Joe Ryan, one of two Tampa Bay young arms selected for the U.S. Olympic baseball team tournament, noted the differences between the players and athletes who will compete in other majors at the Tokyo Olympics.
When the team members’ names were revealed, Ryan said, “When we get on board, I’m sure I’ll be very excited. But until then, I have a season ahead, I still have things to do here.” on Friday.
“We talked about how different it is from any other Olympic sport, the other people who go and who worked for four years for this. We’re like, ‘Okay, when we’re done, I’m going to have to reopen in five days or something for him.'”
25-year-old Triple-A Ryan and Double-A right-hand Shane Baz, 22, have been added to manager Mike Scioscia’s 24-player roster. They will be joined in the rotation by Toronto right-hand man Simeon Woods Richardson, and former Texas right-hander Nick Martinez, who is now with Fukuoka in Japan.
Baz will also participate in the Future All-Star Game on July 11 at Coorsfield in Denver.
“Obviously you want to play in the major tournaments, but winning the gold for your country is a tough thing to beat,” Paz said.
Major League Baseball does not allow players from a list of 40 Major Leagues to participate in games.
The list is:
Pitchers: Shane Baz (Tampa Bay), Anthony Carter (Saraberos, Mexico), Brandon Dixon (San Louis), Edwin Jackson, Nick Martinez (Fukuoka, Japan), Scott McGough (Yakult, Japan), David Robertson, Joe Ryan (Tampa) Bay), Ryder Ryan (Texas), Simeon Woods Richardson; (Toronto)
Left-handed pitchers: Anthony Goose (Cleveland), Scott Casmir (San Francisco)
Receptors: Tim Federowicz (LA Dodgers) and Mark Kolozsvary (Cincinnati)
Venue players: Nick Allen (Auckland), Eddie Alvarez (Miami), Triston Casas (Boston), Todd Fraser, Jack Lopez (Boston), Jimmy Westbook (Milwaukee)
Jardines: Tyler Austin (Yokohama, Japan), Eric Velia (Seattle), Patrick Keflehan (San Diego), Bubba Starling (Kansas City)