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Jewish sports update, January 24, 2018

Posted on: January 24th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Missed the last couple of days, but rather than backtrack, we’re just going to pretend I’m current.

Just a quick congrats to the Robert Kraft-owned New England Patriots and Jeff Lurie-owned Philadelphia Eagles, who will face each other in Super Bowl LII on February 4.

In other football news:

As for the games played on Jan. 23:


Omri Casspi played just two minutes in last night’s 123-112 win for the Golden State Warriors (38-10) over the visiting NY Knicks.


Brandon Leipsic played 13:47 without taking a shot on goal for the Vegas Blue Knights in their 6-3 win over the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets.

Michael Cammalleri was a scratch for the Edmonton Oilers in their 5-0 loss to the visiting Buffalo Sabres.

David Warsofsky was a scratch for the Colorado Avalanche in their 4-2 loss to the host Montreal Canadiens.

And the “latest” on…

And lest we forget, Red Fisher, widely considered one of the best hockey writers in the game, who died last Friday at the age of 91.


The Pittsburgh Pirates signed catcher Ryan Lavarnway to a minor league contract. Lavarnway, 30, appeared in six games for the Oakland As in 2017. He made his debut with the Boston Red Sox in 2011. According to MLBTradeRumors.com, “The Pirates announced a slate of non-roster invitees to Spring Training today, including catcher Ryan Lavarnway, whose minor league deals had not been previously reported. Lavarnway, 30, has appeared in parts of six big league seasons with the Red Sox, Orioles, Braves and Athletics. He spent the 2017 campaign in the Oakland organization, though he appeared in just six games at the Major League level. Lavarnway is a career .201/.262/.318 hitter through 420 MLB plate appearances, but he’s logged a much more palatable .274/.365/.421 slash in parts of seven seasons at the Triple-A level.” HT to Bob Wechsler and Jeff F. for the news.

More on…

I have to get a screener of this film about the Israeli National Team at the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

Remaining Jewish free agents: Craig Breslow, Scott Feldman, Danny Valencia


Long story short, no Jewish players are still active at the Australian Open.





Jewish sports update, January 16, 2018

Posted on: January 16th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Featuring games from Jan. 15…


Omri Casspi missed his third straight game after his recent back issues due to as the Golden State Warriors (36-9) beat the host Cleveland Cavaliers, 118-108. Although he had been cleared to play, he was kept out of action as a “healthy scratch.” His next opportunity will be tomorrow night when the Warriors visit the Chicago Bulls.


David Warsofsky is back! Who knew? He’s on the Colorado Avalanche now but he missed last night’s 3-1 win over the visiting Anaheim Ducks as a scratch. He was recently recalled from the San Antonio Rampage in the AHL. Warsofsky made his debut in 2013 with the Boston Bruins. he has also played for the NJ Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins. The 5’9″, 170-pound defenseman has two goals and four assists in 39 career games.

The professional life-span of an athlete is usually pretty brief; hockey players last five-and-a-half years, slightly less than a Major Leaguer which tops the sports world with 5.6 seasons. So it’s never too early to think about your next career, as Andre Burakovsky is doing. #Flipper.

Although the Arizona Coyotes didn’t play last night, you can still read about Jakob Chychrun.

Tonight’s schedule shows Chychrun, Jason Demers, and the rest of the Coyotes hosting the San Jose Sharks; Zach Hyman and the Toronto Maple Leafs hosting the St. Louis Blues; and Brandon Leipsic and the Vegas Golden Knights visiting the Nashville Predators


Israel’s Dudi Sela was knocked out of the Australian Open in the first round. Camila Giorgi (Italy) bested Anna Kalinskaya of Russia, 6-4, 6-3. Denis Shapovalov (Canada) beat Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece), 6-1, 6-3, 7-6,


Josh Rosen is becoming the subject of a lot of chatter for the upcoming draft. Could he be a good fit for the Denver Broncos?

An Algemeiner Journal headline: “New York Times Places Patriots’ Jewish Owner in Christian ‘Holy Trinity’.” Hmm.


His post-season may have bought him some time, but how much more patience will the LA Dodgers show for Joc Pederson?

