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Designated Hitters: The Story of Israel Baseball

Designated Hitters: The Story of Israel Baseball

As the 2021 Summer Olympics kick off, six baseball teams will fight for glory. They include powerhouses like the United States, Japan, and the Dominican Republic. And, to the surprise of many, Team Israel.
This limited-run podcast will tell the story of how a small country the size of New Jersey which features no professional baseball league managed to produce a world-class team that beat a string of baseball Goliaths to secure a trip to Tokyo. With unprecedented insider access to players, coaches, and managers, the show will tell the stories of the ragtag team of athletes -- some former Major Leaguers, some underdog amateurs -- who managed to pull off one of the greatest upsets in modern sports history, touching on larger themes like faith, friendship, and nationhood.

Recent Episodes

November 11, 2021

Series Finale: Team Israel vs. The World

What happened when the Israel national team hits the world stage in the Olympics

October 22, 2021

Doubleheader: The Sabra and the Coach

Our final player/coach feature before the Olympics!

October 14, 2021

Now Pitching: Josh Zeid

From the bimah to the mound.

September 30, 2021

Batting Cleanup: Blake Gailen

All roads lead to Team Israel

September 24, 2021

First Base: Danny Valencia

A major league journeyman makes his mom proud

September 15, 2021

Israel Baseball Takes on America

What happens when the team takes on American teams on the Atlantic seaboard?

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