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On Monday December 18 at 18:30 at the Baptist Village, the IAB Junior League All Stars will face off in not-to-be-missed game. The all stars of the teams from the north will take on the south, and it's guaranteed to be an exciting evening of baseball.

Meet the teams:

THE SOUTH 

 

Name: Yosef Green
Team: Bet Shemesh Comets
Height: 176 cm
Weight: 68 kg
Position: P, CF
Throws: Left
Hits: Right
Hometown: Bet Shemesh
Favorite Major League Team: St Louis Cardinals
Favorite Major League Player: Albert Pujols (Angels)

 Yosef Green

Name: Noach Weiss
Team: Bet Shemesh Comets
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 88 kg
Position: OF
Throws: Right
Bats: Right
Homwtown: Bet Shemesh
Favorite Major League Team: New York Yankees
Favorite Major League Player: Derek Jeter  

 Noach Weiss

Name: Yehuda Markson
Team: Bet Shemesh Blue Sox
Height: 163 cm
Weight: 67 kg
Position: C, 3B
Throws: Right
Hits: Right
Hometown: Bet Shemesh
Favorite Major League Team: New York Yankees
Favorite Major League Player: Nolan Arenado (Rockies)

 Yehudah Markson

Name: Yaakov Rabinowitz
Team: Bet Shemesh Blue Sox
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 62 kg
Position: CF
Throws: Right
Hits: Right
Hometown: Bet Shemesh
Favorite Major League Team: New York Yankees
Favorite Major League Player: Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers)

 Yaacov Rabinowitz

Name: Avi Graf
Team: Bet Shemesh Blue Sox
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 60 kg
Position: 3B
Throws: Right
Hits: Right
Hometown: Bet Shemesh
Favorite Major League Team: Boston Red Sox
Favorite Major League Player: Mookie Betts (Red Sox)

 Avi Graf

Name: Avi Paley
Team: Modiin Miracles
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 52 kg
Position: CF
Throws: Right
Hits: Right
Hometown: Nof Ayalon
Favorite Major League Team: New York Yankees
Favorite Major League Player: Mike Trout (Angels)

 Avy Paley

Name: Moshe Tabak
Team: Modiin Miracles
Height: 167 cm
Weight: 60 kg
Position: 2B
Throws: Rght
Hits: Right
Hometown: Metar
Favorite Major League Team: New York Mets
Favorite Major League Player: Daniel Murphy (Nationals)

 Moshe Tabak

Name: Evan Milgram
Team: Modiin Miracles
Height: 166 cm
Weight: 58 kg
Position: IF
Throws: Right
Hits: Right
Hometown: Kibbutz Gezer
Favorite Major League Team: New York Yankees

 Evan Milgarm

Name: Zev Moore
Team: Jerusalem Lions
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 80 kg
Position: SS, 2B
Throws: Right
Hits: Right
Hometown: Neve Daniel
Favorite Major League Team: New York Yankees
Favorite Major League Player: Didi Gregorius (Yankees)

 Zev Moore

Name: Eitan Moore
Team: Jerusalem Lions
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 73 kg
Position: SS, 2B
Throws: Right
Hits: Right 
Hometown: Neve Daniel
Favorite Major League Team: Boston Red Sox
Favorite Major League Player: Dustin Pedroia (Red Sox)

 Eitan Moore

Name: Lior Brenner
Team: Jerusalem Lions
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 55 kg
Position: C, 3B
Hits: Right
Throws: Right
Hometown: Efrat
Favorite Major League Team: Washington Nationals
Favorite Major League Player: Stephen Strasburg (Nationals)

 Lior Brenner

 

THE NORTH

Name: Shlomo Friedman
Team: Lev Hasharon Nationals
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 66 kg
Position: P, CF
Throws: Left
Hits: Right
Hometown: Woodmere, NY
Favorite Major League Team: Houston Astros
Favorite Major League Player: Alex Bregman (Astros)

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Name: Gal Partouche
Team: Lev Hasharon Nationals
Height: 175 cm
Weight: N/A
Position: C, 2B
Throws: Right
Hits: Right
Hometown: Irvine, CA
Favorite Major League Team: Los Angeles Angels
Favorite Major League Player: Mike Trout (Angels)

