NEW BASE­BALL LEAGUE ON SCHED­ULE

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport -

IS­RAEL Base­ball League (IBL) pres­i­dent Larry Baras has re­vealed that “all is go­ing to plan” ahead of the in­au­gu­ral pro­fes­sional sea­son start­ing June 24. Baras, 54, who has been work­ing on the project for more than two years, told JC Sport: “We are on sched­ule and our con­tacts in Is­rael are bend­ing over back­wards to con­tinue our ex­cel­lent progress. We also have the best pos­si­ble peo­ple work­ing at this end and with­out them, we would not be in such a strong po­si­tion.” A long-stand­ing sup­porter of the Wash­ing­ton Sen­a­tors base­ball team, the Bos­ton res­i­dent is con­fi­dent the league will be a suc­cess. “I am cer­tain it will work and the re­sponse in the US has been ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic. I have re­ceived thou­sands of emails and let­ters of­fer­ing sup­port, and when you con­sider the fact that base­ball has never been that pop­u­lar in Is­rael, the re­sponse over there has been ex­tremely pos­i­tive as well.” In terms of play­ers join­ing the league, “we are cur­rently ne­go­ti­at­ing the con­tracts of sev­eral play­ers from around the globe. Most of them will be Jewish, but there will be ex­cep­tions as we want to be known as an in­ter­na­tional league of choice.”

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