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Monday, February 12, 2007
Holtzman, Blomberg, Shamsky to manage in Israel

Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Former major leaguers Ken Holtzman, Ron Blomberg and Art Shamsky were hired Monday as managers for the first season of the Israel Baseball League.

Six teams will play in the league, which opens June 24. Each club will play 45 games over eight weeks, with no games Friday nights or Saturday afternoons because of the Sabbath.

Former Red Sox general manager Dan Duquette is the league's director of baseball operations and Daniel Kurtzer, a former U.S. ambassador to Israel, is its commissioner. The league plans to announce cities later this month, spokesman Marty Appel said.

Holtzman went 174-150 and is the winningest Jewish pitcher in major league history. Blomberg was the first designated hitter in the major leagues and Shamsky played for the 1969 New York Mets World Series championship team.