When the 2021 Summer Olympics finally gets going in Japan, there is a good chance the Dodgers will be well represented. There are several former players already named to the Team USA roster, and all they need to do now is qualify.
Mike Scioscia- Manager
The former Dodgers catcher was named the manager of Team USA earlier this year. Once a World Series manager with the Anaheim Angels, Scioscia is hoping to take the United States back to a Gold Medal win for the first time since 2000. Tommy Lasorda was the skipper during that run.
Dodgers fans will love that Matt Kemp is still going. The former Los Angeles outfielder will be one of the established veterans on the team, though it’s unclear for the moment how prominent his role will be.
Edwin Jackson was drafted by the Dodgers way back in 2001 out of High School. He made his big league debut with them at age 20 and pitched for 3 seasons in Los Angeles. Jackson has bounced all around Major League Baseball, pitching for 14 teams across 17 seasons.
FedEx is currently with the Dodgers playing on their Triple-A team. He’ll be one of the three catchers going with Team USA, and he carries a lot of playing experience under his belt.
Former Dodgers second baseman Logan Forsythe will also be going with Team USA. Forsythe was a member of the 2017 team that made that incredible run to the World Series. He is currently in the Brewers minor league system.
Technically, Homer Bailey was a part of the Dodgers system for a while. He was part of the return of the trade that sent Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp to the Reds. Bailey was immediately released by Los Angeles, though they continued to pay his contract.
The 2021 Summer Olympics are set to kick off on July 23rd in Tokyo. There will be an 8-team qualifier in Florida starting May 31st. The winning team clinches a spot in the Olympic field, while 2nd and 3rd place get one more chance to qualify at a tournament in Mexico in June.