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Israel Baseball Takes on America

Where does a team with no professional league in their home country hone their skills? In baseball’s home-country, of course!

The glove of Israel Olympic baseball player Jake Roseberg sits on the field at Salt River Fields spring training facility, Wednesday, May 12, 2021, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Israel has qualified for the six-team baseball tournament at the Tokyo Olympic games which will be its first appearance at the Olympics in any team sport since 1976. (AP Photo/Matt York)
The glove of Israel Olympic baseball player Jake Roseberg sits on the field at Salt River Fields spring training facility, Wednesday, May 12, 2021, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Israel has qualified for the six-team baseball tournament at the Tokyo Olympic games which will be its first appearance at the Olympics in any team sport since 1976. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Where does a team with no professional league in their home country hone their skills? In baseball’s home-country, of course! Find out what happens when a team of dreamers meets exhibition baseball in America.

About Designated Hitters: This limited-run podcast will tell the story of how a small country the size of New Jersey which features no professional baseball league managed to produce a world-class team that beat a string of baseball Goliaths to secure a trip to Tokyo.

With unprecedented insider access to players, coaches, and managers, the show will tell the stories of the ragtag team of athletes — some former Major Leaguers, some underdogs — who managed to pull off one of the greatest upsets in modern sports history, touching on larger themes like faith, friendship, and nationhood.

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