Posts Tagged ‘Softball’

Jennie Finch to Retire

One of the best pitchers in the history of the sport will hang them up after the KFC World Cup of Softball this week when Jennie Finch plays in her last tournament.

Finch has won numerous awards and titles over the course of her career, including the 2001 national title with Arizona, a Gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics and a Silver in Beijing in 2008. Finch is also one of the most popular players ever, both due to the fact that she has appeared in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, but also because of her camps and her work to get softball back into the Olympics.

Finch will work with ASA director Ron Radigonda to lobby the IOC for softball’s re-instatement into the Olympics, and she will also finish the season for her professional team, the Chicago Bandits.

The KFC World Cup of softball features Team USA, Japan, Canada and a USA Futures team. It is a round robin competition with a 3rd place game and a championship game after pool play.

Due in part to Finch’s popularity and success, softball has grown around the world. The professional league National Pro Fastpitch was formed in 2004, and is increasing in popularity and legitimacy every year. Hopefully Finch will be able to do as much off the field as she did on it.

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Rugby, Golf Up For 2016 Vote

August 13, 2009 1 comment

Baseball, softball and two others were rejected for the 2016 vote, and instead next month the IOC will vote on whether to accept rugby and golf as olympic sports. Helping golf’s case was Tiger Woods and other notable golfers saying they would play in the Olympics if golf was accepted on the program. Golf would propose a 72 hole stroke play competition for both men and women. The top 15 players in the world would automatically qualify, with competitions set up for other qualifiers.

Rugby would be featured as rugby sevens, a quicker and faster paced game than the standard game, which has 15 players to a side. In this scenario the Rugby governing board would axe the Rugby Sevens World Cup to ensure that the Olympic games are the most prestigious tournament on the program. The vote, taking place in October, requires a majority to get rugby or golf into the Olympic program.

Baseball failed its bid, even though it had offered a shortened 5 day, 8 team tournament designed to bring top Major League Baseball stars over for the tournament. Famous softball pitcher Jennie Finch said she was “severely disheartened and disappointed by the IOC’s vote not to put softball back in the Olympics for 2016” via her Twitter.

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