2005 Asian Championship

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The 2005 Asian Championship was the 23rd Asian Championship. It was held from May 19 through May 22 in Miyazaki, Miyazaki, Japan. The top four teams qualified for spots in the 2005 Baseball World Cup.

Flag of Japan Japan won Gold. They were led by MVP Daisuke Kusano. Other players included Shinsuke Saito, Hideto Isomura, Kosuke Matsui and Itsuro Tanimura.

Flag of Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei took home Silver. Players included Fu-Te Ni, Yi-Chuan Lin, Chia-Jen Lo, Chien-Ming Chiang, Chun-Yu Kuo, Fu-Jen Shen and Sheng-Wei Wang.

Flag of People's Republic of China People's Republic of China won Bronze, its first Medal ever at an Asian Championship. It had been 30 years since a team other than Asia's "big 3" had won a Medal, when Australia did so in the 1975 Asian Championship. China was the only team in the top four to feature players from its pro league. Nan Wang was named the Best Pitcher. Other players included Wei Wang, Li Zhang, Zhe Chen, Yufeng Zhang, Fei Feng, Hongbo Zhang, Guangbiao Liu and Lingfeng Sun.

Flag of South Korea South Korea finished 4th, their worst finish since the 1969 Asian Championship.

Flag of Philippines Philippines placed 5th.

Flag of Thailand Thailand was sixth.

Source: Wiki Baseball (Chinese)