Opinions are mixed in the baseball world when it comes to the Olympic Games. Some, including the current International Baseball Federation President Harvey Schiller, believe that the International Olympic Committee has no desire to see the sport return and that continuing to focus on that goal would be a waste of time. Others are adamant [...]
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board announced yesterday that golf and rugby would be put forward for entry to the 2016 Olympics. The decision ended baseball and softball’s hopes for an immediate return to the Olympic fold after a previous decision in 2005 removed the sports from the 2012 London Games. While supporters of [...]
Fate in baseball is normally played out in front of an enthralled audience. A perfectly turned double-play will lead to gasps and then cheers, a walk-off home run will lift fans from their seats into wild celebrations, while a rally-killing strikeout turns expectation to deflation in an instant. This is the dramatic, spell-binding side of [...]
There’s nothing quite like the first week of Spring Training games. From the players to the fans, everyone has a smile on their face as the sport comes out of hibernation once again. As the players are busy running through training drills to prepare for the season ahead, this also seems like a good time [...]
As noted on Thursday, a six-man panel from the International Baseball Federation met with the International Olympic Committee yesterday to put forward the sport’s case for re-election to the Olympic programme. As expected, the IOC’s main line of questioning concerned the participation of MLB players. The IBAF’s response was promising even though they did not [...]
It’s now a week since the Olympic Baseball tournament was brought to a close by a thrilling final that saw Korea crowned as champions over Cuba. Following the International Olympic Committee’s decision to boot baseball (and softball) off the Olympic list for the 2012 London Games, this year’s event represented a great opportunity for the [...]
The new extra-innings rule came into effect in five of the 36 games that made up the 2008 Olympic baseball tournament. Here I provide some statistics on its use in those games. In considering the tactics employed (i.e. sacrifice bunt or swing away), I am not interested in the bottom half of innings played under [...]
Amid stunning scenes at the Wukesong Baseball Field in Beijing, Korea held off a late surge from Cuba to win the Olympic gold medal in the most dramatic style imaginable. In a game that had everything, Korea prevailed by a final score of 3-2 to win the gold medal for the first time.
A game for a bronze medal provides just as much pressure and emotion as a gold medal contest. In the latter, at least the loser will earn a silver medal. A bronze medal game is a true ‘winner takes all’ contest: lose and you go home empty-handed. With both teams determined to avoid that fate, [...]
Korea and Cuba finished first and second in the preliminary round of the Olympic Baseball tournament. Thanks to victories today in their respective semi-finals, they will finish in the top two medal positions as well, although it’s anyone’s guess which one will end up with the gold medal.