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Detroit Tigers’ New Jewish Relief Pitcher Brings Team Closer to a Minyan

Monday, December 1st, 2014

The Detroit Tigers have acquired Jewish relief pitcher Josh Zeid , one season after bringing in a Jewish manager, Brad Ausmus, and second baseman Ian Kinsler.

Zeid was claimed recently off waivers from the Houston Astros.

In Motown, Zeid will be reunited with Ausmus, who managed the Tigers to the American League Central Division title in his first season at the helm. Zeid was a member of the Israeli team skippered by Ausmus that fell short in its bid for the 2012 World Baseball Classic.

Zeid is coming off a difficult sophomore season with the Astros – a 6.97 earned run average and six home runs allowed in 20 2/3 innings.

The righty reliever said he was pleased to receive calls welcoming him to the Tigers from Ausmus, general manager Dave Dombrowski and vice president Al Avila.

“It’s another opportunity to make another ball club and to have a successful career elsewhere,” said Zeid, who will be reunited in Detroit with former Vanderbilt University teammate David Price, a starting pitcher. “I couldn’t be more excited than to go to a team with a rich playoff history, recent and historically.”

Zeid isn’t the only Jewish major leaguer to change teams of late – even before the winter meetings in San Diego on Dec. 7.

Josh Satin, an infielder for the New York Mets and Zeid’s teammate on Team Israel, signed a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds. And the Pittsburgh Pirates dealt Ike Davis, who started last season with the Mets before being traded, to the Oakland Athletics.

Jews are making news in the front office, too.

Former outfielder Gabe Kapler, a coach for Israel’s WBC team, was named director of player development earlier in November for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Kapler had been working as a baseball analyst on television as well as a consultant to the Tampa Bay Rays.

For Zeid, it’s shaping up to be a busy off-season in other ways, too. His wife Stephanie is about to deliver the couple’s first child, a son.

Meanwhile, could the Tigers be bringing in another Team Israel alumnus for 2015? Outfielder Ben Guez played last season with Detroit’s AAA team in Toledo and will be shooting for the big club this spring.

Said Zeid, “I’m sure Hank Greenberg would be proud.”

Hillel Kuttler wrote this article for JTA.

 

Ryan Braun’s Suspension Erases His ‘Good-Guy’ Image

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Ryan Braun, whose father is from Israel, not only lost the chance to play out the reason of the season with the Milwaukee Brewers after he accepted his 65-day suspension for drug use, he also lost his image of the “good guy” who had convinced many that he was innocent of using performance drugs.

“As I have acknowledged in the past, I am not perfect. I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions,” said Braun in a statement issued via MLB.com.

He previously had stated, “The simple truth is that I’m innocent. The truth is always relevant and the truth prevailed.”

Braun will lose about $3 million by not playing, and many baseball fans are demanding that MLB rescind his Most Valuable Player award.

Braun’s Jewish roots go back to the Holocaust, when most of his father’s family was exterminated by the Nazis. He moved to the United States at the age of seven with his father, who later married a Catholic.

Although he is not Jewish by orthodox Jewish tradition, he considers himself Jewish and has been called the ”Hebrew Hammer,” a slogan that many angry fans now want  to be banned because of his use of drugs to improve his baseball performance.

Museum Seeks Jews’ Memories of Baseball

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Josh Perelman is seeking kin — but not his own. Rather, Perelman is on a quest for families and individuals who will share memories, artifacts and pictures that help tell the story of the American Jewish relationship with baseball.

As chief curator for the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, Perelman is mounting an exhibition that will open next March. Instead of focusing solely on American Jewish baseball icons such as Hank Greenberg and Sandy Koufax, the exhibit is meant to be grass roots and personal, revealing how Jews connected to this country and to each other through America’s national pastime.

The connections need not be related to professional baseball, Perelman said. They could involve memories such as rushing through dinner to make Little League games, reminiscences of playing ball in Jewish summer camps and displays of team uniforms that were sponsored by Jewish businesses.