 Gal Partouche

Name: Ido Peled
Team: Lev Hasharon Nationals
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 69 kg
Position: P, 3B
Throws: Right
Hits: Right
Hometown: Bnei Dror
Favorite Major League Team: New York Yankees
Favorite Major League Player: Mike Trout (Angels)

 Ido Peled

Name: Ido Dromy
Team: Lev Hasharon Nationals
Height: 172 cm
Weight: 63 kg
Position: C, P
Throws: Right
Bats: Right
Hometown: Tel Mond
Favorite Major League Team: New York Yankees
Favorite Major League Player: Salvador Perez (Royals)

 Ido Dromi

Name: Doron Katz
Team: Misgav
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 66 kg
Position: CF, P, SS, 2B
Throws: Left
Bats: Right
Hometown: Misgav
Favorite Major League Team: Boston Red Sox
Favorite Major League Player: Yasiel Puig (Dodgers)

 Doron Katz

Name: Zakai Avidor
Team: Misgav
Height: 186 cm
Weight: 73 kg
Position: P, 1B
Throws: Left
Bats: Left
Hometown: Oakland, CA
Favorite Major League Team: New York Yankees
Favorite Major League Player: Miguel Cabrera (Tigers)

 Zakai Avidor

Name: Ido Malka
Team: Misgav
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 65 kg
Position: OF
Throws: Left
Hits: Right
Hometown: Misgav
Favorite Major League Team: New York Yankees
Favorite Major League Player: Manny Machado (Orioles)

 Ido Malka

Name: Dan Laderman
Team: Tel Aviv Comrades
Height: 176 cm
Weight: 66 kg
Position: OF, 1B
Throws: Right
Bats: Right
Hometown: Tel Aviv
Favorite Major League Team: Oakland Atheltics
Favorite Major League Players: Bryce Harper (Nationals)

 Dan Lad

Name: Nadav Levi
Team: Tel Aviv Comrades 
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 60 kg
Position: OF
Throws: Left
Hits: Left
Hometown: Tel Aviv
Favorite Major League Team: Washington Nationals
Favorite Major League Player:Stephen Strasburg (Nationals)

 Nadav Levy

Name: Iddo Rachamimov
Team: Tel Aviv Comrades
Height: 167 cm
Weight: 70 kg
Position: C
Throws: Right
Hits: Right
Hometown: Tel Aviv
Favorite Major League Team: New York Yankees
Favorite Major League Player: Jose Altuve (Astros)

 Ido Rachamimov

Name: Itai Goldner
Team: Tel Aviv Comrades
Height: 175 cm
Weight:60 kg
Position: SS, 3B, P
Throws: Right
Hits: Right
Hometown: Herzliya
Favorite Major League Team: New York Yankees
Favorite Major League Player: Aaron Judge (Yankees)

 Itai

Name: Yair Roseman
Team: Ra'anana Raiders
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 63 kg
Position: CF, 1B
Throws: Left
Hits: Left
Hometown: Ginot Shomron
Favorite Major League Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Favorite Major League Player: Kevin Pillar (Blue Jays)

 Yair Roseman

Name: Betzalel Kupietzky
Team: Ra'anana Raiders
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 89 kg
Position: 3B
Throws: Right
Hits: Right
Hometown: Ra'anana
Favorite Major League Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Favorite Major League Player: Yasiel Puig (Dodgers)

 Betazlel

Name: David Gellis
Team: Ra'anana Raiders
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 78 kg
Position: SS, C, P
Throws: Right
Hits: Right
Hometown: Ra'anana
Favorite Major League Team: New York Yankees
Favorite Major League Player: Aaron Judge (Yankees)
 David Gellis

Name: Yonatan Ziering
Team: Ra'anana Raiders
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 74 kg
Position: C
Throws: Right
Hits: Right
Hometown: Ra'anana
Favorite Major League Team: Boston Red Sox
Favorite Major League Player: Carlos Correa (Astros)
 Yonatan Ziering

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hanukkaimage

The IAB’s annual Hanukkah events are coming up. Join us for two days of fun and baseball during the Hanukkah vacation. The Annual Hanukkah Tournament for Minors, Juveniles and Cadets will take place on December 15, and the All Star Day including the skills competition for Minors, Juveniles and Cadets and the Howie Osterer Memorial All Stars Game will take place on December 18.

