Baseball pitcher and advance scout/analyst for the Pittsburgh Pirates, J. Bleich (born June 18, 1987) is a dual American/Israeli citizen who has played professionally in the MLB and for Team Israel.
For the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball, he was a former player (MLB).
Bleich received multiple high school accolades including first-team All-American from Collegiate Baseball (Louisville Slugger) in 2005.
Third-team All-American from Baseball America, and All-State honours from the state of Louisiana on two separate occasions.
Michael Lewis wrote a short book called Coach: Lessons on the Game of Life in 2005 in which he profiles him. In 2006, he was selected as an All-Star for the Cape Cod Baseball League.
J. Bleich is The Bucca Staffer in the Olympics
One man has been throwing bullpen after bullpen at PNC Park this season, getting ready for his big moment in baseball.
Before either club has taken the field for pre-game batting practise or fielding exercises.
Neither team is using him at the moment. The year 2018 was his final one in the Major Leagues. He no longer performs much more than paperwork.
Jeremy Bleich is a pitcher for the Israeli national baseball team, but his narrative transcends the field and his resume. He is set to throw for Israel in the upcoming 2021 Olympics.
You wouldn’t know how monumental this upcoming moment is by seeing him throw bullpens in the afternoon.
The pitchers take batting practise against the lefty, take a couple pitches and go down, and then return to the dugout to chat.
Bleich and the onlookers in the batting cages couldn’t help but chuckle at one of the grounds crew guys, who donned a helmet and took cuts, including a back-foot slider.
Pirates staffer, Pitcher for Team Israel Heads to Tokyo Olympics
With eleven years, J. Bleich was a major league baseball player before making the transition to pitching analytics for the Pittsburgh Pirates’ coaching staff.
The left-handed pitcher, who has appeared in two Major League Baseball games, is now getting ready to represent Israel in the upcoming 2021 Olympics in Japan.
For the first time in 45 years, Israel will be sending a team to the Olympics. As far back as the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, the Israeli national soccer team was there to represent their country.
After 14 seasons in the minors, J. Bleich made his major league debut with the Oakland Athletics in 2018. He joined the Pirates the following year.
When J. Bleich hit two hitters in a row in the bottom of the 10th inning, it gave South Korea the winning run and a 6-5 victory on Thursday night.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired the 34-year-old lefty as an executive assistant, and he will be responsible for advising the team on defensive shifts and positioning.
His last game was on September 1, 2019, for Rochester (Triple-A) against Syracuse (Syracuse).