Monday, September 24, 2012

Mr. Repeat MVP, Ryan Braun?

Ryan Braun is putting together another MVP season, leading the NL in Home Runs and RBIs. He is also in the top 5 for BA although unlikely to catch Melky Cabrera or Andrew McCutchens.

Braun seems like the natural MVP with his team playing strong down the stretch. However his offseason speculated struggles might scare voters as it has for the Hall of Fame.

Regardless, TGR is backing (not that it matters) Braun as MVP. But the triple crown will have to wait another year (unless you are Miguel Cabrera).

Israel OUT of WBC

In a tough 9-7 extra inning loss, Israel was bounced from the WBC. The game was back and forth seeing Israel tied 7-7 with Spain in the 9th. With one out and a runner on second, Israel failed to get the go ahead/game winning run home.

Israel went 2-1 beating South Africa and Spain, but eventually losing to Spain in the finals. Heartbreaking for a team that showed so much promise to Spain was better for 1 inning and it cost them a chance to go any further.

We here at TGR are extremely proud of the Israel team and hope to see many of these guys back and in the majors. Special shout outs to coach Brad Ausmus and Gabe Kapler and Shawn Green who truly showed their colors.

Much Nachas for a great group. And who else is excited for Nate Freiman to get the call up to the bigs very soon!

And Let Us Say...Amen.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Brad Greenberg to Speak at Temple of Aaron

Minnesota Jewish communities are proud to announce that Maccabi Haifa will be in town October 16th to play the Minnesota Timberwolves in an preseason exhibition.

I am happy to announce that Temple of Aaron (where I serve proudly as the Assistant Rabbi) will have Head Coach (former 76er GM and Radford Head Coach) Brad Greenberg giving the sermon on the Shabbat of October 13th. Hope to see Minnesota Jews from all over at shul!

The Rematch: Israel vs. Spain

Israel will face Spain tomorrow in Jupiter Florida. The game will take place at 5PM EST, winner advancing to the World Baseball Classic (which stinks since Israel already beat Spain). You can follow the game at 

Huge day in Israeli sports!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

New Year, New Athlete of the Year

Below is the list of players to vote for this year's TGR Sportsman/Athlete of the Year:


1) Ryan Braun - TGR Hank Greenberg Player of the Year

2) David Stern - Ended the lockout and was the TGR Sportsman of the Year.

3) Micky Arison - Owner of the NBA Champion Miami Heat

4) Adam Podlesh - TGR NFL Player of the Year.

5) Mitchell Schwartz -  He was the Offensive NCAA TGR Player of the Year and a second round draft pick by the Cleveland Browns.

6) Aly Raisman - Olympic Gold Medalist

Thank you for voting!

Israel's WBC Run Off To A Smashing Start

Congrats to team Israel who won it's first qualifying WBC game 7-3 by beating South Africa behind Nate Freiman's two home runs. Game 1 was crucial in this double elimination qualifying round. They will play the winner of Spain and France.

Game 1's starting lineup was:
  1. Ben Guez (CF)
  2. Joc Pederson (RF)
  3. Nate Freiman (1B)
  4. Cody Decker (LF)
  5. Shawn Green (DH)
  6. Josh Satin (3B)
  7. Jack Marder (2B)
  8. Charlie Cutler (C)
  9. Jake Lemmerman (SS)
Green took his first cuts since 2007.

Below is the entire Israel roster, although more MLB players could join.

