(The Jewish News of Northern California)

A Rising Jewish MLB Player: Dean Kremer

There are few Jews in major league sports. That’s why if you ask most Jews who follow sports to name a Jewish athlete, they probably will be able to do so. However, a new MLB pitcher has emerged under the radar. Not only is he one of the few Jewish players in baseball, he is also the first Israeli citizen to pitch in the MLB. Meet Dean Kremer. 

Kremer was born in Stockton, California on January 7, 1996, to two Israeli parents, who moved to the United States after their IDF services. Since the age of five, Kremer played baseball and developed his love for the game. In 2015, the San Diego Padres drafted him out of high school in the 38th round of the MLB draft. Kremer decided not to sign with the team, since he had committed to the University of Nevada and wanted to honor that commitment. The next year, Kremer was selected again, this time in the 14th round of the draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers and signed with the team. Claiming another accolade, Kremer was the first Israeli to be drafted or sign with an MLB team. 

Not only is Kremer the first Israeli to attain these milestones, but he is also very proud of his Jewish and Israeli heritage. Kremer has competed in many baseball tournaments representing his home country, such as the European Baseball Championship, and, most notably, the World Baseball Classic. Kremer was one of the aces behind the historic qualifying round for Team Israel in the 2017 WBC, in which Israel qualified for the main tournament. Kremer also represented Team USA at the 2013 Maccabiah Games in Israel. He expressed pride in his Jewish background; when discussing the decision of the legendary Jewish Dodger Sandy Koufax to not pitch on Yom Kippur when it fell on Game 1 of the World Series, Kremer said that he would do the same if he was in that difficult situation. 

In 2018, Kremer was traded from the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Baltimore Orioles in the blockbuster trade that brought star infielder Manny Machado to Los Angeles. According to MLB Pipeline, Kremer was ranked as the Orioles’ 10th best prospect heading into 2020. On September 16, 2020, Kremer finally got, “The Call”. In his MLB debut, Kremer struck out 7 batters, allowed one run and only one hit in a win against the potent offense of the New York Yankees. Kremer became the first Israeli to pitch in an MLB game, and what an appearance he had!

Kremer finished the year with a 4.82 E.R.A. over four appearances. While that doesn’t seem great, it’s just the beginning for the 24-year-old. His strong debut leads us to believe that he has what it takes to thrive as a star in the big leagues, especially with the Jewish and Israeli population by his side. We’ll all be rooting for Kremer, and we hope he can be the catalyst that transforms the Orioles from a bottom feeder into a successful organization.

秋コーデ メンズ【2020/2021年最新】 , メンズファッションメディア

Zachary Goldstein is a junior at ​Kohelet Yeshiva High School in Pennsylvania. ​He is a Staff Writer for Fresh Ink for Teens.

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