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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Jerusalem Lions To Enter Israeli Baseball!

(Image Credit: Israel Baseball League)

After nearly 4,000 years of waiting, it looks as if the spiritual capital of Israel will finally have its own Baseball team. The Petach Tikva Pioneers have recently decided to migrate to Jerusalem, and will be renamed the Jerusalem Lions.

But the question remains, can they defeat the Bet Shemesh Blue Sox?

(Israel Baseball League) This is about to change for the 2008 season, as the IBL announced that it is moving the Petach Tikva franchise to Jerusalem for the coming year. The team, to be known as the Jerusalem Lions, will play its maiden season in Gezer Field, about a 25 minute drive from the center of Jerusalem. By the 2010 season, the league expects the team to have a home field in Jerusalem itself. [...]

"Our problem was finding a site in Jerusalem that could accommodate pro baseball requirements," said Ami Baran, the IBL's Director of Israeli Operations. "However, we have been working under the leadership of the Jerusalem Foundation in getting a particular parcel designated as a baseball field and it is clear that enough progress has been made on that score for us to start planning for baseball in Jerusalem," Baran continued.

The move towards Jerusalem should help improve the teams fan base, as well as raise the status of the league overall internationally.

The Israel Baseball League has recently released a schedule for 2008, which includes 40 games to be played throughout the season, giving each team plenty of time to spar against each other in the hot summer.

Note: With Jerusalem now formally having a team, I wonder whether or not the Haredi (or Orthodox Jews) will consider joining the fun? (especially if it means beating the Tel Aviv Lightening)

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  1. Thanks for sharing! This baseball league is a happy miracle. Nice to see good happening in Israel!


  2. update from the IBL website thought you may want to see...yeeha the season starts just months away....

    IBL stars playing well in the Dominican Republic
    12/09/2007 2:58 PM
    Juan Feliciano, winner of the IBL's most valuable pitcher award and
    Eladio Rodriguez co-winner of the IBL's Most Valuable Player Award are
    teammates on the Santiago Aguilera'of the Dominican Winter Baseball League.

    Juan Feliciano, who played for the Hiroshima Carp of Japan's major
    leagues before signing with the IBL has appeared in six games for the
    Santiago Aguilera's. In nine and two thirds innings of work Feliciano has yielded only five hits while striking out eight and has a 3.78 ERA .

    Eladio Rodriguez, who has been signed by the NY Yankees after his
    superb performance in the IBL this past summer, has been to bat five
    times and has two hits including a double giving him a batting average of .400.

    The Dominican Winter Baseball League is a highly competitive league
    with numerous major leaguers playing for the six team league. Among the
    current major leaguers playing with Eladio and Juan on the Aguilera's
    is Boston Red Sox pitcher Julian Tavares and Kansas City Royal Tony
    Pena Jr. Current Major League stars that have played for the Aguilera's
    include Manny Ramirez and Miguel Tejada.

    these are beautiful pictures of a beautiful baseball season.


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