Are You Ready For Olympic Women’s Baseball?

Just when you thought that Girl Power died when the Spice Girls broke up, there comes word from BASEBALL DIGEST that suggests otherwise: the International Baseball Federation has including both men’s and women’s baseball in their bid to regain Olympic sports status in time for the 2016 Games. Somewhere in Baseball Fad Heaven, the Colorado Silver Bullets are smiling (or at least choking down a few Coors Lights with Eddie Gaedel and Bill Veeck).

A League of Their Own

But is this a giant leap forward in women’s sports, or just a sad attempt by the IBAF to get its sport back into the Olympics (with its collection of minor-league prospects and rank amateurs that makes the World Baseball Classic seem like the pinnacle of baseball achievement by comparison)? With women’s softball also being cut from the Olympics, adding a women’s baseball discipline is a perfect way to try and sneak back into the Olympics under the banner of “gender equity.”

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