(Photo: Houston Chronicle)
By JL Sports Staff
Third baseman Alex Bregman was out of the Houston Astros lineup Wednesday against the Chicago White Sox the night after hitting an RBI double in Houston’s 3-1 win on Tuesday. Marwin Gonzalez will start at third base in place of Bregman, who will be available to pinch hit, according to manager A.J. Hinch.
Bregman, 24, will have played in 144 of the team’s 151 games (assuming he isn’t used off the bench) and had not seen a break in action since September 8th. Bregman was originally drafted by the Astros with the second pick in the 2015 draft after attending Louisiana State University.
Bregman is regarded as one of the most promising young Jewish athletes in the United States, after a standout career at Albuqurque Academy and LSU. He grew up attending Albuqurque’s Congregation Albert with his parents and two siblings, and he was recruited by Team Israel for their inaugural World Baseball Classic appearance this past March before choosing to play for the eventual champion Team USA.
There was no word as of Wednesday afternoon whether Bregman’s rare day off was planned to coincide with the beginning of Rosh HaShana, the celebration of the Jewish New Year, but that didn’t stop fans from speculating on social media:
@ABREG_1 since you aren’t playing tonight…is it just a night off or for Rosh Hashonah? Hopefully, you are going to enjoy the holiday!
— Sandy Silvers (@SanMan1946) September 20, 2017
Bregman would not be the first notable Jewish athlete to observe a High Holiday in lieu of his on-field responsibility. Legendary Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax famously skipped his start during the 1965 World Series when it was due to fall on Yom Kippur. Outfielder Shawn Green faced a similar dilemma in 2001.
Luckily for Bregman, Houston has already clinched the American League West title and is looking ahead to postseason play on October 5th, a full five days after Yom Kippur.
This story will be updated as any new details emerge. Jewish Life News wishes its viewers a Chag Sameach and Happy New Year!