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Wild pitch: How an Israeli kibbutznik became a Cincinnati Reds pitching coach

KIBBUTZ GEZER, Israel (JTA) - Bill James, the influential baseball writer, historian and statistician, once described the great Yankee first baseman Don Mattingly in only four words: "100 percent ballplayer, 0 percent bulls-."

The same can be said of Alon Leichman, the first athlete born in Israel to make it to the major leagues, having just been named assistant pitching coach of the Cincinnati Reds.

Under manager David Bell, Leichman will help instruct the team's pitchers - including Chase Anderson, Luis Cessa, Fernando Cruz, Alexis Díaz and Hunter Greene - on mechanics, pitch selection, prep...


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