Team Israel’s baseball classic roster features Green, Kapler


(JTA) — Former Major Leaguers Shawn Green and Gabe Kapler are on the 28-man roster for Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic Qualifier.

Green and Kapler will play the outfield when Israel faces South Africa in Jupiter, Fla., on Wednesday, according to a news release. The double-elimination tournament will send its overall winner to the baseball classic in March.

Green and Kapler also will serve as coaches for the Israeli squad managed by former Major League catcher Brad Ausmus.

Three Israelis — Alon Leichman, Shlomo Upetz and Dan Rothem — are among the pitchers. The remaining players come from minor league teams.



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