The players are either way past their prime - consider former All-Star Shawn Green, who retired five years ago - or minor league prospects, such as 6-foot-7 slugger Nate Freiman.
But for Israel, which didn't get a pro baseball league until 2007 and has precious few players competing in the sport on its home soil, the group of Jewish-Americans playing a World Baseball Classic qualifier at Roger Dean Stadium this week is something special.
Of the 28 players on Israel's roster, 23 are currently in the minor leagues. That compares to just six in the same category for South Africa, one of four nations entered in the double-elimination tournament.
It also helps explain why Israel, playing its first-ever WBC game, defeated South Africa 7-3 Wednesday night.
''If you want to say that we are the (qualifying tournament) favorites because we have the most professional minor leaguers, that's your call,'' said Israel manager Brad Ausmus, a former big league catcher and a member of the Nationa...