On the one hand, it’s a very good thing that Major League Baseball is going to sponsor the United States national softball team as it prepares for this summer’s Olympics. It’s something that the league is doing not because of an obligation, but because it sees a good opportunity to be associated with an outstanding team while scoring some social responsibility points and getting content for the MLB Network.
USA Softball, meanwhile, gets the use of the Jackie Robinson Training Complex – formerly Dodgertown – in Vero Beach, Fla., along with promotional support and the ability to get more television exposure leading up to the Tokyo games.
On the other hand, there’s this from MLB senior vice president of baseball operations Kim Ng: “We’re both bat and ball sports. Even though we’re not the same sport, there are so many similarities that you just can’t ignore.”
It’s not that MLB ignores women in baseball, but it sure doesn’t make much noise about it. Have you heard about the Trailblazer Series, Breakthrough Series and MLB Grit? Those events were mentioned last year in an ESPN story about French shortstop Melissa Mayeux, who made it to MLB’s international…