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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Exclusive: Israel baseball brings Kinsler into the fold

Following Team Israel’s meteoric rise to Olympic heights, four-time MLB All-Star Ian Kinsler, widely recognized as the greatest Jewish second baseman of all time, made aliyah earlier this month. His goal: helping the blue-and-white squad win Israel’s first-ever medal in a team sport.

Israel will be one of six teams in the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic baseball tournament (if it takes place). As host, Japan automatically qualified. Israel qualified by winning the Africa/Europe Qualifying Event in September 2019. Mexico qualified as the best team from the Americas, and South Korea qualified as the best team from Asia or Oceania (other than already-qualified Japan). Another team from the Americas will qualify through the Americas Qualifying Event in Arizona. The last spot will be awarded to the winner of the Final Qualifying Tournament.

Kinsler was inspired by the monumental achievements of his new teammates. The 37-year-old brings an impressive résumé to a line-up that already includes slugger Danny Valencia, Ryan Lavarnway (who, like Kinsler, earned a World Series ring with the Boston Red Sox) and a great pitching staff.

Besides his All-Star selections, Kinsler earned two Gold Gloves, and retired after last season just shy of 2,000 hits over 14 campaigns in the majors. His 243 steals led the all-time list of Jewish major leaguers, and his 257 home runs placed him fourth (behind Ryan Braun, Hank Greenberg and Shawn Green).

QLE Posted: March 24, 2020 at 12:38 AM | 0 comment(s)
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Saturday, December 21, 2019

Padres’ Ian Kinsler retires as player, remains with club

As new Padres manager Jayce Tingler has traveled around the country to meet with players and gotten together with others in San Diego, he has heard one assessment more than any other.

Player after player has volunteered what an effect Ian Kinsler had on them.

And so it makes sense that the team will continue to employ Kinsler, though not as a player.

What had been considered a virtual certainty for some time became official Friday — that Kinsler plans to retire.

 

QLE Posted: December 21, 2019 at 12:45 AM | 21 comment(s)
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