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Sunday, November 17, 2019

USA Baseball Fails to Earn Olympic Berth

When baseball returns to the Olympics next summer, the United States might not be there. The American team failed to clinch a spot in the 2020 Olympics during the WBSC Premier 12 tournament this month. The U.S. lost to Mexico in a thrilling bronze medal game Sunday afternoon in Tokyo (MEX 3, USA 2).

In 10 innings.

Jose is an Absurd Time Cube Posted: November 17, 2019 at 02:35 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mexico, olympic baseball, usa

Saturday, November 16, 2019

US beats Taiwan, still has Olympic berth chance at Premier12

Minnesota’s Brent Rooker hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning, and the United States beat Taiwan 3-2 on Friday in Tokyo to keep alive the Americans’ chance of earning an Olympic baseball berth at the Premier12 tournament.

The U.S. finished the super round 2-3 and could earn a berth if Taiwan beats Australia (both 1-3) on Saturday. If Taiwan wins, the Americans would play Mexico (3-2) on Sunday in the Premier12 bronze-medal game for a chance to reach the Olympics. Mexico lost Saturday to South Korea (3-1), which plays Japan for the Premier12 gold medal.

The top finisher from the Americas qualifies for the Tokyo Olympics next year. The second-place finisher from the Americas goes to a final qualifying tournament in March or April.

For those curious as for how Olympic qualifying is going so far….

 

QLE Posted: November 16, 2019 at 12:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: olympic baseball

Sunday, November 03, 2019

Dalbec’s slam leads US over Netherlands 9-0 in qualifier

Drew Waters homered on the first pitch of the bottom of the first inning, Bobby Dalbec hit a grand slam in the fifth and Jo Adell and Brent Rooker also went deep, leading the United States over the Netherlands 9-0 Saturday at Guadalajara, Mexico, in the Americans’ opening qualifier for next year’s Olympic baseball tournament.

Cody Ponce (1-0) and four relievers combined on a two-hitter to get a win in the Group A game at the Premier12 tournament.

The top two nations in the group, which includes the Dominica Republic and Mexico, advance to the super round in Japan. The top finisher from the Americas qualifies for next year’s Olympic baseball tournament in Japan.

Japan has an automatic berth, and the top nation from Asia/Oceania other than Japan also qualifies.

Just in time for the end of the MLB season, qualifications for the 2020 Olympics in baseball have begun….

 

QLE Posted: November 03, 2019 at 12:30 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: olympic baseball

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Girardi out, Brosius in as US manager for Olympic qualifiers

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Joe Girardi quit as manager of the U.S. baseball team trying to qualify for the Olympics before it played a single game.

Girardi said Wednesday he is leaving to pursue a major league managing job. There are seven current openings.

He will be replaced by Scott Brosius, who had been slated to be Girardi’s bench coach. Brosius, the MVP of the 1998 World Series with the New York Yankees, became the senior director of baseball development for USA Baseball earlier this year.

Willie Randolph will shift from third base to bench coach, and Ernie Young from the first base coaching box to third.

But what does Girardi do if he doesn’t get one of those jobs?

 

QLE Posted: October 17, 2019 at 12:30 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: joe girardi, olympic baseball, scott brosius

Friday, October 11, 2019

USA Baseball Names Premier12 Roster

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball named its roster for the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Premier12™ on Thursday. The 28-man roster is made up of 15 pitchers and 13 position players currently not on an MLB 40-man roster, and features six former national team alumni and seven of the MLB Pipeline top-100 prospects.

The U.S. will begin the WBSC Premier12™ in Guadalajara, Mexico, from November 2-4 as a member of Group A with the Dominican Republic, Mexico and the Netherlands. The top two nations from Group A will advance to the Super Round in Tokyo from November 11-16.

The tournament is the first opportunity for Team USA to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The top finisher from both the Americas territory and Asia/Oceania territory (excluding Japan) will join host-country Japan and WBSC Baseball Europe/Africa Olympic Qualifier champion Israel in the six-team Olympic tournament. The final two Olympic berths will be decided in March 2020.

“It is an honor to welcome a group of immensely talented athletes to Team USA as we begin the qualification process for Tokyo 2020,” said USA Baseball Executive Director and CEO Paul Seiler. “Our goal during the selection process was to identify and piece together a roster that included a combination of both young and veteran baseball players that complement each other on and off the field. These 28 men are exemplary talents and individuals, and we are confident they will represent the United States proudly on the international stage.”

For those with an interest in Olympic baseball, here’s the national team- any thoughts?

 

QLE Posted: October 11, 2019 at 12:54 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: olympic baseball

Sunday, September 22, 2019

In first, Israel qualifies for Olympic games in baseball

Israel qualified for the Olympic baseball tournament for the first time, with former major leaguer Danny Valencia hitting a three-run homer in an 11-1, eight-inning rout of South Africa on Sunday at Parma, Italy.

The Israeli team beat South Africa a qualifying contest between European and African nations….

There are only six national teams in the Olympic baseball event and Israel is the first to qualify for the contest. Japan, as the host nation, automatically qualifies and the other teams will earn their places during various preliminary competitions.

Team Israel advanced to the Europe/Africa Olympic qualifier after beating France in the European Championship on September 13. Overall, the white and blue crew finished fourth in the competition.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 22, 2019 at 07:20 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: olympic baseball

 

 

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