JEWISH BASEBALL NEWS — The Milwaukee Brewers released pitcher Scott Schoeneweis today, offering him a spot on their AAA team instead. But Schoeneweis, 36, rejected the minor-league assignment and expressed dismay at the team’s decision.

Despite earning a 7.71 ERA in seven Spring Training innings, Schoeneweis struck out 10 batters and walked just two.

“It’s not performance-based,” he told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “It can’t be. I did everything I said I would do.”

Schoeneweis, a single father of four, lost his wife to a drug overdose during the 2009 baseball season. He said he would ask his agent to find a spot on another MLB club.

As a non-roster invitee, Schoeneweis was not on the Brewers’ 40-man roster and had a relatively slim chance of making the club. The Brewers still have one Jewish player on the team, All-Star LF Ryan Braun.

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