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    Ryan Lavarnway

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    August 7, 1987 —

    There is a 50% chance that at the Tokyo Olympics, we will be adding 24 Jewish medalists in one swoop. Alright, maybe 50% is stretching it a bit.

    That being said, there are only six teams playing baseball in the Olympics, and Israel got the one bid reserved for Europe and Africa. (Take that, Tanzania!) Israel competes in Europe because the Arab countries of Asia are not exactly fans. It doesn't help in most sports, including soccer, but works out great in baseball!

    It works out great because Israel is made up of AMERICAN Jewish minor leaguers and ex-major leaguers, who have used the Law of Return to obtain Israeli citizenship. The roster includes familiar names like Ian Kinsler, Danny Valencia, and Ryan Lavarnway. The latter, a journeyman catcher, has spent the last seven seasons on seven different teams... surely, the continuity of Israel will be a welcome change.

    Of course, with the other five teams being the US, South Korea, Japan, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic, Israel's chances at a medal are a long shot. That being said... crazier things have happened, right?

    Crazier things then 24 Jews winning a medal in one swoop?

    Verdict: Jew.

    July 28, 2021

    See Also

    Brad Ausmus

    Ian Kinsler

    Jason Marquis

    Joc Pederson

    Danny Valencia
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