Karstens to join U.S. Olympic team

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From The Times:

Starter Jeff Karstens will report to Arizona in October to train with the United States Olympic team. Karstens, who missed most of this season after breaking his leg in April, needs to build up his innings and expects to pitch for the team in an international tournament in Taiwan this fall.

Karstens hasn’t been officially named to the team, he’s just working out with them. I’ve never been able to figure out how all this Olympic stuff works; I swear, it seems like they name a team every year. I don’t know if Karstens is eligible for the team actually going to the games next summer. You can follow all the Olympic action on what USA Baseball is calling the Beijing Blog.

For a little history lesson, here’s the 2000 Olympic roster, which beat Cuba in a Gold Medal game for the ages.

(hat tip to Patrick)

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  • http://www.yanksblog.com Patrick

    Thanks Mike.

  • Barry

    I don’t understand the olympics at all. Basketball looks like a new dream team though.

  • http://www.yanksblog.com James Varghese

    Man, that 00 roster is interesting.

    Some of the young pitchers on that team…Sheets, Oswalt, Sabathia…man.

    Of course, you can’t forget the mashers in the line-up…Pat Borders (who coincidentally was still playing in the minors last year), Sean Burroughs (man, was he hyped) and batting clean-up, Doug Mientkiewicz.

    • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Yeah, Mike Collbaugh was on the team too. He was the Rockies Double-A first base coach that was killed when he was hit in the head by a line drive earlier in the year.