SEATTLE -- Former Astros catcher Brad Ausmus will coach Israel's entry in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. He believes the team can be a contender if he can recruit Jewish big league ballplayers.
He has his eye on Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler and pitcher Scott Feldman. Both have Jewish heritage and are eligible to play for Israel if they so desire.
"This is the first I've heard about it," Kinsler said. "I don't know how I feel about it since I haven't been presented with anything."
Kinsler, a two-time All-Star, is from Tucson, Ariz., and would seem to be a strong candidate to play for Team USA when the third Classic is held next spring.
"I would definitely like to play for Team USA if that's possible," Kinsler said. "If not, I will consider whatever else comes up."
Feldman won 17 games for the Rangers in 2009 and was named Jewish co-Most Valuable Player along with Ryan Braun by Jewish Major Leaguers Inc. But he is wary of trying to pitch in the Classic.
"I don't know if it's the greatest idea for a pitcher to play in that," Feldman said. "If I got asked, I would think about it. I don't know if it's a good idea. Pitchers can get hurt anytime. It would stink getting hurt doing something like that. We'll see how many innings I pitch this year and how my arm feels and if I get asked."