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.
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.
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.
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.
Israel defeated South Africa in the first game of the World Baseball Classic Qualifier.
Former Major Leaguer Art Shamsky will serve as Israel's ambassador to the World Baseball Classic Qualifier in Jupiter, Fla.
Chicago White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis said he will play for Israel at the World Baseball Classic.
Shawn Green enjoyed quite the professional baseball career: In 13 seasons, he clubbed 328 home runs, drove in 1,070 runs, batted .283, was a two-time All-Star and retired in 2007 holding or sharing seven Major League records. The former Dodger also twice refused to play on Yom Kippur.
Three Jewish former major leaguers will help Israel field a competitive team in next year’s World Baseball Classic.