Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Beating a dead horse

There is a new director of the International Baseball Federation, Riccardo Fraccarri. President Fraccarri is intent to make his mark, and do what he can to help improve the international game. However, I think he's 'spittin' into the wind', and just hasn't figured it out yet:

Under the new administration, the IBAF will remain steadfastly committed to baseball’s reinstatement to the Olympic program. Support from the IOC is crucial for the IBAF and the national federations in order to strengthen a number of initiatives in baseball’s emerging nations. Thus, we must work diligently to earn the support of the IOC, if we are to continue to grow and develop our sport around the globe efficiently.
Yeah, dude, with all due respect, it ain't gonna happen. The Olympics doesn't want baseball, Bud doesn't want baseball in the Olympics, the European countries (which dominate the IOC), in concert with the non-baseball playing South American countries don't want baseball in the Olympics so it won't interfere with European sports, and the baseball-playing countries don't carry enough weight to get it done.

He provides a list of issues:

We are well aware of the obstacles that must be overcome to recapture Olympic status; however, I believe we are ready to effectively deal with such issues as Anti-Doping, participation of the best players, female discipline and global scheduling. Baseball will be able to play a leading role in the Olympic Games within the framework of the Olympic movement.
which have all been discussed, solved, or ignored. Fixing these problems doesn't solve the fact that the Olympics and MLB just don't want baseball in the games. I respect that fact that he wants to make the game more visible and stage it in a bigger way, but it's just not going to happen.

Stick with promoting the World Baseball Classic, and the Baseball World Cup, and the regional competitions that are already in place.

I appreciate the effort, but it just won't happen. Lets focus on what we can do, not on what has already failed.

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