New Zealand national baseball team

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The New Zealand national baseball team, also known as the Diamondblacks,[1] is the representative team at international level for New Zealand. The team is controlled by Baseball New Zealand, the country's governing body. The team competes in the Oceania Championship, where in 2007 withdrew from play giving Australia an automatic berth into the Final qualification tournament for the 2008 Olympics.[2] The "Diamondblacks" nickname is one of many national team nicknames related to the All Blacks.

Former Major League baseball infielder and current Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward managed New Zealand in the 2017 World Baseball Classic qualification tournament in Australia in 2016 which did not get past the qualification round for the 2017 tournament.

International tournament results

World Baseball Classic

World Baseball Classic record Qualification record
Year Host(s) Round Position W L RS RA Host W L RS RA
2006 Did not enter No qualifiers held
2009 Did not enter No qualifiers held
2013 Did not qualify Taiwan 2 2 22 27
2017 Did not qualify Australia 1 2 20 23
Total 0/4 3 4 42 50


  1. ^ "Plenty of positives for Diamondblacks despite loss". Fairfax New Zealand News. 19 November 2012. Retrieved 20 March 2013.
  2. ^ Results for the 2007 Oceania Baseball Championship

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