Your email is not valid
Recipient's email is not valid
Submit Close

Your email has been sent.

Click here to send another


Israel Wins Home Game in Baseball Classic

Well, the game was in Florida but…you know.

Print Email

The Israeli squad defeated the South African team in its first game in the World Baseball Classic Qualifier. Nate Freiman, who ironically enough, plays Double-A ball for the San Diego PADRES(!) knocked two homers in the 7-3 win. In the qualifying tournament’s round robin format, the Israeli squad will go on to face the winner of Spain and France.

Some interesting bits on the Israeli team:

⦿ The team is coached by former Houston Astros great and Dartmouth grad Brad Ausmus

⦿ The 28-man roster includes former MLB players Shawn Green and Gabe Kapler

⦿ White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis is waiting in the wings should the team advance to the World Baseball Classic

Another compelling aspect of the team is who is eligible to play for Israel:

Eligibility to play on a country’s team is simple, as set down by Bud Selig and Major League Baseball: any citizen of a country, or anyone eligible to become a citizen of said country, is entitled to play. That ruling previously allowed major leaguers Mike Piazza and Nick Punto to play for Italy, and Andruw Jones to play for the Netherlands .

Every country has its own parameters for citizenship.

Israel’s requirement, called Hok Hashvut, or Law of Return, was first established by Knesset law in 1950: anyone with a Jewish grandparent, the spouse of a Jew, or a convert to Judaism, is Jewish for the purposes of “returning to Israel.”

So, in essence, the World Baseball Classic respects Israel’s right to define itself a Jewish state more than most of its neighbors. Go team!

Israel defeats South Africa in World Baseball Classic Qualifier [JTA]
How the WBC endorses a central precept of Zionism [JPost]

Print Email

Daily rate: $2
Monthly rate: $18
Yearly rate: $180

Tablet is committed to bringing you the best, smartest, most enlightening and entertaining reporting and writing on Jewish life, all free of charge. We take pride in our community of readers, and are thrilled that you choose to engage with us in a way that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking. But the Internet, for all of its wonders, poses challenges to civilized and constructive discussion, allowing vocal—and, often, anonymous—minorities to drag it down with invective (and worse). Starting today, then, we are asking people who'd like to post comments on the site to pay a nominal fee—less a paywall than a gesture of your own commitment to the cause of great conversation. All proceeds go to helping us bring you the ambitious journalism that brought you here in the first place.

Readers can still interact with us free of charge via Facebook, Twitter, and our other social media channels, or write to us at Each week, we’ll select the best letters and publish them in a new letters to the editor feature on the Scroll.

We hope this new largely symbolic measure will help us create a more pleasant and cultivated environment for all of our readers, and, as always, we thank you deeply for your support.


Your comment may be no longer than 2,000 characters, approximately 400 words. HTML tags are not permitted, nor are more than two URLs per comment. We reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments.

Thank You!

Thank you for subscribing to the Tablet Magazine Daily Digest.
Please tell us about you.

Israel Wins Home Game in Baseball Classic

Well, the game was in Florida but…you know.

More on Tablet:

Rediscovering the First Woman Rabbi

By Laura Geller — Ordained in 1935, Regina Jonas died at Auschwitz. Now, she’s being honored.