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Tuesday, August 19, 2003

Clemens Wants to Pitch in Olympics

Roger Clemens says he would like to pitch for the US in the 2004 Athens Olympics. I've never heard of a major leaguer wanting to participate in the Olympics, and I wonder if this could be the start of a larger trend.

Baseball has only been a medal sport since 1992, remember. Hockey recently decided to allow NHL pros to go compete in the Olympics while the season is put on hold for a few weeks--would baseball do something similar? Before we reach that point, there will have to be more of a groundswell in favor of major leaguers playing in the games. The strong international competition facing the US from countries like Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Japan could make for quite an event (I think I recall hearing not too long ago a proposal for a "world cup" of baseball). Maybe Clemens is leading us down this road.