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(SFGate)   Sadness over no baseball in Olympics -- sadness, but no crying; there's no crying in baseball   (sfgate.com) divider line 24
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2012-07-25 11:11:48 AM
There will be plenty of baseball during the Olympics.
 
2012-07-25 12:12:09 PM
You get baseball, I get 20/20 cricket.

Deal?
 
2012-07-25 12:58:05 PM
Would MLB and the PA agree to a stoppage in he middle if the season?

I know they do in hockey because 1 let's be honest no one farking likes hockey and a halt in the season wouldn't really be noticed and 2 many players are foreign and the highest standard for them is still a gold medal and not the cup.
 
2012-07-25 12:58:56 PM
Subby is a talking pile of pig shiat

/i keed
 
2012-07-25 01:13:01 PM

thisiszombocom: Would MLB and the PA agree to a stoppage in he middle if the season?

I know they do in hockey because 1 let's be honest no one farking likes hockey and a halt in the season wouldn't really be noticed and 2 many players are foreign and the highest standard for them is still a gold medal and not the cup.


Maybe cancel the All-Star Game that year (and decide WS home-field advantage with a coin flip) and call it an extended All-Star break.
 
2012-07-25 01:34:31 PM
Making the other countries watch baseball during the Olympics would be like forcing the U.S. to watch cricket. Who ever wins, we all lose.
 
2012-07-25 02:00:50 PM

AppleOptionEsc: Making the other countries watch baseball during the Olympics would be like forcing the U.S. to watch cricket. Who ever wins, we all lose.


When was the last time you watched the biathlon?

There's lots of weird shiat in the Olympics that most people don't watch.
 
2012-07-25 02:02:38 PM
As much as I like baseball, it's just not going to work having it in the olympics. First off, every game takes nearly 3 hours, and requires a somewhat specialized playing field. Also, what MLB teams are going to willingly send their top players to the olympics to risk injury in the middle of the season? It's already an issue with them playing a few innings in an exhibition game. Some players like Strasburg would never be allowed to use up their limited innings count.

The WBC is the closest we're going to get to olympic baseball nowadays. And even that has plenty of critics for waring out players before the season even starts.
 
2012-07-25 02:10:37 PM

NeoCortex42: The WBC is the closest we're going to get to olympic baseball nowadays.


I love me some WBC. I'm hoping the Japan stuff gets resolved.

The Japanese players union voted unanimously to sit out the 2013 WBC citing an unfair cut of the licensing and that MLB (who runs the WBC) won't have a dialogue with them. MLB's stance is that their contract is with NPB, and if the union has a grievance to take it up with them.
 
2012-07-25 02:11:30 PM
Baseball doesn't need the Olympics. However, baseball needs to improve and expand the World Baseball Classic. And while it sounds crazy, maybe hold it every once in awhile in non-baseball countries, like the 1994 World Cup.

On a related note, hockey and basketball should switch to the soccer paradigm; 23 and under for the Olympics, everyone for your main tournament, but also expand and promote that tournament. You can't have your world tournament in the middle of the Stanley Cup playoffs, either.
 
2012-07-25 02:32:20 PM
Had to make room in the venue for more badmitton and table tennis to appease the Chinese.

Not to mention other super popular "sports" like synco swimming, equestrian dressage, artistic and rytmic gymnastics...shiate events were people "decide" who wins by "judges".

"We have been told the the team from Belarus is the best at Trampoline so they get the gold this year."
 
2012-07-25 02:37:19 PM
I don't care about the US baseball team at all. What I do care about is the Anaheim Angels of Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. If there's even a .000000001 chance that Mark Trumbo, Jered Weaver, CJ Wilson, Mike Trout or any of their players not named Vernon Wells would pick up so much as a hangnail playing in some dumb Olympics baseball tournament, I don't want them anywhere near it.

you have pee hands: When was the last time you watched the biathlon?

