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MLB needs shorter Olympic tournament

Updated: December 6, 2002, 3:25 PM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

Baseball survived its near-death experience as an Olympic sport last week as much because of IOC politics as anything else. But somewhere down the road, Major League Baseball is going to start feeling pressure to permit big leaguers to participate -- either to keep the sport in the Olympics or to allow the United States to stay competitive. Or both.

"I don't see any way that Major League Baseball could shut down for an extended period of time for the Olympics," says baseball's executive ...

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