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10 ways Olympic baseball differs from MLB rules
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10 ways Olympic baseball differs from MLB rules

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Members of the Dominican Republic baseball team train at the Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium ahead of the team's baseball game against Japan at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Fukushima, Japan. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — If the Colorado Rockies were in the Olympics, they'd have had some shorter nights.

Olympic baseball, which started Wednesday, has some notable differences from Major League Baseball.

A biggie is the rout rule, which would have saved some innings for the Rockies. A game is over when a team is losing by at least 10 runs after seven innings. That would have cut short the Colorado's 12-2 win over Philadelphia on April 25, their 12-0 loss to San Francisco the following day and their 13-8 win over Cincinnati on May 13.

The Olympic rout rule was put in place by the World Baseball Softball Confederation for all but medal round games: The final out also has occurred if a team is ahead by 15 runs after five innings.

Olympic baseball is a throwback to the pre-analytics age. MLB Statcast isn't installed, so there is no scrunity of spin rates, exit velocity and launch angle.

"Basically, we had nothing," American third baseman Todd Frazier said after the Americas qualifying tournament. "We had no video. We had no analytical process. It's `Here's your bat. Bring your own stuff.'"

Here are 10 nuggets to compare and contrast.


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