Israel national baseball team

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Israel national baseball team
Country  Israel
Confederation Confederation of European Baseball
Manager Jerry Weinstein
From left to right, former team manager Brad Ausmus, Israeli president Shimon Peres and U.S. ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro.

The Israel national baseball team represents Israel in international competitions. They are currently the 19th-ranked baseball team in the world, and 6th in Europe .[1][2]

Israel has baseball teams in all ages from 10 to 30. Their current manager is Jerry Weinstein.[3]

In June 2015, Israel senior national team player Dean Kremer became the first Israeli to ever be selected in the Major League Baseball draft.[4] 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.[5] After playing for the Rebels for the 2016 season, Dean Kremer was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers and assigned to the Ogden Raptors.[6]

Current roster[edit]

Israel roster - 2017 World Baseball Classic Qualification
Players Coaches




International tournament results[edit]

World Baseball Classic[edit]

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 Qualified - TBD United States 3 0 15 3
Total 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, Israel competed in the 2017 Qualifier 4 round. Colorado Rockies coach Jerry Weinstein served as the manager.[7] 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.[8]

Israel won all three of their games in the qualifier, beating Great Britain twice[9][10] and Brazil once.[11] With the win, Israel will play in Pool B in South Korea in March 2017, against South Korea, Taiwan, and Netherlands.[12]

European Under-21 Baseball Championship[edit]

European Juveniles Baseball Championship[edit]

European Senior National Team 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

See also[edit]