Apart from the United States and Canada, baseball is played today in many other countries and is the most popular sport in several of them, especially in several Latin American nations in the Caribbean basin: Venezuela, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Colombia (where he organized the first championship of officially endorsed by the MLB) and Asia (Japan, South Korea and Taiwan). In Europe arouses little interest, stressing Netherlands (champion in 20 of the 30 European championships contested, and 7 times runner), Italy (8 and 15) and Spain (1, 1 and 12 bronzes).
The teams each national league champions of winter in Mexico, Venezuela, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic participated in the annual Caribbean Series. Since 1949, the Dominican Republic has been the country most successful teams, with seventeen titles, then followed the teams with fourteen of Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Mexico six five.
The nation that has reaped more achievements at the national teams of Cuba has been winning in many official events organized by the International Baseball Federation. With the conclusion of the first World Baseball Classic, Cuba was able to reclaim their quality beisbolera as undisputed power. Japan was the champion of this tournament organized by MLB, lead organization of Major League Baseball, and with the participation of big stars of Major League as members of many selections. Curiously, the Japanese team only had two players from Major League. At the end of this event, won a dramatic game (10-6) to players of Cuba, the other finalist of the tournament, without Major League professionals in their ranks.
In Japan, baseball was introduced by an American, Horace Wilson in 1872, the professional game has been in existence for fifty years and has two leagues, the Central and the Pacific, with a total of twelve teams. The American teams often play in Japan at the end of the regular season. At school and college is extremely popular: every summer, about four thousand secondary schools took part in the All Japan Baseball Tournament, which takes place near the city of Osaka.
The winning teams of Japanese baseball, Korean Baseball Organization, Professional Baseball League of China (Taiwan) and the Chinese Baseball League (China) dispute the Konami Cup Asia Series in three opportunities that took place the event have proven champions Japanese teams.
Cuba has a major National Championship, founded in 1961. This event is heir to various professional and amateur championships which took place on the island since the late nineteenth century. It consists of sixteen teams among which Industriales (Havana), Santiago de Cuba, Villa Clara and Pinar del Rio as the most winners.
In Venezuela played the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League (LVBP) founded in 1945 and consisting of eight teams, which compete for a championship regular, a semifinal and a final series which determines the champion of that season. It is one of the strongest leagues in the Caribbean economically, thanks to large investments in publicity and the constant presence of the public in their stadiums. Emphasize teams Leones del Caracas, the Magallanes Navigators, Aragua Tigers, Aguilas del Zulia, La Guaira Sharks and Cardinals Lara as the most winners plus the two newest teams in the league as they are Caribs of Anzoategui and Braves Margarita.
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