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Just a Nosh

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Jewish players shine in World Series

Two Jewish major league baseball players – one on each team – played pivotal roles in the World Series.

Houston Astros infielder Alex Bregman notched the first-ever walk-off hit by a Jewish player in the World Series when his RBI single drove home Derek Fisher to lead his team to an epic 13-12, 10-inning win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Five. Bregman’s game-winning single came with two outs and the winning run on second base.

Bregman, 23, in his first full season in the majors, posted eye-popping numbers in the Series: 5 runs, 7 hits, 2 home runs and 5 RBIs. His glove was chosen to be enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame as an artifact of the Series, won by the Astros in seven games.

Meanwhile in the Dodgers’ dugout another Jewish player made headlines in the World Series. Joc Pederson set a new home run record for Jewish players in one World Series. Pederson, a left-swinging outfielder, blasted three home runs in the Series and moved Pederson past Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg, the Detroit Tigers’ slugger who had two homers in the 1934 Fall Classic.

Pederson’s stats were even better than Bregman’s with 7 runs, 7 hits, 3 home runs and 5 RBIs.

Greenberg still holds the mark for most runs batted in by a Jewish player in one World Series with seven.

Ex-Tampa Bay Ray, Gabe Kapler, is named Phillies manager

Gabe Kapler, a major league outfielder for 12 seasons and a coach for Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic, was named manager of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Kapler, who played for seven teams including the Tampa Bay Rays, has been head of player development for the Los Angeles Dodgers organization since 2014.

“I’m equal parts honored, humbled and excited by the opportunity with the Phillies, an elite franchise in a city rich in history, tradition, sports excellence and with amazingly passionate fans,” Kapler said in a statement

Kapler, 42, is Jewish and has a tattoo of a Jewish star on his left leg and another that reads “Never Again” — a reference to the Holocaust — on his right leg.

He coached the Israelis during the 2013 WBC’s qualifying period and was invited to travel through Israel with the national team earlier this year. Kapler had never been to Israel before and called the visit an “extraordinary life experience,” adding that his trip to the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum there left him “emotional for several days after.”

Kapler is known for his interest in sports science and sabermetrics, the empirical analysis of baseball made famous in the book and movie Moneyball. He will become the third-youngest manager in the league after Kevin Cash, 39, of the Rays and Andy Green, 40, of the San Diego Padres.


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