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Monday, April 06, 2009
Women’s Olympic BaseballThat's what we'll have if the International Baseball Federation gets its way:
Baseball will be adding a women's component to its bid to be reinstated for the 2016 Summer Games.
There are some numbers quoted in the article, but really, I have no idea if women's baseball is terribly popular, well, anywhere, let alone organized enough to make for a viable Olympic sport. Which is not to degrade it, for it is what it is. I am somewhat more skeptical of International Baseball, which following its snub from softball -- a justified snub in my opinion -- seems rather desperate to pair up with a women's sport in order to save its own Olympic viability. It's quite possible, however, that baseball simply doesn't have the kind of international following to justify a place in the Olympics.
Not that that's a bad thing.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 2:21pm
ah, its all politics. baseball is by far more popular internationally then a sport like fencing or water polo. but if winning a gold medal isnt the ultimate goal of a particular sport, it often gets dropped. tennis and soccer are the rare exceptions.
Posted 04/06 at 03:59 PM
I play baseball in Seattle’s PSSBL and there is a small but growing contingent of female hardballers. When I started in the league about five years ago there was only a handful or so, but this year is the first that an all women’s team is going to suit up in a division against all men and mixed teams. I am for the advancement of all ball bat games and would like to see men’s softball added to the reinstatement package as well. In addition, each team should have a keg of it’s best nationally owned brew on second.
Posted 04/06 at 05:25 PM
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