Joining fellow Italian prospect Leonardo Seminati in the Cincinnati Reds organization, Nicolò Pinazzi signed a minor-league contract to play professional baseball. Wearing an International Stars t-shirt while posing with Cincinnati Reds scout Sal Varriale, Nicolò Pinazzi was all smiles behind his mask knowing that he will begin his quest to become...

The New York Yankees Adam Robert Ottavino was born on November 22, 1985. The 34-year-old was born to Eve and John Ottavino in the Park Slope area of Brooklyn, New York. He attended elementary school at PS 39 where his mother was a teacher. Adam grew up playing baseball and being a Yankee fan. He played on childhood teams that his father coached. Ad...

Ralph Rago is 87, but you might do a double take if you look at him and think about that. His voice booms. He has a sore back but is otherwise sound. He can talk baseball by the hour with remarkable attention to detail. He credits “my good Italian genes and good Mediterranean diet” of vegetables, fruits, nuts and whole grains for the longevity. Bas...

The Marlins just swept a doubleheader from the Mets and moved to a pretty surprising 14-11 on the year. They are nearing the halfway point of the season in playoff position despite an early outbreak of COVID-19 and needing to piece together a roster after that happened. It's been pretty fun. In the nightcap Tuesday, another fun thing happened. Jon...

A lot of people in Los Angeles, especially baseball fans, will miss eating at the stadium during a Dodgers’ match:  food has always been part of the experience. Fries, hot dogs, nachos, carne asada, you name it, you could find it all at the stadium.  Michael Jacobs, CEO and founder of LA-based Home Team Kitchens, a company that focuses on creating...

Giulio Glorioso is one of the most famous Italian athletes of the 50s and 60s. He was an Italian baseball player born in Udine in the region Friuli Venezia Giulia in 1931 (he died in Rome in 2015), and became a baseball legend in Italy, where this sport so loved in the United States has never been as successful as football, volleyball and basketbal...

After four entertaining episodes featuring the likes of Frank Catalanotto, Anthony Iapoce,Mike Napoli, John Franco, Lee Mazzilli, and L.J. Mazzilli, the Italian American Baseball Foundation (IABF) Spaghetti & Baseballs Facebook Live Series present a very special episode number five with IABF Ambassador Bobby Valentine. Deeply committed to the growt...

Red Sox right-hander Chris Mazza has made one appearance since arriving in Boston for the 2020 season. It came on August 1st when he pitched 2.2 shutout innings against the Yankees in a 5-2 win by New York. The irony of Mazza making his Red Sox debut against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium wasn’t lost on the 30-year-old reliever, who is a cousin of H...

The Italian American Club Little League team showed off its dominance in the Pittsfield American Division on Thursday, finishing off an unusual season with a solid 5-0 win over East Side Cafe in the American Division Winner's Bracket Final. The win by IAC kept the proverbial 'if' game off the table, and allowed the group of local youngsters to cele...

The Marlins have added switch-pitcher Pat Venditte on a minor-league deal, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports on Twitter. He had been with the organization during Spring Training. Venditte, 35, has long been one of the game’s quirkiest players due to his ability to work off the mound with either arm, depending upon the handedness of the hitter. It’s m...