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  • Adam Greenberg inducted into National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame

    2 weeks ago

    Adam Greenberg saw one pitch in his first major league at-bat, a 92 mph fastball that struck him in the head and effectively ended his MLB career. The ball hit with a sickening thud, popping Greenberg’s helmet off and sending the young ballplayer to the ground, where he clutched...

  • Tyler Barbee shares his sports passion with special-needs kids

    September 4, 2014 | 11:09 am

    As a little boy growing up in Mill Valley, Calif., playing baseball meant the world to Tyler Barbee.

    “When I was a kid, baseball was my life,” said Barbee, now a 17-year-old high school senior at Tamalpais High School.

    But he also knew that his love of the sport couldn’t be...

  • For Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, there is no joy in debut

    September 2, 2014 | 3:44 pm

    It was a scenario straight out of “Casey at the Bat”: a screaming crowd, ninth inning, two outs, two men on base, the home team down by two runs, the slugger striding to the plate with a chance to win the game.

    The slugger on Monday night in Dodger Stadium was Joc Pederson, a...

  • FCC chairman tells Time Warner to end Dodgers TV dispute

    July 30, 2014 | 4:21 pm

    The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission told Time Warner Inc on Tuesday to end its dispute with DirecTV and other cable operators that has left most fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team unable to watch games on local television.

    In a strongly worded letter,...

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  • Here’s a Moneyball maven striking it rich for Athletics

    July 3, 2014 | 3:00 pm

    As director of professional scouting and baseball development for the Oakland Athletics, Dan Feinstein scouts amateur players, evaluates the organization’s talent, is involved in contract negotiations and arbitration cases, ponders trades and analyzes potential free agent signees.

    ...
  • Diamond minds: Baseball bonds generations of Shapiros

    June 10, 2014 | 2:39 pm

    Standing on a hill on a glorious Sunday morning, Mark and Ron Shapiro are kvelling as they watch Caden Shapiro – son of Mark and grandson of Ron – pitching in a baseball tournament in this city near Baltimore after having been shelved for nearly two months by a broken ankle.

    Mark...

  • Echoes of Greenberg: Tigers roaring with Jewish duo Ausmus and Kinsler

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    May 19, 2014 | 9:53 am

    The rarity arose in the initial meeting of first-year Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus and his second baseman Ian Kinsler, newly traded from the Texas Rangers: a Jewish player reporting to a Jewish manager.

    Ausmus was “raised the same way I was,” Kinsler learned, with one...

  • At Wrigley Field, Orthodox vendors going the way of Cubs wins

    April 30, 2014 | 9:10 am

    Longtime fans of the Chicago Cubs know there are a few mainstays they can expect when they visit Wrigley Field: ivy on the outfield walls, a strict no-wave policy rigorously enforced by fans and, most days, disappointing play by the hometown team.

    But there’s one little-known...

  • Jews and baseball: An American news media love story

    By Bill Boyarsky

    November 25, 2013 | 6:46 pm

    For those of us who follow the careers of Jewish ballplayers — a small, eccentric niche of fandom — checking the Jewish Baseball News Web site is an essential part of our sports routine.

    Scott Barancik, a former newspaper reporter turned Internet entrepreneur, works from his home...

  • Tigers summon the tribe, swap Prince Fielder for Ian Kinsler

    November 21, 2013 | 10:22 am

    Detroit is bringing in the Jews.

    A couple of weeks after hiring Brad Ausmus as manager, the Tigers on Wednesday traded for Ian Kinsler, previously of the Texas Rangers, to play second base. The cost for the Jewish infielder, a three-time American League All-Star: mega-salaried...

  • Adam Greenberg recalls big league dreams come true

    By Jared Sichel

    October 23, 2013 | 5:00 pm

    They came to be inspired by a man with precisely two Major League at bats.

    The Oct. 6 crowd at Temple Ahavat Shalom (TAS) in Northridge resembled that of a Little League game, as 200 parents and children — many dressed in baseball uniforms — gathered to hear the story of...

  • Let Yasiel Puig have his fun

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    October 15, 2013 | 2:26 pm

    Dear baseball fans,

    By now you have probably heard of the Dodgers' rookie phenom Yasiel Puig. You may have seen highlights of his diving catches, laser throws and monster homeruns. You may have heard Vin Scully discussing the "Wild Horse" circling the bases. Surely you have heard...

  • The Hebrew Hammers: Jewish players outperform non-Jews in 2013 season

    October 8, 2013 | 9:14 am

    Breaking news!! Stop the presses!!

    What's all the fuss about? Hold onto your baseball caps! (Or your yamulkes).

    According to the authoritative Jewish Baseball News, the 14 Jewish players on major league rosters batted .254 during the regular season that just ended.

    Now...

  • Roller coaster Dodgers — on brink of NLCS — will send Kershaw to the mound

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    October 7, 2013 | 12:34 pm

    The first three games of the Los Angeles Dodgers playoff run against the Atlanta Braves have an L.A. squad that went from buried to resurrected — a $239 million payroll disaster to a gleaming investment — on the brink of the National League Championship Series.

    The Dodgers, one...

  • Nate Freiman’s big year: From slugging for Israel to chasing a pennant in the big leagues

    September 10, 2013 | 11:28 am

    Last September, first baseman Nate Freiman was doing his best to help Israel secure a spot in the World Baseball Classic. Despite some super hitting from the towering slugger, the team fell short.

