At 35, Frank Menechino has a non-guaranteed contract and is trying to make the Reds' Opening Day roster. He's leaving camp for three days to play in the World Baseball Classic, but manager Jerry Narron assures Menechino it won't hurt his chances.
Outfielder David Dellucci has decided against playing for Italy in the World Baseball Classic.
After weeks of checking family trees, calling officials overseas, gathering scouting reports, gathering players and figuring out who can actually play in next month's World Baseball Classic, Team Italy finally had a chance to play some baseball on Tuesday.
Veteran David Dellucci understands the nature of competition at Spring Training, and he is starting to have second thoughts about leaving for the World Baseball Classic.
New Padres catcher Mike Piazza hopes his role as the designated hitter for Team Italy in the World Baseball Classic will help grow the game. "The biggest thing for me is trying to promote the game in Europe," Piazza said. "I love Europe."
Wladimir Balentien, Scott Thorman, Francisco Liriano and Yusmeiro Petit are a few of the top prospects on the preliminary rosters for the upcoming WBC.
The Italy team may receive only a fraction of the attention heaped onto the American and Dominican clubs, but fans may be surprised to see several familiar names on the roster of the club that will represent Italy in the World Baseball Classic.
The Baseball Federation of Italy announced on Wednesday that Matt Galante will manage the Italian Team for the inaugural World Baseball Classic next March.
Mike Piazza, who is qualified to play for either Italy or the United States in the World Baseball Classic, has decided he can best serve international baseball by suiting up for the Italians.