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Israel Baseball Ranks 19th in World Ratings

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Play ball!

Israel may not be a favorite politically, but the Jewish State is moving up in the world of international baseball.

Israel has moved up to 19th place in the International Baseball Federation world rankings, and is now ahead of Great Britain, Nicaragua and South Africa.

After having won the European Championship C-Pool tourney in Slovenia this past July, Israel now finds itself in the B-Pool for 2015.

Israel also took second place in the PONY tournament in Prague, and won second and third places respectively in the Tuscany Series baseball tournaments in Italy.

In addition, Israel Baseball player Noam Calisar was selected to participate in an MLB camp during the summer.

Peter Kurz, president of the Israel Association of Baseball noted that Israel baseball has taken “major steps over the past year, increasing in size by 25 percent and expanding activities so that we improve the level of play throughout the leagues.”

Kurz is hoping to establish an MLB sanctioned Israel Baseball Academy to develop top players in the future.

Hana Levi Julian

Tigers Summon the Tribe

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Detroit is bringing in the Jews.

A couple of weeks after hiring Brad Ausmus as manager, the Tigers on Wednesday traded for Ian Kinsler, previously of the Texas Rangers, to play second base. The cost for the Jewish infielder, a three-time American League All-Star: mega-salaried first baseman Prince Fielder and a cool $30 million. Lucky the bankrupt city doesn’t have to ante up.

Kinsler, 31, brings a sound bat and glove to help Ausmus, who managed the Israeli squad that came up short in its bid for the World Baseball Classic, in his MLB debut. The eight-year veteran averages 24 home runs and 82 runs batted in a season and has a lifetime batting average of .273. Last season he batted .277 with 13 homers and 72 RBIs.

Ausmus and now Kinsler are part of an organization that had probably the greatest Jewish hitter in history (take that Ryan Braun): Hank Greenberg, a one-time MVP who famously skipped a Yom Kippur game in 1934 despite the pennant implications for the Tigers.

And you thought the Cleveland Indians were the Tribe.

JTA

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/tigers-summon-the-tribe/2013/11/21/

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