Comments on: Big Leaguers From Italy http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10310 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: MCT http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10310/comment-page-1#comment-101201 Wed, 23 Mar 2011 17:26:13 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10310#comment-101201 Bertoia's bullpen page states that he attended Assumption College in Worcester, MA (which happens to be my alma mater). There used to be another Assumption College in Windsor, ON, however. It was a predecessor to what is now the University of Windsor. Given Bertoia's connections to the Windsor/Detroit area, I'm wondering if he really went to the Assumption College in Massachusetts, or if he actually attended the Assumption College in Ontario, but is mistakenly believed to have attended the former because it is the only North American college known by that name today.

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By: Hornblower http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10310/comment-page-1#comment-100773 Tue, 22 Mar 2011 02:05:35 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10310#comment-100773 I remember Reno Bertoia well, because of an inside the park home run he hit at a game I attended at Griffith Stadium. In a close play at the plate, he somersaulted and hit the plate with his head. I could not tell whether he merely stumbled or collided with the catcher. He appeared to be stunned, and the crowd was silent for a few seconds until he got up and returned to the dugout apparently not hurt.

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By: . So the Tigers are on the right track by frontloading their starting rotation with aces. In fact « wholesale new era hats,cheap new era caps. http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10310/comment-page-1#comment-100242 Sat, 19 Mar 2011 16:10:02 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10310#comment-100242 [...] baseman/third baseman from 1953-58 and made a brief encore in 1961-62. Baseball-Reference brings this factoid up because Italian-born infielder Alex Liddi has a shot at making the Seattle Mariners [...]

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By: Max http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10310/comment-page-1#comment-99825 Thu, 17 Mar 2011 18:49:01 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10310#comment-99825 ...and while we are still waiting for the first Italian-born, Italian-trained big leaguer, here's the first to have played in the minors:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=rinald001alb

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By: Andrew http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10310/comment-page-1#comment-99818 Thu, 17 Mar 2011 17:52:48 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10310#comment-99818 It's surprising that the list is so short, especially when considering that if you expand the list to include Italian-Americans and not just Italians, you'll find it no small wonder that generations of Italian-Americans in New York and New Jersey were inspired to baseball (especially Yankee) fandom by players such as Tony Lazzeri, Yogi Berra, Phil Rizzuto, Joe DiMaggio, and Roy Campanella.

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By: John Autin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10310/comment-page-1#comment-99806 Thu, 17 Mar 2011 15:27:28 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10310#comment-99806 How about that line by Hank Biasetti?
Just 2 hits in 32 AB -- but both were doubles!
He also drew 8 walks, giving him a .313 OBP despite an .083 BA.

Biasetti's 33 PAs without hitting a single are the most by any non-pitcher.
And he's the only player with at least 1 hit and more than 3 times as many walks as hits.

It's a small sample, of course -- but Biasetti's plate discipline was real. He drew over 100 walks at AAA both the year before and the year after his brief MLB career, with about 3 times as many walks as strikeouts.

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By: John Autin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10310/comment-page-1#comment-99805 Thu, 17 Mar 2011 15:12:37 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10310#comment-99805 On a tangent ... there's a good book about baseball being played in Italy -- "Baseballissimo," by Dave Bidini (a Canadian).
http://www.amazon.com/Baseballissimo-Dave-Bidini/dp/0771014627

Continuing the Canadian connection, a film option on the book has been bought by Geddy Lee, the lead singer for Rush:
http://arts.nationalpost.com/2010/06/24/geddy-lee-of-rush-options-dave-bidinis-baseballissimo/

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By: Scott http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10310/comment-page-1#comment-99792 Thu, 17 Mar 2011 12:28:35 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10310#comment-99792 Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Inductees:
75% Canadian
25% born outside Canada, but have given a significant contribution to baseball in Canada

Blue Jays inducted: Ron Taylor, Pat Gillick, Bobby Mattick, Dave McKay, Paul Beeston, Cito Gaston, Don McDougall, Joe Carter, Peter Hardy, Dave Stieb, Tony Fernandez, Peter Widdrington, Ernie Whitt, Roberto Alomar, Paul Quantrill, Tom Henke

Expos inducted: Charles Bronfman, Gary Carter, Andre Dawson, Jim Fanning, Steve Rogers; Claude Raymond, Ron Piche, John McHale, Larry Walker

Montreal/Quebec inducted: Calvin Griffith, Allan Roth, Billy Harris, Sherry Robertson, Sparky Anderson, Tommy Lasorda, Jim McKean, Joseph Lannin, Richard Belec, Harry Simmons, Jackie Robinson

Inductees such as Bertoia, Tom Burgess, Ron Piche, etc...got in not only for their playing, but also for that they did for Canadian baseball after their playing days.

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By: camisadelgolf http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10310/comment-page-1#comment-99790 Thu, 17 Mar 2011 11:53:41 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10310#comment-99790 I don't know how many active Italians are playing baseball, but here's a Reds prospect, Luca Panerati, that once got some attention from Baseball America:
http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=panera001luc

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By: Max http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10310/comment-page-1#comment-99781 Thu, 17 Mar 2011 10:36:48 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10310#comment-99781 Well, actually today we are celebrating 150 years of Italy being reunited, thus your timing is perfect. (St. Joseph isn't popular everywhere).

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