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					Olympic Baseball 2008

<p>Olympic Baseball 2008 finds the United States in a mammoth struggle to
thwart the emerging dominance of Japan and Cuba for baseball supremacy
around the globe.</p><p>"ONE WORLD ONE DREAM" All Just Like The "Boys Of
Summer" And BaseballFarming Growing In A Field Of Dreams.</p><p>The
XXIXth Olympiad of the Modern Era of the Olympic Baseball 2008 Games may
let the curtain fall on the game of baseball.</p><p>The IOC meeting on
11th of July 2005 softball and baseball have been voted out of the 2012
London summer Olympics; the first sport to be voted out of the Olympics
since 1936 in which Polo was eliminated.</p><p>The Buzz or talk of the
town from henceforth until October 2009 meeting of the IOC will be
centered on allowing Baseball back into the Olympic games.</p><p>Boy
howdy! does the United States Major League Baseball Team Owners have its
plate full on this one. Major League Baseball has its pitchfork loaded
with items stuck on every prong of the fork. (1) They own Major League
Baseball of the United States, (2) They instituted the formation of the
World Baseball Classic and its renewal starting 2009, (3) They have a
time and distance as well as scheduling conflict USA baseball and the
Olympics, (4) They are faced with losing control of the Money stream, (5)
They are being held hostage by words being published from the lips of the
President of the IOC.</p><p>The next twelve (12) months will be very
interesting for the game of baseball. George would probably ask the
question, "What is the Golden Rule?"</p><p>REVIEW</p><p>Although little
was recorded, Olympic baseball first appeared in 1904 St. Louis. Eight
years later in 1912 Stockholm, an United States team played against host
Sweden, winning 13-3. In 1936 Berlin, two United States teams played each
other. The 1952 Helsinki event was a modified form of the sport, Finnish
baseball, played by two Finnish teams. Australia played a one-game
exhibition against the United States in 1956 Melbourne and Japan did the
same in 1964 Tokyo. With a crowd of nearly 114,000 spectators, this game
at the Melbourne Cricket Ground held the record for the highest attended
baseball game ever until a 2008 American exhibition game in Los
Angeles.</p><p>After a twenty-year hiatus, Olympic baseball (labeled an
exhibition sport/event by the IOC) returned but with tournament
formatting (1984 Los Angeles). In 1988 Seoul, it was termed a
demonstration sport. Japan defeated the United States in the inaugural
tournament finale in 1984. However, in 1988, the United States won over
Japan.</p><p>Baseball became an official sport at the 1992 Summer
Olympics, with the familiar eight team tournament. Players were required
to be amateurs. The tournament consisted of a round-robin, in which teams
played each of the other teams, followed by semifinals and finals. The
format of the competition has remained the same since then, with the only
major change being that starting in 2000 players were not required to be
amateurs.</p><p>Because the Olympics are played during the Major League
Baseball season, the players on the Olympic baseball team are generally
top minor-league prospects who have not made it stayed and played
extensively in the major leagues yet during their playing
careers.</p><p>Olympic Games Baseball Medalists:</p><p><ul>Year Games
Gold Silver Bronze <li>1992 Barcelona Cuba Chinese Taipei Japan</li>
<li>1996 Atlanta Cuba Japan USA</li> <li>2000 Sydney USA Cuba South
Korea</li> <li>2004 Athens Cuba Australia Japan</li> <li>2008 Beijing
South Korea Cuba USA</li> <li>Baseball competition has been discontinued
for future Olympic Games with the conclusion of the 2008 games until
further notice.</li></ul><br>Cuba is the current reigning champion by
winning the baseball crown at the 2004 Olympic games. Japan is the "odds-
on-favorite" to take this 2008 coveted baseball championship during this
XXIXth Olympiad of the Modern Era.</p><p>(Special Note: South Korea took
