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Baseball, softball eliminated again from 2012 Olympics - UPDATE
2006-02-09 15:20
by Bob Timmermann

The IOC decided to not even vote on the matter at its meeting today in Turin.

Baseball and softball can apply for readmission for the 2016 Olympics. But I suppose the allure of watching AA and AAA players duke it out against Cuba for the gold medal didn't appeal to a lot of people. IOC member Anita DeFrantz appealed for softball's reinstatement separate from baseball, but did not get enough support to even bring the matter to a vote.

The 2012 Olympics will have 26 different sports on its schedule. The IOC limits the number of sports to 28. Other sports that have also tried to get included, but failed are: karate, rugby sevens, and roller skating.

Update This story from the AP has more detail on the vote and quotes from the principals.
This part was interesting to me - During a debate before the vote, more than a dozen members – but only one European – spoke in favor of bringing the two sports back. Notably, the only one who spoke out against was a prominent European – Crown Prince Willem Alexander of the Netherlands.

For that injustice, we're not going to let the Dutch team have Andruw Jones for the WBC. Or Mark Mulder. Or Shea Hillenbrand.

2006-02-09 15:26:32
1.   das411
Ernie Young is not a AA player! I caught a foul ball off of him at an A's-Orioles game in 1997 when he was up on the big team for a couple weeks and....oh. nevermind.
2006-02-09 15:27:10
2.   joejoejoe
Damn. In a perfect world Cat Osterman would be a huge star.

OT: Is it against the rules in baseball to throw underhand?

2006-02-09 15:38:26
3.   Bob Timmermann
I think the way the Windup and Set positions are defined would make it difficult for a softball pitcher to get the right motion to get enough power behind a pitch.

But guys like Chad Bradford answer the question "How low can you go?" when you pitch.

Also if there were runners on base, it would be pretty easy to steal on a fastpitch softball delivery.

2006-02-09 17:12:59
4.   grandcosmo
Any word on how Archduke Constantin Salvator Maria Raphael Alexander of Bohemia or the Grand Duke of Luxembourg voted?
2006-02-09 17:26:32
5.   Bob Timmermann
When I was in Luxembourg on vacation once (and doesn't everybody vacation there?), a guy on a train told me that the Grand Duke was a very nice guy who liked to go camping a lot.

No doubt in the wild untamed back country of Luxembourg.

2006-02-09 17:28:34
6.   grandcosmo
But does he like baseball?
2006-02-09 17:33:10
7.   Bob Timmermann
Luxembourg has a baseball league. They are in the IBAF.

But the Dutch prince was the only European who spoke up during the meeting.

2006-02-09 17:38:31
8.   Linkmeister
Did the Duchy of Grand Fenwick have a vote?

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