No baseball in the summer Olympics

In case some of you don’t know, baseball and softball are no longer sports in the summer Olympics.  Depending on what you read or who you talk to, there are several reasons for this.  With local Winter Olympic heroes such as Meagan Duhamel, Rebecca Johnson and Devon Kershaw, it is heartbreaking to know that none of our local baseball talent will have the opportunity to represent our country.  Or will they?

Baseball was introduced to the summer Olympics in 1992. Cuba has won the most gold medals. Canada had its best showing in 2004 when they were defeated in the semi-finals by Cuba 8-5 and then went on to lose the Bronze medal game against Japan.  Finishing 4th was a big accomplishment for our country. The following year, baseball and softball were voted out of the Olympics.   According to several resources, both sports were the first ones to be voted out since water polo in 1936.  To be the first sports voted out in 69 years is a tough pill to swallow for several Canadians and baseball enthusiasts. Since then, both baseball and softball have joined forces to put together a stronger bid and louder voice to re-enter the Olympics.  According to the Canadian Baseball Network, we were rejected again for the 2016 games in Brazil.

If you are a parent and have watched the Olympics lately, you could only imagine the feeling some other Canadian parents are having watching their son or daughter compete in Sochi.  For the young baseball Olympic hopeful, keep your head up.  With more and more young athletes taking up baseball and softball around the Greater City of Sudbury, we are helping the bid to get baseball back in the Olympics.  How?  According to Murray Cook, a Canadian scout and former Major League Baseball front office executive “There are over 4,000,000 kids playing little league baseball. If you want to support the game and see the sport back in the Olympics, you should send letters and support to the federations in your country. The more we grow the game in our hometowns around the world, the better our chances will be for inclusion into the 2020 Olympics.”

This means you can do two things this summer. Sign your son or daughter up for baseball this summer and write a letter to Baseball Canada.  Please go to the Valley East Minor Baseball Association website as well as the Sudbury Minor Baseball website for registration dates that are coming up very shortly.  Here is the Baseball Canada contact information if you are interested:

Baseball Canada

2212 Gladwin Cres.
Suite A7
Ottawa, Ontario
K1B 5N1

phone: (613) 748-5606
fax: (613) 748-5767

 “Play the Ball!”

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