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May 29, 2015
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I am surprised nobody has brought this up yet ... OLYMPIC SOFTBALL!!!!

Japan vs. Australia is airing right now on NBC Sports. USA vs. Italy will be on at 10:00(CST).

I'm glad the diamond sports are back, but it looks like they hopped in a time machine back to the 1980s. We know shorts are a part of the international game (Japan is wearing them) ... and there is something about the way some of the Australian players are wearing hats under their helmets that look like it is hand-me-down baseball gear from their big brothers ... but the field, OY. They set up a temp field on a baseball field. They cut a square section of turf up for the pitching area. There is temporary netting for the backstop and all the way down past the dugouts ... which are free floating benches behind the temp fence ...

I feel like I am going to have to get in the car and drive down to the gas station just to use the bathroom!

Honestly, it is pretty shameful for a presentation of games on a stage like the Olympics. It's what I would expect at a weekend youth tournament playing at a baseball facility.

OK, enough complaining ... it really is GREAT to have you back!
 
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Apr 20, 2015
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Apparently they only play a couple games in that place and its there as some kind of nod to the tsunami and the earthquake victims. They eventually move to another baseball field downtown. It is definitely not pleasant to the eye on tv

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May 29, 2015
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... and Japan just walked off with a run-rule victory over Australia. That was fast!

Run rule ... 15 at 3 innings, 10 at 4 innings, and 7 at 5 innings.
 
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Full schedule:

Tuesday, July 20
MatchupTV channelTime (ET)Result
Australia at JapanNBC Sports8 p.m.TBD
Italy at USANBC Sports11 p.m.TBD
Wednesday, July 21
MatchupTV channelTime (ET)Result
Mexico at CanadaNBC Sports2 a.m.TBD
USA at CanadaNBC Sports8 p.m.TBD
Mexico at JapanNBC Sports11 p.m.TBD
Thursday, July 22
MatchupTV channelTime (ET)Result
Italy at AustraliaNBC Sports2 a.m.TBD
Friday, July 23
MatchupTV channelTime (ET)Result
Australia at CanadaNBC Sports9 p.m.TBD
Saturday, July 24
MatchupTV channelTime (ET)Result
USA at MexicoNBC Sports1:30 a.m.TBD
Japan at ItalyNBC Sports7 a.m.TBD
Australia at USANBC Sports9 p.m.TBD
Sunday, July 25
MatchupTV channelTime (ET)Result
Canada at JapanNBC Sports1:30 a.m.TBD
Italy at MexicoNBC Sports7 a.m.TBD
Japan at USANBC9 p.m. TBD
Monday, July 26
MatchupTV channelTime (ET)Result
Canada at ItalyNBC Sports1:30 a.m.TBD
Mexico at AustraliaNBC Sports7 a.m.TBD
Tuesday, July 27
MatchupTV channelTime (ET)Result
Bronze Medal GameNBC SportsMidnightTBD
Gold Medal GameNBC Sports7 a.m.TBD

 
May 22, 2015
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When we turned it on I was pretty disappointed with the field set up. It’s the freakin olympics and they’ve had several years to put something together on a real softball field. It is good to see it back. Japan looks very solid.
 
Jun 8, 2016
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When we turned it on I was pretty disappointed with the field set up. It’s the freakin olympics and they’ve had several years to put something together on a real softball field. It is good to see it back. Japan looks very solid.
I think it has something to do with how it was sold to the Olympic committee..e.g. they piggybacked off of baseball (who I think helped fund a bid) and thought agreeing to use the same fields would make it easier for it to be added to the games. The visual is bad for sure...
 
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Personally it doesn't bother me too much because it doesn't effect the level of play..but if you are trying to sell the game....
 
Jun 6, 2018
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I think it has something to do with how it was sold to the Olympic committee..e.g. they piggybacked off of baseball (who I think helped fund a bid) and thought agreeing to use the same fields would make it easier for it to be added to the games. The visual is bad for sure...

Yes the very chauvinistic and corrupt IOC agreed to include softball if costs were down by playing at the baseball field instead of having baseball and softball only fields.

on a side note, what does it say about a bat manufacturer when players are using a bat you made 5 years ago instead of something you manufactured currently? Boy what a downfall over the last 5 years for Demarini
 
May 29, 2015
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Kind of bizarre since Japan is probably THE place to be in professional softball. At least, that’s what the promo bit on Monica Abbott made it sound like.

Surely they had ready-made stadiums.

I was trying to find more about what @ang2bmd said, but I couldn’t find anything really clear on it. Some stuff about Fukushima and the city nixing a plan for 7,000 fans. Sounds like it will be the same setup in the other stadium.
 

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I am surprised nobody has brought this up yet ... OLYMPIC SOFTBALL!!!!

Japan vs. Australia is airing right now on NBC Sports. USA vs. Italy will be on at 10:00(CST).

I'm glad the diamond sports are back, but it looks like they hopped in a time machine back to the 1980s. We know shorts are a part of the international game (Japan is wearing them) ... and there is something about the way some of the Australian players are wearing hats under their helmets that look like it is hand-me-down baseball gear from their big brothers ... but the field, OY. They set up a temp field on a baseball field. They cut a square section of turf up for the pitching area. There is temporary netting for the backstop and all the way down past the dugouts ... which are free floating benches behind the temp fence ...

I feel like I am going to have to get in the car and drive down to the gas station just to use the bathroom!

Honestly, it is pretty shameful for a presentation of games on a stage like the Olympics. It's what I would expect at a weekend youth tournament playing at a baseball facility.

OK, enough complaining ... it really is GREAT to have you back!

I haven't caught any of the games on TV yet. I'm surprised they didn't have better facilities for softball. Then again, they could have held softball and baseball inside the Tokyo Dome...unless their equivalent of MLB wouldn't allow it. Also, I heard of the possibility of a Typhoon in the area.
 

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