Team USA secures berth at Tokyo Olympics baseball tournament
Baseball’s return to the Olympics will feature a team from the United States
The Americans won a trip to the Tokyo Games with a 4-2 victory over Venezuela on Saturday in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The United States team went 4-0 in the WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier.
Todd Frazier and Eric Filia scored for a veteran American team in the clincher. Edwin Jackson took the relief victory and David Robertson got the save.
“Playing for your country is the coolest thing in the world,” Frazier told reporters after the victory, by the Associated Press.
The US team was led by Mike Scioscia, who compared the competition this week to “playing five playoff 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 beat Cuba for the gold medal in Beijing. The United States team joins Japan, Israel, South Korea and Mexico on the pitch. Venezuela and the Dominican Republic, the teams that finished just behind the United States in Florida, will look for sixth and final place in a tournament June 22-26 in Pueblo, Mexico.
The Olympic tournament will start on July 28 and end on August 7.
“To maybe end my career, maybe win the gold medal,” Frazier, 35, told the AP, “Almighty God, that would be the best icing on the cake.”