Major League Baseball

The Year Ahead: Tigers Go Jewish. Can They Go to Promised Land?

12/31/2013
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Israelites would grumble that Moses was a terrible skipper, but Joshua had an easier time following him than Brad Ausmus will have following legendary Jim Leyland as manager of the Detroit Tigers. Including interim fill-ins, Ausmus will be Major League Baseball’s fifth Jewish manager (Lipman Pike, Andy Cohen, Norm Sherry, Jeff Newman) going back to 1871, when in the dawn’s early light of baseball, Pike was player-manager of the Troy Haymakers, and later the Hartford Dark Blues and Cincinnati Reds. (Lou Boudreau was among a few managers with one Jewish parent, but the family considered itself Christian).

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus, right: Move over, Lipman Pike. Photo via Tigers.com

Brad Ausmus To Manage Detroit Tigers

Connecticut native gained experience managing Israel's national ballclub.

11/04/2013
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Retired major league baseball player Brad Ausmus, who managed the Israeli national team’s bid for the World Baseball Classic last year, was named the manager of the American League Detroit Tigers. The Tigers announced the hiring of Ausmus, 44, on Sunday, making him the only current Jewish manager in Major League Baseball. Ausmus was a catcher for four teams, including the Tigers, in his playing days.

Brad Ausmus dons a Tigers jersey Sunday with CEO and president David Dombrowski. Photo via Tigers/MLB.com

Brainy Breslow Clutch On The Hill In Red Sox Title Bid

10/23/2013
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When Craig Breslow entered Saturday night’s playoff game against the Detroit Tigers, FOX broadcaster Tim McCarver hailed the Boston Red Sox reliever — a Yale University graduate with a double major in molecular biophysics and biochemistry — as the smartest player in Major League Baseball.

Craig Breslow is a brainy baseball player after a Jewish mother's heart. Keith Allison/Flickr

Jewish Slugger Braun Suspended For Remainder Of Season

07/24/2013
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Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun was suspended for the remainder of the season for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement.

New Painting Signed By 26 Jewish Baseball Players

10/16/2012

(JNS.org) -- In the midst of the Major League Baseball playoffs, an artist came out with a new lithograph painting that depicts 27 Jewish baseball players and contains the signatures of 26 of them — all except the late Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg.

Ending Suspension, Tigers' Delmon Young Says 'I'm Not Anti-Semitic'

05/07/2012

 

Delmon Young, the Detroit Tigers outfielder arrested in New York for allegedly attacking a group of men and making anti-Semitic remarks, apologized for his actions after a week-long suspension was lifted.

Hold That Tiger: Detroit Outfielder Benched After 'Anti-Semitic' Incident

05/01/2012

Delmon Young, the Detroit Tigers outfielder who was arrested in New York for allegedly attacking a group of men and making anti-Semitic remarks, was suspended without pay for seven days.

The suspension is retroactive to April 27, when he was placed on the restricted list. His loss of pay amounts to more than $250,000, according to the Detroit News. Young will not contest the suspension.

Play Ball! 20 Great Coaching Questions From The Baseball Field

04/12/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

To those of us who love the game, baseball is more than just a sport. It’s a lens through which we view the world and a training ground for learning valuable life lessons.

Deborah Grayson Riegel

Cedarhurst Dad And Son Complete Kosher Cross-Country Car Trek

A 36-day coast-to-coast journey, with breaks for Shabbat.

08/21/2011
Assistant Managing Editor
When Adam Hofstetter was a kid, some of the happiest times were those he spent on long car trips with his family.
 
So when the former sportswriter and dotcom editor became a yeshiva English teacher and found himself with a free summer, he was itching to hit the road with his family.
 
But his wife, Sarah, had to work and daughter Abby, 12, was in sleepaway camp. That left youngest son Sam, 10, who after a two-week camp stint had the rest of the summer free.
 
A map of the journey.
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