As director of minor league operations for the Los Angeles Angels, Mike LaCassa says that yes, of course, developing players for Major League Baseball is the goal. “Each time a player moves up a level and especially when they make their Major League debut, it really makes us feel proud of all the work they put in, because none of it comes easily,”...

Saturday, July 6, 2019. 7:00pm – 8:00pm Cocktail Reception (open bar & passed hor d’ouerves). 8:00pm – 10:00pm Round Table Discussion on the History of Italian-Americans in Baseball and Our Future. Nido Italia 12020 Mayfield Road Kent Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106. Located in the heart of Cleveland’s “Little Italy” neighborhood. Purchase tickets here. T...

Before the hoopla that greeted the most homecoming of homecomings for Cavan Biggio, who had spent his boyhood shagging flies in Minute Maid Park, then served as an Astros bat boy while his dad sealed a Hall of Fame career with more than 3,000 hits, then starred on St. Thomas High School’s state championship teams under his dad’s obsessive coaching,...

Playing independent league baseball is nothing new for Chris Colabello, who played seven seasons at that level before getting the call to join the Minnesota Twins and Toronto Blue Jays from 2013-15. This season he has continued his professional career back in independent ball with the Atlantic League’s Sugar Land Skeeters. Colabello joined the team...

As a young boy growing up in Alzano Lombardy, Italy, baseball wasn’t on Leonardo Seminati’s radar. It was hardly on anyone’s radar in his northern Italian town. Seminati’s family would regularly attend "sporting events," where teams from various sports would promote their clubs. Then, out of the blue, a baseball club set up shop. Seminati was about...

Writer Robert Bruzio’s first major screenplay, Bottom of the 9th starring Joe Manganiello is set for release on July 19. The film is about a man who returns to the Bronx after serving 17 years in prison for a violent mistake he made as a kid, ultimately robbing him of a professional baseball career and the love of his life. In addition to being the...

A sold-out Gianni Falchi Stadium crowd in Bologna witnessed history asUnipolSai Bologna beat prevously undefeated L&D Amsterdam 8-0 on June 8, 2019 to regain possession of the European Champions Cupfrom the Dutch on Italian soil. UnipolSai Bologna starter Raoul Rivero(7.2 innings pitched, 4 hits, 1 walk and 14 strikeouts), recipient of an emotional...

It all still seemed like a dream for Anthony Volpe: Finally deciding to go pro after a few sleepless nights, hearing his name called in the MLB draft by the team he grew up rooting for and getting a call from Yankees manager Aaron Boone to congratulate him. Then he put on the pinstripes for the first time on Monday — the real ones — and it all star...

Lou Bernadi, baseball coach at the US Merchant Marine Academy and IABF board member recently donated several boxes of baseball equipment to the IABF. The equipment consisted of catchers gear, baseballs, aluminum and wood bats, gloves, batting gloves and much more. The IABF will send this equipment to our friend Pascale Iannetta who operates several...

Over the past five years, Matteo Bocchi has lived in Italy, Odessa and Austin. One day, could Chicago be the next place he calls home? The Texas baseball team announced on Tuesday that Bocchi has signed with the Chicago Cubs as a free agent. A right-handed pitcher, Bocchi was not selected in this month’s MLB Draft. This past week, Chicago used a 14...