2022 in Review - Top Stories of the Year

2022 in Review - Top Stories of the Year
The top stories in 2022, a year in which baseball and softball returned with a full international events calendar and the introduction of new, exciting disciplines.

Below are the news highlights of 2023, month by month. For all stories, click here.


January 10 - Historic: Genevieve Beacom becomes first female to play pro baseball in Australia

January 10 - Rachel Balkovec becomes first female manager in USA affiliated baseball

January 13 - WBSC, Newdin Contents partner to launch Virtual Baseball World Cup competitions

January 17 - WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari honours 60th anniversary of Cuba's national baseball league

January 24 - WBSC enters into agreement with Sportradar to help safeguard the integrity of the game

January 24 - Finland celebrates 40 years of baseball in the country

January 24 - Minorca Piratas start construction for first-ever baseball/softball field in Balearic Islands


February 2 - WBSC Baseball Division Board Member Saber Jlajla named Tunisian Olympic Academy president

February 3 - Japan’s Olympic gold-medal winning softball team honoured with memorial wall in Izumo City

February 10 - South Africa first qualified nation for WBSC U-23 Men’s Softball World Cup in Argentina

February 11 - WBSC holds European workshop on member benefits and development opportunities

February 12 - Kruno Karin elected to lead WBSC Europe into new era

February 14 - Iran, Iraq sign Memorandum of Understanding on baseball-softball development

February 15 - Emily Glass becomes first-ever woman to scout for MLB's Colorado Rockies

February 25 - Federation Focus: Bhutan wants baseball and softball to thrive on top of the world

February 28 - WBSC statement on Ukraine


March 4 - WBSC Development Programmes manual published for 2022-24

March 8 - Role models on the rise: WBSC Women's Baseball Development Commission celebrates International Women's Day through live webinar

March 8 - International Women's Day: Rosi del Castillo continues breaking baseball barriers in Mexico

March 11 - Erasmus+Sport: WBSC endorses European Union development programme to further grow the sport

March 23 - WBSC announces long-term Baseball World Cup rights partnership with Japanese media giant Hakuhodo DY media partners


April 8 - WBSC runs key Baseball5 / Mini Baseball workshop for OlympAfrica directors in Africa

April 11 - WBSC Official Rules of Softball Fast Pitch 2022-2025 now available

April 13 - Asian Games 2022 baseball stadium completed in Shaoxing City, China

April 13 - WBSC Europe appoints Baseball and Softball Commissions, Karin Kruno named new WBSC Baseball Division Board Continental Vice President Europe

April 19 - WBSC, WBSC Europe & National Federations provide support for Ukraine’s national baseball / softball teams

April 19 - Baseball5 in Africa: Cape Verde Olympic Committee latest to come on board

April 25 - Baseball5 in Africa: Zambia Olympic Committee supports Baseball5 with an eye to the Dakar 2026 Youth Olympic Games

April 29 - Softball would have incredible atmosphere at Brisbane 2032 Olympics, says Australian 2-time Olympic medallist Tracey Freeman


May 2 - Venezuela's Aracelis Léon becomes first woman to serve as COPABE president

May 2 - Three consecutive homers carry Argentina to Men’s Softball Pan American title

May 5 - WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari signs new MOU with Cuba

May 6 - WBSC Academy: Field management continuing development course now online

May 11 - Europe: MLB taking the show to London to help grow the game

May 16 - WBSC publishes Baseball5 Rulebook in seventh language, Arabic

May 19 - New professional softball league to open in USA, schedule announced

May 19 - Softball legend Maria Soto elected President of Venezuelan Olympic Committee

May 23 - Asian Games: New baseball, softball venues pass inspection

May 23 - WBSC releases Official Rules of Softball Slow Pitch 2022-2025

May 26 - South Africa defeats Kenya to win historical first-ever Baseball5 African Championship, both qualify for WBSC Baseball5 World Cup

May 31 - WBSC headquarters takes home Critics Award at international architecture competition


June 2 - WBSC unveils new strategic plan with continued growth of global baseball-softball and member empowerment as key focus

