- K CLv 48 years agoFavorite Answer
From the quote from Jacques Rogge (the IOC President) in the linked source, it sounds like it was a mixture of four things
1. Baseball just isn't as wide spread as other sports. It has a huge following in the United States, and some Caribbean and East Asian countries, but it isn't as wide spread in the rest of the World as, say, Basketball.
2. At the time Baseball was removed, the headlines were dominated by the BALCO/steroids scandal. For an organization as fanatic about keeping performance enhancing drugs out of sport as the IOC, this was toxic.
3. The Olympics can only have so many sports. By removing baseball and softball, they made room for two sports (Golf and Rugby Sevens) that are more widespread and (perceived as) cleaner than Baseball.
4. The Summer Olympics happen during the MLB season, and the MLB wasn't willing to take a break for them. So the best players in the world didn't even play in the Olympics.
Here's the quote from Rogge, from back when they were voting on which sports to include in the 2016 Olympics (baseball and softball were candidates, but did not win).
"To be on the Olympic program is an issue where you need universality as much as possible. You need to have a sport with a following, you need to have the best players and you need to be in strict compliance with WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency). And these are the qualifications that have to be met."
- 8 years ago
Tbh I always thought that Baseball/Softball aren't in it was because it isn't Exciting.
- Anonymous8 years ago
They were hoping two less medals and China might overtake the US.