UPDATED: April 7, 2021
The United States missed a terrific opportunity to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics at the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation Premier12 tournament. The top-two finishers from the event (excluding Japan, which is already qualified to the Olympics as the host nation) earned an Olympic bid. Team USA worked their way into the third-place game against Mexico. With Japan in the gold medal game against South Korea, the winner of USA vs. Mexico would claim the second Olympic bid. The U.S. took a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the 9th, when Matt Clark of Mexico hit a clutch solo home run to force extra innings. In the 10th, Efran Navarro drove in the winning run for Mexico with a walk-off single, sending Mexico to the Olympics and the U.S. to the perilous Americas Qualifying Tournament.
Originally scheduled to take place in 2020, the Americas Qualifying Tournament was postponed until early June 2021. Exact dates have not yet been announced. Team USA will have to battle Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and others for one of two remaining spots in the Olympic tournament. The teams that finish second and third will join Chinese Taipei, China, Australia and the Netherlands in Taiwan June 16-20, where a final tournament will determine the sixth nation that will compete in Tokyo.
If the U.S. does qualify, it will likely have to rely on non-MLB players to make up the Olympic roster, since the Olympics takes place in the middle of the MLB season.
Other Qualified Nations
Israel, Japan, Mexico, South Korea