Baseball makes Olympic comeback with West Nyack native on Team USA roster

West Nyack native Patrick Kivlehan is about to experience something on the diamond he never thought was possible and represent the United States in the summer Olympics.

News 12 Staff

Jul 19, 2021, 12:20 PM

Updated 1,071 days ago

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West Nyack native Patrick Kivlehan is about to experience something on the diamond he never thought was possible and represent the United States in the summer Olympics.
He was notified a few weeks ago by USA baseball that he made the roster. Major Leaguers are not eligible to be on the team.
He's currently playing for the Padres Triple A affiliate.
Now, he'll pack his bags and head to Japan to represent his country and his county.
Kivlehan shared, "Every two years I'd turn on the Olympics to watch and root for Team USA and it was one of those things that I could have played this sport and been an Olympian but playing baseball and football growing up the Olympics was never really like an end goal... so, to have this opportunity is just something I'll cherish forever."
The 31-year-old has been playing professional baseball for the last nine years.
During four of those seasons, he spent time in the big league playing for the Reds, Diamondbacks and Padres.
Kivlehan and Team USA will open play on July 28 against Israel.


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