I was watching a George Carlin stand-up comedy show. He has a legendary routine about baseball. In fact, he is not the only one who jokes about America’s favorite pastime.
Usually, the joke goes that ‘there should not be a World Championship of baseball if it is only America who plays’.
The joke is good.
But for a long time now America is not the only country that is good at baseball. Not anymore. In fact, some countries like Philippines and Japan have had baseball for almost as long as U.S. In some countries it simply hasn’t caught well.
In any case, there is some good news for baseball.
The sport has becoming more popular. For example, there are now baseball-themed online slots even, sites like http://top-casino-bonus.co.uk show that not only football has broken into online gaming.
There have also been plans to return softball and baseball to the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, in 2020 after a 12 year hiatus and recently they have been confirmed.
Here are Top 10 baseball countries to look for in the upcoming Olympics:
The current holding champion that won gold medals in Beijing, 2008 Olympic Summer Games. This performance was a spectacular as well as came into history as the first Olympic Gold medal for an Asian country.
However, since then South Korea’s performances have been declining slightly after finishing 9th and 10th in 2013 and 2017 World Baseball Classic.
Japan has played baseball for almost 150 years. If you are an avid reader, you can often find baseball mentioned in the novels of Haruki Murakami. In fact, baseball may be Japan’s most loved sport. They are good at it, too having finished third and second in the Olympic Games but they are certainly looking to win the Gold medals at the Olympics on their home turf.
Baseball fans don’t need introductions to Cuba baseball. 5-time Olympic medalists (3 Gold, 2 Silver). The country will be hungry to come back to the top after a bitter loss to South Korea in 2008.
Australia came a bit of a surprise for many fans in 2004 Olympic Games. They played well against Japan in the semi-finals and it gained baseball a ton of new fans back home, however after the hype died off, baseball growth in Australia slowed down.
The other six countries in this Top 10 list are Canada, Netherlands, China, Greece, Italy and Israel. They all have had varying degrees of success in baseball but any of them could become the dark horse of the 2020 Olympic Summer Games.
I hope that fans from countries that are not on this list don’t get offended. Baseball is becoming more and more popular in Europe countries such as Greece, Spain, Ireland not to mention Americas, such as Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Venezuela.
Baseball is a great sport that needs more popularity. I’m passionate about the sport that’s why I couldn’t be happier about the baseball making a comeback to the Summer Olympic games. Who do you think will win? Leave a comment.