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Extra innings: Baseball head pitches Olympics to MLB, again


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As an American baseball fan, I say no. The World Series is good enough and I really don't care if the game goes worldwide or not. Same for the NFL.

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Olympics shouldn't be for professional athletes. If players want to take 4 yrs off from their profession AND follow all the anti-doping protocols other Olympic athletes follow for that period, great. Welcome.

Otherwise ... nope.

MLB anti-doping stance is a joke.

Each Player shall be tested upon reporting to spring training. All Players will be selected for an additional unannounced urine specimen collection during the season on a randomly selected date.

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As I said with people hoping Shohei Ohtani will be on the Japan team for the Tokyo Olympics, MLB organizations aren't going to allow any of their players go play in the Olympics in the middle of the season. Unless the MLB takes a 2 week break like the NPB, players can't risk injury in important August.

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Baseball is not a global sport - a handful of countries play it. It's much like cricket in that regards, although the latter probably has more fans globally.

I don't really think soccer and tennis should be in the games either - they have their own competitions to play in which are much more important to the game.

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MLB doesn't need the olympics to prove that they are the global gold standard. Japan on the other hand has desperately been trying to show that Japanese baseball is on par with MLB and that venue has been the WBC and the olympics. IOC should concentrate on introducing new sports from some of the poorer countries. Why on earth skateboarding or surfing is in the olympics is beyond me. Let's go for ballroom dancing next.

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