GLASSER Mitch

15 Oct 1989
31
Male
1.80/5'10''
CHICAGO, IL
 
United States of America

Events and Medals

Discipline Event Rank Medal
BSB Baseball/Softball Baseball 5

Schedule

Change
Start Time Location Event Status
Yokohama Baseball Stadium
ISR
Israel
5
KOR
Republic of Korea
6
Finished
Yokohama Baseball Stadium
USA
United States
8
ISR
Israel
1
Finished
Yokohama Baseball Stadium
ISR
Israel
12
MEX
Mexico
5
Finished
Yokohama Baseball Stadium
ISR
Israel
1
KOR
Republic of Korea
11
Finished
Yokohama Baseball Stadium
ISR
Israel
6
DOM
Dominican Rep.
7
Finished

Biographical Information

Highlights

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European Championship
RankEventYearLocation
4Baseball2019Germany
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Coach
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Psychology - Macalester College, Saint Paul, MN, USA
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Wife Maggie
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English
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Eric Holtz [national], USA
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Infield (thechicagodogs.com, 01 Jun 2020)
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Bats right, throws right (jewishjournal.com, 05 Aug 2012)
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2016 for Israel Against Great Britain, Qualification Tournament in New York, NY, United States of America (athletics.macalester.edu, 27 Sep 2016; mlb.com, 23 Sep 2016)
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He began playing baseball as a young boy in his grandfather's backyard in Chicago, IL, United States of America. He first played organised baseball at age five and played in the Windy City Wildcats little league team, then high school baseball for the Latin School of Chicago. (miacathletics.com, 04 May 2012)
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"My grandpa taught me how to play baseball at a young age. I have fond memories of playing catch and him throwing me tennis ball batting practice in my grandparents' backyard. Although I'm lefty in everything, he made me a righty-righty in baseball. He claims it was so I could play more positions." (jewishjournal.com, 05 Aug 2012)
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To win gold at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (The Chicago Dogs, 08 May 2020)
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"Being a professional is to be prepared." (chicagotribune.com, 12 May 2018)
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During his studies at Macalester College in the United States of America, he was named to the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference [MIAC] All-Conference Team for 2010 and 2011. He also received All-Midwest honours for his junior year in 2011, when he recorded the least amount of strike outs in Division III with one strike out in 120 at-bats, and was named a First Team All American by the Jewish Sports Review in both 2010 and 2011. (miacathletics.com, 04 May 2012; miacathletics.com, 16 May 2011)

General Interest

General
REPRESENTING ISRAEL
Born in the United States of America, he was offered the opportunity to represent Israel at the World Baseball Classic [WBC] Qualifier in New York, NY, United States of America in 2016. "The manager of the WBC Qualifier, Jerry Weinstein, called me during my season in Joplin [Blasters]. They were looking for Jewish players because for the World Baseball Classic you only need to be eligible to be a citizen of that country to qualify to play for them." He spent three months in Israel to become a citizen in 2019 in order to qualify for the Olympic team. "I went to a Jewish day school in Chicago for 11 years, where I learned Hebrew and Jewish tradition. In college I took a few classes about Jewish identity with an amazing rabbi professor. [Playing for Israel] it feels like there's something there that's a little more important than just yourself. There's a feeling that you get inside and some energy exists there that I felt I had. Even to my family, my grandparents would be so proud knowing that I'm playing for Israel. It's something that makes me smile that I can make my family proud." (The Chicago Dogs, 08 May 2020; eu.argusleader.com, 06 Jul 2019; haaretz.com, 07 Apr 2019)

CLUB CAREER
He was drafted by the Chicago White Sox, his favourite childhood team, in the 39th round of the 2012 MLB draft. He was sent to play for the Bristol White Sox of the rookie level Appalachian League in 2013 and was released by the White Sox the same year. In 2014 he played for the Melbourne Aces in the Australian Baseball League before spending the 2015 and 2016 seasons with the Joplin Blasters in the independent American Association of Professional Baseball [AAPB]. He remained in AAPB through the 2020 season, including two years with the Sioux Falls Canaries. He moved to the Chicago Dogs in June 2020. (thechicagodogs.com, 01 Jun 2020; sfcanaries.com, 22 Jun 2018; milb.com, 03 Jul 2013)

UTILITY PLAYER
He has predominantly played second base and third base during his professional career, but has also played outfield. In the final game of the 2015 season he played all nine positions for the Joplin Blasters. "My whole career is just competing and finding a way to help the team win, figure out my role and do it to the best of my ability. Whether it's getting on base and scoring runs, driving in runs, playing multiple positions, playing one position, whatever I have to do, I figure it out and I'm prepared every day to do my job. That's what I've learned in my years of pro ball." (chicagotribune.com, 12 May 2018)

COACHING
He has served as an assistant baseball coach at Chicago State University since 2017. Prior to that he was an assistant coach at Green Valley High School in Las Vegas, NV, United States of America. He also served as a hitting coach for the Sioux Falls Canaries while playing for the club in the independent American Association league in 2019. "My plan after baseball is to get into coaching. After my first year in Sioux Falls the hitting job came up. It ended up being this amazing relationship where I could be in the coach's office and playing. It was a great experience for me to put it on my resume, and also to learn a lot under Mike [Meyer, head coach] and see the grind of not just the playing side, but the coaching side, being the first one in the cage every day until the last guy is gone." (Linkedin profile, 01 Jun 2020; The Chicago Dogs, 08 May 2020)

SWEET HOME CHICAGO
He was born and raised in Chicago, IL, United States of America, and was named after a baseball pitcher. Growing up, he was torn between Chicago's two MLB teams, the White Sox and the Cubs. "I was born in Chicago and named after Cubs relief pitcher Mitch 'Wild Thing' Williams. My mum is a Sox fan, my dad is a Cubs fan. I grew up a Sox fan my whole life. When my dad brought me to the bleachers at Wrigley [Field], I always wore my Sox stuff." (tcjewfolk.com, 05 Aug 2012; jewishjournal.com, 05 Aug 20

Legend
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Gold Medal Event
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Silver Medal Event
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Bronze Medal Event
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