2010, from Vancouver. IIRC, it was a great finish in the men's division, neck-and-neck between gold and silver. Similar to things like curling, it's not exactly on ESPN 24/7 or on the 4 major networks on weekends instead of NASCAR and golf is it? so it's basically something that comes around every 4 years.

I'd watch curling, biathlon, cricket, team handball etc. if they were on my cable system, but instead it's effing repeats of a Cornhuskers football game from 2009.
 
2012-07-25 02:37:37 PM

Trocadero: On a related note, hockey and basketball should switch to the soccer paradigm; 23 and under for the Olympics, everyone for your main tournament, but also expand and promote that tournament.


No thanks, I think basketball should do the under 23 for the FIBA World Cup since Americans don't put stock into that. Basketball is the only mainstream team sport anyone here cares about in the Olympics and it has helped grow the game internationally. I also don't want to see us lose out on gold again, it's embarrassing.
 
2012-07-25 02:40:22 PM

Henry Holland: team handball


That's a sport I would love to catch on here in the US, like a mix of hoops and soccer and I think Americans would have no issue understanding or enjoying it, but most people here don't even know it exists.
 
2012-07-25 02:47:56 PM

BrotherMalcolm: Had to make room in the venue for more badmitton and table tennis to appease the Chinese.

Not to mention other super popular "sports" like synco swimming, equestrian dressage, artistic and rytmic gymnastics...shiate events were people "decide" who wins by "judges".

"We have been told the the team from Belarus is the best at Trampoline so they get the gold this year."


Despite their many ups and downs this past year.
 
2012-07-25 03:22:57 PM

phlegmmo: BrotherMalcolm: Had to make room in the venue for more badmitton and table tennis to appease the Chinese.

Not to mention other super popular "sports" like synco swimming, equestrian dressage, artistic and rytmic gymnastics...shiate events were people "decide" who wins by "judges".

"We have been told the the team from Belarus is the best at Trampoline so they get the gold this year."

Despite their many ups and downs this past year.


Bravo
 
2012-07-25 04:08:08 PM

Trocadero: On a related note, hockey and basketball should switch to the soccer paradigm; 23 and under for the Olympics, everyone for your main tournament, but also expand and promote that tournament. You can't have your world tournament in the middle of the Stanley Cup playoffs, either.


Hell no on hockey. The Olympics are the only time in hockey you get to see all the top players together- the World Championships take place during the NHL playoffs, so half of the best players are playing, and quite a few of the remaining pool are nursing injuries. 2010 was amazing, and turning it into a U23 thing would be stupid. There are similar tournaments already. Hell, I don't get why Olympic soccer does that, and would prefer to see them get rid of it.

The Olympics should involve the best athletes from each country. Period. The Amateur requirements were bullshiat, and now the under 23 thing is.
 
2012-07-25 05:38:26 PM
On the plus side, rugby sevens will be at the Rio Olympics in 2016.
 
2012-07-25 05:54:04 PM

thisispete: On the plus side, rugby sevens will be at the Rio Olympics in 2016.


Yes, but before or after the kidnapping competitions?
 
2012-07-25 07:22:09 PM

you have pee hands: AppleOptionEsc: Making the other countries watch baseball during the Olympics would be like forcing the U.S. to watch cricket. Who ever wins, we all lose.

When was the last time you watched the biathlon?

There's lots of weird shiat in the Olympics that most people don't watch.


More recently then the last time I watched baseball.
 
2012-07-25 10:10:30 PM
no one posted the pic from A league of their own?

Fark I am disappoint.
 
2012-07-26 12:57:20 AM
That's because the Olympics is about sports, not "pastimes"
 
2012-07-26 06:46:57 AM
If a sport wants to get into the Olypics now it has to commit to its best players being there. Baseball (i) won't do this as they won't break the MLB season; (ii) most importantly, CAN'T do this because all the players would still fail drug tests at that level.

In short, you won't see baseball back for a lllooooonnnnggggg time.
 
2012-07-26 08:23:04 AM
Baseball is not an Olympic sport, but curling is. Something is not right in this world.
 
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