the Gold from Cuba)</p><p>Cuba has nevertheless won three of the four
Olympic Baseball gold medals since baseball became a medal sport in 1992
-- settling for silver only in 2000, when it was upset by the United
States.</p><p>Especially significant is that Americas game of baseball
once proudly hailed as Americas Pastime has relegated the United States
as a contender during the Olympic Baseball 2008 games as opposed to being
the dominant team to beat.</p><p>The Olympic baseball 2008 Competition
Schedule preview shows scheduling for the baseball games from Wednesday
August 13, through Saturday August 23, 2008.</p><p>Scheduled coverage for
the games must take into account time zone differences. Beijing is 13
hours ahead of Central time in the United States.</p><p>A very
unique/strange and controversial rule has been inserted in the rules for
the Olympic Baseball 2008 baseball games.</p><p>The new baseball rules
for the 2008 Beijing Olympics has team Japan manager Senichi Hoshino very
upset. The new rules state that during the 11th inning, each team will
begin with a runner on first and second base. This was done to prevent
long drawn out games.</p><p>Olympic Baseball 2008 USA team events
schedule: Date and opponent is shown below.</p><p><ul> <li>Aug. 13 Korea
Wukesong Baseball Stadium Beijing, China 6:00 a.m. USA lost 8-7</li>
<li>Aug. 13 Netherlands Wukesong Baseball Stadium Beijing, China 10:30
p.m. USA Won 7-0</li> <li>Aug. 14 Cuba Wukesong Baseball Stadium Beijing,
China 11:30 p.m. USA lost 5-4 The game used the new Olympic game rule
whereby two runners are put on base to help scoring to shorten long
playing tied games. American player Jayson Nix of Dallas, Texas was
seriously injured while attempting a bunt when he fouled the ball off and
it hit him in the face about the eye.</li> <li>Aug. 15 Canada Wukesong
Baseball Stadium Beijing, China 10:30 p.m. USA Won 5-4</li> <li>Aug. 18
China Wukesong Baseball Stadium Beijing, China 7:00 a.m. USA Won 9-1 Game
turned a litle rough with hit batters and collisions at home plate.
Umpire called managers to the plate for conference trying to quell the
rough and nasty contest.</li> <li>Aug. 19 Chinese Taipei Wukesong
Baseball Stadium Beijing, China 7:00 a.m. USA Won 4-2</li> <li>Aug. 20
Japan Wukesong Baseball Stadium Beijing, China 7:00 a.m. USA Won 4-2</li>
<li>Aug. 22 Olympic Semifinals Wukesong Baseball Stadium Beijing, China
USA Lost To Cuba 10-2</li> <li>Aug. 23 Olympic Medal Round Wukesong
Baseball Stadium Beijing, China USA Won 8-4 beating Japan and finished
third in the 2008 Oympic Games and brings home the Bronze medal. South
Korea Won 3-2 beating Cuba for the Gold medal in baseball for the XXIXth
Olympiad of the modern era. The Olympic Baseball Games of 2008 sees the
elimination of Baseball from the Olympic Games. however, the consensus of
public opinion is that Baseball competition will be reinstated sometime
in the future for inclusion back into the Olympic Games. South Korea Won
the Gold 3-2 over Cuba---thus dethroning Cuba as the reigning previous
Gold Medalist Team. South Korea is now the Olympic 2008 Gold Medal
Winner. </li></ul></p><p>The USA Baseball Team roster for Olympic
Baseball 2008:</p><p>Pitchers: Brett Anderson, Jake Arrieta, Trevor
Cahill, Geno Espineli, Kevin Jepsen, Brandon Knight, Mike Koplove, Blaine
Neal, Clayton Richard, Jeff Stevens, Stephen Strasburg, Casey
Weathers</p><p>Infielders: Brian Barden, Matthew Brown, Jason Donald,
Mike Hessman, Terry Tiffee</p><p>Outfielders: Dexter Fowler, John Gall,
Matt LaPorta, Colby Rasmus</p><p>Catchers: Lou Marson, Taylor
Teagarden</p><p>2008 Olympic Baseball 2008 Team Coaches:</p><p>Name Pos
Birthplace</p><p><ul> <li>Johnson, Davey Manager Orlando, FL</li>
<li>Smith, Reggie Batting Coach Shreveport, LA</li> <li>Lachemann, Marcel
Pitching Coach Los Angeles, CA</li> <li>Eckstein, Rick Third Base Coach
Sanford, FL</li> <li>de Armas, Rolando Coach New York, NY</li> <li>Cooke,
Dick Coach Davidson, NC</li></ul><br>Batter Up----Let's Play
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