Israel baseball league signs first two players
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Posted: October 11 2006


October 11 2006 ( - The Israel Baseball League, the nation’s first professional baseball league, has announced the signing of its first two players.

Adam Crabb, a 6’5” righthander from Adelaide, South Australia, and infielder-outfielder Dan Rootenberg, a New Yorker born in Israel (who holds Israeli citizenship), and who played and coached in a Swiss league last year, have agreed to sign IBL contracts. Both come out of the tryout camp held at the Duquette Baseball Academy in Hinsdale, MA August 21-22.

“There will likely be others to sign out of those tryouts,” said Dan Duquette, the former Montreal and Boston general manager who is director of player development for the league. “Crabb and Rootenberg personify the quality we are looking for as we stock the six initial franchises. We believe the IBL will be a magnet for talented international players and we intend to field a high caliber of play right from year one.”

“That our first two signees come from Australia and the US is a statement that this league will draw international talent and attention,” said Daniel Kurtzer, the league’s commissioner, and the former U.S. Ambassador to Egypt and Israel. “Our US tryouts drew talented players of varied backgrounds and our upcoming Israeli tryout is expected to draw from baseball playing nations in the Eastern Hemisphere, including of course, Israel itself. The league will have strong local interest with a large number of native-born players, but will also have a good percentage of experienced players from the international arena to insure a high quality of play.”

The 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.

Crabb, 22, played for the University of South Australia in Adelaide. “He reminds me a lot of Derek Lowe in stature and style,” said Duquette, the former Montreal and Boston GM. “He traveled to the tryout camp all the way from Australia,” he added.

Rootenberg (as in “root root root for the home team”), is a 32-year old lefthand hitter who has also pitched. He has been a prolific hitter at every level in his career. He played college ball at SUNY Binghamton, pro ball in the independent Frontier League, and with the Zurich Barracudas in Switzerland as a player/coach.

The league will begin play on June 22, 2007 with six teams, playing 48-game schedules. The IBL 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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