Israeli baseball uses the conventional balls, bats and gloves, the usual diamond, the nine players, and nine innings, the four balls and three strikes and you're out. All the same rules. Except one, a big heresy.

In Israeli baseball the players rotate position in every inning. After a full game everyone has played every base, has been everywhere in the outfield and has pitched. Only games that go to extra innings allow players to play their preferred positions.

The result is baseball without specialists, games with big scores, ballplayer who are not only able to hit and catch, but who have an arm. The ability to pitch becomes as important as the ability to bat.

No, the name of this game is not volleyball. The name of the game is being able to throw a ball hard, and with control.

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