Unipol Bologna’s roster for the 2013 Asia Series begins to come together. The tournament will feature the top organizations in Asia plus the champion out of the Australian Baseball League. Bologna’s general manager, Christian Mura, has been hard at work trying to iron out the details of Marco Nanni’s (manager) roster for this event in November. At the moment some new names are beginning to surface, names that will be joining the team for this tournament alone, as the rules permit new additions as long as the athletes were not under contract with another IBL club in 2013. Within these new additions Bologna will be allotted 4 foreigners, of which they hope that one of those names is Raul Rivero, one of the top pitchers in the Italian Baseball League this year for Bologna.
While we all wait to see who will be filling the foreign roles, Bologna has made it certain that they will be adding Pat Venditte and Alexander Burkard to their rosters. Both players will be playing as Italians, with both of them holders of an Italian passport. Venditte and Burkard both played for the 2013 Italian World Baseball Classic team earlier this year. At 28 years of age, Venditte played the 2013 season at the minor league level with the Yankees. Venditte is famous for being the only pitcher to throw both right and left handed from the mound. This year Venditte made it as high as AA with Trenton, after pitching with the AAA club in 2012. Alexander Burkard, from Caracas, Venezuela born in 89, is currently a free agent. In four years ‘State side’ Burkard made it as high as high A with the Angeles organization.
Bologna’s objective heading into this prestigious international tournament is to show that they can hang with the best in Asia. Their goal heading into the event will be to pass onto the second round of the tournament, relying heavily on their mound, which is expected to be able to hold their own against anyone in the tournament. The early word is that they will be kicking the tournament off against the Korean League champions, followed up by the champions out of Taiwan.