By Scott Barancik, editor

What’s new in the world of Jewish baseball? Here are some items recently posted to our Facebook and Twitter pages.

  • Houston Astros 3B Alex Bregman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow to remove loose bodies. The 2018 All-Star Game MVP expects to be ready by the start of the regular season.
  • After a long MLB career, Craig Breslow has hung up his mitt and joined the Chicago Cubs as director of strategic initiatives in its baseball operations department. In a statement, the Cubs said Breslow will “help to evaluate and implement data-based processes throughout all facets of Baseball Operations” and “support the organization’s pitching infrastructure in Player Development and the major leagues.”
  • With two months left until Opening Day, veterans Danny Valencia and Ty Kelly remain free agents.
  • Mike Meyers has joined the Arizona Diamondbacks as a scout. A former Boston Red Sox prospect, Meyers played centerfield for Team Israel in the 2017 World Baseball Classic qualifiers.
  • Free agent Zach Borenstein has signed a minor-league deal with the Chicago Cubs. A member of Team Israel’s 2017 World Baseball Classic squad, Borenstein has played minor-league ball for the Angels, Diamondbacks and Mets.
  • Zack Weiss has signed a minor-league contract with the Minnesota Twins. He made his Major League debut in 2018 with the Cincinnati Reds.
  • Former L.A. Dodgers prospect Tyger Pederson has joined the St. Louis Cardinals’ High-A club as hitting coach. He is the brother of Dodgers star Joc Pederson.
  • Alon Leichman has joined the Seattle Mariners’ Class A club as pitching coach. The Israeli native played college ball and was a coach with Team Israel at the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
  • Steven Pollakov has joined the Houston Astros as an assistant hitting coach. A catcher, Pollakov played minor-league ball for the Chicago White Sox.
  • In case you missed it, Jewish Baseball News has created a 6-minute highlight video of the 2018 MLB season.

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