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Israel's Mensch on the Bench mascot at World Baseball Classic

Team Israel is getting plenty of inspiration from its popular mascot at the World Baseball Classic. Infielder Cody Decker brought "The Mensch" with him from home and he’s been a big hit in South Korea. Mensch means a person of integrity or honor. The Mensch on the Bench started during Israel’s qualifying round in New York.

“He’s on the team,” manager Jerry Weinstein said. “Everybody brings something to the team and certainly The Mensch is a unifying factor for the ball club.”

Israel players pose for photographs with the team
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Israel players pose for photographs with the team mascot The Mensch after their 2-4 victory in the World Baseball Classic Pool A Game Five between Netherlands and Israel at Gocheok Sky Dome on March 9, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea.

Israel's third base coach Pat Doyle, right, passes
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Israel's third base coach Pat Doyle, right, passes by his team mascot, The Mensch on the Bench, during at the first round game of the World Baseball Classic at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, March 9, 2017.

Cody Decker of Israel holds the team mascot
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Cody Decker of Israel holds the team mascot The Mensch after the World Baseball Classic Pool A Game Five between Netherlands and Israel at Gocheok Sky Dome on March 9, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea.

Israel team mascot The Mensch is seen in
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Israel team mascot The Mensch is seen in the dugout after the World Baseball Classic Pool A Game Five between Netherlands and Israel at Gocheok Sky Dome on March 9, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea.

Infielder Cody Decker of Israel holds team mascot
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Infielder Cody Decker of Israel holds team mascot The Mensch after the World Baseball Classic Pool A Game Five between Netherlands and Israel at Gocheok Sky Dome on March 9, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea.

Israel team mascot The Mensch is seen in
Photo Credit: Getty Images / Chung Sung-Jun

Israel team mascot The Mensch is seen in the dugout after the World Baseball Classic Pool A Game Five between Netherlands and Israel at Gocheok Sky Dome on March 9, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea.

Infielder Cody Decker #14 of Israel holds team
Photo Credit: Getty Images / Chung Sung-Jun

Infielder Cody Decker #14 of Israel holds team mascot The Mensch after the World Baseball Classic Pool A Game Five between Netherlands and Israel at Gocheok Sky Dome on March 9, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea.

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