June 2 - World champions Argentina new world No. 1, pass Japan in WBSC Men’s Softball World Rankings

June 2 - WBSC U-18 Women’s Softball World Cup: The cradle of softball Olympians

June 9 - Inaugural U-15 Women’s Softball World Cup awarded to Japan Softball Association to be staged in Tokyo

June 9 - WBSC awards co-hosting rights of Women’s Softball World Cup to Italy, Ireland and Spain

June 13 - Fans, players, federations celebrate World Softball Day 2022

June 13 - Argentina tops Brazil to win South American Women’s Softball Championship on home soil

June 14 - Sport for all: Softball shines at Special Olympics

June 21 - WBSC welcomes ASOIF Governance Review with significant progress showcased

June 22 - WBSC renews partnership with SSK as supplier of Official Ball, Umpire Kit of Baseball World Cups, Premier12

June 23 - WBSC Academy: Licensing Programme for Softball Technical Commissioners now available

June 24 - Northern Mariana Islands win gold at Pacific Mini Games baseball event, Guam silver, Palau bronze

June 27 - WBSC Academy: Licensing Programme for Softball Umpires now available

June 29 - Striking out doping: WBSC renews and extends partnership with the ITA


July 1 - WBSC Academy: Licensing Programme for Baseball Technical Commissioners now available

July 4 - Taiwan's Jeffrey Koo Jr. is the new Baseball Federation of Asia president

July 4 - WBSC Congress awards Order of Honour to Robert Smith, Peter O'Malley and Tom Peng

July 4 - WBSC Secretary General Beng Choo Low re-elected president of Softball Asia

July 4 - Albert Frimpong is the new WBSC Africa President

July 5 - Riccardo Fraccari re-elected president of the World Baseball Softball Confederation

July 5 - WBSC Softball Hall of Fame Class of 2022 inducted

July 6 - Tetsuto Yamada, Yamato Fujita named 2021 WBSC Baseball, Softball Players of the Year

July 7 - Yukiko Ueno: My love for softball has been my driving force

July 7 - IV WBSC Congress shapes organization's new leadership following elections, appointments

July 11 - WBSC presents Order of the Golden Diamond Award to Monica Abbott

July 14 - USA win The World Games gold medal, three-peat as women’s softball world champion

July 14 - Haylie McCleney named MVP as The World Games All-World Team revealed

July 15 - Softball gold medal game draws largest crowd of any sport at The World Games 2022

July 19 - Monica Abbott: Softball continues to strengthen and grow globally with more nations developing elite programmes

July 20 - WBSC, KONAMI sign MOU to develop new baseball video game, eSport competition

July 20 - President Fraccari delivers WBSC Collar of Honour to int'l baseball pioneer Peter O'Malley

July 21 - WBSC launches upgraded GameTime video platform, will feature games from World Cups, leagues around the world

July 23 - Baseball in Taiwan: New stadium in Hsinchu opens to sold-out crowd


August 4 - Brazil beat Argentina to win South American Baseball Championship, earn ticket to 2023 Pan Am Games

August 7 - USA top Venezuela to become 4x U-12 Baseball World Champions

August 7 - WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup: USA slugger Colin Anderson named MVP as All-World Team revealed

August 8 - Tokyo 2020 legacy: Japan top USA to close women’s softball series in front of 12,000 fans at Yokohama Stadium

August 16 - Dates announced for VII WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup 2023 in Tainan, Taiwan

August 18 - Softball legend Yukiko Ueno interview: What it takes to be the best in the sport

August 22 - Softball Asia 2023 tournaments announced

August 22 - Italy defeat Great Britain to win historic first-ever WBSC Blind Baseball International Cup

August 23 - Global development: Online Baseball5 Toolkit now available in five languages

August 25 - Baseball5 in Burkina Faso promoting peace, social cohesion

August 31 - Italian Paralympic athlete Arjola Dedaj: "Blind Baseball deserves a demonstration at Paralympic Games"

August 31 - WBSC names Korea’s Gold Ball Park as Official Equipment and Apparel Supplier for inaugural WBSC Virtual Cup 2022


