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  • Adam Greenberg inducted into National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame

    September 16, 2014 | 10:38 am

    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...

  • Adam Greenberg inducted into National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame

    September 16, 2014 | 8:59 am

    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...

  • 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...

  • 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.

    ...
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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • On way to Tigers post, Ausmus earned his managing stripes in Israel

    November 7, 2013 | 1:42 pm

    Almost from the moment they met him, several officials and players with Israel’s national baseball team said they saw manager Brad Ausmus headed for the major leagues.

    They cited his communication skills, command of the game and preparation — not to mention his 18-year playing...

  • 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...

  • Adam Grossman’s dream job: Packing Fenway Park

    October 22, 2013 | 9:48 am

    You’d think Adam Grossman has a pretty easy job. After all, with the Boston Red Sox owning one of the most iconic brands in professional sports and gunning for their third World Series title in the past decade, how hard could it be to put fans in the seats at Fenway Park?

    But...

  • 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...

  • Alex Rodriguez sues Major League Baseball, Selig

    October 4, 2013 | 12:11 pm

    New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez has sued Major League Baseball and Commissioner Bud Selig and accused them of trying to destroy his reputation and his career.

    The embattled third baseman, who was suspended for 211 games for his alleged use of performance enhancing drugs,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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.

    ...
  • 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...

  • Hank Greenberg's Jewishness

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    May 8, 2013 | 10:03 am

    The big question in Detroit in the fall of 1934 had nothing to do with the troubled state of the world. Rather, the fans of the Detroit Tigers wanted to know whether their star first baseman, Hank Greenberg, was going to play on the Jewish High Holy Days. After all, the Tigers were...

  • 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...

  • All-star Jewish baseball team

    October 3, 2012 | 4:47 pm

    During Yom Kippur, many Jews fret over whether Jewish Major Leaguers will play on the holiest of holidays. This has become a growing problem, because the number of Jews playing Major League Baseball (MLB) has been increasing. 

    This season, for example, 13 Jews — Brewer Ryan...

  • 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...

  • Israel defeats South Africa in World Baseball Classic Qualifier

    September 20, 2012 | 9:15 am

    Israel defeated South Africa in the first game of the World Baseball Classic Qualifier.

    The Israeli team topped South Africa's national team 7-3 in Thursday night's game in Jupiter, Fla.

    Nate Freiman, who plays minor league Class AA baseball for the San Diego Padres...

  • Amid roasted pigs, country music and rabbinical blessings, Romney seeks to define himself

    August 28, 2012 | 10:19 am

    Whole barbecued pigs, cheerleaders and elegies to skinny-dipping farmers’ daughters.

    That was the organized noise Sunday night at the opening bash of the Republican National Convention at Tropicana Field, the home of Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg.

    For...

  • Youkilis traded from Red Sox to White Sox

    June 25, 2012 | 10:49 am

    Kevin Youkilis is changing his Sox: The three-time All-Star was traded from the Boston Red Sox to the Chicago White Sox.

    Youkilis, who is Jewish, was sent to the American League Central Division club on Sunday for utilityman Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, who was...

  • Max Fried, 18, drafted by Padres

    June 5, 2012 | 10:32 am

    Max Fried, an 18-year-old high school graduate from Los Angeles, was selected by the San Diego Padres in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft.

    Fried, a left-handed pitcher, was chosen seventh overall in Monday’s draft.

    The teen, who wore the number 32 at...

  • MLB suspends Delmon Young over anti-Semitic altercation

    May 1, 2012 | 11:03 am

    Delmon Young, the Detroit Tigers outfielder arrested in New York for allegedly attacking a group of men and making anti-Semitic remarks, was suspended without pay for seven days.

    The suspension is retroactive to April 27, when he was placed on the restricted list. His loss of pay...

  • Brewers’ Braun wins MVP award

    November 22, 2011 | 2:47 pm

    Ryan Braun, the slugging outfielder for the Milwaukee Brewers, became the first Jewish Most Valuable Player in nearly five decades.

    Braun, the son of an Israeli-born Jewish father and a Catholic mother, was named the National League MVP on Tuesday. He received 20 of 32 first-place...

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