For the primary time since 2008, baseball is again on the Olympics. And per standard, Group USA is hoping to be very aggressive within the sport.
USA baseball does not precisely have a star-studded roster. They not often do in the course of the Olympics, which clearly happen in the course of the baseball season. However each time the occasion has rolled round previously, a handful of prime prospects and veteran free brokers are capable of take part within the occasion so as to add some pleasure and intrigue to the USA roster.
After all, Group USA hasn’t but clinched a spot within the Olympics. That they had an opportunity to safe one in opposition to Mexico earlier within the qualifying course of, however could not pull it off. As such, they’re going to must take part within the Baseball Americas qualifier with eight different groups vying for one automated bid into the Olympics.
Group USA could have an opportunity to earn that spot, and there are actually some names to observe in motion, because the Olympic baseball motion kicks off on Memorial Day. Here is all the pieces you could find out about Group USA’s schedule, easy methods to watch the sport and the way the USA baseball staff can qualify for the 2021 Olympics.
USA baseball schedule for Olympic qualifying
After shedding their first try and qualify for the Olympics in opposition to Mexico, Group USA will take part within the Baseball Americas qualifier. The eight-team occasion will start with three video games of group play earlier than 4 groups advance to play each other within the “Tremendous Spherical.”
USA is in a bunch with Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. They should end top-two of their group with a purpose to advance to the Tremendous Spherical, and information from the opening three video games will carry over to the Tremendous Spherical.
Here’s a have a look at Group USA’s full schedule, together with the dates of potential Tremendous Spherical video games:
|Might 31||Nicaragua||7 p.m.||ESPN+|
|June 1||Dominican Republic||7 p.m.||ESPN+|
|June 2||Puerto Rico||7 p.m.||ESPN+|
|June 4||Tremendous Spherical Recreation (TBD)||TBD||ESPN+|
|June 5||Tremendous Spherical Recreation (TBD)||TBD||ESPN+|
How can USA baseball qualify for the 2021 Olympics?
The staff with the very best file on the finish of the WBSC Baseball Americas qualifying video games wins an automated bid to the Olympics. In the meantime, the second- and third-best groups advance to face Australia, Chinese language Taipei and the Netherlands in a second qualifying match June 16-20 in Mexico with the winner incomes the ultimate qualifying bid.
If Group USA cannot win on this match, the June 16-20 Mexico match would symbolize their final probability to make it into the 2021 Olympics.
The best way to watch WBSC Baseball Americas qualifying video games
Very similar to the Group USA basketball qualifiers, the WBCS Baseball Americas qualifying video games will probably be broadcast on ESPN+. Viewers can buy the streaming service for $5.99 a month, $59.99 yearly or they’ll buy a $13.99 a month package deal that may give them ESPN+, Disney Plus and Hulu.
USA baseball roster
Group USA will probably be managed by former Angels supervisor Mike Scioscia. He will probably be assisted by Jerry Weinstein (bench coach), Dave Wallace (pitching coach), Ernie Younger (first base coach), Darren Fenster (third base coach) and Roly de Armas (bullpen coach).
As for the roster, it is a mish-mash of revered veterans which might be both free brokers or on Triple-A contracts in addition to some highly-touted prospects. Notably, Homer Bailey, who twice has thrown no-hitters throughout his profession, will headline Group USA’s pitching employees together with former All-Stars Edwin Jackson and David Robertson. Within the discipline, the staff could have three multi-time All-Stars on the roster in Matt Wieters (4), Matt Kemp (three) and Todd Frazier (two).
Among the many prime prospects will probably be Crimson Sox duo Jarren Duran (outfield) and Triston Casas (first and third baseman), Cardinals pitcher Matt Liberatore and Blue Jays pitcher Simeon Woods Richardson.
Here is a full breakdown:
- Tim Federowicz, Dodgers (AAA)
- Mark Kolozsvary, Reds (AA)
- Matt Wieters, Free Agent
- Nick Allen, Athletics (AAA)
- Eddy Alvarez, Marlins (AAA)
- Triston Casas, Crimson Sox (AA)
- Logan Forsythe, Brewers (AAA)
- Todd Frazier, Free Agent
- Luke Williams, Phillies (AAA)
- Jarren Duran, Crimson Sox (AAA)
- Eric Filia, Mariners (AAA)
- Jon Jay, Angels (AAA)
- Matt Kemp, Free Agent
- Clayton Andrews, Brewers (AA)
- Anthony Gose, Indians (AAA)
- Trevor Lane, Yankees (AAA)
- Matthew Liberatore, Cardinals (AAA)
- Drew Parrish, Royals (A+)
- Marc Rzepczynski, Free Agent
- Homer Bailey, Free Agent
- Brandon Dickson, Free Agent
- Edwin Jackson, Free Agent
- DJ Johnson, Indians (AAA)
- David Robertson, Free Agent
- Joe Ryan, Rays (AAA)
- James Sherfy, Giants (AAA)
- Simeon Woods Richardson, Blue Jays (AA)
When do the Olympics begin in 2021?
The Olympics are set to begin on July 23 and can run by way of Aug. 8. There’s some concern about whether or not or not Japan will really be capable of host the occasion, however for now, the plan is to begin them on the twenty third.
Extra particularly, baseball will start on July 27 and can run by way of Aug. 7, a operating time of a couple of week and a half.