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Baseball, Men

Date15 – 25 August 2004
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympiako Kentro Beisbol, Olympiako Syngrotima Ellenikou, Hellinikon
Participants191 from 8 countries
FormatRound-robin tournament followed by semi-finals and final.

Cuba won its 3rd gold medal in the fourth Olympic baseball tournament. But the baseball world order was changing. The United States, where the game was founded, did not even advance out of the Americas qualifying, and did not compete at the Olympics. In the Olympic round-robin, Cuba did not rank first, falling to Japan on run differential. But in the elimination rounds, Cuba rallied to win both games, defeating Canada, 8-5, in the semi-finals, and Australia, 6-2, in the final. Omar Linares and Orestes Kindelán no longer played for the Cuban team, which was led by Ariel Pestano, a catcher who batted .442 at the 2000-2004 Olympics, and drove in 14 runs in Athens. The Greeks played in the Olympic tournament as the host nation, although the game is almost unknown in Greece. They recruited a number of Greek-Americans to play for them, and to their credit, did not finish last, defeating Italy 12-7, to match them with 1-6 records, and placing 7th on run differential.

PosNumberTeamNOC
1CubaCUBGold
2AustraliaAUSSilver
3JapanJPNBronze
4CanadaCAN
5Chinese TaipeiTPE
6NetherlandsNED
7GreeceGRE
8ItalyITA

Round-Robin

Date15 – 22 August 2004
FormatRound-robin pool.
PosTeamNOCWinsLossesPointsRuns
1JapanJPN60112-49
2CubaCUB60112-41
3CanadaCAN50210-39
4AustraliaAUS4038-49
5Chinese TaipeiTPE3046-24
6NetherlandsNED2054-29
7GreeceGRE1062-24
8ItalyITA1062-19
MatchDate/TimeLocationTeamNOCResultTeamNOC
Game #115 Aug 10:30Field 2CubaCUB1 – 0AustraliaAUS
Game #215 Aug 11:30Field 1JapanJPN2 – 0ItalyITA7-inning mercy rule
Game #315 Aug 18:30Field 2CanadaCAN0 – 0Chinese TaipeiTPE
Game #415 Aug 19:30Field 1NetherlandsNED0 – 0GreeceGRE
Game #516 Aug 10:30Field 2Chinese TaipeiTPE0 – 0AustraliaAUS
Game #616 Aug 11:30Field 1CanadaCAN2 – 1ItalyITA
Game #716 Aug 18:30Field 2JapanJPN1 – 1NetherlandsNED
Game #816 Aug 19:30Field 1CubaCUB1 – 0GreeceGRE
Game #917 Aug 10:30Field 2CanadaCAN0 – 0NetherlandsNED
Game #1017 Aug 11:30Field 1Chinese TaipeiTPE0 – 0GreeceGRE
Game #1117 Aug 18:30Field 2AustraliaAUS0 – 0ItalyITA
Game #1217 Aug 19:30Field 1JapanJPN0 – 0CubaCUB
Game #1318 Aug 10:30Field 2NetherlandsNED2 – 0ItalyITA
Game #1418 Aug 11:30Field 1AustraliaAUS0 – 0JapanJPN
Game #1518 Aug 18:30Field 2CanadaCAN1 – 0GreeceGRE
Game #1618 Aug 19:30Field 1CubaCUB0 – 0Chinese TaipeiTPE
Game #1720 Aug 10:30Field 2ItalyITA0 – 0Chinese TaipeiTPE
Game #1820 Aug 11:30Field 1JapanJPN2 – 0CanadaCAN
Game #1920 Aug 18:30Field 2AustraliaAUS0 – 3GreeceGRE
Game #2020 Aug 19:30Field 1CubaCUB0 – 0NetherlandsNED
Game #2121 Aug 10:30Field 2JapanJPN0 – 0Chinese TaipeiTPE
Game #2221 Aug 11:30Field 1CubaCUB0 – 0CanadaCAN
Game #2321 Aug 18:30Field 2AustraliaAUS9 – 0NetherlandsNED7-inning mercy rule
Game #2421 Aug 19:30Field 1GreeceGRE0 – 0ItalyITA
Game #2522 Aug 10:30Field 2Chinese TaipeiTPE0 – 0NetherlandsNED
Game #2622 Aug 11:30Field 1JapanJPN0 – 0GreeceGRE
Game #2722 Aug 18:30Field 2CubaCUB0 – 0ItalyITA
Game #2822 Aug 19:30Field 1CanadaCAN0 – 0AustraliaAUS

Semi-Finals

Date24 August 2004
FormatSingle-elimination.
MatchDate/TimeLocationTeamNOCResultTeamNOC
Game #124 Aug 11:30Field 1AustraliaAUS0 – 0JapanJPN
Game #224 Aug 19:30Field 1CubaCUB2 – 0CanadaCAN

Final Round

Date25 August 2004
FormatMedal round.
MatchDate/TimeLocationTeamNOCResultTeamNOC
Game 1/225 Aug 20:00Field 1CubaCUB0 – 0AustraliaAUS
Game 3/425 Aug 11:30Field 1JapanJPN2 – 0CanadaCAN