Israel national baseball team

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Israel national baseball team
Country  Israel
Confederation Confederation of European Baseball
Manager Jerry Weinstein
World Baseball Classic
Appearances 1 (First in 2017)
Best result 6th (2017)
European Championship
Appearances 3 (First in 2010)
Best result B Level Qualifier (2016)
From left to right, former team manager Brad Ausmus, Shimon Peres and Daniel B. Shapiro.

Israel national baseball team (Hebrew: נבחרת ישראל בבייסבול‎) represents Israel in international competitions. Prior to the 2017 World Baseball Classic Israel was 41st-ranked baseball team in the world and 16th in Europe,[1][2] however they advanced 22 spots due to their performance, ranking 19 in the world and 4th in Europe after.[3]


Israel has baseball teams in all ages from 10 to 30. The current manager is Jerry Weinstein.[4]

In June 2015, Israel senior national team player Dean Kremer became the first Israeli to be selected in the Major League Baseball draft.[5] He was picked by the San Diego Padres in the 38th round. On 22 July it was announced that Kremer would fulfill his commitment and play for the UNLV Rebels baseball team.[6] After playing for the Rebels for the 2016 season, Dean Kremer was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers and assigned to the Ogden Raptors.[7]

On the basis of its performance in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, Israel automatically qualified for the 2021 World Baseball Classic.

Current roster[edit]

Israel roster - 2017 World Baseball Classic
Players Coaches





International tournament results[edit]

World Baseball Classic[edit]

World Baseball Classic
Tournament Results
Medal Tally
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World Baseball Classic record Qualification record
Year Host(s) Round Position W L RS RA Host W L RS RA
2006 Did not enter No qualifiers held
2009 Did not enter No qualifiers held
2013 Did not qualify United States 2 1 18 14
2017 South Korea Round 1 1st 3 0 21 10 United States 3 0 15 3
Japan Round 2 3rd 1 2 9 21
2021 Qualified Automatically qualified
Total 4 2 30 31 5 1 33 17

2013 World Baseball Classic[edit]

The team competed in the September 2012 Qualifier 1 round, in Jupiter, Florida against Spain, France, and South Africa. Israel won easily in their first game. Israel then beat Spain in the winner's bracket. Spain then eliminated South Africa to earn a rematch with Israel, in the final game. Spain won the winner-take-all final game, 9–7 in 10 innings, to advance to the main tournament.

2017 World Baseball Classic[edit]

In September 2016, Team Israel competed in the 2017 Qualifier 4 round. Colorado Rockies coach Jerry Weinstein served as the manager.[8] Israel's roster included 20 MLB-affiliated minor leaguers, making up 86% of the team, more than any other team in the qualifiers even before including recent Major Leaguers.[9]

Israel won all three of their games in the qualifier, beating Great Britain twice and Brazil once.[10][11][12] With the win, Israel advanced to play in Pool A in South Korea in March 2017, against South Korea, Taiwan, and the Netherlands.[13]

Prior to the start of the 2017 tournament, ESPN considered Israel, ranked 41st in the world, to be the biggest underdog in the tournament, referring to them as the "Jamaican bobsled team of the WBC".[14][15] Israel began the round robin tournament with wins against world # 3 Korea and world # 4 Chinese Taipei,[16] and world # 9 Netherlands.[17] Team Israel's first round performance afforded it a spot in the second round, in Pool E in Japan and ensured its participation in the 2021 tournament.[18] Ryan Lavarnway was named Pool A MVP.[19]

In the first game of the second round, Team Israel beat Team Cuba (world # 5) by a score of 4−1.[20] Israel lost the next two games, to the Netherlands and world # 1 Japan, and came in third in Pool E.

European Under-21 Baseball Championship[edit]

European Juveniles Baseball Championship[edit]

European Baseball Championship[edit]

European Baseball Championship record Qualification record
Year Host(s) Round Position W L RS RA Host W L RS RA
2010 Did not qualify Croatia 2 2 22 27
2012 Did not qualify Israel 3 2 39 16
2014 Did not enter Did not enter
2016 Did not qualify Slovenia, Austria 8 2 97 29
2018 TBD Serbia TBD

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Israel's baseball team moves up in world rankings". i24news. Archived from the original on 18 October 2014. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "The WBSC World Rankings 2016 -- WBSC". Retrieved 13 December 2016. 
  3. ^ New WBSC World Rankings revealed following World Baseball Classic 2017
  4. ^ "Senior National Team on their Way to Vienna - Israel Baseball - Official Site". Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Kremer first Israeli to be picked in MLB draft". Jerusalem Post. 
  6. ^ Heller, Aron. "Israeli baseball player selected in MLB draft for 1st time". The Washington Times. Associated Press. Retrieved 7 March 2017. 
  7. ^ "Dean Kremer Stats, Fantasy & News". Major League Baseball. 
  8. ^ "How a Survivor's Son Is Bringing Baseball to Israel". 
  9. ^ "Israel off to great start in Baseball Classic Qualifier tournament in Brooklyn" - Israel News, Jerusalem Post
  10. ^ "Great Britain vs. Israel - 09/22/16". 
  11. ^ "Great Britain vs. Israel - 09/25/16". 
  12. ^ "Brazil vs. Israel - 09/23/16". 
  13. ^ "Israel Advances to the World Baseball Classic". The New York Times. 25 September 2016. Retrieved 7 March 2017. 
  14. ^ "Team Israel -- and its mascot, Mensch on a Bench -- is the Jamaican bobsled team of the WBC"
  15. ^ "World Baseball Classic: Israel's Cinderella Run Forges Ahead After Upsetting Taiwan"
  16. ^ "Israel wins at World Baseball Classic again"
  17. ^ [ World Baseball Classic newcomer Israel advances to second round AP]
  18. ^ Israel advances to 2nd round of World Baseball Classic
  19. ^ "Israel's Lavarnway named MVP of Pool A,"
  20. ^ "Israel upsets Cuba at WBC," The Japan Times.
  21. ^ "standing".