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Brad Ausmus moves from Israeli baseball to MLB

Brad Ausmus moves from Israeli baseball to MLB

From the Holy Land to the Detroit Tigers

BALTIMORE — 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 career as a catcher that included winning three Gold Gloves and reaching the 2005 World Series with the Houston Astros.

“We knew that even though he’d never had any managerial experience, he’d go and be a major league manager,” said Nate Fish, the bullpen catcher for an Israeli squad that came up short in its bid for the World Baseball Classic.

Last Updated ( Friday, 15 November 2013 05:38 )

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Sox have high hopes for Breslow

Sox have high hopes for BreslowBOSTON — When Craig Breslow entered Saturday night’s playoff game against the Detroit Tigers, FOX broadcaster Tim McCarver hailed the Boston Red Sox reliever — a Yale University graduate with a double major in molecular biophysics and biochemistry — as the smartest player in Major League Baseball. But with Breslow’s stellar performance this postseason, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington is looking like the genius for acquiring the lefty in a trade last year. In Boston’s first t...
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Israeli non-sports fan designs the gift for Manny Rivera

Israeli non-sports fan designs the gift for Manny Rivera BALTIMORE — Needing a gift for retiring New York Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera, the Baltimore Orioles pitched their idea for a sculpture to the Israel-born artist Omri Amrany. No surprise there, even though Amrany knows nothing about baseball. The 59-year-old Amrany, now living in the Chicago area, has become the go-to guy for sculptures of athletic giants. A week after the Orioles put in their request, they had their gift for Rivera, who retired last week after a record-breaking career ...
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From Hebrew school to Hollywood: ‘Jewtopia’

From Hebrew school to Hollywood: ‘Jewtopia’“JEWTOPIA,” the new comedic film directed by co-writer Bryan Fogel and based on the long-running theatrical hit, appeals to a much wider audience than the title suggests, according to producer Courtney Mizel. Mizel feels the movie version of the off-Broadway play penned by Fogel and writing partner Sam Wolfson demonstrates that Jewish stereotypes describe non-Jewish families as well. “A strong mother figure; the pressure for kids to succeed; marrying within one’s own religion; the sens...

Last Updated ( Monday, 30 September 2013 13:45 )

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Nate Freiman’s big year: first Israel, now Oakland

Nate Freiman’s big year: first Israel, now OaklandBALTIMORE — 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 this time it’s as a rookie in the big leagues, splitting time at first base for the Oakland Athletics. Playing for the A’s has been “an amazing experience,” Freiman said in a locker room interview...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 September 2013 10:42 )

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