Taiwan drops to 6th in world men's baseball rankings

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Image taken from the WBSC's official website

Image taken from the WBSC's official website

Taipei, Feb. 23 (CNA) Taiwan dropped two spots to sixth in the World Baseball Softball Confederation's (WBSC) latest 2018 men's baseball world rankings, which weigh the performance of national teams in sanctioned international competitions over a four-year period.

The world governing body for baseball and softball released its newest rankings based on the performances of national teams from 2015 to 2018 on Thursday, and recent poor performance have seen Taiwan sink two places from fourth to sixth.

With a cumulative score of 2520, Taiwan has now been passed by Cuba and Mexico, which rank fourth and fifth, respectively.

The 2017 end-of-year rankings, released on Jan. 11, 2018, already showed the rapidly decreasing gap between Taiwan and Cuba receiving 3,808 and 3,677 points.

As performances in 2014 are no longer taken into account, Taiwan's scores from the 2014 U-21 Baseball World Cup, now known as the U-23 Baseball World Cup, will no longer cushion the country's relatively lackluster performance in the years since.

The national team did not manage a single win during last year's World Baseball Classic held in South Korea, and finished in 14th place out of 16 participating countries.

Another noteworthy shift in the top ten ranking is the return of the U.S. to number one, a spot it has not held for three years, followed by Japan and South Korea in second and third.

In other news, Taiwan's women's baseball and women's softball teams maintained their previous world rankings of sixth and fifth in the latest lists.

(By Kuan-lin Liu and Huang Chiao-wen)

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