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HenryLouisAaron

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Cat Osterman announced that she is making a comeback to get back to the 2020 Olympics. In that story they listed 41 players who will be trying out for the team this coming January. Here is part of the Osterman article and that list of 41 players:

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Osterman, 35, last played professionally in 2015 and last played for Team USA in 2010. She has been an associate head coach for Texas State since 2015.

In 2008, Osterman started the gold medal game against Japan,  going five innings as the U.S. lost 3-1 to Japan in, at the time, the last Olympic softball game. The sport had already been voted off the Olympic program.

In 2004, Osterman made her first Olympic team at age 21 while taking a year off from the University of Texas. She was the youngest player on the team that took gold in Athens.

Osterman joins fellow pitcher Monica Abbott and outfielder Kelly Kretschman as the three Olympians among 41 total athletes trying out for the national team.

In 2020, USA Softball will choose a 15-woman Olympic team. Osterman or Abbott, the U.S.’ two primary pitchers at Beijing 2008, would break Lisa Fernandez‘s record as the oldest U.S. Olympic pitcher.

Below is a list of 41 players trying out for the national team.

FirstLastPosCollege
MonicaAbbottPTennessee ’07
AliAguilarIFWashington ’17
JocelynAloUTOklahoma
ValerieAriotoIFCal ’12
KellyBarnhillPFlorida
SisBatesIFWashington
KylanBeckerOFOle Miss
AllyCardaUTUCLA ’15
LaurenChamberlainIFOklahoma ’15
AmandaChidesterCMichigan ’12
KaseyCooperIFAuburn ’17
TaylorEdwardsCNebraska ’14
HannahFlippenIFUtah ’17
CourtneyGanoUTWashington ’16
RachelGarciaPUCLA
ChelseaGoodacreCArizona ’15
DelanieGourleyPFlorida ’17
CarleyHooverPLSU ’18
JazmynJacksonOFCal ’18
SahvannaJaquishCLSU ’17
KellyKretschmanOFAlabama ’01
JennaLilleyIFOregon ’18
AmandaLorenzOFFlorida
PaigeLowaryPOklahoma ’18
HaylieMcCleneyOFAlabama ’16
MoMercadoIFArizona ’17
KirstiMerrittOFFlorida ’16
JessicaMoorePOregon ’13
MichelleMoultrieOFFlorida ’12
DejahMulipolaCArizona
AubreeMunroCFlorida ’16
BubbaNicklesUTUCLA
CatOstermanPTexas ’06
DanielleO’ToolePArizona ’17
ShelbyPendleyIFOklahoma ’15
JanieReedOFOregon ’15
KeilaniRickettsPOklahoma ’13
DelaneySpauldingIFUCLA ’17
KelseyStewartUTFlorida ’16
NicoletteUdriaIFOregon ’17
MeganWigginsOFGeorgia ’11


I noticed Sierra Romero is not on the list above. 
Are there any other players you are surprised to NOT see on this list..?

And, just for fun, which 15 players would YOU select from the players listed above?
EarlyGrayce

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KK? lol they gonna have roid testing at this event?
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10 pitchers on the list - that's going to be some tryout.
homerun107

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Jessica Warren and Megan King would be my two. No one from FSU ever???? Come on.
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LOL.  With all of the senior citizens on the invite list, what does that say for the state of today's softball talent?  Is it because these old timers are just genetic freaks (i. e. Abbott, Osterman, Kretschman, etc.) or is it because todays' players are just less talented than the old timers?
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How and why is Sierra Romero not on that list?  I'm dumbfounded by the move.  Clearly, I have no understanding of the politics. It's a blatant omission, but perhaps there was a point to be made? I don't understand that move one bit.  
HenryLouisAaron

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<< 10 pitchers on the list - that's going to be some tryout. >> (TheNarrator)

A staff with Osterman, Abbott and Ricketts will be very tough to beat. If they go with more than three... 
my best guess is Garcia or Barnhill in the 4th slot.
HenryLouisAaron

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<< Jessica Warren and Megan King would be my two. No one from FSU ever???? Come on. >> (homerun107)

Good calls on both of those players.
If the WCWS means anything... then those two deserve a look.
Maybe someone just doesn't like FSU.
HenryLouisAaron

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<< LOL.  With all of the senior citizens on the invite list, what does that say for the state of today's softball talent?  Is it because these old timers are just genetic freaks (i. e. Abbott, Osterman, Kretschman, etc.) or is it because todays' players are just less talented than the old timers? >> (Wilmer1)


"All of the senior citizens on the invite list"...???

