For Immediate Release: October 23, 2006
Contact: Anthony G. Naglieri (sports@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-2956

Former BU baseball player Rootenberg signs pro contract in Israel

IBL web site

VESTAL, N.Y. - Former Binghamton University baseball player Dan Rootenberg, a four-year standout and 1994 graduate, was one of two players signed by the fledgling Israel Baseball League (IBL).

The IBL, is the first-ever professional baseball league in Israel. Among the professionals associated with the league's stewardship are Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer (former U.S. Ambassador to Israel); Dan Duquette (former Montreal Expos and Boston Red Sox general manager); Marvin Goldklang (minority owner of the New York Yankees); Professor Andrew Zimbalist (pre-eminent sports economist); and Marshall Glickman (former president of the NBA Portland Trailblazers).

"The players we selected personify the quality we are looking for as we stock the six initial franchises," said Duquette, the league's director of player development. "We believe the IBL will be a magnet for talented international players and we intend to field a high caliber of play right from year one."

A prolific left-handed hitting outfielder, Rootenberg played at Binghamton for four seasons from 1990-1994 during the program's Division-III tenure. During his senior season, he led the then-Colonials in nearly every major offensive category, including a stellar .407 batting average, garnering both All-SUNYAC and All-State honors.

Rootenberg, one of 10 BU players that have gone on to sign professional contracts, has played professionally for the Chillicothe Paints of the independent Frontier League and already owns international experience having coached and played in Europe in the Swiss professional league.

Additionally, Dan, who has dual citizenship in the US and Isreal, is one of the founders of the SPEAR (Sports Performance Enhancement and Rehabilitation) center in Manhattan where he is a licensed physical therapist and strength & conditioning specialist.

“It's exciting to be part of something that combines two things that are so important to you - Israel and baseball,” said Rootenberg. “which is pretty rare.”

The league will begin next summer with six teams and play 48-game schedules.

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