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2013 World Baseball Classic

Italy

Italy

IBAF WORLD RANK: 9

The Italian National Baseball Team is back-to-back European Champions and has won 10 European titles overall finishing first or second in 25 of their 32 appearances. They have qualified for the 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympics, and finished third overall in the last Intercontinental Cup in 2010. In the 2006 World Baseball Classic, Italy won their first game by defeating Australia 10-0 in a mercy rule shortened seven inning game. In the 2009 tournament, Team Italy knocked out Team Canada in Round One at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada. Alex Liddi of the Seattle Mariners, who played for Team Italy in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, is the first Italian-born and developed player to play in the Major Leagues.

Italy Roster
Name # B/T Height Weight Birth Date
Pitchers
Chris Cooper 9 L-L 5'11" 195 Oct 31, 1978
Tim Crabbe 48 R-R 6'4" 195 Feb 20, 1988
Tiago Da Silva 35 R-R 5'9" 180 Mar 28, 1985
Marco Grifantini 21 R-R 6'3" 185 Sep 17, 1985
Jason Grilli 39 R-R 6'4" 235 Nov 11, 1976
Alex Maestri 17 R-R 5'11" 175 Jun 1, 1985
John Mariotti 33 L-R 6'0" 225 Aug 19, 1984
Luca Panerati 34 L-L 6'2" 170 Dec 2, 1989
Nick Pugliese 28 R-R 6'1" 205 Sep 18, 1985
Dan Serafini 29 S-L 6'1" 190 Jan 25, 1974
Brian Sweeney 19 R-R 6'2" 200 Jun 13, 1974
Matt Torra 43 R-R 6'3" 225 Jun 29, 1984
Pat Venditte 20 S-L 6'1" 180 Jun 30, 1985
Catchers
Drew Butera 41 R-R 6'1" 200 Aug 9, 1983
Tyler LaTorre 32 L-R 6'0" 235 Apr 22, 1983
Infielders
Anthony Granato 3 R-R 6'0" 200 Mar 18, 1981
Juan Infante 6 S-R 5'11" 170 Oct 8, 1981
Alex Liddi 16 R-R 6'4" 225 Aug 14, 1988
Nick Punto 8 S-R 5'9" 195 Nov 8, 1977
Anthony Rizzo 44 L-L 6'3" 240 Aug 8, 1989
Jack Santora 1 S-R 5'9" 160 Oct 6, 1976
Alessandro Vaglio 18 R-R 6'0" 161 Jan 28, 1989
Outfielders
Lorenzo Avagnina 10 L-L 5'11" 185 Nov 14, 1980
Mario Chiarini 45 R-R 6'2" 190 Jan 7, 1981
Mike Costanzo 4 L-R 6'2" 205 Sep 9, 1983
Chris Denorfia 11 R-R 6'0" 195 Jul 15, 1980
Stefano Desimoni 50 R-R 0'0" 0 Apr 12, 1988
Designated Hitters
Chris Colabello 25 R-R 6'4" 220 Oct 24, 1983
Italy Coaching Staff
Name # Role
Coaches
Marco Mazzieri Manager
William Holmberg Pitching Coach
Frank Catalanotto Coach
Alberto D'Auria Coach
Gilberto Gerali Coach
Mike Piazza Coach
Tom Trebelhorn Coach
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