Saturday, February 25, 2017

Team Israel WBC Update


We spoke with Alex Bregman to get his thoughts on choosing Team USA over Israel. He informed us it was a tough decision but didn't want to go over to Korea before the season. From our experience, he is a huge mench, great guy and didn't take the decision lightly.
 
Craig Breslow, on the bubble with the Twins Big League Team, has chosen to forgo the WBC and focus on staying in the Majors.


Bleier Traded to the Os


Richard Bleier, after cracking into the Majors last year with the Yankees, was traded to in Division rival the Orioles. We expect Bleier to figure into the Os bullpen this season. Stay tuned.

Casspi Traded and then Released


Omri Casspi had a weird week. Traded alongside centerpiece and good friend Demarcus Cousins, it would have seemed that Casspi would play a major role for the Pelicans down the stretch. Scoring 12 points off the bench in his first game, gets injured towards the end and will require 4-6 weeks of rehab. The Pelicans then decide to release Casspi. We know he will catch on and hopefully heal soon.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Interview: Jose Bautista The Jewish Pitcher

One of baseball's most charismatic characters is the Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista. But in the 1990s there was another Jose Bautista. This Bautista was a journeyman reliever who played for 11 seasons and his journey led him to be one of the winningest Jewish pitchers of all-time. From the Dominican Republic, his father Dominican and mother Russian (Jewish), Bautista has remained in baseball since his playing days. We caught up with him to find out what he is up to now:

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1) You were a relief pitcher during your career. What is the biggest challenge of being a relief pitcher?
You need to be ready every day. But for me that was fun because I love baseball. I always felt that playing baseball didn't really feel like a job. I always loved the game of baseball and felt lucky that I was the one from my family that got to play in the big leagues.

2) You were a bit of a journeyman and specialist in the Majors. Which team did you enjoy playing for the most?
The team I was most comfortable playing for was the Cubs. I did well in Chicago. I loved the Cub fans and the field. Those were my best years.

3) What have you been up to since your playing days?
I live in Florida and have all of my life. I have worked for the White Sox the last eight years and I am now able to move up to work with the Barons. I am happy to be with the Barons and excited to work with the team.


4) Do you enjoy coaching?
I love the chance to work with the kids. Six or seven of these guys I have worked with before and I want to help them get ready. We will have some interesting free agents as well. My job is to get them to the Majors as fast as possible.

5) Any desire to work with Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic?
I was asked to work with Team Israel but I was not going to be in town when they were in Brooklyn. But I would love to go to Israel and some day work with Team Israel.

6) What is Jewish life like for you?
I keep a kosher home. My wife is Jewish too. I try to act like my mom taught me.

Thank you to Jose Bautista for his time. Looking forward to seeing what he does in Birmingham in the 2017 season.

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Congrats to the Pats

Congrats to MoTs with the Patriots


Julian Edelamn - WR
Nate Ebner - S
Robert Kraft - Owner
Andre Tippett - Ambassador

Young Ballers


Ty Kelly has been designated for assignment. There is still a strong chance he starts the season in the majors with the Mets.

Also, JewishBaseballNews.com has found out that the Blue Jays #9 prospect Rowdy Tellez is a MoT. Hope to see him in the Bigs soon.

WBC Team Israel Revealed


JMLB Signings


Craig Breslow has signed a Minor-League deal with his former team the Minnesota Twins. Breslow would be a solid addition to a young Twins pen.

Ike Davis has caught on with the Los Angeles Dodgers for a Spring Training invite. Davis hopes to have another run in him.

Scott Feldman has signed with the Cincinnati Reds and figures to be in their starting rotation.