How will the acquisition of Curtis Granderson (one of the class guys in the game and a favorite of mine) impact Kevin Pillar?

ThatBallsOutaHere — a Phillies-centric blog — tells fans why they should be excited about their new manager, Gabe Kapler.


Goldberg, the wrestler, will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.






Jewish Sports Update, Weekend Edition (Jan. 12-14, 2018)

Posted on: January 15th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan


Omri Casspi missed Friday’s game for the Golden State Warriors because of a bad back as his mates beat the host Milwaukee Bucks, 108-94. He also missed Saturday’s closer 127-125 win against the host Toronto Raptors. The Warriors are 35-9, with an amazing 19-3 mark on the road.


Andre Burakovsky missed the Friday game with his Washington Capitols due to illness. The Caps beat the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-3.

Michael Cammalleri took took shots on goal in 14:16 as the Edmonton Oilers beat the Arizona Coyotes, 4-2 on Friday. The next night, he took four SOG in 13:40 as the Oilers topped the Vegas Golden Knights, 3-2, in overtime. Brandon Leipsic took one SOG in a game-low 7:13 TOI.

Jakob Chychrun‘s sixth assist of the season gave the Coyotes a 1-0 lead in the first period. He took two SOG in his team-leading 22:45 of ice time. Jason Demers took a shot in 19:14 Friday’s game. He added his seventh the next night, but the result was the same: a loss, this time 6-5 in overtime to the host San Jose Sharks. Chychrun didn’t take any shots in 21:18. Demers took one SOG in 18:58.

Image result for jason zuckerJason Zucker‘s 16th goal gave the Minnesota Wild a 2-0 lead over the visiting Winnipeg Jets on Saturday. He took five SOG in 16:26. The Wild would go on to win that one, 4-2. They lost on Sunday in OT to the despite Zucker’s 17 net-finder which started the scoring in the first period on a a power play.

Zach Hyman and the Toronto Maple Leafs did not play over the weekend, as part of their bye week, a new item in the NHL this year.

The New York Islanders were supposed to count on Josh Ho-Sang as a contributor this year. So far, it hasn’t worked out well. He’s having a tough time of it in the AHL.


Back in the early 1980s, when free agents didn’t get picked up, there was talk of collusion among the owners to keep salaries down. How does that compares to the situation now, where numerous FA’s are still available? Interesting piece in the New York Times on it.

Speaking of free agents, could Scott Feldman be joining the San Francisco Giants?

Joc Pederson avoided arbitration, signing a one-year deal worth a reported $2.6 million with the LA Dodgers. According to the fantasy baseball section  of CBSSports, “Last season was a trying one for Pederson, as he missed time due to injury and struggled at the plate, even earning a demotion to Triple-A for a while in the second half. He finished on a high note with two homers in the World Series, but Pederson will likely be platooned heavily again to begin 2018, and he could lose out on playing time against righties to Alex Verdugo if he gets off to a slow start.”

Kevin Pillar also avoided arbitration, signing with the Toronto Blue Jays for a nice raise of $2.7 mil, giving him him $3.25, which seems a bit ow to me, comparatively speaking.

Ryan Braun, first baseman?

Read all about Ian Kinsler in his interview with The Athletic (subscription site, ugh.)


Image result for diego schwartzmanTime for the Australian Open again, this being the first day. Jewish players participating this year include Israeli perennials Dudi Sela and Jonathan Ehrlich. According to the Australian Jewish News, “Players who have secured their spots in the first Grand Slam tournament for the year include Sela (ranked 78 in the world), Argentinian Diego Schwartzman (26) and Canadian Denis Shapovalov (50) in the men’s singles, and Italian Camila Giorgi (100) and American Madison Brengle (92) in the women’s singles.” Schwartzman, right, won his first match, beating Dusan Lajovic of Serbia in five sets. Stay tuned.

Jewish sports update, January 12, 2018

Posted on: January 12th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Games of Jan. 11


No games last night for Omri Casspi and the Golden State Warriors. Tonight they visit the Milwaukee Bucks.

