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Olympic Baseball Stars: Where Are They Now?


Troy Glaus from the 1996 Olympics

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Who is Troy Glaus: Hit four home runs for the U.S. in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. He played for UCLA at the time. The third baseman broke in with the Angels in 1998 and won the AL home run title in 2000, the World Series MVP in 2002. Named in the Mitchell Report and linked to baseball's steroids scandal by a 2007 Sports Illustrated article.

Where is Troy Glaus now: After stops in Arizona and Toronto, he was traded to St. Louis before the 2008 season.

Jeff Weaver from the 1996 Olympics

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Who is Jeff Weaver: He had four relief appearances for the United States in Atlanta, then continued his college career at Fresno State. He was drafted by the Tigers in the first round in 1998, and made his debut in Detroit a year later. He's bounced around in his big-league career and is 92-112 entering 2008.

Where is Jeff Weaver now: He was not re-signed by the Seattle Mariners and is a free agent entering the 2008 season.

Tadahito Iguchi from the 1996 Olympics

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Who is Tadahito Iguchi: Played on the silver medal-winning Japanese national team in 1996, then embarked on a successful career in Japan, stealing 44 bases and hitting 30 home runs in 2001 for Fukuoka Daiei. He left Japan to become the second baseman for the Chicago White Sox in 2004, and helped lead them to a championship in 2005. He became the first everyday Japanese player to play on a World Series-winning team.

Where is Tadahito Iguchi now: After helping lead the Phillies to the playoffs in 2007, he signed a one-year deal with the San Diego Padres for 2008.

Jose Contreras from the 1996 and 2000 Olympics

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Who is Jose Contreras: Helped lead Cuba to a gold medal in 1996 and a silver in 2000.In his last season in Cuba (2001-2002), he went 13-4 with a 1.76 ERA and 149 strikeouts. He defected to the United States in 2002 and signed with the Yankees. He's gone 58-44 in the big leagues entering 2008 since then, anchoring the Chicago White Sox rotation in their championship season in 2005.

Where is Jose Contreras now: Now 36, he enters his fourth full season in Chicago.

Doug Mientkiewicz from the 2000 Olympics

Who is Doug Mientkiewicz: Mientkiewicz hit the game-winning home run in a semifinal victory over South Korea during the 2000 Olympics. A first baseman in Triple-A at the time, he broke into the majors the next year with the Twins, won a Gold Glove in 2001, and caught the last out for the Red Sox in the 2004 World Series.

Where is Doug Mientkiewicz now: After spending the 2007 season with the Yankees, he is in spring training with the Pittsburgh Pirates entering the 2008 season.

(Jed Jacobsohn/Allsport via Getty Images) Doug Mientkiewicz of the U.S. swings at a pitch during the 2000 Olympics gold-medal game against Cuba at the Baseball Stadium in Sydney, Australia. The USA defeated Cuba 4-0.

Roy Oswalt from the 2000 Olympics

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Who is Roy Oswalt: A 23rd-round draft pick in 1996, he pitched in the semifinal victory over South Korea in the 2000 Olympics, and became one of the top young starters in the majors the following season, going 14-3 with a 2.73 ERA for the Astros. He won 20 games in 2003 and 2004.

Where is Roy Oswalt now: One of the top pitchers in the majors, he takes a 112-54 record (and a stellar 3.07 ERA) into his eighth big-league season in Houston.

Ben Sheets from the 2000 Olympics

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Who is Ben Sheets: Pitched a complete-game shutout in the gold-medal game against Cuba, a 4-0 upset victory. He broke into the majors for the Brewers the next season, and has a 73-74 career record in an oft-injured major-league career, showing flashes of dominance. He was an NL All-Star in 2001, 2004, and 2007.

Where is Ben Sheets now: Enters 2008 as the ace for Milwaukee.

Kosuke Fukudome from the 1996 and 2004 Olympics

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Who is Kosuke Fukudome: At age 19 in 1996, he became the youngest player to ever be chosen for an Olympic baseball team, and also played on the Japanese team in 2004, when pro players were allowed to participate. A career .301 hitter in Japan, he hit 164 home runs. He was the Central League MVP in 2006.

Where is Kosuke Fukudome now: Beginning his first major-league season as an outfielder for the Chicago Cubs, signing a four-year, $48 million contract.

Daisuke Matsuzaka from the 2000 and 2004 Olympics

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Who is Daisuke Matsuzaka: Played on two Olympics teams for Japan, where he went 93-45 in six seasons. Left Japan for the majors in 2007, joining the Boston Red Sox, helping lead the Red Sox to a championship in his rookie season.

Where is Daisuke Matsuzaka now: In the starting rotation for the Red Sox in his second big-league season.

Kenji Johjima from the 2004 Olympics

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Who is Kenji Johjima: A catcher for the silver medal-winning Japan team in 2004. From 1996 through 2005, Johjima hit .299 with 211 home runs and 699 RBI for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks. He left Japan in 2006 and became the catcher for the Seattle Mariners, where he's hit .289 with 32 homers in two seasons.

Where is Kenji Johjima now: In his third season as the Seattle catcher in 2008.

Chien-Ming Wang from the 2004 Olympics

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Who is Chien-Ming Wang: The right-handed pitcher led Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) to the 2004 Olympics, beating Australia and losing to Japan in the tournament. He later became the third major leaguer from Taiwan, and is 46-18 in three seasons as a starter for the New York Yankees. He won 19 games in 2006 and 2007.

Where is Chien-Ming Wang now: Enters 2008 in the Yankees' starting rotation.

Nick Markakis from the 2004 Olympics

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Who is Nick Markakis: The U.S. didn't qualify for the 2004 Olympics in Athens, but he was able to compete for the Greece team because of his Greek heritage. A top prospect for the Baltimore Orioles, he broke into the majors in 2006, and hit .296 with 39 home runs and 174 RBI in his first two seasons.

Where is Nick Markakis now: The anchor of a rebuilding project in Baltimore, he enters 2008 as their right fielder.

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