Baseball & Softball have been added to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Finally the International Olympic Committee came to their senses.
Sporting News – It’s a 12 year gap from the time baseball & softball were removed from the Olympics, but it looks like we’ll be seeing the USA take the ball field in the 2020 Olympics. The committee also recommended additions of karate, surfing, skateboarding, and sports climbing.
The United States National team has only taken one gold in its Olympics history, that came in 2000. Cuba has been most dominant with 3 golds and 2 silvers. This is surely an advancement for the game, which the Olympics recognize as one sport, divided into men’s and women’s (even though the women play softball?).
The problem with having baseball in the summer games is obvious. The most elite players in the world are in the middle of their Major League Baseball seasons. So when countries field baseball teams, they’re selecting not from the best athletes in the world, but maybe the second or third cut. You can expect once again, the US team to be made up of minor leaguers and amateurs.
The committee mentioned that softball was removed because of “lack of universality.” Between the years of 1996-2008, 11 of the 12 medals awarded went to either the United States, Japan, or Australia. Don’t hate the player, hate the game, which I guess they did that’s why it was removed?
Either way, it’s great to see America’s Pastime represented in the Summer Olympics once again. There’s been a major push during the hiatus to get the sports back, and they have succeeded. Nothing is official until the International Olympics Committee meets this year in August at the Rio Olympics, but all signs say you can almost count on it being approved. I can’t wait to see those beautiful USA Baseball uniforms worn in the Olympics again.