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Are the Jews a nation? Can they hit a curveball breaking low and away? Major League Baseball (MLB) says yes to both. And Commissioner Bud Selig will prove it by allowing a team comprised solely of Jewish ballplayers to compete in the 2013 World Baseball Classic (WBC).
The plan is to recruit Jewish minor leaguers, college players, and recently retired and current major leaguers, to join a few token Israelis in order to enter the tournament as the Israeli national team. This is, of course, a bizarre circumvention of the rules of international sports competition. The stated goal of Major League Baseball, which produces the WBC, is to promote the sport in Israel, where it has had little popularity despite the glove dreams of various groups of American immigrants and a few quixotic Jewish-American promoters.
The Israelis already have recruited former major league star, Brad Ausmus, to coach the team. Shawn Green, arguably the most accomplished Jewish player since Sandy Koufax, is ready to suit up. Although he has retired from active competition, at 39 years-old, Green is still fit enough to pack the wallop of a Merkava tank at this level of competition. Another recently retired major league Jew who has expressed interest in joining the "Israeli" team is Gabe "The Hebrew Hammer" Kapler.
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