Sunday, July 23rd | 29 Tammuz 5777

Close

Be in the know!

Get our exclusive daily news briefing.

Subscribe
September 24, 2012 6:46 am

Team Israel’s Thrilling Run at World Baseball Classic Ends in Loss to Spain

avatar by JNS.org

Email a copy of "Team Israel’s Thrilling Run at World Baseball Classic Ends in Loss to Spain" to a friend

Israel's loss on Sunday to Spain ends its bid to qualify for the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Photo: screenshot.

Israel fell to Spain, 9-7, in 10 innings Sunday to end the Jewish state’s run in the World Baseball Classic (WBC).

Two days earlier, Israel had defeated Spain, 4-2, behind two home runs from San Diego Padres prospect Nate Freiman, who also slugged two homers in the team’s 7-3 win over South Africa Sept. 19 in the first game of the WBC’s qualifying round in Jupiter, Fla.

Related coverage

July 22, 2017 1:24 pm
0

Anti-Israel Protests Held in Turkey, Jordan Over Temple Mount Security Measures

Demonstrations in support of Palestinian worshipers in support of their struggle against the new Temple Mount security measures were held...

Israel’s 28-man roster was headlined by former Major League Baseball (MLB) outfielders Shawn Green and Gabe Kapler. The team was mainly comprised of American-born Jewish players who were allowed to compete because they can claim Israeli citizenship under the Law of Return. Three of the team’s 28 players were born in Israel—Shlomo Lipetz, Alon Leichman and Dan Rothem—and 10 were from the Los Angeles area.

While baseball was introduced to Israel in 1927, it has been slow to catch on. Currently, between 1,000 and 3,000 Israelis play in organized baseball or softball leagues, according to the Times of Israel. A number of attempts have been made to grow the sport in the Jewish state, including the Israel Baseball League (IBL), an experiment that ended after one year in 2007.

If Israel were to have advanced past the qualifying round, several current Jewish MLB players reportedly would have considered joining the team, including Chicago White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis, Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, and Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler.

Share this Story: Share On Facebook Share On Twitter Email This Article

Let your voice be heard!

Join the Algemeiner

Algemeiner.com