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Marlins legend Jeff Conine excited to see Team U.S.A. compete for Olympics here at home

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Marlins legend Jeff Conine excited to see Team U.S.A. compete for Olympics here at home (WPEC)

We're used to Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast being the home to five Major League Baseball teams each and every spring.

But now international baseball will be showcased, starting this Memorial Day.

Olympic Baseball Qualifier games are being played starting Monday at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, and at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie. USA, scrimmaged with Team Canada in West Palm Beach on Tuesday, preparing to battle for a spot at this summer's Olympic Games.

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Marlins legend Jeff Conine will be throwing out the first pitch, and says there's nothing like playing for the red, white and blue.

"The energy that is created when you get two nations together competing, I think it's unrivaled," Conine said. "Between the lines it's all the same, it's the game of baseball, but there's (so much pride) that these guys take into the tournament."

Along with the U.S. and Canada, the Dominican Republic, Columbia, Venezuela, Cuba Nicaragua and Puerto Rico are also hoping to earn their way to Tokyo.

"The depth of the field now is far greater than it's ever been," Conine said about Team USA's competition. "You're going to see an extremely competitive tournament. Obviously I hope USA wins, but it's going to be an extremely competitive tournament."

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