22 Facts About USA Baseball


USA Baseball is the national governing body for organized baseball in the United States, and is a member of the United States Olympic Committee and the World Baseball Softball Confederation.

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Originally based in Trenton, New Jersey, USA Baseball moved to Tucson, Arizona in November 1997, where it spent five years before moving one more time to its current home in Cary, North Carolina, in March 2003.

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From 1997 to 2011, USA Baseball fielded a 16U national team that participated in the International Baseball Federation World Youth Championships, as well as other tournaments, including the COPABE Pan American Youth Championships and the 1999 PAL World Series.

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Team USA Baseball made it to the championship game of every international tournament it appeared in, taking home 11 gold medals – including nine in World Championships – and three silvers.

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USA Baseball was first introduced to the Olympic Games as an exhibition sport at the Los Angeles 1984 Games and returned as a demonstration sport in the Seoul 1988 Games.

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USA Baseball became an official Summer Olympics sport with its addition to the Barcelona 1992 Games program.

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Team USA Baseball did not place in the 1992 games, but won bronze on home soil during the Atlanta 1996 Games.

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USA Baseball started using professional-level athletes for the first time in 1999 with the 2000 Olympic Team being one of the first professional national teams to represent the US in international competition.

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USA Baseball was voted out of the Olympic program for the 2012 and 2016 games, but on August 3,2016, the International Olympic Committee approved the reinstatement of the sport for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

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Since 1999, USA Baseball has been selecting teams of professional-level Minor and Major League players to represent the United States in various international competitions, including the World Baseball Classic.

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Also among the first teams of professional players that USA Baseball fielded was the 2000 US Olympic Baseball Team, managed by Tommy Lasorda at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

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In 2011, USA Baseball fielded one team of professional minor league players to compete in both the World Cup and Pan American Games.

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In 2015, USA Baseball fielded two professional national teams, made up of minor league players, for the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games and the WBSC Premier12.

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USA Baseball fielded a professional national team in 2019 for the WBSC Premier12.

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Inaugural 2006 World Baseball Classic, Team USA featured stars such as Chase Utley, Derek Jeter, and Chipper Jones.

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In 2016, Team USA Baseball traveled to Cuba for the fifth installment of the USA Baseball vs Cuba International Friendship series.

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Team USA Baseball repeated as IBAF World Cup gold medalists in 2006 in Taiwan, before taking home the bronze medal at the 2008 World Cup in Japan and again in 2010 in Venezuela.

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Pitch Smart is a joint initiative by Major League Baseball and USA Baseball that provides a series of practical, age-appropriate guidelines to help parents, players and coaches avoid overuse injuries and foster long, healthy careers for youth pitchers.

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USA Baseball ACE is an educational program for any and all individuals who are currently coaching baseball or aspire to coach at any level of the game.

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Since 1978, USA Baseball has honored the top amateur baseball player in the nation with the Golden Spikes Award.

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In 2020, USA Baseball announced that it would forego naming a Golden Spikes Award winner given the canceled 2020 college baseball season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Every year, USA Baseball recognizes the top National Team coach, developmental coach, volunteer coach, player, performance and team from the past season with its organizational awards.

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