Having attended the European Baseball Championship in Torino and witnessed the managerial debut of National Baseball Hall of Famer and Team Italy skipper Mike Piazza over two months ago, MLB Senior Vice President of International Baseball Jim Small felt the passion and commitment of FIBS officials against all odds in the midst of a pandemic. MLB In...

Team Italy manager Mike Piazza has given back to countless of his favorite charities over the years, but it is nice to see the National Baseball Hall of Famer being recognized as the Viscardi Center’s Sportsman of the Year on May 20, 2021. In its 54th year, the Viscardi Center’s Celebrity Sports Night continues to be one of the premier fundraising...

World-renowned University of Arizona head coach and former Team USA head Mike Candrea will assist the Team Italy coaching staff as special advisor just in time for the Women's European Softball Championship, which the defending Euro champion Italian softball squad will host in Friuli Venezia Giulia from June 27-July 3, 2021.   Mike Candrea said, “I...

The Olympic-bound Team Italy women's softball squad got a snapshot of what they can expect to see in Tokyo when top-ranked Team USA defeated the Italians 31-3 in an eight-inning exhibition game at USSSA Space Coast Complex in Viera, Florida on April 21, 2021. The relentless Americans, who had previously outscored opponents 50-6 in their previous se...

Florida Spring Training for the Olympic-bound Team Italy women's softball team is here. The Azzurre will remain in the Sunshine State for two weeks at the invitation of USA Softball with the coordination of Federazione Italiana Baseball Softball (FIBS) as well as the U.S. and Italian Olympic Committees. Despite a two-day long delay at Milan Malpens...

Following in the footsteps of former Italian Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Claudio Scotti, who also trained under late and great Team Italy pitching coach Bill Holmberg and signed with the Bucs franchise in 2016, 16-year-old Azzurrini pitcher Alessandro Ercolani is headed to the Pirate City state-of-the-art training facility in Bradenton, Florida nex...

Team Italy manager and National Baseball Hall of Famer Mike Piazza spent some quality time with The 7 Line Army founder and Orange And Blue Thing host Darren Meenan along with co-host Julia Quadrino during a special Mets 2021 Opening Day Episode 6 (Season 5). With 139 episodes to date, Orange And Blue Thing airs weekly during the baseball season an...

Team Italy catcher and designated hitter Drew Butera recently signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers with an invitation to Spring Training Camp in Surprise, Arizona. The 37-year-old veteran, who has caught two no-hitters and has played for five different franchises during his 11-year MLB career, will be competing for an opening day r...

Until the conclusion of ItaIian American Baseball Foundation (IABF) Virtual Gala on Thursday, December 3, 2020, supporters of Team Italy baseball and softball are encouraged to bid on the 108 items available HERE at the IABF Online Auction. The IABF is a 501(c)(3) charity foundation that is committed to developing and promoting youth baseball and s...

Introducing Team Italy Manager Mike Piazza is a musical odyssey documentary featuring the music of Grammy nominee Pato Banton. Produced by award-winning director Roberto Angotti, Introducing Team Italy Manager Mike Piazza highlights the celebrated career of National Baseball Hall of Famer Mike Piazza.The film’s opening scene takes place at the 2020...