The sports management club at Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School in Livingston, NJ, recently had the special opportunity to visit the offices of the NBA.


In the only NHL/MOT game, Andre Burakovsky was a healthy scratch as the Washington Capitols (27-14-3) lost to the visiting Carolina Hurricanes, 3-1.

Tonight, the Caps visit the Carolina Hurricanes while Michael Cammalleri and the Edmonton Oilers visit Jakob Chychrun, Jason Demers, and the Arizona Coyotes.


Mazel tov to Joc Pederson, who tied the knot earlier this month to Kelsey Williams..

Alex Bregman and other athletes helped out at a benefit skills camp.

Could Ryan Sherriff serve as the closer for the St. Louis Cardinals? Max Fried for the Atlanta Braves’ starting rotation? And could Danny Valencia wind up with the Colorado Rockies?


Mitchell Schwartz, the All-Pro offensive tackle for the KC Chiefs, looks back on an ultimately disappointing season.



Jewish sports update, January 10, 2018

Posted on: January 10th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan


Only two MOT games last night. Michael Cammalleri took one shot on goal in 12:32 as the Edmonton Oilers (18-23-3) couldn’t overcome a 2-0 deficit in the first period, losing to the host Nashville Predators, 2-1.

Jason Zucker took three SOG in 19:20 in the Minnesota Wild’s 3-2 overtime loss to the visiting Calgary Flames. The Wild are (is?) 22-17-4.

On tonight’s docket: Zucker and the Wild move on to Chicago to face the Blackhawks. Zach Hyman and the Toronto Maple Leafs host the Ottawa Senators.


Omri Casspi and the Golden State Warriors were off yesterday. They host the LA Clippers tonight.


This could be a make-or-break season for LA Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson.

There’s been chatter that Baltimore orioles pitcher Richard Bleier could wind up in the starting rotation, but according to this piece, maybe he’ll be the closer?


There are all sorts of metrics the scouts use to see if an athlete  is “worthy” of playing in the NFL, such as the Wonderlic Test. But how much does character count? Is the young man a good team guy? And how easily can rumors quash a career? Josh Rosen might be the target of negative assessments. We know he doesn’t want to play for the Cleveland Browns, but what are the chances the NY Jets claim him?

Only a Game, the public radio sports show, offered this segment on quarterback Bennie Friedman in their series on the history of the forward pass. You can hear the story — “The Son Of Jewish Immigrants Who Became Football’s First Passing Specialist” — here. Thanks to the very informative SportsBiblio.com for the link.


I don’t know how much Jewish content there is in This Book Has Balls: Sports Rants from the MVP of Talking Trash, by the actor Michael Rapaport, but I’m including it just on the basis of the cover:

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Jewish sports update, January 4, 2018

Posted on: January 4th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan


Omri Casspi missed last’s game with a “mid-back strain,” as the Golden State Warriors (30-8) eked out a 125-122 win over the host Dallas Mavericks.


No games involving Jewish players last night. This evening features the full compliment of Jice-men, including, Zach Hyman and the Toronto Maple Leafs host the San Jose Sharks; Branden Leipsic and the Vegas Golden Knights visit the St. Louis Blues; Jason Zucker and the Minnesota Wild host the Buffalo Sabres; Michael Cammalleri and the Edmonton Oilers host the Anaheim Ducks; and Jason Demers and the Arizona Coyotes host the Nashville Predators.


Josh Rosen has announced he will leave UCLA and declared for the NFL draft. He was featured in the opening question on today’s Pardon the Interruption. The Cleveland Jewish News notes that the home-town Browns — who finished 0-16 — have the first pick and might go for Rosen. (Here’s the paper’s outlook for the city’s pro sports teams for the new year.)


The St. Louis Cardinals are showcasing pitcher Ryan Sherriff in the “winter cavalcade.” This is one way teams keep the fans interested during the dreary winter months. Ian Kinsler ranks fifth on the list of all-time  Detroit Tigers second basemen, following Charlie Gehringer, Lou Whitaker, Dick McAuliffe, and Placido Polanco. How much money do you think streaky LA Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson will make in arbitration? And will Alex Bregman join his Houston Astros teammates when the world champions visit the White House? After all, according to this piece in U.S. News and World Report, Bregman, “who called Trump a ‘joke’ before the 2016 presidential election, was recently asked whether he would accept an invitation. ‘I don’t know. I’m gonna do whatever Carlos Beltran and Carlos Correa do,’ Bregman said, referring to two of the team’s players from Puerto Rico.”

