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Friday, January 24, 2020

Major League Baseball to sponsor US Olympic softball team

Something for those interested in the Olympics to watch for:

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is using its financial muscle to support the U.S. women’s softball team, which already is assured a spot in the Tokyo Olympics while the American men’s baseball team struggles to qualify.

MLB announced an agreement Thursday to become presenting sponsor of the women’s “Stand Beside Her” tour, a slate of exhibition games leading up to the Olympic tournament from July 22-28.

“We’re both bat and ball sports. Even though we’re not the same sport, there are so many similarities that you just can’t ignore,” said Kim Ng, MLB’s senior vice president for baseball operations. “It was important for us to make sure that they have this acknowledgment and recognition of their ability and their talent.”

Softball began as an Olympic sport for the 1996 Atlanta Games. The U.S. won gold medals in 1996, 2000 and 2004 with players that included Dot Richardson, Jennie Finch and Jessica Mendoza, then lost to Japan in the 2008 gold medal game.

 

QLE Posted: January 24, 2020 at 01:10 AM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: mlb, olympics, softball

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   1. John Northey Posted: January 24, 2020 at 03:21 PM (#5919110)
Guessing they won't help fund the Canadian one even thought there is a Canadian team at the Olympics too - last I checked a ML team is in Canada as are many players and now 2 HOF'ers. Hopefully the Blue Jays step up and fund them.

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