2011 was a busy year for STS. All Star GAmes in Taiwan, Panama’s BAseball World Cup, Field reviews and plans in Lagos de Moreno for the Pan Am games. On the homefront we were quite busy with the National MAll, ODP clubs SI Yanks, the Greenjackets etc… Now we prepare for 2012. Already quite a bit rolling with he MLB Opener in Japan and the World Baseball Classic Qualifier.
Gave a fun presentation at the IBAF Congress meeting in Dallas this month. We are working on a draft of the plan we hope to roll out the first of the year after we get approvals from IBAF and MLB.
Hoping everyone has a blessed Christmas. Also Glad to hear most of our troops are heading home from Iraq although there are quite a few still over in Afghanistan. Thoughts and prayers with them and their families.
As we approach the 2012 Games in London it is sad to say that Baseball and Softball will not be included as a sport. People have asked about the upcoming games and why baseball will not be part of the competition…its a tough subject to discuss. Homebush stadium (above) still remains a venue but not for baseball. However the ABL is up and running and the growth of the game in Australia has been tremendous over the past 10 years. Thanks to a great Ausie groundcrew led by Jack and Matty Cairns and a few american blokes (Chad Olsen, Tim Moore, Budgie Clark) we were able to mow the Olympic rings into the outfield grass.
There is a very small plaque about 8inchs by 4inches glued to a column in the seating bowl that states the stadium was an Olympic venue. (above). After the 2000 games it reverted back to a showgrounds. It made a great ballpark for the games. IBAF ( International BAseball Federation) headquarters is hard at work planning a strategy to reinstate baseball back into the Olympics for future games. President Fricarri has made it the highest priority for the organization as it means so much to developing the game around the world. The IOC process to vote in new sports for the games in 2020 is underway. log on to IBAF.org an support the reinstatement initiative.
Completely forgot about this meet and greet with a couple of Toms at the 2000 Sydney Olympics where Tommy L. guided the USA team to a Gold Medal win. Great baseball memories.