Dan Rothem

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Dan Rothem

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 200 lb.

Biographical Information[edit]

Dan Rothem was the first Israeli to play in NCAA Division I, pitching for Georgia Southern in 1999. He had a 3-3, 4.46 record for the Tel Aviv Lightning in the 2007 Israel Baseball League, for whom he was both the pitching coach and a member of the staff.

In the 2008 European Championship Qualifier, he tossed 6 2/3 shutout innings in a start against Bulgaria, leaving with a 8-0 lead, but Orr Gottlieb and the rest of the bullpen blew it and Israel lost, 11-8. He also started versus Serbia, fanning 7 and allowing one run in five before the bullpen again blew the lead; Israel did win behind reliever Shlomo Lipetz (the second Israeli to play in Division I). Replacing Ophir Katz as the catcher against Lithuania, he went 4 for 4 and played error-free ball. He was 0 for 1 in his game against Croatia, which won by the pool.

Rothem was back with Israel in the 2011 European Championship Qualifiers, serving as a shortstop-pitcher. He was 1 for 13 with 6 walks and 3 errors. On the mound, he allowed two runs in eight innings, fanning seven to beat Lithuania. In the Gold Medal game against Britain, Dan made two errors, one of which led to a run in Britain's 5-2 win to advance to the 2012 European Championship. Rothem went 0 for 2 at the plate with two walks. In the 9th, he came up with two on and one out. He drew a walk from Alex Smith but was stranded as the potential winning run when Jesse Sultanik grounded out.