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New York Yankees sign another Jewish pitcher

Jewish pitcher Scott Effross wears a Star of David necklace on the mound. Photo: Screenshot from YouTube
Jewish pitcher Scott Effross wears a Star of David necklace on the mound. Photo: Screenshot from YouTube

A self-described “Seinfeld enthusiast” is headed to the Yankees.

The Bronx Bombers traded for Jewish relief pitcher Scott Effross on Monday, sending a minor league pitcher to the Cubs in return for the right-hander.

The sidearm pitcher made his major league debut last August, appearing in 14 games for the Cubs. In 2022, the 28-year-old, who is technically still a rookie, has pitched in 47 games for Chicago, striking out 50 with an earned run average of 2.66. Effross has surrendered only two home runs and 11 walks in 44 innings.

A native of Twinsburg, Ohio, a suburb roughly halfway between Cleveland and Akron, Effross attended the now-defunct Congregation Shir Shalom. He wears a Star of David necklace when he pitches.

The Cubs selected Effross in the 15th round of the 2015 MLB draft after three stellar years at the University of Indiana.

The Yankees are currently the top team in Major League baseball, and with the trade deadline on Tuesday, the Effross acquisition supplies the Yankees with a solid replacement after multiple injuries hampered the team’s bullpen.

The Yankees also recently drafted Jewish pitcher Eric Reyzelman, a hard-throwing righty and the son of two Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union.

JTA

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