Thursday, November 15, 2012

Could Toronto Blue Jays Choose Rabbi As Manager?

WHILE THE TORONTO BLUE JAYS have already been having an active off-season with some big potential trades, the baseball talk in Toronto's Jewish community has to do with the team's next manager.

Zev Icyk is currently studying at the Rabbinical College of America, one of the largest Chabad Lubavitch yeshivas. Located in Morristown, N.J., the 25-year-old has bigger plans than just becoming another Chabad rabbi. He's interested in getting an offer to be the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays next season.

Originally from Thornhill, Ontario, Icyk is a lifelong Toronto Blue Jays fan. He's also got some baseball experience. He even threw a no-hitter playing for his college team. He pitched for the Canadian Thunderbirds under coach Allan (Tex) Montgomery, and attended Muscatine Community College in Iowa in 2008-09 as Warren Icyk.

According to the Toronto Sun, Icyk wrote in an email to the Blue Jays organization, explaining: "I have drive, motivation, experience and personality to take the Jays where Alex Anthopoulos wants them to go... The Jays would be the most aggressive and exciting team in the bigs. I am the only rabbi in the world with the ability to manage in the majors."

Rabbi Zev Icyk - Toronto Blue Jays Manager
Zev Icyk will soon be ordained as a Chabad rabbi, but he's willing to put that aside if the Toronto Blue Jays want him as their new manager.

Icyk said, "I just got married. My wife Sara asked, 'why devote your life to baseball since you were three years old and not apply?' If I can get an interview with Mr. Alex Anthopoulos, I'll be on a plane to Toronto the next day."

While the future rabbi is a long shot (okay, he's not shot) to become a manager in Major League Baseball, it does make for a great story. If nothing else, the Blue Jays should comp him a few tickets for next season (no Shabbos games!) and let him throw out a ceremonial first pitch.


Rabbi Jason Miller is the co-founder of the PopJewish.com blog. He's an educator, entrepreneur and blogger from Metro Detroit. He blogs at Blog.RabbiJason.com and is on Twitter at @RabbiJason.