The two sports were kicked out of the Olympics, unwanted by international sports officials who felt they were too American for the world sports stage.
The decision, made during a secret vote in Singapore, is effective for the 2012 London Games, meaning the two sports will have a final fling at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The sports, the first eliminated since polo in 1936, are eligible to reapply for the 2016 Games.
Basically, baseball and softball aren't popular in Europe, so they are gone... You would be shocked how much China has spent trying to have a competitive team in baseball. They thought they could throw a ton of money at it, hire a bunch of Americans and Japanese to come teach their selected athletes the game in 6 years, including guys who have never heard of the game... The only good thing to come from that is a few guys I know made a whole lot of money and had a ton of fun.
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