There are only THREE players on the list that are 30 years old...
Kretschman is the only one that deserves the "senior" description you applied.
Kretschman will be FORTY years old next August.
Osterman will be 36 next April.
Abbott will be 34 next July.

After them... Ariota will be 30 next April
and Wiggins will be 30 next May.

Do you see Ariota or Wiggins... as beyond their primes..??
They are as good as they have ever been - in my view.

I have strong doubts about Kretschman making the 2020 Olympic team.
But it will be interesting to see if Osterman can make it all the way back to where she had been. I will be rooting for her. 
Abbott is about as close to a sure thing as anyone on this team.

There is a LOT of great young talent on that list. Any of these players in their 20s are still young enough to be in their prime years. 
HenryLouisAaron

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<< How and why is Sierra Romero not on that list?  I'm dumbfounded by the move.  Clearly, I have no understanding of the politics. It's a blatant omission, but perhaps there was a point to be made? I don't understand that move one bit.   >> (NadiaM)

I am right there with ya, Nadia.
Sierra would surely be on my list.

Maybe she decided that she didn't want to be on the list - and told them.

Anybody have any info on that possible scenario?
homerun107

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I know Kliest turned down her invitation maybe Romero did as well???
HenryLouisAaron

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<< I know Kliest turned down her invitation maybe Romero did as well??? >> (homerun107)

The USA team site shows that 42 players received an invite. 
And Kliest is the only player listed as turning down an invite.
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Sierra Romero can now go play for Team Mexico.
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I know Kliest turned down her invitation maybe Romero did as well???


Kleist
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Hundreds of times...thousands...aaahhh




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Jessica Warren and Megan King would be my two. No one from FSU ever???? Come on.


M. King is, and has been for some time now, on Team Puerto Rico
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Maybe someone just doesn't like FSU.
That is obviously not up for debate.
HenryLouisAaron

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Note to those that will be competing for the 15 Olympic softball team spots... 

Lauren Chamberlain has lost 30 pounds since recovering from her back surgery this spring. 
She wants this more than ever.
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Jessica Warren and Megan King would be my two. No one from FSU ever???? Come on.
Megan king plays for Puerto Rico
homerun107

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And????? You think if given a choice she would choose PR???
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And????? You think if given a choice she would choose PR???


Graham Hays wrote a great article on Savannah Jaquish and talked about switching from one country to another as far as eligibility. http://www.espn.com/espnw/sports/article/24150390/former-lsu-tigers-softball-star-sahvanna-jaquish-joins-team-usa
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No Kendyl Lindaman?
https://gophersports.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=14451
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Abbott, Cat, Ricketts...all lefties. 

There is going to be a righty...Garcia, Barnhill or another?

Do you think they would choose 5 pitchers of their 15?



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Abbott, Cat, Ricketts...all lefties. 

There is going to be a righty...Garcia, Barnhill or another?

Do you think they would choose 5 pitchers of their 15?




Yes because Garcia and play another position and hit.
Kelly1192

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I highly doubt that they take five pitchers They only took three in 2008 and with their only being six teams in the Olympics instead of eight they could easily get away with three or four pitchers
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And????? You think if given a choice she would choose PR???


AND... something to do with this quote extracted from the ESPN article on SJaquish:

“Rule 41 of the Olympic charter sets out the nationality requirements for athletes, including changes of nationality. Because Jaquish obtained a release from the Puerto Rican federation and because softball wasn't an Olympic sport at the time she competed in major events, she was not only allowed to switch eligibility but could do so without the normal penalty of sitting out three years.”

So maybe she would choose if she could, but it sounds like it’s not an option
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AND... something to do with this quote extracted from the ESPN article on SJaquish:

“Rule 41 of the Olympic charter sets out the nationality requirements for athletes, including changes of nationality. Because Jaquish obtained a release from the Puerto Rican federation and because softball wasn't an Olympic sport at the time she competed in major events, she was not only allowed to switch eligibility but could do so without the normal penalty of sitting out three years.”

So maybe she would choose if she could, but it sounds like it’s not an option


Can Romero switch at this point? 
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Can Romero switch at this point? 


Since Softball was not an Olympic sport when she last competed in an international event, I would think yes.
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That is obviously not up for debate.
  

Was Warren not invited because she played at FSU, or is this just a wild conspiracy?
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Was Warren not invited because she played at FSU, or is this just a wild conspiracy?


LOL... no one is going to SAY it into a microphone
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