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Claudio Liverziani

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Claudio Liverziani is an outfielder/first baseman from Italy. He was a minor league infielder in the Seattle Mariners organization and is currently one of the top players in the Italian Baseball League. In the 1995 European Championship, he hit .286/~.444/.393 for the runner-up Italian team. He was 3 for 14 in the 1995 Intercontinental Cup but drew five walks and his hits were a double, triple and homer. He started his career with Novara before moving to Juventus Torino '48 for a year in 1996. From 1997 to 1998 he played in the Seattle Mariners organization for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers of the class A Midwest League. He and David Rigoli were the first Italians to play in the US minors since Alberto Rinaldi in the 1960s; the Italian baseball establishment had fought against players going to the US in the interim, keeping them amateurs to play in the Baseball World Cup and later Olympics. They put in a rule banning players for five years if they signed with a US team; when international competition was opening up for professionals, they eliminated the rule, allowing players like Liverziani, Rigoli, Andrea Castri, Giuseppe Mazzanti, Francesco Imperiali and Mario Chiarini go to the US in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

In 1999, Liverziani returned to Italy with Semenzato Rimini, with whom he won two Italian championships. He was the All-Star left fielder in the 1999 European Championship, hitting .467/.720/.667 with 10 walks and 10 runs in five games. In the 1999 Intercontinental Cup, Liverziani hit .417/.533/.667 to earn All-Star honors in the outfield alongside Yobal Duenas and Yuan-Chia Chen. He was second to Akinori Iwamura in the event in batting average, beating out several major leaguers. He was given the Max Ott Award as the Best Player in the Italian League in 2001. He transferred to Italeri Fortitudo Bologna where he won two more championships.

Liverziani has played in three Olympics (1996, 2000, 2004). He has represented Italy in three Intercontinental Cups, three European Championships and the 2001 Baseball World Cup (.318/.444/.364, 7 RBI, leading Italy in average, OBP and RBI). He hit .208/.441/.375 in the 2001 European Championship, drawing 10 walks and scoring 8 runs in 8 games. He was Italy's top player in the 2002 Intercontinental Cup, batting .286/.375/.536. In the 2003 European Championship, Liverziani hit .333/~.500/.400. His 9 walks in 8 games led the tournament. He is also the chairman of the Players Commission of the IBAF. In 2006 he played for Italy in the first World Baseball Classic, appearing in two games going 0-1 with a walk.

In 2007, Liverziani won a Gold Glove in the outfield. He was 1 for 12 with a walk, two runs and two RBI for Bologna in the Matino phase of the 2009 European Cup. He was 1 for 7 with a double, run and RBI in the final phase of the Cup.

On April 30, 2009, Liverziani collected his 1,000th hit in Italy, off Abe Alvarez. He became the 7th player to accomplish that, following Giorgio Castelli, Giuseppe Carelli, Roberto Bianchi, Ruggero Bagialemani, Riccardo Matteucci and Roberto De Franceschi.

Liverziani was named MVP of the 2009 Italian Series, hitting .571/.680/.857. Later that month, it was revealed that he tested positive for amphetamines. He was suspended by the Italian Baseball Federation.

Liverziani currently works as an advertising space salesman.

[edit] Career Stats

Year Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG
1991 Novara (ITA-A1) 19 48 5 8 1 0 0 4 4 15 0 0 .167
1992 Novara (ITA-A1) 34 124 17 35 7 1 2 16 9 23 4 3 .282
1993 Novara (ITA-A1) 36 142 40 50 3 3 2 20 27 24 20 3 .352
1994 Novara (ITA-A1) 48 188 57 64 13 3 3 23 33 25 25 6 .340
1995 Novara (ITA-A1) 54 202 46 59 10 2 3 31 34 29 20 4 .292
1996 Torino (ITA-A1) 46 166 62 74 16 2 11 46 47 23 7 4 .446
1997 Wisconsin (MWL) 108 346 73 88 22 4 5 31 68 93 11 4 .254
1998 Wisconsin (MWL) 106 355 43 88 20 4 3 33 30 67 16 3 .248
1999 Rimini (ITA-A1) 48 172 54 64 12 3 7 38 50 25 25 3 .372
2000 Rimini (ITA-A1) 48 188 61 76 17 2 9 42 36 29 29 7 .404
2001 Rimini (ITA-A1) 54 209 61 65 17 2 3 33 57 43 19 6 .311
2002 Bologna (ITA-A1) 54 190 66 67 18 2 12 61 61 20 11 2 .353
2003 Bologna (ITA-A1) 54 190 67 70 18 2 11 50 56 38 8 1 .368
2004 Bologna (ITA-A1) 53 171 59 56 12 1 1 35 62 26 14 6 .327
2005 Bologna (ITA-A1) 54 189 38 63 14 2 2 36 52 25 6 3 .333
Italian Serie-A1 Totals 602 2179 633 751 158 25 66 435 626 345 188 48 .345
Minor League Totals 214 701 116 176 42 8 8 64 98 160 27 7 .251

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