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China

China

IBAF WORLD RANK: 18

China has seen a very palpable growth of its baseball in the past decade. The 2006 World Baseball Classic was regarded as a major stepping stone for the Chinese national team as they were getting ready for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Chinese catcher Wei Wang became the first player to hit a homerun in the World Baseball Classic in Team China's first round game against eventual champion Japan. In 2009, China eliminated Chinese Taipei from the World Baseball Classic with their first and only victory in the tournament. China's strongest performance came while hosting the 16th Asian Games, as they reached the semi-finals by going 2-1 in pool play.

China Roster
Name # B/T Height Weight Birth Date
Pitchers
Tao Bu 15 L-L 6'0" 185 Jan 15, 1983
Kun Chen 33 R-R 6'1" 190 Mar 5, 1980
Shuai Li 23 R-R 6'2" 155 Jul 11, 1985
Wenming Li 26 R-R 6'1" 174 Oct 13, 1988
Xin Li 11 L-L 6'1" 165 Apr 17, 1992
Yu Liu 8 R-R 6'0" 167 Sep 15, 1991
Jiangang Lu 17 R-R 6'1" 180 Feb 19, 1979
Xia Luo 36 R-R 5'10" 165 Jul 14, 1992
Qingyuan Meng 19 R-R 6'0" 175 Mar 9, 1988
Song Ran 38 L-L 6'0" 165 Mar 7, 1992
Haifan Yang 3 R-R 6'2" 165 Oct 23, 1994
Dawei Zhu 62 R-R 6'1" 185 Jul 25, 1988
Catchers
Wei Dong 22 R-R 6'1" 172 Feb 22, 1990
Weiqiang Meng 2 R-R 6'1" 188 May 31, 1989
Wei Wang 56 R-R 6'1" 180 Dec 25, 1978
Infielders
Xu An 25 R-R 5'10" 176 Sep 7, 1987
Ray Chang 21 R-R 6'1" 195 Aug 24, 1983
Fujia Chu 30 L-L 6'2" 185 Sep 10, 1989
Delong Jia 31 R-R 6'0" 190 Jul 4, 1985
Lei Li 6 R-R 5'9" 140 Jun 24, 1984
Shu Okamura 20 L-R 6'0" 175 Oct 13, 1993
Yufeng Zhang 9 R-R 5'9" 160 Feb 9, 1977
Outfielders
Xiao Cui 27 R-R 5'10" 150 Jul 31, 1988
Jingfeng Lai 16 R-R 6'0" 176 Oct 7, 1989
Zhenhong Lu 28 L-R 5'9" 155 Apr 15, 1991
Yanyong Yang 1 L-R 5'10" 143 May 5, 1994
Designated Hitters
Yubing Jia 13 R-R 6'3" 200 Feb 18, 1983
China Coaching Staff
Name # Role
Coaches
John McLaren Manager
Bruce Hurst Pitching Coach
Bob Buskett Coach
Art Howe Coach
Yi Sheng Coach
Yufeng Zhang Coach