When a caller mentioned to Perelman a friend’s b’nai mitzvah at which guests were seated at tables named for Jewish Major Leaguers — including Lipman Pike, considered the first Jewish professional baseball player — Perelman expressed interest in obtaining a seating card from the event.

On a website launched last week by the museum, fans are encouraged to alert the museum to what items they might want to donate or lend, as well as to stories about the person’s connections to baseball.

Some items to be displayed in the museum might not relate to Jewish ballplayers at all but will help illuminate the exhibit’s theme, “Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Jews in America.”

For example, Paul Newman of Philadelphia posted photographs of two baseballs that were signed long ago by Pete Rose and Johnny Bench, stars on the Reds’ championship teams in the 1970s. The players personalized their autographs for Newman’s late father, Rabbi Max Newman, of Cincinnati.

Another photo shows former Dodgers pitcher Carl Erskine posing in 2011 with a smiling Rebecca Alpert, a professor of religion and women’s studies at Temple University. Alpert wrote in the post that she “grew up believing that rooting for the Brooklyn Dodgers was what Jews were supposed to do because the Dodgers integrated baseball and represented the working class.”

Many of the items that respondents mentioned, posted or offered to the curators relate, of course, to Jewish Major Leaguers: a brilliant color image of a very young Koufax wearing his Brooklyn cap as he delivered a pitch against a backdrop of trees and a blue sky; photos from the 1970s of Washington Senators first baseman Mike Epstein fielding and sliding; and a black-and-white shot of Greenberg with boxing champion Joe Louis, under which the unidentified emailer wrote, “Jews have long regarded themselves as a people on the outside looking in. African-American heroes like Joe Louis and Jackie Robinson have been part of ‘our crowd.’ ”

“The story of Jews in baseball has typically been told by focusing on Major League Baseball, and counting up how many Jews played in Major League Baseball and disputing who’s a Jew and who’s not a Jew: Was Elliott Maddox Jewish? Was Rod Carew Jewish?” John Thorn, the lead consultant for the exhibition, said by telephone. “To me, the far more interesting story was on the other side of the television set: What was the ordinary Jew’s experience with baseball? How did baseball become a binding, integrating, assimilating force in Jewish life?”

Aside from his professional qualifications as Major League Baseball’s official historian, Thorn is in a unique position to examine the issue. Thorn, who is Jewish, was born in a displaced person’s camp in Germany after World War II and settled with his parents in New York. Baseball, particularly the experience of collecting baseball cards, was how the young Thorn made his way in his adopted country — his “visa to America,” Thorn said.

“The story of baseball being more than a game, which is a cliche, of course, resonated for me particularly,” he said.

Up to 200 artifacts will fill the 2,400 square feet on the museum’s fifth floor. After closing at the end of the 2014 baseball season, the exhibit will tour nationally, with smaller versions visiting Jewish community centers, synagogues, historical societies, libraries and stadiums, Perelman said.

Besides the general public, items will come from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, the American Jewish Historical Society and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. Bud Selig, the commissioner of Major League Baseball, is among those serving on the advisory committee.

Team Israel’s Baseball Classic Roster Includes Green, Kapler

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

Team Israel has announced its 28-man roster for the World Baseball Classic Qualifier, which begins this week.

Two former Major League Baseball players, Shawn Green and Gabe Kapler, will play outfield when Israel faces South Africa in Jupiter, Fla. on Sept. 19, according to a news release. The double-elimination tournament will send its overall winner to the baseball classic in March.

Green and Kapler are also Team Israel’s coaches; former MLB catcher Brad Ausmus will manage the team.

Three Israelis, Alon Leichman, Shlomo Upetz and Dan Rothem, are among the pitchers. The remaining players come from Minor League Baseball teams.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/team-israels-baseball-classic-roster-includes-green-kapler/2012/09/16/

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