The Olympics may not have baseball but in Asia they have the Asian Games and they have baseball. Just like the Olympics, the Asian games are played right in the middle of the professional seasons of the three big Asian Leagues. It is played every two years. Japan usually sends a group of industrial league players or college players and in the past even with those players they won the Asian Games. Taiwan wants to have their professional players participate and there is the problem.
The China Professional Baseball League has stated they will not allow their players to participate in the Asian Games right in the middle of their season. Sound familiar. The Chinese Taipei Baseball Association, which is the Taiwanese arm of the International Baseball Federation would like to send their best players. The CPBL would like to have more control of the formation of the national team and by refusing their professional player’s participation they can negotiate for more control in the creation of the National team.
In the past the CPBL has had sagging attendance and was not considered very popular in Taiwan. With a successful showing in the World Baseball Classic and the arrival of Manny Ramirez to the league attendance has shot up in the CPBL. The CPBL is now starting to flex its muscle.
Both the CPBL and the CTBA feel they have control of the baseball in Taiwan. You can read about the power struggle here: http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/sport/archives/2013/05/24/2003563034
The baseball for the Asian games has been won by Japan the last five times. Taiwan won it in 2001 and finished second in 2003, 2005, 2009 and 2012. Korea won it in 1999 and finished second in 2007. You can see the history of the games here under Asian Baseball Championships: http://www.myworldofbaseball.com/id14.html