September 22-25, in Brooklyn, New York, Team Israel will compete in the qualifying round of the World Baseball Classic. They will play against Great Britain, Brasil, and Pakistan in the qualifier. The winner will receive the 16th and final spot in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, the largest baseball tournament in the world to be held at various locations around the globe in March of 2017. The 2016 WBCQ team, along with a 2012 team that featured former and future Major Leaguers Shawn Green and Joc Pederson among many others, will be the strongest all-Jewish baseball team ever assembled. The final roster will be released at the end of August, roughly one month before the games, and could feature players such as Nate Freiman who starred for Israel in the 2012 WBCQ and Cody Decker, his current teammate in the Red Sox organization who also played for Israel in 2012. Others who are eligible to be on the Israeli roster are Ryan Lavarnway and Craig Breslow. "We have a strong group of returning players from the 2012 team, and a great bunch of other guys we will be bringing in to try and win this thing for Israel," said Team Israel manager Jerry Weinstein, Colorado Rockies catching coach. Along with Weinsten on the coaching staff is former Major League manager and bench coach, Jerry Narron, and several others from various Major League teams. You can support Team Israel by making a donation here. The funds will go towards a mini camp the week before the tournament to prepare. Help Israel realize the dream of competing on the world stage in the 2017 WBC. For more information and tickets, visit http://www.worldbaseballclassic.com/pools/detail?venue=brooklyn.