Israel Unveils Coaching Staff for World Baseball Classic

The squad will draw on an experienced group of coaches and front-office brains to prepare it for the 2017 jamboree.

Israel players celebrate their 4-2 win over Spain at a World Baseball Classic qualifier in Jupiter, Fla., Friday, Sept. 21, 2012.
Israel players celebrate their 4-2 win over Spain at a World Baseball Classic qualifier in Jupiter, Fla., Friday, Sept. 21, 2012. AP / Alan Diaz

Team Israel has announced its coaching staff for the 2017 World Baseball Classic, with an emphasis on continuity with the group that got it through the September qualifiers.

Jerry Weinstein continues as field manager. Weinstein has been a member of the Colorado Rockies organization since 2012, serving as developmental supervisor and special assignment scout.

Team Israel will also retain Tom Gamboa as bench coach, Jerry Narron as third base coach, Nate Fish as first base coach, Andrew Lorraine as pitching coach, Alon Leichman as bullpen coach and Barry Weinberg as head trainer.

Gamboa was most recently the manager of the Brooklyn Cyclones and has served as the Kansas City Royals first base coach. As a player, Narron played for the New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners and California Angels. Until September, Fish served as the head national team coach for the Israel Association of Baseball.

Lorraine is a former Major League pitcher who now scouts for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Leichman played on the 2012 Team Israel at the WBC qualifiers. Weinberg has over 40 years of experience as a trainer, including as head trainer for the Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals.

In addition, the team named Dan Rootenberg strength and conditioning coach, and Alex Jacobs, a scout for the Houston Astros, director of player personnel. Meanwhile, Ben Werthan, the advance scouting coordinator for the Baltimore Orioles, has joined Team Israel’s scouting department.

Team Israel plays in Pool A of the tournament at Seoul’s Gocheok Sky Dome from Monday March 6 to Friday March 10. Also playing in Pool A are Korea, Taiwan and the Netherlands.