Leading the Chicago Cubs Double-A affiliate Tennessee Smokies in home runs (4), RBI (16), slugging percentage (.806) and on-base plus slugging (1.206), Team Italy slugger Robel Garcia is currently third in batting average (.323). Playing second and third base defensively, the 26-year-old infielder is making his second attempt to break into MLB afte...

Few Italian-Americans have made as big an impact on the world of baseball as 33-year-old, Francisco Cervelli. Born in Valencia, Venezuela, Cervelli had an Italian immigrant father, Manuel, who encouraged him to play baseball during his youth in Venezuela. What happened next Cervelli could only have dreamt of when starting out in Venezuela. He was e...

In addition to throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Nino Cavalli Stadium in Parma for the Italian Serie A1 season opener between Godo Baseball and ParmaClima on April 19, 2019, National Baseball Hall of Famer Mike Piazza made the dreams of players from the ASD Baseball Club Sala Baganza come true when they met the 12-time MLB All-Star and 10-...

MARLINS at METS. Sunday, May 12th @ 1:10pm EST. Citi Field, 120-01 Roosevelt Ave, Flushing, NY 11368. The IABF - Italian American Baseball Foundation is honored to be part of the New York Mets Italian Heritage Day at Citi field. A portion of tickets purchased from the attached link will go to the IABF.  Come out for Italian Heritage Day at Citi Fie...

For the 2nd straight year the Italian American Baseball Foundation was honored to send a representative to the Federazione Italiana Baseball & Softball (FIBS) Convention 2019 in Riccione, Italy. Following Bobby Valentines successful 2018 visit, the IABF sponsored MLB & FOX Sports host JP Morosi to represent the IABF in Riccione on January 19-21, 20...

Author Mark Di Ionno acknowledges that Gods of Wood and Stone is a clearly masculine book, ostensibly about sports — predictable fare from a reporter who has covered it for years. Yet in Di Ionno’s talk Tuesday at the Morristown & Township Library, it became clear that his novel really is about the changing American experience, and the loss of trad...

Team Italy put together back-to-back wins with victories over Grand Canyon University on March 25 and Paradise Valley Community College on March 27 at Mesa’s Hohokam Stadium. Leo ZileriAfter the dynamic pitching duo of Mattia Aldegheri and Alex Bassani worked in synergy to defeat the Grand Canyon University Antelopes by a score of 5 to 2, Azzurri m...

Former Dade North Falcons baseball coach Demie “Doc” Mainieri, who died on March 13 at age 90, always figured his life had been spared for a good reason, and he made the most of his time. The youngest of 11 children, Mainieri played baseball at West Virginia University. He earned master’s and doctorate degrees from Columbia, which is how he got his...

“My head was messed up.” In a rare moment of clarity, these once were the words of former Houston Astros pitcher, Mark Lemongello, known for his frequent outbursts of self-assault, sometimes slapping himself after ineffective pitches or outings. Lemongello wore Astro orange from 1976 through 1978. Bizarre events and an encounter with the law haunte...

In the first of three afternoon exhibition games against a group of Oakland Athletics prospects, Team Italy tied the A’s minor league squad 5-5 at the Arizona spring training facility in Mesa on March 20, 2019. Azzurri manager Gilberto “Gibo” Gerali’s squad played well in the desert and nearly beat the prized Athletics. Team Italy showed strength a...