In 2008 Jewish MLB lovers were introduce to Josh Whitesell. The Diamondbacks first baseman wasn’t the biggest or fastest, but many of us hoped he would have some staying power. Unfortunately he didn’t. Well that is not entirely true, it just wasn’t on American soil.
His raw home run hitting power lead the DBacks organization to keep him around in the minors. After a great spring training in 2009 Whitesell was sent back down to minors. He later signed a contract with the Wahsington Nationals, which began his bizarre turn of events. Whitesell was traded to…Tokoyo and sign a contract with the Tokoyo Yaklut Swallows.
He played great and the Swallows tripled his salary. He finished the season batting .309 with a .399 on base percentage and a .591 slugging percentage. After all his success, Whitesell became in demand, but again not in America. This past month, The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that they signed former big league first baseman. We are yet to see if Whitesell will make it back to the majors or even America. Best of luck.
And Let Us Say…Amen.
- Jeremy Fine