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Olympic Baseball Stars: Where Are They Now?


What some of the top baseball players from previous Olympics are up to these days:

Mark McGwire from the 1984 Olympics

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Who is Mark McGwire: He went 4-for-21 in the 1984 games with no home runs, but he broke out of that slump. He was AL Rookie of the Year in 1987, and was one of the biggest sluggers – both figuratively and metaphorically - in the game's history, he hit 583 home runs in his big-league career, including a then-record 70 in 1998.

Where is Mark McGwire now: He controversially has ducked allegations of steroid use, and now lives a quiet life at his home in California. He also plays a role in the Mark McGwire Foundation for Children.

Barry Larkin from the 1984 Olympics

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Who is Barry Larkin: A shortstop on the team in 1984 that won a silver medal as a demonstration sport, he hit just .143 in the Olympics but was the No. 4 overall draft pick in 1985 and played 19 seasons in Cincinnati, hitting .295 in his career and making the NL All-Star team 12 times before retiring after the 2004 season. He'll be eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2009.

Where is Barry Larkin now: He's a special assistant for the Washington Nationals in their front office.

Jim Abbott from the 1988 Olympics

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Who is Jim Abbott: Born without a right hand, Abbott starred at Michigan and was the winning pitcher in the gold medal-winning game in 1988 over Japan in the final Olympics in which baseball was played as a demonstration sport. He was drafted in the first round in 1988 and threw a no-hitter in 1993 when playing for the Yankees. He had a career record of 87-108 before retiring in 1999.

Where is Jim Abbott now: He currently works as a motivational speaker and lives in Michigan.

Hideo Nomo from the 1988 Olympics

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Who is Hideo Nomo: Pitched for the silver medal winning team for Japan in 1988 (demonstration sport) and won 78 games in five seasons for the Kinetsu Buffaloes from 1989-1994. He was a sensation in the major leagues in 1995, when he went 13-6 for the Los Angeles Dodgers and won NL Rookie of the Year honors. Went 123-109 when he pitched his last game in 2005 for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Where is Hideo Nomo now: He signed a minor-league contract with the Kansas City Royals before the 2008 season and will attempt a comeback at age 39.

Nomar Garciaparra from the 1992 Olympics

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Who is Nomar Garciaparra: Played shortstop and hit .200 on the fourth-place U.S. Olympic team in 1992, and later led Georgia Tech to the College World Series in 1994. He was AL Rookie of the Year in 1997 and made six All-Star teams as a shortstop for the Red Sox. He made a seventh All-Star team in the NL in 2006 as a first baseman with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Where is Nomar Garciaparra now: He's now a third baseman for the Dodgers, entering his 13th season.

Jason Giambi from the 1992 Olympics

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Who is Jason Giambi: Hit .296 as a member of the U.S. team in 1992, and he was the 2000 AL MVP when playing for the Oakland A's and has 364 career home runs entering the 2008 season. His name has been linked to the BALCO scandal of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball and admitted to using steroids to a grand jury, according to published reports.

Where is Jason Giambi now: He enters the final season of a seven-year, $120 million deal with the New York Yankees as a designated hitter.

Jason Varitek from the 1992 Olympics

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Who is Jason Varitek: Varitek has played for championships at every level, from the Little League World Series (1984) to high school (1990 state title) to the College World Series (1994, Georgia Tech) to the Olympics (1992) to the World Series as catcher for the Boston Red Sox (2004 and 2007). He hit .286 as the catcher for the 1992 U.S. Olympic team.

Where is Jason Varitek now: He enters the 2008 season, his 12th in the majors, as the Red Sox captain with a career .267 average and 148 home runs.

Phil Nevin from the 1992 Olympics

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Who is Phil Nevin: The 1992 Golden Spikes winner for the best player in college baseball, the Cal State-Fullerton star hit two homers in the Olympics for the 1992 U.S. team before beginning his pro career as the No. 1 pick of the Houston Astros. In 12 big-league seasons, he was a .270 hitter with 208 home runs and 743 RBI for seven teams.

Where is Phil Nevin now: After retiring following the 2006 season, he works as a radio broadcaster for the San Diego Padres.

Orlando Hernandez from the 1992 Olympics

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Who is Orlando Hernandez: He went 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA (but allowed five runs in a third of an inning against the U.S.) while pitching for the gold medal-winning Cuban national team in the 1992 Olympics. Hernandez defected from Cuba in December 1997 to pursue a major-league career. He was part of three World Series-winning Yankees teams from 1998-2000.

Where is Orlando Hernandez now: At age 42, he begins his 10th big-league season in the New York Mets rotation. He's 90-65 in his career entering 2008.

Jacque Jones from the 1996 Olympics

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Who is Jacque Jones: He starred in the Olympics in 1996, hitting five homers and .395 as the U.S. won the bronze medal. He was a star outfielder for the USC Trojans at the time. He was drafted by the Twins in 1997, played two seasons in the minors and was a starting outfielder in Minnesota for six seasons.

Where is Jacque Jones now: After hitting .280 with 164 homers in his first eight seasons, he's now an outfielder for the Detroit Tigers.

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