Friday, March 14, 2008

Zum, zum, zum! Israel baseball's player exodus

Add another Israel Baseball League standout to the list of IBL athletes who won’t be coming back for another season of Holyland hardball.

Josh Zumbrun, pitcher last season with the Ra’anana Express, is among eight players signed for spring training with the Chico Outlaws of the independent, unaffiliated California Golden League.

"Zum" is 26 and living in Playa Vista, California. He pitched for the U.S. Air Force Academy from 2000 to 2003, and at 26 has a Masters Degree in Business Administration and is working on his Ph.D.

Zum's also got a MySpace page on which he writes about his experience with the IBL:

“I opted to leave the Air Force in 2006 to play in the in the Israel Baseball League’s inaugural 2007 season – hands down the best summer of my life. Everything about the experience left me overwhelmed with gratitude.”

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