NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball won't change its schedule to boost the sport's chances of getting back into the Olympics.
Baseball was an Olympic medal sport from 1992-2008, then was dropped for last year's London Games. In an effort to boost the chance of readmission for 2020, the international baseball and softball federations are merging.
IOC President Jacques Rogge says baseball should make its top athletes available, as they are in basketball and hockey.
Speaking to the Associated Press Sports Editors on Thursday, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig said: "We can't stop our season in August."
He added: "Do I wish I could? Yes. But is it practical? No."
The IOC board meets next month to select one or more sports for consideration by September's IOC general assembly.