MLB News: Team USA Qualifies For the 2021 Summer Olympics

A Dodgers-packed Team USA is headed to Tokyo.

The 2021 Team USA baseball roster is full of current, former, and future MLB players. The Dodgers are also well represented with Mike Scioscia managing the team and Matt Kemp being one of the established veterans on the squad.

On Saturday night in Florida, Team USA secured their birth in the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. So when the Summer games come around in July, the MLB will be represented in Japan. This comes one year after the games were supposed to take place but were obviously derailed by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Former MLB star and current free agent Todd Frazier led the offense going 4-for-4 at the plate on Saturday, including a solo blast. Cardinals’ top prospect Matthew Liberatore got the start and held the Venezuelan team to 1 run over 4.2 innings of work. 

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Team USA previously took down the Dominican Republic, Canada, and Nicaragua in the qualifying games before advancing. The last time USA took home Gold in the Olympics was in 2000 led by MLB Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda. 

The 2021 Tokyo Olympics are set to kick off on July 23rd. Team USA outscored opponents 20-19 in their 4 qualifying games, partially due to their MLB depth and veteran presence. They have a good chance to medal in baseball for the first time since they took Bronze back in 2008. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.


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