Nate Fish

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Nate Fish
Utility Player / Coach
Born: (1980-01-02) January 2, 1980 (age 39)
Hanover, New Hampshire
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Teams

Nate Fish (born January 2, 1980) is an American–Israeli writer, artist, baseball player, and coach. He was the first base coach for Team Israel at the 2017 World Baseball Classic.[1]

Fish plays shortstop, third base, outfield, and catcher.[2] He has won three medals at the Maccabiah Games. He played for the Tel Aviv Lightning in the only year of the Israel Baseball League. He served as national director for the Israel Association of Baseball (IAB). Fish coached for the Israel national baseball team, in the 2013 and 2017 qualifiers for the World Baseball Classic, and was Team Israel's first base coach in the 2017 World Baseball Classic in South Korea and Japan.

Fish has published a number of magazine features and poems, and has had two solo exhibitions of visual art in New York City. He was inducted into the Shaker Heights High School Alumni Hall of Fame in 2016.[3]

Early life[edit]

Fish was born in Hanover, New Hampshire, and is Jewish.[4][5][6] He moved to Cleveland, Ohio, when he was 12 and grew up there.[5][6][7]

Baseball[edit]

United States[edit]

Fish attended Shaker Heights High School from 1994 to 1998. He was a high school teammate of Matt Guerrier, who went on to play for the Minnesota Twins, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Chicago Cubs.[3][8] Fish played for the school's varsity baseball team for three years, earning all-region honors each year, and served as team captain his senior year.[3]

From 1998 to 2002, Fish played baseball at the University of Cincinnati with his close friend -- the only other Jewish player on the team -- future Boston Red Sox star Kevin Youkilis.[6][5][7] While playing for the Cincinnati Bearcats, Fish appeared in 181 games, batting .249 with 22 doubles, 13 home runs, and 71 RBIs.[9] As a senior, Fish was the captain of the Bearcats, hit .287 with seven home runs, and set the Conference USA record with six hits in a game.[5][10]

At the 2005 Maccabiah Games Fish played for Team USA, and won a gold medal.[5] Fish later was the head coach of the United States Junior National Team for the 2013 Maccabiah Games. The team won a gold medal in 2013 Maccabiah Games boys' baseball.[11]

In 2010, Fish co-founded and managed the Yorkville Baseball Academy in New York City.[8]

In 2017, he was Assistant Coach of the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox of the Cape Cod Baseball League.[12][13]

Israel[edit]

European Baseball Championship[edit]

Fish was the starting shortstop for Israel in the 2014 and 2015 qualifying rounds for the 2016 European Baseball Championship. The team won the C Pool in 2014, and finished third in the B Pool in 2015, behind Sweden and Austria.[14][15]

In the C-Level qualifier in 2014, Fish was the starting shortstop in all five games, and batted third. During the opening game against Finland, Fish went 3-for-5 with a double, a walk, 2 RBIs, and a run scored.[16] During the second game, against Slovenia, Fish went 0-for-4 and was hit by a pitch.[17] During the third game, against Latvia, Fish went 1-for-4 with a walk and an RBI.[18] In the semifinals game against Romania, Fish went 2-for-5 with a home run and a strikeout.[19] In the finals, against Slovenia, Fish went 1-for-5 with a run scored, as Israel went on to win 14-0 and moved on to the B-Level qualifier.[20]

In the B-Level qualifier in 2015, Fish was once the starting shortstop in all five games, and batted fifth. During the opening game against Belarus, Fish went 2-for-4 with a double, two walks, and a run scored.[21] During the second game, against Poland, Fish went 1-for-3 with a walk.[22] During the third game, against Austria, Fish went 2-for-4 with a RBI, a run, and was hit by a pitch twice.[23] During the fourth game, against Lithuania, Fish got a walk and a double in four at-bats, and struck out once.[24] During the final game against Sweden, Fish went 2-for-5 with a double and a strikeout.[25]

World Baseball Classic[edit]

Fish was the bullpen catcher and coach for Team Israel at the 2013 World Baseball Classic in Jupiter, Florida.[26] Team Israel beat Spain and South Africa, but lost in the finals to Spain and did not qualify for the 2013 WBC.[27]

In 2016, Fish was on the coaching staff for Israel at the 2017 World Baseball Classic qualifier in Brooklyn, New York. Team Israel beat Great Britain and Brazil to qualify for the 2017 World Baseball Classic.[7] In March 2017 he returned in the same role in the main tournament.[28] He was Team Israel's first base coach in the 2017 World Baseball Classic in South Korea and Japan.

Other Israel activities[edit]

In 2007, Fish played third base for the Tel Aviv Lightning in the only year of the Israel Baseball League. He hit .347 and won the gold glove award for the best defensive infielder in the league.[5] He was also one of the subjects of the award-winning film Holy Land Hardball, about the league.

