U.S. baseball All Star Kevin Youkilis planning to join Israel team in World Classic

Former MLB player Brad Ausmus has signed on as coach & retired players  Gabe Kapler &  Shawn Green have agreed to assist as coaches & players for Team Israel.


Chicago White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis said he will play for Israel at the World Baseball Classic.

Youkilis told Israel Sports Radio Wednesday that he would play for Team Israel if he is healthy. This season, the three-time All Star is hitting .241 with 15 home runs and 47 runs batted in. He has been hampered by injuries for much of the past three seasons.

Kevin Youkilis - AP - 21.7.2012

Chicago White Sox Kevin Youkilis during a game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Saturday, July 21, 2012. Photo by AP

Israel is one of 16 countries invited to play in next month’s qualifying round, and the top four teams advance to the 2013 classic.

Youkilis also said there are other Jewish Major League Baseball players who want to play, the station said.

Diaspora Jews are eligible to play on behalf of Israel.

Former MLB player Brad Ausmus has signed on as coach and retired players Shawn Green and Gabe Kapler have agreed to assist as coaches and players for the Israeli team.

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