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Ami Baran to manage Netanya Tigers
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Jerusalem Post - Jerusalem
Author: Edelstein, Nathaniel
Date: May 31, 2007
Start Page: 11
Section: Sports
Abstract (Document Summary)

"It's an incredible honor to be working with the people I'm working with," [Martin Berger] told the Jerusalem Post. "I'm looking forward to it; we've got a lot of goals we want to obtain."

One goal Berger completed almost as soon as being named president was filling the final managerial position by naming Israeli Ami Baran as skipper of the Netanya Tigers. Baran is well respected in the Israeli sports world as a long-time head coach on the national team level in Israeli softball and track and field as well as his work with the Wingate Institute, Israel's sports certification and training authority. Baran joins the league's other managers: former major leaguers Ken Holtzman, Art Shamsky, Ron Blomberg, and Steve Hertz and Australian Shaun Smith,an addition that Berger believes is essential for an Israeli league. While Berger notes that Baran's signing is more than "just having an Israeli," he also recognizes the importance of an Israeli manager.

While coming to Israel will be a new experience for [Raf Bergstrom], playing baseball is just the opposite. At 6'5" and 225 pounds Bergstrom has had a stellar international baseball career, most recently completing his first season in Brisbane, Australia. Playing for the Pine River Rapids in Australia's premier league, Bergstrom went 13-0 and led the league with a 1.40 ERA, earning him the title of Pitcher of the Year.

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