From 2013 to 2016, Fish lived in Israel and worked as the national director for the Israel Association of Baseball.[29] He made aliyah in 2013 to accept the position, and spent his time visiting Israeli schools to introduce kids to baseball.[30]

While serving as director for Israel Baseball, Fish co-founded the program Baseball Le’Kulam (Baseball for All) to bring Arab and Jewish kids in Israel together.[31] Baseball Le'Kulam was featured during the 2016 AIPAC conference in Washington DC.[32]

Other[edit]

In 2008, Fish played for the Haar Disciples in Germany’s Bundesliga.[5] He hit .320 while fielding .947 while playing third base and catching.[1] He was Haar's #2 offensive producer, and was second in the league in fielding among starting third basemen.[1]

Fish has also played baseball professionally in Argentina, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic.[8]

Other ventures[edit]

Writing[edit]

Fish has a degree from the New School University in New York with a focus on creative writing.[2] He has published features in Heeb Magazine and Leveled Magazine.[33] In 2012, he created the blog King of Jewish Baseball. In 2016, he established the Brick of Gold Publishing Company. Fish's first book was Israelis Drive Anything, a photo series of Israelis driving homemade vehicles.[citation needed]

Art[edit]

In 2002 Fish moved to Brooklyn in order to focus on visual arts.[6] He is a self-taught artist. He had solo exhibitions in 2011 (Jellybeans) at Gallery Bar in Manhattan’s Lower East Side,[citation needed] and in 2013 (Natureficial) at the Red Door Gallery in Chelsea.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Nate Fish," DBV Onlinestats Spielerübersicht.
  2. ^ a b Jerry Crasnick. "Pro Baseball is coming back to Israel," ESPN.
  3. ^ a b c "Nate Fish '08," Shaker Heights Hall of Fame.
  4. ^ Yardena Schwartz (October 6, 2013). "Why Nate Fish made aliyah: To play baseball; Even though, admits the 'king of Jewish baseball,' nobody even knows the game's played in Israel," Haaretz.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "Disciples replace injured Alexis Hernandez with Nate Fish," April 8, 2003.
  6. ^ a b c d Raanan Geberer (October 10, 2013). "Nate Fish: From Brooklyn artist to a leader of Israeli baseball," Brooklyn Daily Eagle.
  7. ^ a b c Elli Wohlgelernter (September 15, 2016). "Israeli baseball in Brooklyn!; Next week Israel’s international baseball team will be playing in the World Baseball Classic’s qualifying tournament", The Jerusalem Post.
  8. ^ a b c "Introducing… Nate Fish," Israel Baseball, April 8, 2011.
  9. ^ "Former Bearcat Fish Trying For Pro Career", gobearcats.com, September 1, 2006.
  10. ^ Justin Berg (March 18, 2016). "Baseball blossoming in Israel," The American Israelite.
  11. ^ "Professional Baseball Alumni to Coach USA Juniors Boys Baseball Team," Maccabi USA, May 11, 2012.
  12. ^ "Nate Fish Bio," Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox.
  13. ^ Jon Mettus (June 13, 2017). "Y-D Red Sox seek 4th straight Cape League championship," Cape Cod Times.
  14. ^ "Qualifier European Championship C-Pool in Ljubljana: Final Day, August 2, 2014"
  15. ^ "2015 European Championships"
  16. ^ Israel vs Finland (July 29, 2014)
  17. ^ Slovenia vs Israel (July 30, 2014)
  18. ^ Latvia vs Israel (July 31, 2014)
  19. ^ Romania vs Israel (August 1, 2014)
  20. ^ Slovenia vs Israel (August 2, 2014)
  21. ^ Israel vs Belarus (July 27, 2015)
  22. ^ Poland vs Israel (July 28, 2015)
  23. ^ Israel vs Austria (July 29, 2015)
  24. ^ Israel vs Lithuania (July 30, 2015)
  25. ^ Sweden vs Israel (July 31, 2015)
  26. ^ Hillel Kuttler (January 1, 2016). "For ex-baseball players, Israel pitched as next career step," The Times of Israel.
  27. ^ Adam Berry (September 23, 2012). "Spain tops Israel in extras to advance to Classic", mlb.com.
  28. ^ "Team Israel Announces Coaching Staff for World Baseball Classic", baseball.org.il.
  29. ^ "Israeli Baseball Says Goodbye to Head Coach Nate Fish; National team’s head coach to step down three years after 'baseballiah' and plans to return to U.S.", Haaretz, July 21, 2016.
  30. ^ "Rounding the Bases with Israeli Baseball," Jewish National Fund.
  31. ^ "Baseball le'Kulam", Israel Baseball, March 18, 2015.
  32. ^ Steven Klein (March 25, 2016). "Coexistence Baseball Shares the Limelight With Donald Trump at AIPAC Conference; Fadi Abu Swees of Ramle and Niv Eytan of Modi'in make a presentation about Israel's inclusive baseball program after Trump's speech," Haaretz.
  33. ^ "76 Seconds to Newcastle", leveledmag.com.

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