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Brodkowitz '18 to Play for Israel's National Team

Eric Brodkowitz. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Eric Brodkowitz. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Former Yale starting pitcher and 2018 First Team All-Ivy unanimous selection Eric Brodkowitz '18 has committed to play for the Israel's national team, which is competing for a spot in the 2020 Olympic Games.  

"I am just thrilled that Eric is getting this well-deserved opportunity," Yale head coach John Stuper said. "One of the hardest working and highest character kids I've ever coached. He had a phenomenal year for us last year. This is a nice reward for that. Yale Baseball wishes him the best."

Brodkowitz, a Potomac, Md, native, is one of 10 American baseball players who will become dual-Israeli citizens and make aliyah to qualify for Israel's team that will make a bid for the Summer Games in Tokyo, according to the Jewish Baseball News website.

The right hander went 12-5 over his final two seasons with the Bulldogs.  In 2018, he led the conference with six victories without a loss and finished second in innings pitched behind teammate Scott Politz with 55 and 1/3 innings against Ivy League opponents. 

Brodkowitz finished his senior season with a 2.76 ERA in 84 and 2/3 innings pitched, including a 2.98 ERA with 37 hits allowed in league play. Yale finished in first place with a 15-6 mark in the Ivy League and earned a spot in the Ivy League Championship Series for a third straight season.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity