LA Dodgers make MLB history with draft signing
UNLV Pitcher Dean Kremer becomes first Israeli to sign with a major league team.
They don't call it the World Series for nothing. Major League Baseball can genuinely claim its players come from all over. At the start of the 2016 season, 18 countries were represented on major league rosters, and that number grows to 24 when accounting for active players with some major league experience.
As of last week, a 25th might soon be added to that list. Israeli pitcher Dean Kremer has signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers after the team selected him in the 14th round of this year's draft.
Last year Kremer was the first Israeli to be drafted by a major league team when the San Diego Padres selected him in the 38th round. He elected to attend The University of Nevada, Las Vegas instead, but as he explained in this video shortly after the draft, he always had the MLB in his sights.
Kremer is a native of the Stockton, California, but both his parents are from Israel, and he has dual U.S.-Israeli citizenship. Since 2014 he has played for Israel's national team, which is currently ranked No. 6 in Europe and No. 19 in the world.
“I was born here in the United States, but I go back and practically live (in Israel) for two months out of the year in the summer, so it’s definitely home,” Kremer told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Kremer is expected to be assigned to the Dodgers’ rookie league team.
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