Israel national baseball team

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Israel national baseball team
Country  Israel
Confederation Confederation of European Baseball
Manager Peter Kurz
From left to right, former team manager Brad Ausmus, Israeli president Shimon Peres and U.S. ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro.

The Israel national baseball team represents Israel in international competitions. They are currently the 19th-ranked baseball team in the world and 6th in Europe .[1][2]

Israel has baseball teams in all ages from 10 to 30. Their current manager is Peter Kurz.[3]

In June 2015, Israel senior national team player Dean Kremer became the first Israeli to ever be selected in the Major League Baseball draft.[4] He was picked by the San Diego Padres in the 38th round. On July 22 it was announced that Kremer would fulfill his commitment and play for the UNLV Rebels baseball team.[5]

World Baseball Classic

2013 World Baseball Classic

The team competed in the September 2012 qualifier for the 2013 World Baseball Classic – Qualifier 1, the preliminary round of the tournament in Jupiter, Florida against Spain, France, and South Africa.

Under WBC rules, any player eligible for citizenship of a country, even though they do not have it, may play for that team.[6] Therefore, this entitled Israel to have non-Israeli citizens of Jewish heritage play for the team. The players who qualified to play on the Israeli team included major leaguers catcher Ryan Lavarnway, first baseman Ike Davis, second basemen Ian Kinsler and Josh Satin, third basemen Kevin Youkilis and Danny Valencia, outfielders Ryan Braun (whose father is Israeli), Sam Fuld, Ryan Kalish, and Gabe Kapler, and pitchers Jason Marquis, Scott Feldman, Craig Breslow, and John Grabow, as well as what were then recent major leaguers catcher Brad Ausmus and pitcher Scott Schoeneweis.[7][8][9][10][11][12] Kinsler said:

"Wow, I would be happy to play for Team Israel.... The truth is that if a proposal comes from Team USA to play for them, I will have a very difficult decision to make. Yuk [Kevin Youkilis], Braun [Ryan Braun], and I could make a fantastic team. I am sure that I'll talk it over with Yuk – we always laugh about things like this."[13]

Outfielder Shawn Green, who retired in 2007, was also eligible inasmuch as he is Jewish, and said in early June 2011 that assuming it works out, it "would be an honor" and he "would love to" play for Israel in the Classic.[14][15]

The qualifying round was held in September, while the Major League Baseball season still in progress, therefore during Qualifiers 1 and 2 it could not feature major league players such as the above ones who qualified to play for Team Israel.[16][17] Kevin Youkilis announced that he would play for the team if they made it past the qualifying round of the 2013 World Baseball Classic.[18]

The highest-level players involved in Qualifiers 1 and 2 were minor-league prospects.[19] Team Israel included minor league pitchers Eric Berger (1–0) and Brett Lorin, first baseman Nate Freiman (.417; 4 HR in 12 AB), second baseman Josh Satin (.273), shortstops Jake Lemmerman and Ben Orloff, and outfielders Adam Greenberg, Ben Guez, Joc Pederson (.308), and Robbie Widlansky.[20][21] Also, retired former major league All Star Shawn Green played for Israel (.333).[20][22]

In addition to Brad Ausmus as manager, the team's coaches included Shawn Green, Gabe Kapler, and Mark Loretta.[23]

In Qualifier 1, Israel and Spain both won easily in the first round. Israel then beat Spain in the winner's bracket. Spain then eliminated South Africa to earn a rematch with Israel. Spain won the winner-take-all final game, 9–7 in 10 innings, to advance to the main tournament.

2013 Qualifying roster

2012 Israel Baseball Team roster
Players Coaches
Pitchers
Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches


2013 Qualifying results

  Preliminaries Semifinals Qualifier
                             
  Israel 7  
  South Africa 3  
  W1   Israel 4  
  W2   Spain 2  
  France 0
  Spain 8  
  W3   Israel 7
  W5   Spain 9 Q1W
L1   South Africa 5  
L2   France 2  
  W4   South Africa 3
  L3   Spain 13  
Date Local Time Road Team Score Home Team Inn. Venue Game Time Attendance Boxscore
Sep 19, 2012 19:00 Israel  7–3  South Africa   Roger Dean Stadium 3:16 1,581 Boxscore
Sep 20, 2012 19:00 France  0–8  Spain   Roger Dean Stadium 2:51 975 Boxscore
Sep 21, 2012 13:00 Israel  4–2  Spain   Roger Dean Stadium 2:43 814 Boxscore
Sep 21, 2012 19:00 South Africa  5–2  France 11 Roger Dean Stadium 3:57 922 Boxscore
Sep 22, 2012 19:00 Spain  13–3  South Africa   Roger Dean Stadium 3:11 1,183 Boxscore
Sep 23, 2012 17:00 Spain  9–7  Israel 10 Roger Dean Stadium 4:50 4,463 Boxscore

2017 World Baseball Classic

2017 Qualifying roster

2016 Israel Baseball Team roster
Players Coaches
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Right-handed pitchers
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Infielders

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International tournament results

World Baseball Classic

World Baseball Classic record Qualification record
Year Host(s) Round Position W L RS RA Host W L RS RA
2006 Did not enter No qualifiers held
2009 Did not enter No qualifiers held
2013 Did not qualify United States 2 1 18 14
2017 United States
Total 0/4 - - - - 2 1 18 14

European Under-21 Baseball Championship

European Juveniles Baseball Championship

European Senior National Team Championship

B-level qualifier

Qualifier European Championship B Pool ’15
Tournament details
Host country  Austria
Dates 27 – 30 July 2015
Teams (from 1 continent)

Pool A

Qualified for Final Stage
Did not qualify fot Final Stage
Teams W L Pct. GB
 Sweden 4 1 .800 0
 Austria 4 1 .800 0
 Israel 3 2 .600 1
 Lithuania 2 3 .500 2
 Belarus 1 4 .200 3
 Poland 1 4 .200 3

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Final standings

# Teams
1  Sweden
2  Austria
3  Israel
4  Lithuania
5  Belarus
6  Poland

C-level qualifier

Qualification for
2014 European Baseball Championship B-level Qualification
Tournament details
Host country  Slovenia
Dates 29 – 2 August 2013
Teams (from 1 continent)

Group A

Qualified for Final Stage
Did not qualify fot Final Stage
Teams W L Pct. GB
 Ireland 3 0 1.000 0
 Romania 2 1 .667 1
 Hungary 1 2 .333 2
 Norway 0 3 .000 3

Group B

Qualified for Final Stage
Did not qualify fot Final Stage
Teams W L Pct. GB
 Israel 3 0 1.000 0
 Slovenia 2 1 .667 1
 Finland 1 2 .333 2
 Latvia 0 3 .000 3

Final stage

Semifinals
August 1, 2013 Israel  8 – 3  Romania Ljubljana, Slovenia
Attendance: 78
Boxscore
August 1, 2013 Ireland  3 – 10  Slovenia Ljubljana, Slovenia
Attendance: 225
Boxscore
Final
August 2, 2013 Israel  14 – 0  Slovenia Ljubljana, Slovenia
Attendance: 257
Boxscore

Final standings

Qualified for B-level Tournament.
# Teams
1  Israel
2  Slovenia
3  Romania
4  Ireland
5  Hungary
6  Finland
7  Latvia
8  Norway

See also

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