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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Everything you need to know about Olympic baseball rosters

United States: Manager Mike Scioscia rolls out a team that combines big league veterans like Todd Frazier, Scott Kazmir, Edwin Jackson and David Robertson with prospects like Oakland A’s shortstop Nick Allen, Boston Red Sox first baseman Tristan Casas, Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Simeon Woods Richardson, Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Shane Baz and new Minnesota Twins pitcher Joe Ryan. Frazier has become the de facto team captain, and while he and Kazmir appeared in the majors this season, the younger guys are the players to watch. Baz might be the pitcher you want to start against Japan, as he has a 2.26 ERA between Double-A and Triple-A, with 82 strikeouts in 55.2 innings. Ryan, just traded from the Rays to the Twins, is also in Triple-A, where he has 3.63 ERA with 75 K’s in 57 innings. Don’t be surprised to see both in the majors later this season.

The best hitter on the team might actually be Tyler Austin, who spent parts of four seasons in the majors from 2016 to 2019. He has been one of the top sluggers in Japan’s Central League, hitting .314/.413/.603 with 19 home runs. One of the coolest stories of the Olympics is infielder Eddy Alvarez, who was one of the flag bearers for the U.S. during the opening ceremony. He won a silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics as part of the 5,000-meter short track speedskating relay team. He appeared in 12 games for the Marlins last season and will become the rare athlete to compete in both the Winter and Summer Olympics. While Japan is the favorite, the U.S. certainly has a chance. It will be interesting to see if Scioscia ends up relying more on the veteran pitchers or the prospects.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 27, 2021 at 05:06 PM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. John Northey Posted: July 27, 2021 at 06:44 PM (#6030783)
A very weird setup for baseball with..
Group A: Japan, Mexico, Dominican Republic
Group B: United States, South Korea, Israel

Cuba was knocked out by Canada, who also was knocked out shortly after. No Australia (silver in 2004) too. Glad to see Japan, DR, the US and SK there at least. An interesting tournament, but nowhere near the best possible. For that we have to hope for another Baseball World Classic. There was to be one this year, but we'll see if it happens in 2022 or 2023.
   2. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: July 28, 2021 at 05:40 PM (#6031059)
It's the first time we're seeing Olympic baseball/softball in 12 (whoops, 13) years, but it's annoying that they're not taking either sport seriously. All of the games are being held at Yokohama Stadium, a drab cookie-cutter built in 1978. Worse yet, the softball games looked out of place, like they were setting up a Little League field in a big-league stadium. (Are there no dedicated softball stadiums in Tokyo, guys?)

Don't expect to see either sport in Paris. (LA, maybe.)
   3. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: July 29, 2021 at 09:42 AM (#6031169)
For that we have to hope for another Baseball World Classic. There was to be one this year, but we'll see if it happens in 2022 or 2023.


I have a hunch that tournament is dead. I hope not because I really enjoyed it but I'd be surprised to see it in the near future. I hope I'm wrong but...

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