    Fast forward a year. Freiman, 25, now finds himself in another playoff chase. Only...

  • Satin’s big league dream

    August 28, 2013 | 12:36 pm

    When New York Mets infielder Josh Satin hit his second Major League home run on Aug. 21, it was hard to know what was more noteworthy: the fact that the Jewish player from Hidden Hills was a relatively old 28 or that there was a fan with a “Hail Satin” sign in the stands. 

    For...

  • Praise for Selig and no sympathy for drug cheats

    August 6, 2013 | 4:27 pm

    From the ballparks to the anti-doping war rooms of those leading the battle against performance-enhancing drugs, Major League Baseball's crackdown on drug cheats was hailed as an MVP moment in the fight against doping on Monday.

    The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), that not long...

  • 10 anti-Semitic twitter reactions to Ryan Braun’s suspension

    July 24, 2013 | 1:08 pm

    Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun on April 1. Photo by Darren Hauck/Reuters

    "Ryan Braun Jew" is a trending topic on Twitter this afternoon. We have compiled some of the results for you:

  • How do you spell chutzpah? R-Y-A-N B-R-A-U-N

    July 23, 2013 | 10:05 am

    It wasn’t so long ago that Ryan Braun was just a rookie phenom, racking up numbers that had Jewish sports junkies rushing to put the Milwaukee Brewers’ slugger in the pantheon with Greenberg and Koufax.

    These days, not so much.

    The news this week is that Braun has accepted a...

  • JEWCED: Ryan Braun suspended for PED use

    July 22, 2013 | 2:51 pm

    Poor spelling is not the only problem surrounding the Milwaukee Brewers these days.

    Major League Baseball (MLB) has suspended former National League most valuable player Ryan Braun for the rest of the season for violating the league's joint drug prevention and treatment program.

    ...
  • The Kashrut of Dodger Stadium is Jewish America’s Issue

    By Jeremy Fine

    July 7, 2013 | 9:02 am

    Last week I was at Dodgers Stadium for the first time. While I think my wife is starting to take a liking to my hobby of traveling the country to see baseball stadiums, we found ourselves in an awkward situation. At Dodger Stadium, in Los Angeles, the second largest Jews community...

  • Hank Greenberg in extra innings

    May 9, 2013 | 11:13 am

    "I think Hank Greenberg was the great American hero," Washington filmmaker Aviva Kempner says. "What he did on Yom Kippur. What he faced. He was our Jackie Robinson."

    Thirteen years after the debut of "The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg," her documentary about the baseball...

  • Jackie and the Jews [Irish, Italians, Blacks, Poles]: Ethnicity in post-war America

    By Michael Berenbaum

    April 8, 2013 | 11:06 am

    Jackie was the first. Jackie could not just play the game for himself. He was playing the game for every one of his race who had been denied a chance, whose future was closed because of racism and segregation. Indeed, as I remember it, Jackie played the game for every minority kid...

  • Adam Greenberg signs minor league deal with Baltimore Orioles

    December 24, 2012 | 11:38 am

    Jewish player Adam Greenberg will resume his professional baseball career after signing a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles.

    Greenberg, 31, signed a minor-league contract with the Orioles and will work to get a spot on their Class AAA farm team in Norfolk, Va.

    Chosen...

  • Adam Greenberg signs minor league contract with Orioles

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    December 20, 2012 | 11:33 am

    Former Chicago Cub Adam Greenberg has signed a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles, Steve Melewski of MASNsports.com reports.

    Greenberg was infamously hit in the head by a pitch in his first major league at-bat and has been struggling to make it back to the Big Show...

  • Yankees offer Youkilis $12 million

    December 7, 2012 | 11:48 am

    The New York Yankees reportedly offered Jewish free agent Kevin Youkilis a one-year, $12 million contract.

    Youkilis, a three-time All Star for the Boston Red Sox before being traded to the Chicago White Sox in June, was leaning toward accepting the offer, a source told The New York Times.

    The offer would have Youkilis play third base, replacing Alex Rodriguez, who is expected to be sidelined until next June because of hip surgery. The Cleveland Indians are also said to be interested in signing Youkilis, according to the Times.

  • Seven years later, player gets second chance at bat [VIDEO]

    October 2, 2012 | 3:01 pm

    You can follow the game live at MLB.com.

    A Chicago Cubs rookie who was hit in the head by a pitch seven years ago and never played another Major League Baseball game will receive a second chance.

    Adam Greenberg will sign a one-day contract with the Miami Marlins and be...

  • Parallel universe: A Jewish what if

    September 21, 2012 | 3:01 pm

    In 1901, a sixteen year old Jewish girl from Hungary, Kati Berger, along with several brothers and sisters, arrived at Ellis Island in New York.  A brother and sister who remained in Europe, eventually both perished in a Nazi death camp in 1942.

    Young Kati settled in Mount...

  • Israel beats Spain, one win away from qualifying for World Baseball Classic

    September 21, 2012 | 1:25 pm

    First baseman Nate Freiman hit two home runs as Israel beat Spain 4-2 in the qualifying round of World Baseball Classic, putting the Isaeli team one win away from a guaranteed spot in the tournament in March.

    Nate Freiman, a standout first baseman for the San Diego Padres' Class...

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