Pinoy baseball Southeast Asia’s best

The Philippines has the best baseball program in Southeast Asia.

The Filipino batters are the SEA Games champions and perrenial rival Thailand are second.

In the Asian rankings, the Philippines is ranked fifth behind Korea, Japan, Chinese Taipei and China.

And in the first-ever world rankings released by the International Baseball Federation (IBAF), the Pinoy batsmen are ranked 22nd.

Once a traditional power in Asia, the Philippines had 25 points to trail No. 20 South Africa by 8.93 points and No. 21st-ranked Czech Republic by 4.55 points.

Cuba is No. 1 with 1021.50 points followed by the United States with 799.32 points.

Olympic champion South Korea is third (779.82) while reigning World Baseball Classic winner Japan is fourth (691.00) followed by 2006 Asian Games titlist Chinese Taipei (458.50).

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