ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Angels pitcher Kevin Jepsen watched the just-completed Summer Olympics with interest, but he couldn't help feeling that something was missing.
Like baseball. There was none this year.
Jepsen was a member of the U.S. team that won a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but that was the last time the sport was played. Baseball and softball were eliminated by a vote of the International Olympic Committee, the first sports to be dropped from the Games since polo in 1936.
"It was kind of weird not to have it in there," Jepsen said. "It's tough because I had such a fun experience, and I know guys who were there before me who said the same thing."
Baseball might be America's sport, but the U.S. was hardly dominant internationally. In five Olympics, it won one gold (in the 2000 Sydney Games) and two bronzes. By comparison, Cuba won three golds and two silvers.
But Jepsen said the US team had plenty of confidence heading into the tournament in Beijing. Its roste...