Baseball’s return to the Olympics will include a team from the USA.
The Americans secured a trip to the Tokyo games with a 4-2 win over Venezuela on Saturday in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Team USA went 4-0 in the WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier.
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Todd Frazier and Eric Filia homered for a veteran US team in the final. Edwin Jackson took the victory in relief and David Robertson saved.
“Playing for your country is the best thing in the world,” Frazier told reporters after the victory. via The Associated Press.
Team USA was led by Mike Scioscia, who compared this week’s competition to “playing five playoff knockout games or a pennant race, and you can’t hit your toe at all.”
Baseball is an Olympic sport for the first time since 2008, when South Korea defeated Cuba for gold in Beijing. Team USA joins host Japan, Israel, South Korea and Mexico on the field. Venezuela and the Dominican Republic, the teams that finished just behind the US in Florida, will attempt to secure sixth and last place in a tournament June 22-26 in Pueblo, Mexico.
The Olympic tournament will begin on July 28 and end on August 7.
“To maybe finish my career, maybe win the gold medal,” Frazier, 35, told the AP, “Almighty God, that would be the best icing on the cake.”