The U.S. men’s national baseball team announced its roster on Friday – a group that will become only the sixth Olympic baseball team in history and the first since the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Team USA’s 24-man squad will seek to win the team’s fourth Olympic medal and second gold. Since baseball was not an Olympic program in either the 2012 Olympics or the 2016 Olympics, every player in the 2020 roster is a first-time Olympian.
Here’s a look at the US men’s national baseball line-up ahead of the Summer Games, which kick off Friday, July 23. The baseball tournament begins July 28th.
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USA Olympic men’s baseball squad
Team USA’s roster consists mostly of players from MiLB clubs, although there are some free agents and members from both Nippon Professional Baseball and the Mexican League. Each player will be a first-time Olympian.
|INF||Nick Allen||athletics||Mittelland (AA)|
|INF||Eddy Alvarez||Marlins||Jacksonville (AAA)|
|OF||Tyler Austin||Nippon professional baseball||Yokohama DeNA BayStars|
|RHP||Shane Baz||Rays||Durham (AAA)|
|RHP||Anthony Carter||Mexican League||Saraperos de Saltillo|
|INF||Triston Casas||Red Sox||Portland (AA)|
|RHP||Brandon Dickson||Cardinals||Memphis (AAA)|
|C.||Tim Federowicz||Swindler||Oklahoma City (AAA)|
|OF||Eric Filia||Sailors||Tacoma (AAA)|
|INF||Todd Frazier||–||Free agent|
|LHP||Anthony Gose||Indians||Columbus (AAA)|
|RHP||Edwin Jackson||–||Free agent|
|LHP||Scott Kazmir||Giants||Sacramento (AAA)|
|OF / INF||Patrick Kivlehan||Padres||El Paso (AAA)|
|C.||Mark Kolozsvary||Red||Chattanooga (AA)|
|UTL||Jack Lopez||Red Sox||Worcester (AAA)|
|RHP||Nick Martinez||Nippon professional baseball||Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks|
|RHP||Scott McGough||Nippon professional baseball||Tokyo Yakult swallows|
|RHP||David Robertson||–||Free agent|
|RHP||Joe Ryan||Rays||Durham (AAA)|
|RHP||Ryder Ryan||ranger||Round rock (AAA)|
|OF||Bubba Starling||Royals||Omaha (AAA)|
|INF / OF||Jamie Westbrook||brewer||Nashville (AAA)|
|RHP||Simeon Woods-Richardson||Blue jay||New Hampshire (AA)|
Who trains the US baseball team?
Mike Scioscia will lead Team USA in 2020. He has 19 years of leadership experience with the Angels and also coached the Dodgers in 1997 and ’98. He is supported by Roly de Armas (bullpen trainer), Darren Fenster (third base), Dave Wallace (pitching), Jerry Weinstein (first base) and Ernie Young (meeting).
The coaching staff has more than 100 years of coaching experience and led the team to a 4-0 record in qualifying.
Team USA baseball at the Olympics
The US baseball team has had decent success in the Summer Games, achieving at least bronze medals in four of the last five competitions and winning medals three times. Baseball was not introduced as an official Olympic competition until the 1992 Barcelona Games. Team USA finished fourth that year after losing 8-3 to Japan in the bronze medal game.
Team USA won bronze at the 1996 Atlanta Games before winning their first and only gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Games. Team USA did not play a medal in 2004 (Athens) and finished the 2008 games (Beijing) with a bronze medal. Baseball did not become an Olympic program in 2012 or ’16.
|2004||Athens||Don’t have a medal|
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Team USA Baseball 2021 Olympic Schedule
Team USA, along with Israel, South Korea, the Dominican Republic, Japan and Mexico, is one of six teams that qualify for the Olympic Games in Tokyo. The US team will have two guaranteed games against Israel and South Korea on July 30 and July 31, respectively, before going into the knockout round from August 1-7. All games take place at Yokohama Stadium.
Team USA is in fourth place according to the world rankings Baseball and softball world rankings. Host Japan comes first; South Korea is third; Mexico is fifth; the Dominican Republic ranks seventh; Israel is 24.
The first pitch between Team USA and Israel is scheduled for July 30th at 6 a.m. ET.
|30th July||USA versus Israel||6 o’clock in the morning|
|July 31||USA vs. South Korea||6 o’clock in the morning|
|1-7 August||Knockout phase||still open|