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Tuesday, 27 February 2007 02:38

Israel BaseballKen Holtzman, Ron Blomberg and Art Shamsky are former MLB players who will manage teams in the new Israel Baseball League. Add former Red Sox GM Dan Duquette as the fledgling league's head of baseball operations.

Tel Aviv, Bet Shemish, Modi'in, Ra'anana, Netanya and Petach Tikva were announced Monday as the six clubs to play this summer in the inaugural season of the league. As reported by the AP:

Holtzman (Ra'anana), Blomberg (Bet Shemesh) and Shamsky (Modi'in) will be managers, along with former Houston pitcher Steve Hertz (Tel Aviv) and Shaun Smith (Australia's Auburn Orioles). The Petach Tikva manager has not been hired.

"The idea really grew on me as a challenge and a chance to get involved with something that was starting up and be able to grow with this league," said Shamsky, an outfielder who played for Cincinnati, the New York Mets, Oakland and the Chicago Cubs from 1965-72. "These games are being played in the most historical place in the world and I think it will be interesting to see how everyone reacts to this."

The six-team league starts play June 24 and will use Gezer Field in Kibbutz Gezer (Bet Shemish Blue Sox and Modi'in Miracle), Sportek in Tel Aviv (Tel Aviv Lightning and Ra'anana Express) and Baptist Village Field in Petach Tivka (Netanya Tigers and Petach Tikva Pioneers).

 

 
 
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