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Chaim Bloom’s Diamond Life

The senior VP of baseball operations for the Tampa Bay Rays explains how his team changed the way the game is played—and why he keeps a jar of gefilte fish in his office

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Lenny Dykstra, Torah Student

The ex-major leaguer is studying alongside a Chabad rabbi as he embarks on a ‘spiritual journey’

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Einstein on the Mound

Ep. 153: ‘Our Friend From Israel’ podcast host Benyamin Cohen and ‘Wall Street Journal’ sports columnist Jason Gay

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Dean Kremer, First Israeli in Major League Baseball, Traded to Orioles for Shortstop

With a fastball that touches 97 mph and stellar minor league numbers this year, Kremer is projected to make the majors

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Jews and Baseball… and Books

Today on Jewcy: What works of literature explore the Jewish affinity for America’s pastime?

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Play Ball

How baseball came to loom so large in the American Jewish imagination

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How a New Book about Baseball Cards Helped Me Understand My Own Obsession with Jewish Players

I never really understood why my father cared which player was Jewish. Until, one day, I did.

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Yu Darvish Should’ve Stood His Ground

Why the Dodgers’ pitcher failure of nerve is a good lesson to us all never to let disrespect fly

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Meet Alex Bregman, the Jewish Hero of Yesterday’s Epic World Series Game

In one of the longest, most eventful games in series history, the Astro stood tall

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A Lifetime of Rooting for the Astros Made Me a Fan. This Year Made Me a Believer.

Like celebrating Passover, cheering for Houston is a ritual of great sorrow, heavenly revelation, and decades of erring in the wilderness, hoping for the best

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Why I Watch Old Baseball Games, Not Just the Ones I Missed Over Shabbat—and You Should Too

On the surprising rewards of re-experiencing a game, even when you already know the ending

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Rooting for the Yankees May Be Good for Your Soul. No, Really.

I used to loathe the Bronx Bombers, until a religious epiphany taught me something about baseball, politics, and the perils of tribalism

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Dodger Stadium, an Ancient Jewish Burial Ground

Remembering the old Jewish cemetery that once occupied the baseball shrine’s current parking lot

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Sabermetrician Ari Kaplan Uses the Science of Balls and Strikes to Illuminate the Fate of Holocaust Rescuer Raoul Wallenberg

How a baseball stats nerd came to ‘interrogate the database’ of a Soviet prison in search of clues to a 70-year-old mystery

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How I Became a Man

As the Cubs clinch a playoff berth to defend their first title in more than 100 years, a baseball fan remembers the metaphysical horror of watching the North Side Chicago club lose in 1984

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Koufax vs. Kershaw

Who’s greater? It depends on what you value.

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Sandy Koufax’s Rookie Brooklyn Dodgers Jersey Is Up for Auction and It Ain’t Cheap

The jersey is believed to be one of only two known to exist

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Hank Greenberg Reporting for Duty

An excerpt from Ron Kaplan’s new book, Hank Greenberg in 1938: Hatred and Home Runs in the Shadow of War.

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Baseball in Israel: If You Build It, Will They Come?

Plans are in motion to build—and fund—a new baseball field in Beit Shemesh

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Five Reasons to Follow Team Israel’s Improbable Run in the World Baseball Classic

They weren’t even supposed to make the tournament. Now they have yet to lose a game.

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That Time Hall-of-Famer Jeff Bagwell Appeared at a Bar Mitzvah for $500

The father of ESPN reporter Darren Rovell promised his son a major leaguer. He got a rookie named Jeff Bagwell.

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Deliverance, but Just for One

Which Jewish baseball executive will bring his team out of the desert first: the Cubs’ Theo Epstein, or the Indians’ Mike Chernoff?

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Blessed Be the Chicago Cubs

Fandom at Wrigley Field, a cathedral of hope for generations and generations, represents a level of devotion that’s downright religious

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When They Were Kings: Greenberg and Koufax Sit on Yom Kippur

Sandy Koufax’s decision not to play on Yom Kippur during the ’65 World Series is cemented into American-Jewish mythology. But Greenberg did the same thing decades prior, arguably during tougher times.

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Team Israel’s Jewish Bambinos Own Brooklyn Baseball for a Weekend

Kids, adults, and lots of blue and white were ubiquitous during a sunny ballgame in Coney Island

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Israel’s Baseball Team Is Ready to Rock Coney Island—and Maybe Shock the World

There are plenty of reasons to be excited to watch the Israeli baseball team, a hodgepodge of mostly Jewish-American players who will bring serious clout to Brooklyn’s World Baseball Classic qualifying tournament this week

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Missing From Israel’s Baseball Team: Israelis

Team Israel plays in Coney Island this week with a roster of 28 players, two of whom are Israeli citizens. Luckily, a few loose rules—and the efforts of the team’s president—have expanded the player pool.

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The Greatest Jewish Baseball Players of All Time, by Position

The dog days of summer call for a roster of the best, from Sandy Koufax to ‘The Hebrew Hammer’ and more

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