JML Update, January 1, 2018

Posted on: January 1st, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Trying to get off to a good start. Like all resolutions, let’s see how far I can get. With a “sur-number” like 18, let’s hope it a lucky year for all.

First of all, Happy Birthday to Hank Greenberg, born on this date in 1911. And a belated HB to Sandy Koufax who turned 82 on December 30.

As for the extant JMLs…

Alex Bregman isn’t letting World Series stardom get in the way of preparing for the upcoming campaign (#NoOffSeason). But what should we make of this? Does it affect his religious identity in our eyes?

Ian Kinsler‘s home run in the finale of the World Baseball Classic ranks No. 9 on this list of memorable long balls for 2017 courtesy of RealSports101.com.Kinsler has found his new heavenly abode, joining the Angels of Wherever for the next season.

Here’s the text that goes with it:

The 2017 World Baseball Classic brought the game’s biggest stars into a tournament that was at its best this year. Despite it not getting much attention because the United States had not won the WBC in previous years, this year was a little different because the quality of play was insane.

The United States of America finally came through with the help of Ian Kinsler, whose home run sparked the Americans. The two-run shot was just the first two runs of the eight that the Americans would score in the final against Puerto Rico. Thanks to Kinsler, there was no worry about this being a repeat of previous games for Team USA.

Ryan Braun is 29 home runs shy of Greenberg’s 331, tops among Jewish Major Leaguers. He’s included in this piece on walk-off wins by the Milwaukee Brewers. Although he’s only 34, there’s been  lot of disparaging talk about his abilities. Yes, he’s a had a few injuries over the last two years. And yes, there’s that PED PR fiasco, but I’m hoping he has a great comeback year and shuts up a lot of these naysayers. Both he and Kinsler are mentioned in this piece about current players who are very good but might not get consideration for the Hall of Fame when their opportunities come up.

As far as the new kids go, Max Fried might be competing as the fifth starter spot for the Atlanta Braves. From Fansided: “Southpaw Max Fried (#8 Braves prospect) posted a 0.88 WHIP, 11.08 K/9, and a sparkling 1.73 ERA.  He proved dominant for most of the AFL season.  Of the five earned runs he gave up during the AFL, four of them came during one start.”

Image result for Gabe Kapler tattoosHeadline from the Philadelphia Inquirer: “Phillies manager Gabe Kapler has unorthodox ideas about his lineup. Get used to them.” Well, yeah. Orthodox Jews don’t have tattoos.

Nothing much to say about super defensive outfielder Kevin Pillar; disappointing second-year LA Dodger Joc Pederson, who managed to make a name for himself during the post-season and might have been a World Series MVP had the outcome been different; or pitchers Richard Bleier (Baltimore Orioles) or Ryan Sherriff (St. Louis Cardinals). Nothing at all to say about Chicago White Sox pitcher Brad Goldberg, who made a most inauspicious debut in 2017. And still no movement for the free agents Danny Valencia, Craig Breslow, and Scott Feldman. Here’s hoping they find professional homes soon.

It’s been a long, long time….. JML Update

Posted on: December 20th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan


Between my crazy work schedule and fatigue engendered by the above, it’s been hard to get in a groove regarding Jewish sports. My apologies to the millions of you out there (JK) who relay on the Korner for the latest info.

As we head into the new year, here’s an attempt to get back into focus.

Image result for ian kinsler angelsThe biggest news on the baseball front is the trade of all-star second baseman Ian Kinsler from the Detroit Tigers to the Angels of whatever geographic name they’re going by these days? Anaheim? Los Angeles? California? The transaction was made back on December 14.  The Tigers received just two prospects because of the difficulty they had trading Kinsler, who had veto power on any deal. Kinsler, an aggressive type who admits he may have lost focus a bit because the Tigers weren’t playing well over the past few years,  is apparently excited by the new opportunities in Cali, with a team that has made a number of moves in the right direction (as opposed to my Mets who are still disappointing). On the other hand, all players say pretty much the same when they relocate.

