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Baseball, Men

Date20 July – 2 August 1996
StatusOlympic
LocationAtlanta-Fulton County Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Participants160 from 8 countries
FormatRound-robin tournament followed by semi-finals and final.

Cuba remained the heavy favorite, but they had lost a bit of an edge since 1992, and their team was crumbling internally as well. Only 10 days before the start of the 1996 Olympics, one of their star pitchers from the 1992 team, Roland Arroyo, defected. Another top pitcher, José Contreras, would later defect to the United States, and became one of the first Cubans in many years to play in the Major Leagues, beginning his career in 2003 with the New York Yankees. But Cuba still had Omar Linares and Orestes Kindelán, and their power line-up made up for their pitching weakness. They again won every game, although Japan took them to extra innings in pool play. In the final, Cuba repeated their victory over Japan, 13-9. During the tournament, Linares and Kindelán combined for 17 home runs.

PosNrTeamNOCWLPtsRFRA
1CubaCUB901811859Gold
2JapanJPN54108960Silver
3United StatesUSA72149341Bronze
4NicaraguaNCA4584848
5NetherlandsNED2543276
6ItalyITA2543371
7AustraliaAUS2544786
8Republic of KoreaKOR1624059

Round-Robin (20 – 30 July 1996)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWLPtsRuns
1CUB70014–97
2USA60112–81
3JPN4038–69
4NCA4038–44
5NED2054–32
6ITA2054–33
7AUS2054–47
8KOR1062–40
Game #120 Jul 10:30USA 4 – 1NCA
Game #220 Jul 15:00CUB 19 – 8
8-inning mercy rule
AUS
Game #320 Jul 21:45JPN 12 – 2
7-inning mercy rule
NED
Game #421 Jul 15:00ITA 2 – 1KOR
Game #521 Jul 20:00CUB 8 – 7JPN
Game #622 Jul 10:00NED 16 – 6
8-inning mercy rule
AUS
Game #722 Jul 15:00NCA 7 – 2ITA
Game #822 Jul 20:00USA 7 – 2KOR
Game #923 Jul 10:00CUB 18 – 2
7-inning mercy rule
NED
Game #1023 Jul 15:00NCA 8 – 3KOR
Game #1123 Jul 20:00AUS 9 – 6JPN
Game #1224 Jul 15:00USA 15 – 3
7-inning mercy rule
ITA
Game #1324 Jul 20:00CUB 14 – 11KOR
Game #1425 Jul 10:00NCA 5 – 0
6-innings
NED
Game #1525 Jul 15:00ITA 12 – 8AUS
Game #1625 Jul 20:00USA 15 – 5
7-inning mercy rule
JPN
Game #1727 Jul 10:00JPN 13 – 6NCA
Game #1827 Jul 15:00CUB 20 – 6
7-inning mercy rule
ITA
Game #1927 Jul 20:00USA 15 – 5
7-inning mercy rule
AUS
Game #2028 Jul 10:00KOR 11 – 3NED
Game #2128 Jul 15:00CUB 10 – 8USA
Game #2228 Jul 20:00NCA 10 – 0
8-inning mercy rule
AUS
Game #2329 Jul 10:00NED 8 – 7ITA
Game #2429 Jul 15:00JPN 14 – 4
7-inning mercy rule
KOR
Game #2529 Jul 20:00CUB 8 – 7NCA
Game #2630 Jul 10:00USA 17 – 1
7-inning mercy rule
NED
Game #2730 Jul 15:00JPN 12 – 1
8-inning mercy rule
ITA
Game #2830 Jul 20:00AUS 11 – 8KOR

Semi-Finals (1 August 1996)

Single-elimination.

Game #101 Aug 14:00CUB 8 – 1NCA
Game #201 Aug 19:00JPN 11 – 2USA

Final Round (2 August 1996)

Medal round.

Game 1/202 Aug 19:00CUB 13 – 9JPN
Game 3/402 Aug 14:00USA 10 – 3NCA