Former big league umpire Steve Palermo, whose accomplished career ended when he was shot trying to break up a robbery in 1991, has died. He was 67. Major League Baseball announced Sunday that Palermo had died, without providing details. Palermo, who lived in the Kansas City area, had been in poor health. Palermo broke into the majors late in the 19...

In 1955, I decided that I wanted to be a baseball player. My dad had taken me to my first Phillies game and I was enthralled by the smell of the grass and pure beauty of the game. Soon after, I joined my first baseball team, the Southwest Colts just before my 8th birthday. Back then, things were different. Teams played to win and actually kept scor...

MLB: Azzurri catcher Francisco Cervelli (Pittsburgh Pirates) has already belted two home runs and four doubles so far since April Francisco Cervelli (Ph Cuni)3, 2017. With a career high of seven homers and 17 doubles during his first year with the Bucs in 2015, Cervelli is on pace to set career-best stats in home runs and extra-base hits in 2017. H...

Commencing its 70th season this past weekend, the 2017 Italian Baseball League (IBL) is the talk of the town in Bologna, Rimini, San Marino, Nettuno, Parma, Padova, Francesco Fuzzi dell'UnipolSai scivola verso Samy Ramirez del Recotech Padule (PhFerrini)Novara and Padule Sesto Fiorentino. Eight Italian teams from those regions are divided into two...

After World War II, American sports becomes a very important content for the television business, and everybody starts looking to buy sports television rights and also the market of image rights. Let's think about the commercial success of the trading cards: they were already widespread and sponsored in the early twentieth century, but after the wa...

Joe DiMaggio was the greatest, but he was not the first neither the last; hundreds of Italian Americans and some Italians pursued like him the dream of a better life by hitting a ball. DiMaggio came in with an incredible impact on the lives of the American people, on the pages of glossy magazines: he was a modern star, the new hero of the Land of O...

Things appear to be better than expected for outfielder Brandon Nimmo. Nimmo pulled a hamstring last weekend playing for Italy in the World Baseball Classic, but on Wednesday, he was back in Port St. Lucie, ready to test it. Nimmo said his hamstring felt fine and that it had improved over the past two days, with the saving grace that he was shut do...

The predominant language used on Italy’s World Baseball Classic team is English, with a little Italian and some Spanish mixed in. But everyone understands “I got it!” Fly ball drills in the Arizona sun were a bit of an adventure during a workout Tuesday, two days ahead of an opener at Mexico in Guadalajara. “The appeal is the emotion, the competiti...

Jon Morosi’s first taste of the World Baseball Classic came on March 7, 2013, when he watched from the press box as Italy scored two ninth-inning runs to beat Mexico 6-5 in Scottsdale, Arizona. The game had some personal relevance for Morosi, then a Fox Sports writer—he is Italian-American, his wife his Mexican-American, and that was the first ever...

Diamondbacks infielder Daniel Descalso will play for Italy in the World Baseball Classic, but not because he simply accepted an invitation. Things aren’t so easy for an Italian from Redwood City, Calif. His very Italian last name wasn’t good enough to convince the International Baseball Federation of his heritage, either. “It was like a little fact...