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Olympic baseball rosters scattered with past MLB All-Stars

82nd MLB All-Star Game

PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 12: American League All-Star Adrian Gonzalez #28 of the Boston Red Sox is congratulated by American League All-Star Jose Bautista #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays as he runs the bases after hitting a home run in the fourth inning of the 82nd MLB All-Star Game at Chase Field on July 12, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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Active MLB players are not participating in baseball’s Olympic return in Tokyo, but past MLB All-Stars will nonetheless be on five of the six teams.

The last rosters were announced this week, including five-time All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez headlining the Mexican team and six-time All-Star slugger Jose Bautista and 2012 All-Star outfielder Melky Cabrera named by the Dominican Republic.

Previously, Israel announced its roster with four-time All-Star second baseman Ian Kinsler. The Japanese named two-time All-Star starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. The U.S. included four All-Stars -- infielder Todd Frazier and pitchers Edwin Jackson, Scott Kazmir and David Robertson.

South Korea, the defending Olympic champion from 2008, is the lone team without a past All-Star on its 24-man roster. Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo was named to a preliminary roster in March but did not make the final team.

In baseball’s previous iteration as a medal sport from 1992-2008, two Olympians had prior MLB All-Star experience -- Australian catcher Dave Nilsson and Canadian pitcher Jason Dickson.

Many players competed at the Olympics before making an MLB All-Star team, including Stephen Strasburg and Jason Giambi.

Active MLB players have never participated in the Olympics during the middle of their seasons, so U.S. teams previously were minor leaguers or college players.

With baseball in the Olympics for the first time in 13 years, and for the last time until at least 2028, aging stars who are no longer on big-league clubs expressed interest.

Baseball was re-added for the Tokyo Games but is not on the regular Olympic program. It will not be contested at the 2024 Paris Games but could be added for Los Angeles in 2028.

Olympic baseball rosters:

Dominican Republic -- ROSTER
Israel -- ROSTER
Japan -- ROSTER
Mexico -- ROSTER
South Korea -- ROSTER
United States -- ROSTER

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