A deep dive into Israel’s roster at the World Baseball Classic, feat. Ryan Lavarnway

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MLB veteran Ryan Lavarnway has been a mainstay of Team Israel Baseball since their storied 2017 run at the World Baseball Classic, pictured above. (Photo courtesy The Israeli National Baseball Team/Facebook)

Next week, Israel is heading back to the World Baseball Classic, five years after their meteoric rise in the 2017 competition created a lasting impact that changed the way international fans saw Jewish athletes. Israeli baseball is now a thing, with the small country fielding a competitive team in the Olympics and beyond.

So in anticipation of the WBC, the Menschwarmers couldn’t help but put together a special hour-long episode dedicated to full-blown analysis—including a surprise guest appearance by MLB vet and World Series champ Ryan Lavarnway, a stalwart of the team who fills us in on where Team Israel has been and what their expectations are for the coming weeks.


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