Australia disappointed at tenth spot

The International Baseball Federation ranked Australia at number tenth out of 44 nations, in their first world rankings.

The ranking list is generated through a grading system based on results from federation- sanctioned events throughout the past four years. Cuba is top, followed by Korea and the USA.

Australian Baseball Federation chief executive John May had anticipated a higher position in the inaugural rankings. 

“Our own expectations based on previous major baseball events would have been higher on the list, but we suspect our non-qualification at the Beijing Olympics impacted greatly,” he says.

With the 2009 World Baseball Classic set to start in early March, Australia will have an opportunity to improve their ranking, facing Mexico (currently ranked eighth) in Mexico City on March 9.
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