1989 Intercontinental Cup
From BR Bullpen
Cuba cruised to victory at 8-0. They were managed by Jorge Fuentes and included star performances by Orestes Kindelan (a tourney-best 10 runs,5 homers and 11 RBI) and Lazaro Valle (who threw a 8-inning, 13-K perfect game against South Korea). Lourdes Gourriel (.435) was named MVP. Valle, 3B Omar Linares, 2B Antonio Pacheco, DH Kindelan and OF Gourriel all made the All-Star team.
Japan was 5-3, but lost 8-2 to Cuba in the finale to finish with a Silver Medal. Tsuyoshi Yoda had the best record at 2-0. Notable players included Atsuya Furuta, Hideo Nomo and Tetsuya Shiozaki. OF Tatsunori Matsui was their lone All-Star, leading in average (.500) and hits (13).
Puerto Rico won the Bronze Medal, going 5-3 and topping South Koreas 3-2 in the Bronze Medal game. They had four All-Stars in OF Angel Morales, 1B Efraín García, C Jose Lorenzana and P Wilfredo Velez.
South Korea was 3-5 and finished 4th. Dong-hee Park made the All-Star team as one of the three pitchers. They had several other future notables such as Joon-hyuk Yang, Dae-sung Koo, Min-tae Chung, Jong-beom Lee, Kyung-hyun An and Dong-soo Kim.
Chinese Taipei went 3-3 and missed out on the second round. Players included Kuo-Chong Lo, Chien-Fu Kuo Lee, Chung-Yi Huang and Wei-Cheng Chen. Lo was the sole All-Star from a team that missed round two.
Italy tied for last at 1-5, beating Puerto Rico 13-12 in their lone victory. Their roster included Ruggero Bagialemani, Roberto Bianchi, Roberto Cabalisti, Paolo Ceccaroli, Gianmario Costa, Alberto D'Auria and Marco Mazzieri.
United States tied for last at 1-5, beating Italy (by 2 runs) for one of their worst international tourneys ever. The team inclued Jeromy Burnitz, Brent Gates, Dave Fleming, Chris Haney, Matt Mieske (the tourney leader with 4 doubles) and Dan Wilson as well as several other major leaguers, hardly a bad group of players.