IAB Hanukkah Tournament Schedule - Friday December 15

MINORS
Venue: Sportek Tel Aviv
10:00-14:00 - All registered teams - Tel Aviv, Ra'anana, Modiin, Jerusalem

JUVENILES
Venue: Baptist Village
9:00-10:30 – Modiin White @ Lev Hasharon 2
10:40-12:10 – Bat Hefer @ Modiin White
12:20-13:50 – Lev Hasharon 2 @ Bat Hefer
Venue: Baptist Village
9:00-10:30 – Ginot Shomron @ Tel Aviv 1
10:40-12:10 - Modiin Royal @ Ginot Shomron
12:20-13:50 – Tel Aviv 1 @ Modiin Royal
Venue: Sportek Tel Aviv
9:00-10:30 – Tel Aviv 2 @ Lev Hasharon 1
10:40-12:10 - Lev Hasharon 1 @ Ra'anana
12:20-13:50 – Ra'anana @ Tel Aviv 2
Venue: Yad Binyamin
9:00-10:30 – Yad Binyamin @ Modiin Navy
10:40-12:10 - Modiin Navy @ Hashmonaim
12:20-13:50 – Hashmonaim @ Yad Binyamin

CADETS
Venue: Baptist Village - Softball Field
9:00-10:30 - Lev Hasharon @ Jerusalem
10:40-12:10 - Jerusalem@ Modiin Navy
12:20-13:50 - Modiin Navy @ Lev Hasharon
Venue: Sportek Tel Aviv
9:00-10:30 - Hashmonaim @ Ra'anana 2
10:40-12:10 - Modiin Royal @ Hashmonaim
12:20-13:50 - Ra'anana 2 @ Modiin Royal
Venue: Sportek Tel Aviv
9:00-10:30 - Misgav @ Tel Aviv
10:40-12:10 - Ra'anana 1 @ Misgav
12:20-13:50 - Tel Aviv @ Ra'anana 1

All-Star Day
The All-‎Star Day for registered members of the IAB and their families will take place on Monday, December 18, at the Baptist Village from ‎‎16:00 to 21:00. ‎
Schedule‎
‎16:00-17:30 – Skills Competitions for Minors, Juveniles, and Cadets‎‎ (only registered players)
17:45-18:00 - Awards ceremony and candle lighting.
‎18:00 - BBQ
‎18:30 – Howie Osterer Memorial Juniors All-Star Game

All-Star day is FREE. No registration is required. So, come join the festivities for a great day of baseball and bring your ‎family, Monday, December 18, at the Baptist Village for IAB All-Star Day. ‎

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Robinson Cano, second baseman for the Seattle Mariners, paid a surprise visit to our Enrichment Program practice during a short private family visit to Israel.

Robinson arrived at the Baptist Village Field in Petah Tikvah where nearly 100 players ages 9-17, who had no idea he was coming, welcomed him warmly. Wearing an Israel Baseball hoodie, he gave the players an inspirational talk. He recalled his early beginnings in Dominican Republic, and his hard slog to get to the top. “It’s a lot of hard work and dedication, but the best thing is to listen to your parents and your coaches - they are always right,” he advised.

He was impressed by the size and extent of Israel Baseball. “I hope that all of you make it to the big leagues,” he told the players. “Before I came here, I thought maybe there would be about 200 people playing baseball, so it’s great to see all of you here,” he said, hinting at the nearly 1,000 players in Israel today. “I was also very impressed with Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic this year.”

Robinson boasts a significant list of achievements in his 12-year major league baseball career that began with his debut with the New York Yankees in 2005 at age 22. He has been an eight-time All Star, was the 2017 All Star MVP, won the Home Run Derby in 2016, is a two-time Gold Glove and five-time Silver Slugger winner, was MVP in the Dominican Republic's 2013 World Baseball Classic championship winning team, and he was a member of 2009 World Series championship team.

After chatting with the players, Robinson, along with his father, Jose, who pitched for the Houston Astros in 1989, his younger brother Joselito, a pitcher in the Mariner’s organization’s Everett AquaSox, and cousin, Burt Reynolds, an outfielder for the Mariners’ Clinton Lumber Kings, took batting practice on the field. After they all put up an impressive performance, Robinson requested to see some of our players batting skills. Assaf Lowengart, a member of the Israel Baseball Senior National Team, who had hit an impressive home run the previous week during the Premier League championship game for the Ra’anana Raiders, impressed the visitors with a strong performance, topped by a final effort that sent the ball over the fence. Next up, Noam Calisar, also a member of the Israel Baseball Senior National Team, put one over the fence as well.

