Originally Posted by out_here_grindin
Why was baseball eliminated again? Stupid decision. Not just an American sport. Japan was really good, vey popular in sections of Latin America.
I find baseball to be one of most boring sports in existence, and MLB is the only one out of the 5 major North American sports leagues that I have no interest in whatsoever. However I completely agree that the sport should still be at the Olympics.
I believe that the international baseball and softball federations will merge to boost their bid to regain Olympic status. The IOC probably didn’t like the situation before where there was baseball with just a men’s tournament and softball with just a women’s, as they prefer sports that have events for both genders.
I also agree that baseball is a more international sport than many people realise. Handball for instance is a heavily European dominated sport for both men and women, with the Korean teams, especially their women’s team, being the only major exception there. However there is no way that Handball should be removed from the Olympic programme for not being global enough, so baseball shouldn’t have been either. Sure it is not a huge sport in Europe, but it is very popular across North and Latin American and in Japan and Korea. Plus even in Europe the Netherlands have had a pretty good baseball team over the years.
In México, baseball is actually more popular than football in some North Western states such as Baja California and Sinaloa.