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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) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Starring RMc as Bradley Scotchman Posted: September 22, 2019 at 08:30 PM (#5881999)
L'Chaim...!
   2. Snowboy Posted: September 22, 2019 at 09:31 PM (#5882016)
Only six teams in the Olympics? For baseball. One is host Japan, and the second is now Israel, after beating South Africa 11-1 in a single elimination game. For baseball.

What is this, 1904?

(If you know something about the 1904 Olympics, you will understand this comment. And it means no offense to St. Louis, or most of its residents. None of whom are here right now.)

What were the Israel tune-up games before the tournament? I'm not even going to spend the bandwidth to investigate: was it beating England 2-1 in 18 innings, losing 106-0 to Team Saskatchewan (called due to darkness), then beating Thailand 8-5? Danny Valencia indeed, if he can't play MLB anymore, how good will he be NEXT summer? (Well, he'll probably look pretty good, even next year, when they will probably playing Team Paraguay, according to the Olympic system.))
   3. John Northey Posted: September 22, 2019 at 11:10 PM (#5882037)
Checking I see the women's softball is nearly set for 2020...
Japan, USA, Italy, Mexico, Canada, and one more to be determined at Asia/Oceania Qualifying Event 24–29 September 2019 in China - final teams are China, South Korea, Chinese Taipei, Indonesia - one of those 4 get to go.

Baseball is via 2019 WBSC Premier12 (November 2-17th) 2 teams, plus one each from Americas Qualifying Event (March 2020), and a final qualifier sometime in 2020 (not determined yet). As a Canadian I am of course cheering on the home squad, but odds are low - Canada is ranked 10th and with just 4 slots left it'll be hard to make it.
   4. QLE Posted: September 22, 2019 at 11:31 PM (#5882042)
(If you know something about the 1904 Olympics, you will understand this comment. And it means no offense to St. Louis, or most of its residents. None of whom are here right now.)


Then there's the 1900 Olympics, which took months and where a large hunk of the participants (including some of the winners) apparently never realized that what they participated in was the Olympics....
   5. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: September 22, 2019 at 11:39 PM (#5882044)
I missed (or forgot) that baseball was back for 2020. That's a good thing.
   6. Brian C Posted: September 23, 2019 at 12:05 AM (#5882050)
I hope they enjoy their moment in the international spotlight, because this too shall pass.
   7. Bote Man Posted: September 23, 2019 at 03:39 AM (#5882080)
Where does this leave the WBC??
   8. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 23, 2019 at 09:29 AM (#5882112)
Israel won the Europe/Africa tournamaent - they beat Spain (3-0), The Netherlands (8-1), Italy (8-2), lost to Czech Republic (7-4) and beat South Africa (11-1) to go 4-1, tying the Netherlands, but beating them head-to-head. The Netherlands can still qualify in the world tournament.


Where does this leave the WBC??


Manfred said it is still on for 2021.
   9. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: September 23, 2019 at 09:37 AM (#5882117)

What is this, 1904?


Not enough rat poison and brandy.

   10. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: September 23, 2019 at 09:45 AM (#5882121)
Only six teams in the Olympics? For baseball.

Baseball shouldn't even be in the Olympics. Not enough of the world plays it.

   11. PreservedFish Posted: September 23, 2019 at 09:57 AM (#5882131)
I missed (or forgot) that baseball was back for 2020. That's a good thing.


That it's back, or that you forgot?

I love baseball, and I love international baseball, but baseball at the olympics always seemed like a poor fit to me. Not exactly a global sport, and it's a bad sport for single-elimination tournament play.

Perhaps it would be better if they dressed like the track athletes do.
   12. gef, talking mongoose & vexatious litigant Posted: September 23, 2019 at 10:10 AM (#5882134)
Baseball shouldn't even be in the Olympics. Not enough of the world plays it.


How much of the world plays a stupid "sport" like curling? (Honest question -- I have no idea & am too sleep-dazed to try researching it.)

Or would the term be curls?
   13. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: September 23, 2019 at 10:53 AM (#5882152)
The Winter Olympics is dying for events, so weird things like curling happen.

The Summer Olympics has too many events, and many other candidates.
   14. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: September 23, 2019 at 11:00 AM (#5882156)

The Summer Olympics has too many events, and many other candidates.


I find your ideas intriguing, and wish to subscribe to your newsletter.
   15. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 23, 2019 at 11:08 AM (#5882159)


Not enough rat poison and brandy.



That is one of my favorite things in the internet. And Jon doesn't even capture all the weirdness! From the comment section:

Only 62 of the 651 athletes came from outside North America, and only 12–15 nations showed up because of the combined problems created by the Russian-Japanese war and the difficulty of getting to St. Louis once they reached the continent.

The entire Olympics were overshadowed by "Anthropology Days": an event where, I quote, "Various indigenous men from around the world competed in various events for anthropologists to see how they compared to the white man." You can't make this stuff up.

Those gentlemen weren't only the first black Africans to ever compete in the Olympics, they were playing the part of "savages" in weird costumes for Anthropology Days. They heard about the marathon and sort of just decided to do it for the hell of it. The amount of bravery this took, given the racism surrounding the entire event, is unbelievable.

In an unrelated event, the American gymnast George Eyser, won six medals even though he had a wooden leg.

Some athletes were simply classified as "American" for purposes never fully explained, if not obvious. Two Norwegians were listed as winning for the US simply because they were living in the country at the time. Neither had US citizenship, and at least one was effectively an illegal immigrant. Same thing happened for one guy from Switzerland, who's medal still counts towards the US total on the official books. One French national arrived with incorrect paperwork, was allowed to compete in a "mixed country" team, and his medal was counted as part of the US total by the powers that were for... reasons.

A Russian team, attempting to compete in the marathon, set out for the US and failed to make it, because Russia still used the Gregorian calendar at the time and they got the dates wrong.

This NEEDS to be made into a movie. In the right hands, it could be both an expose on how horrible it was, and comedy gold.

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