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Sam Fuld

JEWISH BASEBALL NEWS — No Jews will be competing in tonight’s Home Run Derby in Phoenix (7/11/2011), but there will be a Jewish player in the broadcast booth: Tampa Bay Rays LF Sam Fuld.

“It’s kind of funny they chose me to do it for the derby,” Fuld told “I don’t know anything about hitting home runs.”

Indeed, Fuld has hit just 3 HRs so far in 2011. In six minor-league seasons, he hit 24 HRs over 2,651 at-bats, or fewer than one in every 100.

But the 29-year-old Stanford alum does have a special status on ESPN’s Web Gems site, where his highlight-reel catches have been among fan favorites.

And Fuld does know a thing or two about round-trippers — if only from watching them fly overhead as a left fielder. “Yeah, I can say, ‘That one looked familiar,’ or ‘I saw that one before.'”

Tonight’s Home Run Derby will be broadcast at 8:00pm EST on ESPN.

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