Baseball Canada is struggling to piece together a team for the final Olympic qualifier in March because the tournament's timing coincides with big-league spring training. Anyone not on a major-league roster is eligible to play, meaning players trying to impress their teams can't afford to leave camp to wear the Maple Leaf.
Tough stuff to be sure, but if you're even close to being a Major Leaguer, you're going to skip the shot at the Olympics in favor of spring training, right? A veteran speaks:
"Whoever set up the timing of this tournament definitely threw a wrench into things," said national team veteran Pete Orr of Richmond Hill, who will skip the qualifier to try to win a job with the Washington Nationals. "But the guys who do go are going to be good players. It's not like they're not going to have a good team."
Well, considering that quote indicates Pete Orr won't be there, yes, they may very well have a good team.