Sadly, the IOC also decided to remove
What was glaring about the decision was that a game widely played in North and Latin America as well as Asia got the shaft while a game like handball--really only played in eastern Europe and often featured in North American gym classes during the Games of Low Organization unit--remained. If you ever wonder where the IOC's power base lies consider that.
However, there are rumblings that baseball may find its way back onto the program for 2016. It's being reported that MLB may be willing to shut the season down if the Games are awarded to Japan or Chicago. Since those countries have pre-established baseball infrastructure it's thought that it would be an easy reintegration.
There is no word on fastball, but one would suspect that the two would be a package--the IOC can only ignore its equality policies so much...
The tournament would be similar to hockey in the Winter Games in that it would be consolidated into a week format.
Baseball belongs in the Olympics. The World Baseball Classic demonstrated how exciting international ball can be. If something can be worked out to get the games on the world's biggest sporting stage--and to get rid of the pitch counts that are a plague at the WBC -- then everyone wins.