The Modi'in Miracle
() is an Israeli baseball
team from Modi'in
in the Israel Baseball League
The Miracle finished the inaugrual 2007 season 22-19 (.537) in third place, and after upsetting the # 2 Tel Aviv Lightning
in the semi-finals, lost to Ron Blomberg
's Bet Shemesh Blue Sox
3-0 in the championship game.
Miracle catcher, and former Boston Red Sox minor leaguer
, Eladio Rodriguez was the league batting champion (.461). and had 16 home runs in 102 at bats. He was co-winner of The Hank Greenberg Award for Most Valuable Player.
6' 6" Maximo Nelson from San Pedro de Macoris
, in the Dominican Republic
, led the league with 85 strikeouts; he pitched for the Gulf Coast Yankees
in 2004 (posting a 6-5 record, with a 2.63 ERA).
The name for the Miracle is a reference to the miracle of the Maccabean revolt
(which started in the area presently known as Maccabim
, just outside Modi'in
) and victory over Antiochus IV Epiphanes
in 167 BCE
. Thus the use of a hanukiah
in the team's logo, an object commonly associated with the miracle victory of the Maccabees
over the Greek
On February 26, 2007, it was announced that Major League Baseball
player Art Shamsky
of the "Miracle Mets
" would be the manager of the Miracle. Team colors also reflect Shamsky's stint with the New York Mets
, and hopes that IBL officials had of creating a rivalry between the Bet Shemesh Blue Sox (similar colors to the New York Yankees
) and the Miracle.
In the inaugural draft... Read More