Team Italy manager Gilberto “Gibo” Gerali will round up 27 of his best Azzurri players in Bologna on August 30, 2019 for two days of training and conditioning before competing in the Italy-Spain Baseball Series, which takes place at CBS Sant Boi and CB Viladecans ballparks in Barcelona, Spain from September 1-4, 2019. The four-day tournament against Spain allows Italian skipper Gibo Gerali to get a final look at the squad in action before narrowing down the roster for the European Baseball Championship in Bonn, Germany from September September 7-15 and the Europe/Africa Olympic Baseball Qualifier in Bologna/Parma, Italy from September 18-22.
Team Italy manager Gibo Gerali will be assisted by pitching coach Rolando Cretis, coaches Dennis Cook, Gianmario Costa, and Augusto Medina as well as mental coach Rafael Colon and athletic trainer Gianni Natale. The team medical staff will be made up of Dr. Michele Reboli and physiotherapist Massimo Baldi. Federal Councilor Gigi Mignola will accompany the squad as the delegation team manager.
The following players have been selected to participate in the Italy-Spain Baseball Series: Alessandro Maestri, P (ASD San Marino); Alex Bassani, P (Fortitudo BC 1953); Murilo Brolo Gouvea, P (Fortitudo BC 1953); Filippo Crepaldi, P (Fortitudo BC 1953); Claudio Scotti, P (Fortitudo BC 1953); Angelo Palumbo, P (ASD Bolzano BC); Nick Pugliese, P (Fortitudo BC 1953); Michael Johnson, P (New Britain Bees); Matteo Bocchi, P (Eugene Emeralds); Mattia Aldegheri, P (Parma 1949 BC); Luca Di Raffaele, P (ASD BSC Godo); Valerio Simone, P (ASD San Marino); Yomel Rivera, P (Parma 1949 BC); Andrea Pizziconi, P (Fortitudo BC 1953); Beau Maggi, C (California Revolution); Mattia Reginato, C (ASD San Marino); Mario Trinci, C (ASD San Marino); Alessandro Vaglio, INF (Fortitudo BC 1953); Chris Colabello, INF (ASD San Marino); Giuseppe Mazzanti, INF (ASD Nettuno Baseball City); Erick Epifano, INF (ASD San Marino); Jose Ferrini, INF (Fortitudo BC 1953); Sebastiano Poma, OF (Parma 1949 BC); Nico Garbella (ASD Nettuno Baseball City); Federico Celli, OF (ASD San Marino); Aldo Koutsoyanopulos, OF (Parma 1949 BC); and Federico Giordani, OF (San Marino). Forza #Italia! #LetsMakeItHappen
by Roberto Angotti