Team Israel: Roster for the WBC qualifying tourney
No.PlayerPos.AgeHometownMinor-league teamParent club
27COLVIN, DavidRHP23Mill Valley, CAClinton LumberKings (A)Seattle Mariners
34KAPLAN, JeffRHP27Dana Point, CABinghamton Mets (AA)New York Mets
36KOPP, DavidRHP26Coral Springs, FLErie SeaWolves (AA)Detroit Tigers
16LEICHMAN, AlonRHP23Kibbutz Gezer, IsraelN.A.N.A.
22LIPETZ, ShlomoRHP33Tel Aviv, IsraelN.A.N.A.
10LORIN, BrettRHP25Laguna Niguel, CAMobile Bay Bears (AA)Arizona Diamondbacks
21PERLMAN, MaxRHP24Jupiter, FLStockton Ports (A+)Oakland A's
(-)ROTHEM, DanRHP35Tel Aviv, IsraelN.A.N.A.
26SCHUMER, JustinRHP24Houston, TXSan Jose Giants (A+)San Francisco Giants
28ZEID, JoshRHP25New Haven, CTCorpus Christi Hooks (AA)Houston Astros
14BERGER, EricLHP26Goldsboro, NCColumbus Clippers (AAA)Cleveland Indians
35BLEIER, RichardLHP25Davie, FLFrisco Roughriders (AA)Texas Rangers
17GOULD, JeremyLHP24Buffalo Grove, ILSavannah Sand Gnats (A)New York Mets
29URLAUB, JeffLHP25Scottsdale, AZStockton Ports (A+)Oakland A's
37CUTLER, CharlieC26San Fransico, CAAltoona Curve (AA)Pittsburgh Pirates
3MARDER, JackC/IF22Calabasas, CAHigh Desert Mavericks (A+)Seattle Mariners
19RICKLES, NickC22Ft. Lauderdale, FLBurlington Bees (A+)Oakland A's
6DECKER, Cody1B25Santa Monica, CASan Antonio Missions (AA)San Diego Padres
25FREIMAN, Nate1B25Wellesley, MASan Antonio Missions (AA)San Diego Padres
9ORLOFF, Ben2B25Simi Valley, CACorpus Christi Hooks (AA)Houston Astros
2SATIN, Josh2B27Hidden Hills, CABuffalo Bisons (AAA)New York Mets
33HAERTHER, Casey3B24West Hills, CAArkansas Travelers (AA)Los Angeles Angels
7LEMMERMAN, JakeSS23Coronoa del Mar, CAChattanooga Lookouts (AA)Los Angeles Dodgers
15GREEN, ShawnOF39Des Plaines, ILN.A.N.A.
24GUEZ, BenOF25Houston, TXToledo Mud Hens (AAA)Detroit Tigers
18KAPLER, GabeOF37Hollywood, CAN.A.N.A.
31PEDERSON, JocOF20Palo Ato, CARancho Cucamonga Quakes (A+)Los Angeles Dodgers
23WIDLANSKY, RobbieOF/3B27Plantation, FLBowie Baysox (AA)Baltimore Orioles

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Shana Tova from TGR

A Happy and Sweet New Year. We hope to have voting for the Sportsman of the Year after the holiday.

Shanah Tova

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Social Media Gives Us the Inside Info

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN, Josh Satin will play for Israel in the WBC. HERE is a recent tweet. Satin joins Youkilis as two potential hitters to the Israeli team.


Shahar Peer has ended her season and let fans know through her Facebook page. Its in Hebrew, so just trust me on this. HERE is the link to her page.

Now if only Sandy Koufax could send me a Tout...that would be awesome.

Stories From Around the Sports World


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Let's Go Go-Go White Sox

Yes they are my favorite team, in any sport, period. Yes, I was in love with the move to get Kevin Youkilis. But changing a game for Yom Kippur is a moment in Jewish Sports History I will talk about forever. Let's Go Go-Go White Sox! Proud of you Jerry.

Click HERE to read more

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Carimi: Pro Bowler or Bust?

There is a lot of worry surrounding Gabe Carimi's knee. Really good article talking about his potential and the nerves that his knee holds up. Click HERE to read more.

TGR are big fans of Carimi. Lots hope for the Pro Bowl potential shines through.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Heyman Backs CM Punk

I have note posted wrestling news in a while so here it goes. When Paul Heyman came back this year to the WWE I was underwhelmed by the crowd's reaction. I had chills loving how Heyman tells it like it is in a made for TV way. I feel he is always being honest and acting at the same time. But pairing him with Brock Lesner was anti-climatic for me. Heyman presents everything awesome about wrestling. Surprise endings, great story lines, and backing real talent.

WWE wanted to turn CM Punk heel over the last month and a half and have failed miserably. He receives cheers everywhere he goes. So Punk is in Chicago, his hometown which he celebrates and that loves him (only negative is that he is a Cubs fan). Again with no one booing the "bad guy" WWE finally got it right and has Punk enter a car with Heyman.

The pairing of these two makes wrestling awesome. Its fresh and intriguing. I cannot wait to see these two work together. Heyman made so many stars and Punk already has headlining status, so I can only imagine what these two are planning.Thank you WWE for this treat. Now if Punk can only get Colt Cabana along side him. Cabana and it.

For more info click HERE.

And Let Us Say...Amen.
- Jeremy Fine