2nd pair of players signed by Israel Baseball League
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Posted: October 19 2006


19 October 2006 (Jewswire.com) - The Israel Baseball League, the nation’s first professional baseball league, has announced the signing of two new players, bringing to four the number of players under contract with the IBL.

Willie Bumphus, a 21-year old infielder from San Diego, who had previously played for Fullerton in the Golden Baseball League (Independent), and Leon Feingold, 33, a pitcher from New York City, who played in the Cleveland Indians organization, both participated in August tryouts at the Duquette Baseball Academy in Hinsdale, MA, and were selected from the pool of players there.

Last week, the IBL announced its first two signings, Adam Crabb, a righthander from Australia who traveled all the way to Hinsdale to tryout, and Dan Rootenberg, a New Yorker with Israeli citizenship, who plays both infield and outfield.

The new signings were announced by Commissioner Daniel Kurtzer, the former U.S. Ambassador to both Egypt and Israel, who was present at the tryout camp, presided over by Dan Duquette, the former general manager of Montreal and Boston.

Israeli tryouts are scheduled for November 10 at the Yarkon Sports Complex in Petach Tikvah, where they will be again overseen by Duquette and his staff.

Feingold has an especially colorful background. At 6’6 and 240 pounds, he has been ranked as high as 12th by the IFOCE – the International Federation of Competitive Eating, and has been known to devour 152 hot dogs in 12 minutes. This alone would seem to put him well ahead of Babe Ruth in pre-game preparation.

“I’m not sure baseball has had a crossover star from eating competition,” said Duquette, “but I do know that Leon hit 93 on the radar gun when he was pitching, and he was very impressive when we saw him at the tryout camp.”

The IBL will begin play on June 22, 2007 with six teams, playing 48-game schedules. The league will announce home cities and playing fields in coming weeks. Ultimately, the founders hope to field a team representing Israel in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

In addition to Kurtzer and Duquette, Larry Baras is the league’s founder, and advisors include economist Andrew Zimbalist, minor league owner (and part owner of the New York Yankees) Marvin Goldklang, Marshall Glickman, former president of the NBA Portland Trailblazers, Russell Robinson, Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish National Fund, and Marty Appel, the former Yankees PR Director and television producer.

Contact: Marty Appel Public Relations (212) 245-1772

Marty Appel Public Relations

100 W. 57 Street

New York NY 10019

212 245-1772

212 245-6353 (fax)



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