Jeremy Wolf 2

Team Israel is heading to the A Pool of the European Championships in Bonn, Germany in early September, on the road to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Finishing in the top 5 in the tournament will take Team Israel straight through to the Olympics qualifiers in Italy.

Let's hear from team member Jeremy Wolf, new immigrant to Israel who played for Team Israel in Pool B of the European Championship in July.

Bio

Age: 25

Height: 6’3”

Weight: 200lb

Position: OF

Throws/bats: R/L

Current Team: Formerly with the New York Mets

A brief history

I played in college at Trinity University, a DIII school in San Antonio, Texas. I was National Player of the Year in 2016 as our team went on to win the National Championship. I was then drafted by the New York Mets in the 31st round of the 2016 first year player draft.

Your standout moment as a player for Team Israel

Running from the outfield and into the dogpile with Blake Gailen after beating Russia in the Pool B European Championship tournament in Bulgaria.  

Your baseball mantra

“Play every game like it’s your last.” At one point in my life I played my “last game” and I’m so thankful for the opportunity to get on the field again.

What you are most looking forward to in Germany

I’m most looking forward to winning in Germany... and the food, I love pretzels.

You’re a fan of…

Good music: If it makes me tap my foot, I’ll listen to it. That means anything from Tay-Tay to Kendrick Lamar!

Superstitions

I listen to the same song before every game: Helter Skelter by The Beatles.

Simon Rosenbaum Photo

Team Israel is heading to the European Championships in Bonn, Germany in early September, on the road to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Finishing in the top 5 in the tournament will take Team Israel straight through to the Olympics qualifiers in Italy.

Let's hear from team member Simon Rosenbaum, who has played for Team Israel since 2015.

Bio

Age: 25

Height: 6’7”

Weight: 220lb

Position: 1B

Throws/bats: R/R

Current Team: Works for the Tampa Bay Rays

A brief history

Played at Pomona-Pitzer and was an All-American in 2014. After college, I was a player/coach for the Brussels Kangaroos in Belgium. This is my third year playing for Israel, though my first since the B Pool in Vienna in 2015. I also played in the C Pool in Ljubljana in 2014, where I was named Tournament MVP.

Your standout moment as a player for Team Israel

Hitting the game-tying home run in the 2019 B Pool Championship game against Russia in the bottom of the 8th.

Your baseball mantra

Good enough isn’t

What you are most looking forward to in Germany

I've been lucky to  get the opportunity to meet such a great group of guys playing for Team Israel this year and I'm looking forward to meeting the new Olim. I expect to play against some good teams in the A Pool, and I'm just excited to go compete against them with a bunch of Mensches who have "Israel" written across our chests.

You’re a fan of…

A fan of baseball, basketball, soccer, and puns

Superstitions:

Too many to list. But one example: I always put on my socks and cleats the same way: Right sock on; left sock on; left stirrup on; right stirrup on; right cleat on; left cleat on; left cleat tied; right cleat tied.

Joey Wagman

Team Israel is heading to the A Pool of the European Championships in Bonn, Germany in early September, on the road to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Finishing in the top 5 in the tournament will take Team Israel straight through to the Olympics qualifiers in Italy.

Let's hear from team member Joey Wagman, who played for Team Israel in the WBC tournament in 2017.

Bio

  • Age: 28
  • Height:6’/1.83m
  • Weight: 185lb/83kg
  • Position: RHP
  • Current Team: Milwaukee Milkmen

A brief history

All American at Cal Poly Slo. 2013 draft pick of Chicago White Sox. Four years with Oakland Athletics. 7 total pro years. Member of the 2017 WBC Team Israel and 2019 Team Israel Senior National Team. 

Your standout moment as a player for Team Israel

Getting the first win against Lithuania and striking out 10 at the B Pool of the European Championships this year in July. 

Your baseball mantra

Enjoy playing a kids game as if you were still a kid.

What you are most looking forward to in Germany

Looking forward to playing high level international competition and qualifying for the Olympics!

You’re a fan of…

The beaches in Tel Aviv.

 

 

 

Blake

Team Israel is heading to the A Pool of the European Championships in Bonn, Germany in early September, on the road to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Finishing in the top 5 in the tournament will take Team Israel straight through to the Olympics qualifiers in Italy.

Let's hear from team member Blake Gailen, who played for Team Israel in the WBC qualifiers and tournament in 2016 and 2017, and was MVP of the B Pool when Israel won in July this year.

Bio

  • Age: 34
  • Height:5’8”/1.76m
  • Weight: 175lb/79kg
  • Position: OF
  • Throws/bats: L/L
  • Current Team: OKC Dodgers

A brief history

Just finished 13th year professionally (2007-2019).
Have been in independent ball as well as MLB organizations (Angels, Rockies, Blue Jays, Dodgers).

Your standout moment as a player for Team Israel

Playing the WBC in Japan against Japan in 2017 was the best moment as a player in my career. I’d never seen a better atmosphere.

Your baseball mantra

Don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t do something. You only can’t if you don’t try.

What you are most looking forward to in Germany

Looking most forward to the playoff atmosphere that these tournaments bring.

You’re a fan of…

All LA teams (Dodgers, Lakers, Kings). I love the NFL but don’t have a team.

Superstitions

There is a very fine line between superstition and committing to a routine. My entire career walks the line of that border.

 

 

 

ShlomoL Pitching

Team Israel is heading to the A Pool of the European Championships in Bonn, Germany in early September, on the road to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Finishing in the top 5 in the tournament will take Team Israel straight through to the Olympics qualifiers in Italy.

Let's hear from team member Shlomo Lipetz, who is a true veteran of Israel Baseball.

Bio
Age: 40
Height: 6’4”
Weight: 201lb
Position: RHP
Current Team: NY Cubs (Zorilla League)/ The Twins (Metro League)

A brief history
Shlomo Lipetz, VP of Programming at City Winery in New York, lives a double life as a baseball pitcher. Born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel, Shlomo is one of Israeli baseball first byproducts and first generation players to come out of Israel. Immediately after his military service he moved the US. After pitching for San Diego Mesa College and US San Diego as their closer, he returned to Israel to pitch for the Netanya Tigers in Israel's first and only professional league (IBL) season in 2007. He led the league with a 0.98 ERA and walked only three. This year will mark Shlomo's 30th year playing for Israel National teams. In 2008 and 2011, he pitched for Team Israel in the European Championship Qualifiers, and in the World Baseball Classic in 2013 and 2017.

Your standout moment as a player for Team Israel
During the 2012 European Baseball Championship qualifiers in 2011, I pitched in 3 of the 5 games. We beat Georgia in the opener, and I pitched 7 innings and striking out 9. During the first game of the home/away finals against Great Britain, I pitched a complete game shutout, giving up 6 hits and 3 walks while striking out five. Later that same day, I started again, pitching an additional 4.1 innings, giving up one earned run on 6 hits, while recording 4 strikeouts. I threw a total of 214 pitches in the doubleheader.

Your baseball mantra
Life always offers you a second chance. It's called tomorrow.

What you are most looking forward to in Germany
Looking forward to seeing just how far we can get with this team

You’re a fan of…
Ice cream...any flavor, but ideally chocolate

Superstitions
Always even…never odd...and if possible, some tie-in to the number 12

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