Sports Outside the Beltway

Israeli Baseball – Dan Duquette

In his days since being the GM for Boston Red Sox the Duke has found something to do:

Duquette has spent the past few months scouting players in Israel and Massachusetts and plans to hold additional tryouts before the six-team league opens its season on June 24. The teams will be the Bet Shemesh Blue Sox, Netanya Tigers, Petach Tikva Pioneers, Jerusalem/Gezer Lions, Haifa/Nahariya Stingrays and Tel Aviv Lightning.

Wonder who is going to play in this league?

The league has attracted castoffs from major league teams, former college and high school players who never got a shot at the pros, and ordinary fans with a dream.

Officials also said they hope to compete in the 2009 World Baseball Classic with Jewish major and minor league players such as infielder Kevin Youkilis of the Red Sox and pitcher Jason Marquis of the Chicago Cubs.

Sounds a lot like the players who represented Italy in last springs WBC. The Duke’s plan is noble, and hopefully it will succeed for the good people of Israel but I do not think this is what he had in mind for his job after MLB.

Related Stories:
Recent Stories:

Anyone who discounts Dan Duquette is not thinking well. I predict he will go down in histpry as the
brilliant GM who developed the Red Sox team which got the Championship ( finally).

He will be remembered as the person who successfuly developed baseball in Canada AND israel. All you have to do is put on the radio
or pick up many a newspaper and you can see something hugely postive is developing in Israel.

Posted by bananas for baseball | April 27, 2007 | 10:05 pm | Permalink

Dan Duquette did it in Canada, he is doing it in Israel. All you need to do is read the paper or listen to radio. He also did it for the Red Sox. He developed the Championship Roster. Anyone who does not get that is kidding themselves.

Posted by bananas for baseball | April 27, 2007 | 10:07 pm | Permalink

RSS feed for these comments.

Comments are Closed


Visitors Since Feb. 4, 2003

All original content copyright 2003-2008 by OTB Media. All rights reserved.