ITALY – The Italian Baseball League club T&A San Marino has added national team slugger Jairo Ramos Gizzi for the 2011 season, according to the Italian website, baseball.it. The first baseman, who batted .325 with 11 doubles and 32 RBIs for UGF Fortitudo Bologna this past season, joins former Telemarket Rimini coach Mauro Mazzotti (general manager) and outfielder Laidel Chapelli (.322/22 RBIs/12 SB) in signing with the second-place Titans.
San Marino finished 28-14 during the regular season and swept a three-game set against Rimini in the opening round of the semi-finals. However, the Titans dropped five of their next six games to get eliminated from the playoffs.
GROSSETO TO ADD VETERAN CATCHER
Montepaschi Grosseto will reportedly sign Cariparma Parma catcher Manuel Gasparri for the 2011 campaign. Gasparri, who last suited up for Grosseto in 2004, started 30 games for the newly-crowned IBL champions in 2010 while hitting .274 with 20 RBIs.
BOLOGNA CATCHER ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
UGF Fortitudo Bologna catcher Stefano Landuzzi will hang up his cleats as an active player. The 37-year-old captain batted .223 and started 38 games for the reigning European Club Champions Cup.
Landuzzi debuted in the IBL Serie A in 1991 and spent 19 of his 20-year career with the Bologna club. He was a past member of the Italian national team and competed at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.
AVIGLIANA INKS AMERICAN SKIPPER
The Italian Serie B club Avigliana Baseball has signed American skipper Andy Fleischacker for the 2011 season. The Bees finished fourth in Group A of the Federal Championship this past season with a 14-16 record.
The 39-year-old led the German club Solingen Alligators to a 44-8 record the last two years. He also steered the Alligators to a pair of North Division crowns and won this year’s European Cup Qualifier.
Fleischacker is well-known in Europe having made stops in Switzerland, Austria, and Germany along with spending some time playing in Italy. He has also been an assistant coach in the United States at Greensboro College and Lake Erie College.
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.