New Italian Serie A format explained

Yesterday you could read about the merger of the Serie A1 and A2 into one league which will contain 32 teams. Today, the FIBS (Italian Baseball and Softball Federation) came up with extra information. The 32 team league will be split into several divisions. This reminds us to the 1990 Serie A season in which …

2021 Serie A1 will contain 32 teams!!!

Tonight the federal council of the FIBS (Italian Baseball and Softball Federation) made a lot of decisions regarding baseball and softball. But the most eye catching decision had to do with the 2021 Serie A1. One of the decisions had to do with the Serie A1, Italy's highest baseball level. As reported earlier, the Serie …

Italian Serie A1 and A2 likely to merge

Since Italian baseball has a problem to come to a twelve-team league, like the FIBS (Italian Baseball and Softball Federation) would like, the FIBS has now made four proposals for a new format of the Italian baseball championship. According to the local newspaper Corriere Romagna, the two most likely plans to be accepted are dealing …

Seven-Inning Baseball Games: Good or Bad?

Due to the coronavirus, several European leagues played games of seven innings instead of nine. The Belgian Baseball Gold League was one of them. Also the Italian Serie A1 played seven innings. But with the latter, there was more behind this decision. At the start of the 2020 season in Italy, there was a video …

Triple Crown in Italy

For the first time since 2010, when Carlos Duran accomplished the feat, Federico Celli has won the Triple Crown in Italy's highest baseball league. With a batting average of .473, 10 home runs and 36 runs batted in, Celli stayed ahead of all of the Serie A1. When it comes to batting average, only Ray-Patrick …

Serie A1 Opening Night in Italy

When the coronavirus struck in Italy, there was not much hope the baseball season would ever start again in 2020. But eventually, last night it happened: Opening Night of the Serie A1.  Fortitudo Bologna hosted Godo Knights, San Marino hosted Hotsand Macerata and in the Parmesan derby, Parmaclima hosted Collecchio. Perhaps it is too soon …

Ray-Patrick Didder joins Fortitudo Bologna

Just before the start of the 2020 Serie A1 season, Fortitudo Bologna has signed Aruban shortstop Ray-Patrick Didder who will replace Nico Giarratano who hung up his spikes for personal reasons. After spending seven years in the Braves' minor league system, Didder became a free agent at the end of the 2019 season. He signed …

The farce called Serie A1 continues: Nettuno 2 withdraws as well

After Rangers Redipuglia, Grizzlies Torino, Nettuno Baseball City now Nettuno 2 has announced to withdraw from the 2020 Serie A1 season. As a result, the schedule of which the Dutch Baseball Hangout wrote about earlier this evening, can be thrown away again. Since the afternoon, a lot of rumors about Nettuno 2 stepping back were …

Italian Serie A1 season engraved in stone: Turns to 7-inning games

Yesterday, a conference call with the remaining seven clubs of the Italian Serie A1, led to several decisions for the 2020 season. Most for the good, one likely not so.   First of all, the season will start on Wednesday, July 8 instead of Friday, July 10. The foundation for this decision lies in the …

Italian Serie A1: another team drops out

After two teams stepped back in the past week, a third team has decided to withdraw from the 2020 Serie A1 competition in Italy. Next to Rangers Redipuglia, Grizzlies Torino, it was announced yesterday that Nettuno Baseball City has opted to sit out the season. The farce named 2020 Serie A1 continues... With the withdrawal …

Another team withdraws from 2020 Italian Serie A1 season

According to an article on the website of the FIBS, another club has withdrawn from the 2020 Serie A1. After Rangers Redipuglia announced to step back last week, Grizzlies Torino is the next team to renounce. In an article called "Grey Smoke for A1 Baseball 2020," it was made clear that during another video conference, …

One team pulls back from 2020 Serie A1 season in Italy

Italian baseball clubs had until last night 23:59 (11:59 PM) Central European Time to make clear if they wanted to play the 2020 season or not. After a lot of rumours floating around in the past weeks about Parma and the two Nettuno representatives stepping back, the FIBS (Italian Baseball and Softball Federation) announced on …

Owen Ozanich to return to Parma for the season

According to, French national team player Owen Ozanich will return to Parmaclima for the 2020 season. Originally, Ozanich had signed with the Montpellier Barracudas for 2020 but as the French season has been cancelled due to the coronavirus, he is free to join any club he wants. It was Ozanich himself who approached Parmaclima …

Italian baseball carefully thinks of starting the season again

In a video conference, yesterday, the Italian Baseball and Softball Federation (FIBS) discussed a possible start with the Italian clubs. For now, the start of the season is scheduled for June 14 but that can be pushed back to July 12. With these dates in mind, the playoff format the FIBS has been puzzling on …

Manny has offered himself, still negotiating with Parma

The other day you could read a blog post about persistent rumors of Manny Ramirez coming to Parma. According to, the former MLB star has offered himself and is still negotiating. In the previous blog post, you could read that it would be the third time that Ramirez would come out of retirement. It …

Persistent rumors Parma will land “Manny being Manny”

According to the Italian baseball website, there are persistent rumors coming from the United States about Manny Ramirez coming to Italy and to Parmaclima Parma (Serie A1) in particular. After having announced his retirement twice, it would be the second time that he returns to baseball. In 2017, the former Boston slugger went to …

Italian Serie A1 will contain 10 clubs next year

In a session of the Federal Council of the FIBS (Italian Baseball and Softball Federation), the composition of the 2020 Serie A1 has been approved. After the regular period in which clubs could apply for a spot in the Serie A1, there were only seven teams that were willing to play in the highest Italian …

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