Ex-MLB pitcher Jonathan Solomon Moscot was born in the United States and played for the Cincinnati Reds in 2015 and 2016.
He also represented Israel at the 2016 Olympic Games. The Reds selected Moscot in the fourth round of the 2012 MLB Draft. While pitching for the Reds minor league team in 2013, he had the most strikeouts (140).
Midway through the 2014 season, he was selected as a Southern League All-Star while pitching for the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos.
He debuted in the major leagues at the age of 23 in 2015 after a 7-1 record and 3.15 ERA for the AAA Louisville Bats earned him a promotion.
He had Tommy John operation in 2016. He now works for the Reds as their Triple-A and Rookie-Level pitching coach.
Tokyo 2020 Mascot Distributor Latest Suspect in Olympic Bribery Case
The ever-growing Tokyo 2020 bribery controversy now includes a second corporation that has been suspected of involvement.
This time, an ex-executive of the Organizing Committee claims that the company selling the Olympic and Paralympic mascots, Miraitowa and Someity, paid him several million yen.
Or not Haruyuki Takahashi had influenced the Organising Committee to favour Sun Arrow Inc., the firm selling the stuffed toys.
During the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics, the company also gave out mascots. The cuddly toys based on Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service are also a big seller.
Tsunekazu Takeda, a former president of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC), was also questioned by investigators last week in relation to the bribery allegations.
When it came time for the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft, the Cincinnati Reds selected Moscot in the fourth round.
The Reds gave him a $317,800 contract, which was the most he could have gotten elsewhere. After making his debut with the Billings Mustangs of the Frontier League.
He also played for the Arizona League Reds, where he posted a 2.63 ERA with 27 strikeouts in 27.1 innings in his first professional season.