September 1 - Yukiko Ueno: Olympics is a major platform and inspiration for softball

September 5 - USA top Cuba 4-3 to repeat as U-15 Baseball World Cup champions

September 5 - USA's Coy James earn WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup MVP honours as All-World team announced

September 7 - WBSC partners with LEVERADE to award the first-ever NFT digital trophies at Baseball5 World Cup and WBSC Virtual Cup

September 10 - MLB approves rule changes to speed up the pace of play, improve players' safety

September 18 - United States defeat Chinese Taipei in the final, earn 10th U-18 Baseball World Cup

September 18 - USA’s Bryce Eldridge earns WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup MVP honours as six squads represented in All-World Team

September 22 - Great Britain and Czechia qualify for World Baseball Classic 2023

September 30 - International Summit on Sport: WBSC President joins world sport's leaders in signing Sport for All Declaration in Vatican City


October 5 - Baseball5 confirmed for Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games

October 6 - Panama and Nicaragua qualify for World Baseball Classic 2023

October 7 - Baseball5 World Cup: New rulebook published with showpiece event in mind

October 23 - WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup: Maruyama three-run homer, masterful pitching highlight Japan's title victory over Korea

October 23 - U-23 Baseball World Cup MVP Ryusei Gonda, All-World Team awarded during closing ceremony

October 24 - Monica Abbott discusses retirement with Japanese media and looks forward to softball at the LA28 Olympic Games

October 31 - Olympic Week 2022: Baseball, Softball and Baseball5 attract keen audience in Olympic capital


November 5 - Baseball5 World Cup: TikTok signs on as WBSC content partner

November 7 - World’s largest sports retailer Decathlon joins WBSC Baseball5 World Cup maiden edition as the official supplier

November 8 - Historic day for Africa as Tunisia, Kenya and South Africa claim maiden victories

November 12 - Cuba crowned first ever WBSC Baseball5 World Champions

November 12 - All-Star team sprinkles stardust on inaugural WBSC Baseball5 World Cup

November 16 - WBSC President: Exciting future ahead for Baseball5 after inaugural World Cup

November 18 - WBSC Executive Board meets online, reviews busy 2022 year, looks ahead to exciting 2023

November 19 - France, Türkiye first National Teams to qualify for inaugural WBSC Youth Baseball5 World Cup

November 21 - USA win Americas qualifier undefeated, advance to Women’s Softball World Cup along with Canada, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Venezuela

November 22 - Corpay Cross-Border Announced as World Baseball Softball's Official Global FX Payments Provider

November 22 - WBSC and Mizuno extend partnership

November 24 - Monica Abbott, Cole Evans, Maria Soto & Vaclav Svoboda complete WBSC Athletes’ Commission as softball athlete representatives

November 27 - Korea's Kimhwanhee win first-ever WBSC Virtual Cup and $10,000 in prize money


December 4 - Australia are WBSC Men's Softball World Champions, beating four-time winners Canada, USA claim bronze

December 4 - Marshall Kronk named MVP, five teams represented in All-World Team

December 4 - Final Standings revealed for first ever WBSC Virtual Cup

December 11 - Chinese Taipei win back-to-back U-12 Softball World Cup titles

December 11 - WBSC U-12 Mixed Softball World Cup MVP Yuan-Tsi Tien, All-World Team awarded during closing ceremony

December 15 - Dates, groups unveiled for XVII WBSC Women’s Softball World Cup; first to be played under new Two-Stage format

December 20 - Canada to host IX Women's Baseball World Cup Finals and Group A in Thunder Bay

December 22 - End of the year message from the WBSC President to the global baseball softball community

December 23 - Inaugural WBSC U-23 Men’s Softball World Cup hosting rights awarded to Argentina in 2023; Canada receive wild card

December 30 - Year in Review

December 31 - WBSC Baseball World Rankings: Japan remains as world No 1 men's baseball programme

December 31 - WBSC Softball World Rankings: Argentina, USA close 2022 on top of men's & women’s rankings