Parma Baseball Club

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The Parma Baseball Club is a professional baseball franchise that plays in the Italian Baseball League. Founded in 1950, the team is based in the city of Parma in Italy and plays its home games at the Stadio Nino Cavalli. The club entered the 2019 season ranked 6th in Europe and 2nd in Italy after reaching the 2018 IBL Finals which saw Bologna crowned as Italian Champions. Parma Baseball is sponsored by Parmaclima, Macron and Errea. The club, managed by Guido Poma, finished the 2019 regular season with a 12-11 record, good for 4th place in the IBL, behind Bologna, Nettuno, and San Marino. Parma lost in five games in a thrilling semi-finals to Bologna to end the 2019 season.

One of the most successful clubs in the Italian League, Parma has won 10 IBL championships, as well as 13 European Cup titles. The club finished 4th in the 2019 Champions Cup hosted by rival Bologna.

2019[edit]

After a successful 2018 campaign, Guido Poma's club hopes to become Italian champs for the first time since 2010. While posting a 12-11 record in the regular season, the club has been hit by the injury bug, as Italian pitcher Michele Pomponi was injured prior to the start of the season, while French pitcher Owen Ozanich, who posted a 3.86 ERA and 18/4 K/BB ratio in the first half of the season, broke his leg during the 2019 Champions Cup.

Italian national team players Sebastiano Poma (.380, 4 HR, 26 RBI), Aldo Koutsoyanopulos (.317, 1 HR, 11 RBI), Ricardo Paolini (.308, 1 HR, 17 RBI) led the offense. Veterans Charlie Mirabal (.297, 1 HR, 10 RBI) and Luca Scalera (.364, 1 HR, 8 RBI) also made their impact in the lineup. Erly Casanova led the pitching staff with 50.2 IP to go with a 3.02 ERA and 52 K. Marc-Andre Habeck (2.48 ERA, 38 K in 29.0 IP) and Yomel Rivera (4.50 ERA, 24 K in 18.0 IP) were also very steady. Veteran hurler Mauro Schiavoni proved to be an important addition, the right hander from Argentina posted a 0.00 ERA in the regular season, not allowing a single run in 11.1 IP. He also had an impressive 1.93 ERA in the Champions Cup. Parma finished 4th in the week long tournament where the top 8 club teams face off to crown the new European champion. In the event, Casanova and Habeck led the staff with 8.0 innings pitched, Habeck posted the best ERA (1.12), while Owen Ozanich finished with a team high 9 strikeouts in 5.2 IP. Offensively, Koutsoyanopulos hit .421 (8-for-19), Paolini .353 (6-for-17), Mirabal .333 (5-for-15), Poma .313 (5-for-16) and Alex Sambucci .313 (5-for-16).

Parma foud themselves in a rematch of the 2018 finals, this time in the semis, against rival Bologna. After jumping out to a 2-0 series lead, Parma lost three straight as Bologna came from behind, not only in the best of five series, but in game five as well. Erly Casanova was Parma's top playoff performer, logging 14.2 innings, allowing just two earned runs (1.23 ERA), walking one batter while striking out 15. Yomel Rivera (5.2 scoreless with 3 K), Junior Oberto (1 ER in 5 IP) and Marc-Andre Habeck (2 ER in 7.1 IP) also pitched well in the series. At the plate, in the playoffs, Ricky Paolini (.381), Rafael Vinales (.375), Stefano Desimoni (.333), and Mattia Mercuri (.300) were the club's .300 hitters.

2019 Schedule and Results[edit]

Regular Season Record: 12-11 (4th place)

European Cup Record: 2-3 (4th place)

Playoffs: 2-3

Overall 2019 Record: 16-17


Pitchers[edit]

Erly Casanova (CUBA)

Marc Andre Habeck (FRANCE)

Yomel Rivera (ITALY)

Mattia Aldegheri (ITALY)

Francesco Nardi (ITALY)

Owen Ozanich (FRANCE)

Yulman Ribeiro (VENEZUELA)

Junior Oberto (ITALY)

Mauro Schiavoni (ITALY)

Michele Pomponi (ITALY)

Catchers[edit]

Rafael Vinales (CUBA)

Victor Grasso (VENEZUELA)

Kevin Alfieri (ITALY)

Infielders[edit]

Alex Sambucci (ITALY)

Riccardo Flisi (ITALY)

Charlie Mirabal (VENEZUELA)

Ricardo Paolini (ITALY)

Luca Scalera (ITALY)

Mattia Mercuri (ITALY)

Outfielders[edit]

Sebastiano Poma (ITALY)

Leo Zileri (ITALY)

Stefano Desimoni (ITALY)

Aldo Koutsoyanopulos (ITALY)

Lorenzo Gradali (ITALY)

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