USA Olympic baseball roster: Every player on the 2021 team in Tokyo

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The U.S. men’s national baseball team announced its roster on Friday — a group that will become just the sixth Olympic baseball team in history and the first since the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Team USA’s 24-man squad will look to earn just the team’s fourth-ever Olympic medal and second gold. Because baseball was not an Olympic program in either the 2012 or 2016 Olympic Games, every player on the 2020 roster is a first-time Olympian.

Here’s a look at the U.S. men’s national baseball team’s roster ahead of the Summer Games, which will start Friday, July 23. The baseball tournament will begin on July 28.

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USA Olympic men’s baseball roster

The Team USA roster consists mostly of players on MiLB clubs, though there are some free agents and members of both Nippon Professional Baseball and the Mexican League. Every player will be a first-time Olympian.

Pos. Name Team Club
INF Nick Allen Athletics Midland (AA)
INF Eddy Alvarez Marlins Jacksonville (AAA)
OF Tyler Austin Nippon Professional Baseball Yokohama DeNA BayStars
RHP Shane Baz Rays Durham (AAA)
RHP Anthony Carter Mexican League Saraperos de Saltillo
INF Triston Casas Red Sox Portland (AA)
RHP Brandon Dickson Cardinals Memphis (AAA)
C Tim Federowicz Dodgers Oklahoma City (AAA)
OF Eric Filia Mariners Tacoma (AAA)
INF Todd Frazier Free Agent
LHP Anthony Gose Indians Columbus (AAA)
RHP Edwin Jackson Free Agent
LHP Scott Kazmir Giants Sacramento (AAA)
OF/INF Patrick Kivlehan Padres El Paso (AAA)
C Mark Kolozsvary Reds Chattanooga (AA)
UTL Jack Lopez Red Sox Worcester (AAA)
RHP Nick Martinez Nippon Professional Baseball Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
RHP Scott McGough Nippon Professional Baseball Tokyo Yakult Swallows
RHP David Robertson Free Agent
RHP Joe Ryan Rays Durham (AAA)
RHP Ryder Ryan Rangers Round Rock (AAA)
OF Bubba Starling Royals Omaha (AAA)
INF/OF Jamie Westbrook Brewers Nashville (AAA)
RHP Simeon Woods-Richardson Blue Jays New Hampshire (AA)

Who coaches the U.S. men’s baseball team?

Mike Scioscia will manage Team USA in 2020. He has 19 years of managing experience with the Angels, also serving as coach of the Dodgers in 1997 and ’98. He will be joined by Roly de Armas (bullpen coach), Darren Fenster (third base), Dave Wallace (pitching), Jerry Weinstein (first base) and Ernie Young (hitting).

The coaching staff has more than 100 years of coaching experience and led the team to a 4-0 record in qualifying.

Team USA baseball at the Olympics

The U.S. baseball team has had decent success in the Summer Games, making at least the bronze medal game in four of the previous five competitions and medaling three times. Baseball was not introduced as an official Olympic competition until 1992 at the Barcelona Games. That year, Team USA placed fourth after losing 8-3 to Japan in the bronze medal game.

Team USA earned bronze in the 1996 Atlanta Games before earning its first and only gold medal at the 2000 Games (Sydney). Team USA did not make a medal game in 2004 (Athens) and finished with a bronze medal in the 2008 Games (Beijing). Baseball was not included as an Olympic program in 2012 or ’16.

Year Site Result
1992 Barcelona Fourth place
1996 Atlanta Bronze
2000 Sydney Gold
2004 Athens Did not medal
2008 Beijing Bronze

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Team USA baseball 2021 Olympics schedule

Team USA is one of six teams to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics alongside Israel, South Korea, the Dominican Republic, Japan and Mexico. The U.S. team has two guaranteed games against Israel and South Korea on July 30 and 31, respectively, before the knockout stage from Aug. 1-7. All games will take place at Yokohama Stadium.

Team USA is ranked fourth in the world according to the World Baseball & Softball Rankings. Host Japan is ranked first; South Korea is third; Mexico is fifth; the Dominican Republic is ranked seventh; Israel is 24th.

First pitch between Team USA and Israel is scheduled for 6 a.m. ET on July 30.

Date Game Time (ET)
July 30 USA vs. Israel 6 a.m.
July 31 USA vs. South Korea 6 a.m.
Aug. 1-7 Knockout stage TBD

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