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IBL Club Hires American Skipper

ITALY – The North East Knights of the Italian Baseball League have hired American skipper Steve Weidner for the 2010 season. Weidner served as a player/coach for the second division club Arezzo last year.

The 35-year-old Weidner (pictured, middle) debuted in the IBL with Godo in 2001 before bouncing around with clubs in Imola and Novara. He arrived at Arezzo in 2006 and led the third division team to the 2008 Series B title and a promotion to the second division, Series A2.

The Scranton, Pennsylvania native, who will be assisted by assistant coaches Daniele Fuzzi and Omar Valdes, also has an Italian passport due to his mother’s European roots.

T&A San Marino has signed Venezuelan left-hander Jose Escalona to add depth to its pitching corps for the 2010 season. The promising hard-throwing prospect has pitched the past two seasons in Italy’s second division.

The 24-year-old dominated Series A2 hitters last season allowing just 49 hits in 101 2/3 innings while going 10-2 for Picena with a 1.24 ERA and 179 strikeouts.

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The Telemarket Rimini Pirates have inked former minor league pitcher Harold Eckert to replace 2009 ace Rafael Garcia this upcoming season.

The 32-year-old attended Florida Int’l University (FIU) where he garnered second team All-Sun Belt Conference honors. He later signed with the New York Mets and was promoted to the Las Vegas 51s (Triple-A) in 2007 before getting released.

The Perth Amboy, Jersey native pitched in the Mexican League the past two seasons.

(IBL Update is a BaseballdeWorld regular feature by freelance writer Dave Charleston)

Photos courtesy of FIBS

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