN #36
  • Shih Chi-Ting-HUA TPE #47
  • Castro Marian MEX #92
  • Albertyn Louis Michael RSA #28

The best coach, as selected by the coaches during the tournament, was also Rokkaku.

“What a terrific week of Baseball5 action in this spectacular setting here at El Zocalo. This first-ever WBSC Baseball5 World Cup was a great success,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari in his closing remarks. “I am so proud to have crowned the first Baseball5 World Champions today. Congratulations to Cuba and Japan and Chinese Taipei.

“Thank you to all the teams and the fans for making this week so special and for playing the tournament with great spirit, skill and fair play. I want to express my deepest gratitude to the government of Mexico , to CONADE and to the Sports Institute of Mexico for having hosted this tournament and for having shared and believed in this project from the beginning.

Meanwhile, Mexico’s Sports Minister Anna Guevara also congratulated the athletes and fans on a successful event. “That’s sport, the emotion of sport is unbeatable and what I’ve been watching this week is sport drama and emotion at its best,” she said. “I can see Baseball5 quickly spreading across the world and continuing to be a huge success after this first Baseball5 World Cup.”

Not only were the historic events tied to the team, but for the first time in a WBSC event, there were two African plate umpires in the final – Jason Bell of South Africa in the bronze medal game and the Kenyan Brian Manyeki in the world championship match – while three women also officiated in the final.

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