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Brazil national baseball team
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The Brazil national baseball team is a national team of Brazil and is controlled by the Confederacão Brasileira de Beisebol e Softbol. It represents the nation in senior-level men's international competition. The team is a member of the COPABE. Not a major competitor in the world scene, Brazil has still managed to provide a scare for both the Cuban national team and Team USA in the first decade of the 21st Century. The Brazilian team is composed in large part of Japanese-Brazilian players with Latino first names and Japanese last names, presenting for some odd combinations. Jo Matumoto, a Brazilian team pitcher, got a chance at Organized Baseball in 2007, and fared well in AA. Another hurler, Kleber Ojima, did very well in Taiwan, while Yuichi Matsumoto has played effectively in limited roles in Japan.
Brazil nearly upset the Cuban national team in the 2003 Baseball World Cup, losing 4-3 behind a strong outing from Ojima. They topped that performance in the 2013 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers; with only one major leaguer (Yan Gomes) as well as NPB veterans like Matsumoto and Rafael Fernandes and AAA players such as Paulo Orlando and Andre Rienzo (who would make the majors in 2013), they won a pool which included Colombia (with several major leaguers, led by Edgar Renteria), Nicaragua and host Panama (with numerous major leaguers, such as Carlos Lee). The team, guided by Barry Larkin, won a spot in the 2013 World Baseball Classic due to their efforts. They played well in the Classic itself but finished 0-3, blowing a game against China.