Recently, USA Softball announced its 2020 U.S. Olympic Softball Team roster. The team that will compete in the 2020 Olympics roster includes 15 players and three replacement players, one of whom is former Chicago Bandits star catcher Taylor Edwards.
Taylor starred at the University of Nebraska. She was teammates with her twin sister Tatum. Together they started their NPF career with the Pennsylvania Rebellion. After their rookie season, they were traded to the Chicago Bandits, where they played for 2 seasons. Prior to the 2017 season, , Taylor was traded to the Scrapyard (Houston) Dawgs (and Tatum retired). In 2018, the Dawgs left the NPF
Despite having three catchers on the main roster, team officials decided to add Taylor to the replacement squad. On playing for Team USA, Taylor said, "It's a very humbling feeling and I'm so honored to represent the USA. I've been dreaming of this since I was a kid. I want to make my family proud and continue to play for them no matter how big the stage is."
I had the pleasure of watching Taylor up close during her two seasons with the Bandits. I interviewed her a few times. The first one can be found at at On the Beat with Taylor Edwards.
Taylor is still a member of the Dawgs and sister Tatum has rejoined her. There is another Edwards player coming up, as youngest sister Tristen Edwards is an infielder at the University of Nebraska.
I am happy and excited for Taylor. It would be awesome if she actually plays in the Olympics, but just being a part of the team is a great accomplishment.
This is the first time I have ever looked forward to an Olympics. In July 2020, the Team USA softball squad will compete and I will know most of the roster. I look forward to seeing all of these familiar faces representing our country on the biggest stage of all.
I will continue to provide recurring coverage of the players and team here, on Patch.com and GlobalTravelerUSA.com. You can also check TeamUSA.org for more info on the softball team and ProFastpitch.com for more info on the pro league and its players.
Taylor Edwards and me in Rosemont, IL-Summer 2015.