Schedule, lineup and how to watch the 2021 Olympics qualify for the Baseball Americas tournament
For the first time since 2008, baseball is back at the Olympics. And as usual, Team USA hopes to be very competitive in the sport.
American baseball doesn’t exactly have a star list. They rarely do this during the Olympics, which obviously happens during baseball season. But whenever the event has taken place in the past, a handful of top prospects and veteran free agents are able to enter the event to add excitement and intrigue to the roster. United States.
Of course, the US team has yet to clinch a berth at the Olympics. They had a chance to secure one against Mexico earlier in the qualifying process, but they couldn’t pull it off. As such, they will need to compete in the Baseball Americas qualifier along with eight other teams vying for an automatic Olympic bid.
The U.S. team will have a shot at winning that spot, and there are certainly names to watch out for in action, as the Olympic baseball action kicks off on Memorial Day. Here’s everything you need to know about the Team USA schedule, how to watch the game, and how the USA baseball team can qualify for the 2021 Olympics.
American baseball schedule for Olympic qualifiers
After losing its first Olympic qualifying attempt against Mexico, the US team will compete in Baseball Americas qualifiers. The eight-team event will begin with three group matches before four teams compete against each other in the “Super Round”.
The United States is part of a group with Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. They must finish in the top two in their group to qualify for the Super Round, and records from the first three games will carry over to the Super Round.
Here’s a look at Team USA’s full schedule, including dates for potential Super Round games:
|May 31st||Nicaragua||7 p.m.||ESPN +|
|June 1||Dominican Republic||7 p.m.||ESPN +|
|June 2||Porto Rico||7 p.m.||ESPN +|
|June 4||Super Round game (to be determined)||To be determined||ESPN +|
|June 5||Super Round game (to be determined)||To be determined||ESPN +|
How can American baseball qualify for the 2021 Olympics?
The team with the best record at the end of WBSC Baseball Americas qualifying games wins an automatic bid for the Olympics. Meanwhile, the second and third best teams qualify to face Australia, Chinese Taipei and the Netherlands in a second qualifying tournament June 16-20 in Mexico, with the winner taking the final qualifying offer.
If the U.S. team cannot win in this tournament, the June 16-20 tournament in Mexico would represent their last chance to compete in the 2021 Olympics.
How to Watch WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifying Games
Much like the American basketball team playoffs, WBCS Baseball Americas qualifiers will be broadcast on ESPN +. The viewers can buy streaming service for $ 5.99 per month, $ 59.99 per year or they can purchase a $ 13.99 per month plan that will give them ESPN +, Disney Plus, and Hulu.
American baseball roster
The US team will be led by former Angels manager Mike Scioscia. He will be assisted by Jerry Weinstein (bench coach), Dave Wallace (pitching coach), Ernie Young (first base coach), Darren Fenster (third base coach) and Roly de Armas (bullpen coach).
Regarding the listing, it’s a mishmash of respected veterans who are either free agents or Triple-A contracts, as well as highly touted prospects. Notably, Homer Bailey, who has pitched without a shot twice in his career, will headline Team USA’s pitching team with former All-Stars Edwin Jackson and David Robertson. On the field, the team will have three All-Stars on several occasions on the roster: Matt Wieters (four), Matt Kemp (three) and Todd Frazier (two).
Among the top prospects will be Red Sox duo Jarren Duran (outfield) and Triston Casas (first and third baseman), Cardinals pitcher Matt Liberatore and Blue Jays pitcher Simeon Woods Richardson.
Here’s a full breakdown:
- Tim Federowicz, Dodgers (AAA)
- Mark Kolozsvary, reds (AA)
- Matt Wieters, Free Agent
- Nick Allen, Athletics (AAA)
- Eddy Alvarez, Marlins (AAA)
- Triston Casas, Red Sox (AA)
- Logan Forsythe, Brewers (AAA)
- Todd Frazier, free agent
- Luke Williams, Phillies (AAA)
- Jarren Duran, Red Sox (AAA)
- Eric Filia, navigators (AAA)
- Jon Jay, Angels (AAA)
- Matt Kemp, free agent
- Clayton Andrews, Brewers (AA)
- Anthony Gose, Indians (AAA)
- Trevor Lane, Yankees (AAA)
- Matthew Liberatore, Cardinals (AAA)
- Drew Parrish, Royals (A +)
- Marc Rzepczynski, free agent
- Homer Bailey, free agent
- Brandon Dickson, free agent
- Edwin Jackson, free agent
- DJ Johnson, Indians (AAA)
- David Robertson, free agent
- Joe Ryan, Rays (AAA)
- James Sherfy, Giants (AAA)
- Simeon Woods Richardson, Blue Jays (AA)
When do the Olympics start in 2021?
The Olympics are scheduled to start on July 23 and end on August 8. We wonder if Japan will actually be able to host the event, but for now the plan is to start them on the 23.
Specifically, baseball will kick off on July 27 and run through August 7, lasting about a week and a half.