7/23/2007 9:12:00 AM Email this article • Print this article
Two Jewish Atlantans playing in the Israel Baseball League have been picked to play in the new league's inaugural All-Star Game on July 29.
Tel Aviv Lightning pitcher Daniel Kaufman, who took a no-hitter into the final inning of one start, is one of eight pitchers on the North team, composed of players from Netanya, Raanana and Tel Aviv. Kaufman is 2-2 with a 4.12 ERA in his four appearances, all starts.
Raanana Express outfielder Ben Field is one of five outfielders on the North team. Field is hitting .298 with six doubles, two home runs and 17 RBI in 21 games.
The South team represents Bet Shemesh, Modi'in and Petach Tikva.
The managers for the all-star teams will be the managers of the top two teams in the league as of July 36. As the standings are now, that would put Alpharetta resident Ron Blomberg, the manager of the Bet Shemesh Blue Sox, in charge of the South team in his first stint as a manager in professional baseball.
The All-Star Game will be nine innings, instead of the usual seven in the IBL, and a tie game will go to extra innings instead of a home run derby.