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Israel Baseball League: Will There Be a Second Season?

Bruce Maddy-WeitzmanContributor IFebruary 16, 2008

Last summer, I had the wonderful opportunity to be part of the Israel Baseball League's inaugural season. 

A self-styled developmental league, the IBL consisted of six teams, playing a 48-game schedule, with players who were mainly graduates of college baseball programs in the US, along with a number of players from the US and other countries, mainly Dominicans, who had already played minor league or independent league ball, and about 15 of Israel's top players. 

The last three weeks of the season, I served as an assistant coach of the Ra'anana Express team, coached by Shaun Smith, an Australian with a terrific baseball mind. 

We are all anxiously waiting to see if the IBL can iron out its financial problems and get a second season up and running.

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