Kinsler played in the Motor City for four seasons, batting .275/.328/.764 with 78 home runs and an even 300 RBIs. Overall, he has 234 homers and 839 ribbies.

Here’s a piece on the “anatomy” of the deal from the Detroit Free Press.

Despite rumors, Ryan Braun remains a member of the Milwaukee Brewers for the time being, at least. Some baseball wonks are apparently not happy with the situation.

Alex Bregman continues to revel from being on a World Championship team. But it’s not necessary to always be in the news.

Joc Pederson, on the other hand, is facing a questionable future with the LA Dodgers. With one good year and one bad one, will they give him another real shot to see which is the real deal?

Kevin Pillar — also the topic of hot stove trade gossip — remains with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Jewish free agents still available include Craig Breslow and Danny Valencia. Could he end up with the Boston Red Sox? Or perhaps the Angels? Could either of them be attracted to the Cubs based on a new kosher deli?

Max Fried, a promising pitcher with the Atlanta Braves, had a good showing in the Arizona Fall League. Could he make the big club as a fifth starter next year?

Nothing much to report on Baltimore Orioles reliever Richard Bleier or St. Louis Cardinals rookie hurler Ryan Sherriff.

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Gabe Kapler, the new manager of the Philadelphia Phillies, participated in a giant menorah-lighting ceremony last week, getting off to a good start with the local Jewish community. Like Brad Ausmus, Kapler enters the role with no previous major league experience. Let’s hope he has better luck. RE: Ausmus, if this makes the list for top ten ejections in 2017, it must have been a very quiet year.

And sorry, but I still can’t see Paul Rudd played Moe Berg in the upcoming feature film, The Catcher was a Spy, based on the great book by Nicholas Dawidoff. According to IMDB, it’s set for release next month. Great cast, though, including Jeff Daniels, Tom Wilkinson, and Paul (son of Bart) Giamatti.


JML Update, Hot Stove League (11/27/17)

Posted on: November 27th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

The winter meetings are scheduled for Dec. 10-14, at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida. But rumors have been swirling for weeks with lots of supposition about the 2018 homes for several of the MOTs.

Danny Valencia and Craig Breslow are free agents. I imagine the former, who has some pop (although he has played for many teams in a short amount of time), will get picked up by some ball club. Breslow, however, even though he’s a loogy, is getting on in years (he turned 37 in August) and has had some health issues over the past couple of seasons.

Add the New York Mets to the list of teams that might be interested in seeking the services of Ian Kinsler. So far I’ve read about the Angels, Giants, Dodgers, and cardinals in the mix.

Ryan Braun‘s name has been bandied about as well (Giants and Dodgers), although he seems content to finish his career with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Joc Pederson: does he have a future with the Dodgers?

Good to see that Kevin Pillar is staying in shape, even though he might not be with the Toronto Blue Jays come next year.

I was feeling pretty good about Alex Bregman and the Houston Astros’ World Series win until Ted Cruz got involved. It’s okay when we say it, Senator, not you. Hat tip to FOK (friend of the Korner) Maxwell Kates of Toronto, who sent in this story about how “Jewish Astros Leave Mark on Local History.” The piece originally appeared in the Pecan Park Eagle on Nov. 26.

Still feels a bit strange to say “Manager Gabe Kapler.” But unlike Brad Ausmus, who inherited a good team and failed to keep things going, Kapler is starting out with a poor team, so he has nowhere to go but up.


JML Update, Nov. 17, 2017

Posted on: November 17th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

I mistakenly said these were the winter meetings. In fact, their the general manager meetings. I guess it’s like spring training; they’re getting a feel for what the real WM portend.

Like the WM, there’s no shortage of rumors. Now it seems the LA Angels are interested in Ian Kinsler, who was included in this list of the 15 Tigers most and least likely to be traded. Fifteen? That’s more than half the team. Seems they can’t make up their minds though: ”


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