Even though the United States could not use any active Major League players, the United States came just shy of winning the Gold in the 2020 Summer Olympics in baseball. But, will the U.S. have a chance to finish the job in 2024? Here’s what baseball fans should know about the status of the sport in the 2024 Olympics.
Status of baseball for Summer Olympics
Even though baseball was a sport in the 2020 Summer Olympics, it will not be an Olympic sport in 2024.
Per the official website of the Summer Olympics, which will be held in Paris, over 25 sports will be contested. Notable ones include basketball, golf, track & field, and swimming.
However, baseball is not on the list despite the fact that the sport was contested in the event three years earlier. After a hiatus from 2008-2020, baseball made its return in 2021 when the Summer Olympics in Tokyo were held after a one-year delay due to COVID-19.
The United States 2020 Olympic team ended their run with a Silver medal, as the U.S. was unable to take down a Japan team that included Red Sox outfielder Masataka Yoshida, Cubs OF Seiya Suzuki, and Mets P Kodai Senga.
The U.S. team did not feature active Major Leaguers but did include several current MLB players who were not in the Majors at the time. Some of those names included Triston Casas, David Robertson, Nick Allen, Scott McGough, and Nick Martinez. Former Reds infielder Todd Frazier also played for the United States.
Baseball will be an official sport in the 2028 Summer Olympics, which is slated to be held in Los Angeles.