Senior National Team member Alon Leichman, who is the Coordinator of Organizational Learning for the Seattle Mariners' player development program, was home in Israel for a visit and was on hand to throw BP for the Cano family.

When he first arrived, Robinson promised to be with us for up to half an hour, but over an hour later, he was still happily signing autographs for every player and smiling for a barrage of selfies. He and his family left after spending nearly an hour and a half with us. Immediately after leaving, he posted video clips of his visit to the practice on his Instagram page, and sources close to the family report that he had a great time with the players.

Richard's Coach Clinic

Coaches around the country took part in high level coaches clinics given by visiting Senior National Team coach Richard Kania in late October. Sessions were held in Kibbutz Gezer, Bet Shemesh and Ra’anana with a total of 26 coaches participating. Richard focused on enriching the coaches with new drills, different approaches to coaching and innovative ways to make use of a variety of props and equipment to make baseball practices fun for all ages. Richard, was first assigned as a European Envoy coach to Israel Baseball  by the Confederation of European Baseball in 2008. Since then has been active in helping the IAB develop baseball in Israel, and besides coaching our SNT and coaching our coaches, he also coaches players of all ages every summer at our camps.Richard clinic3

“The coaches at the sessions were very enthusiastic and came with a positive attitude - they wanted to learn something new,” says Richard. “It’s always a pleasure for me to come to Israel. I feel like I’ve never left.” Richard also runs similar coaching clinics in Poland, as well as in Czech Republic where each year over 150 coaches attend his sessions.

The local coaches who attended were very enthusiastic about the sessions.

“Richard is one of the most dynamic coaches I’ve ever met,” enthuses Haim Katz, veteran Tel Aviv Minors coach and former IAB president. “He is always thinking ahead and is one of the few people who can take the latest baseball mechanics research and convert it into simple, fun drills that can be adapted for players of all ages.”

“It was amazing,” says Yitzy Roseman, coach of the Ra’anana Juniors and commissioner of the Juniors League. “I personally got a lot of new drills that are great for all age groups from Minors to Seniors that can spice up our practices. All of the coaches who were at the session followed every word and were very interested.”

The IAB brought Richard to Israel as part of an ongoing effort to increase the professional level of our coaches and our players. This is one of the benefits that Richard clinic2Team Israel gained at the World Baseball Classic in March this year. “Our achievements in the WBC earned the IAB prize money that we are now investing in development efforts,” says Peter Kurz, IAB President. “Offering our coaches high level coaching clinics is one of many ways we will continue to develop and increase the level of our players in the coming years. Our goal has always been to raise the level of play in Israel so that we are on par with the leading baseball playing countries around the world. These efforts will continue unabated.”

Enrichment Program

The IAB's National Enrichment Program for Juveniles, Cadets and Juniors begins on Wednesday, October 18 at the Baptist Village. The program is run by the most experienced IAB coaches and brings together players from around the country. "This program has proven itself year after year to raise the level of play," says Justin Peedin, Head of Baseball Operations. "It's a great way for players to get extra coaching and for them to meet players from around the country."

This year, players who would like a chance to be on a National Team must attend the full Enrichment Program for their age group. The national team tryouts will take place during the course of the Enrichment Program so the teams can start working together early on. Players who choose not to try out for national teams or who aren’t selected for the national team will continue with the Enrichment Program till it ends. This will significantly improve the level of all players who participate, ensuring that all Enrichment Program participants get the highest level of coaching throughout the program, irrespective of whether they are on a national team or not. The national teams will get an extended period for their practices to ensure that they are ready for their tournaments. National team tournaments will be decided at a later date, updates will be sent as soon as possible.

The Juveniels program runs weekly from October 18 until the end of January, from 17:30-19:30.
The Cadets and Juniors program runs weekly from October 18 until the end of January, from 19:00-21:00.
Registration and payment on our website - under "Enrichment Programs". Please note - ONLY players who have paid for the program will be allowed to participate from the first session - there are no "tryout" sessions

The Enrichment Program is only open to registered IAB members.

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