Ten Jewish-American baseball players will become dual Israeli citizens partly to help the country’s team make the 2020 Olympics.
In order to represent a country at the Olympics, players have to be citizens of the country for a year before they can start officially playing in pre-Olympic competition, which begins with the European Championship B Pool in the summer of 2019.
The 10 players slated to make aliyah next week include five who played for Team Israel in the WBC: Corey Baker, a retired minor leaguer; Gabe Cramer, a minor leaguer in the Kansas City Royals system; Blake Gailen and Joey Wagman, who play in the Independent League; and Alex Katz, a Baltimore Orioles minor leaguer team.
Baseball will be featured at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo for the first time since the 2008 Summer Olympics.
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