Articles written by Ron Kaplan

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 By Ron Kaplan    Opinions    July 23, 2021

Baseball can handle Orthodox Jewish players

(JTA) — The Arizona Diamondbacks made baseball history Monday when they made Jacob Steinmetz, a 17-year-old right-handed pitcher from Woodmere, New York, their third round pick in the Major League Baseball draft. Steinmetz, who lists at 6-feet-5...

 By Ron Kaplan    News    January 11, 2019

Jewish slugger Kevin Youkilis on Hall of Fame ballot

(JTA)-What is more difficult to fathom: that former Jewish Major Leaguer Kevin Youkilis has been retired for five years or that his name appears on the current Hall of Fame ballot? "Youk" made his... Full story


History Channel removes tendentious wording about Einstein and Israel

On July 11, the History Channel reaffirmed its commitment to accuracy and truth by revising its “Albert Einstein: Fact or Fiction?” webpage to replace erroneous wording tending to negatively portray Israel: “Though he (Albert Einstein) was... Full story

 By Ron Kaplan    News    June 13, 2014

American dream teams

Jews account for a mere 170 of 18,174 athletes who have played in the major leagues (through the 2013 season, according to So it’s not surprising that the new exhibit “Chasing Dreams: Baseball & Becoming American” at... Full story


Al Jazeera America: Twisting Israel news, targeting opinion makers

Al Jazeera America, the satellite and cable television news network owned and operated by the wealthy sheikdom of oil and gas-rich Qatar, can’t seem to present its Arab-Israeli news straight. This should come as no surprise. The Qatari ruling... Full story

 By Ron Kaplan    Features    June 28, 2013

Maccabi Haifa Heat goes from worst to first

A year after finishing last in the Israeli Premier Basketball League, the Maccabi Haifa Heat won its first championship in a stunning turnaround for the team and its owner. Former MetroWest (N.J.) resident Jeffrey Rosen, who bought the team in 2007,... Full story

 By Ron Kaplan    Features    May 31, 2013

Jewish Major Leaguers at the quarter mark

With about 40 games gone by— one quarter of the season—here’s a look at how the JMLs are faring as of May 19: Like last year, New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis has gotten off to a horrible... Full story

 By Ron Kaplan    Features    May 24, 2013

Books about and by Jews among baseball's must-reads

This year, at least seven Jewish athletes will ply their trade on Major League rosters (two more are on the disabled list). It might be argued that a much larger contribution to the game has been... Full story

 By Ron Kaplan    Features    April 5, 2013

At bat with Matt

A generation ago, kids Matt Nadel’s age would be content collecting baseball cards. But in 2013 Matt is making baseball news. Making and reporting it. At 14, Matt is the youngest “pro blogger” on, writing not about his favorite... Full story


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