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- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10", Weight 194 lb.
Emiliano Ginanneschi is a former Olympic pitcher.
Ginanneschi debuted in 1991 with his hometown Grosseto club, going 1-1 with a 7.20 ERA, 17 walks in 25 innings and an opposing batting line of .324/.411/.486. He had a 2-0, 4.35 record in 1992 and allowed a .305/.378/.458 line. In '93, he went 1-2 with a save and a 6.80 ERA, followed by 1-1 with a save, 5.19 ERA and .346/.403/.467 opponent line in 1994. He pitched for the Italian national team in the 1994 Baseball World Cup, giving up 3 runs and 6 hits in only 2 1/3 innings. Against Taiwan, he relieved with two outs in the bottom of the 8th and retired Kan-Lin Huang. In the top of the 9th, Italy scored four runs to go from down 9-8 to ahead 12-9. Paolo Ceccaroli relieved and got the save, while Ginanneschi got the win.
In 1995, Emiliano was 2-5 with a save and a 4.63 ERA; opposing batters hit .265/.340/.365. He pitched for Italy in the 1995 European Championship (3 runs in 7 innings for the Silver Medalists), leading the event with five appearances. He went 3-4 with a save and a 4.42 ERA in the 1996 campaign and 7-7 with a 5.06 ERA in 1997. In the 1997 Intercontinental Cup, he gave up two runs (one earned) in 1 1/3 IP.
With Grosseto in 1998, the 27-year-old went 0-2 with four saves and a 5.55 ERA. The next season, as the league switched to wood bats, he went 7-2 with 3 saves, a 1.40 ERA and a .205/.266/.256 opponent batting line. He was just .05 behind ERA leader Tom Urbani, a former major league hurler. In the 1999 Intercontinental Cup, Ginanneschi gave up four runs in 6 2/3 IP. He allowed no runs in four innings in the 1999 European Championship and won his only decision for the Silver Medal winners.
Emiliano turned in a 4-3, 3.06 season with five seasons in 2000. He threw out two perfect innings in the 2000 Haarlem Baseball Week, then was with Italy for the 2000 Olympics, giving up one run in two innings over three outings. The veteran hurler was 7-4 with two saves and a 2.86 ERA in 2001. In the 2001 European Championship, he was 1-0 with two runs and seven strikeouts in five innings. Italy failed to get a medal in a European Championship for the first time since 1955 (they had also sat out one year).
Ginanneschi was even better in 2002, going 8-4 with four saves and a 2.06 ERA. He held opponents to a .269 OBP. He was second in ERA behind MVP Juan Carlos Vigna. During 2003, he was 6-6 with 6 saves (one behind leader Fabio Milano) and a 4.08 ERA, walking only 13 in 106 innings. In 2004, the old-timer went 3-1 with 11 saves and a 1.33 ERA, breaking Roberto Cabalisti's Serie A1 record of 8 saves. Through 2010, that remains the Italian single-season mark. He surprisingly bombed in the finals, giving up three runs in 2/3 of an inning and taking the loss. Grosseto still won its first tile in Ginanneschi's 15 seasons.
Emiliano lost the closer job to Marc Cerbone in 2005 despite his record-setting '04; he went 3-5 with a save and a 3.94 ERA in 2005. In 2006, he went 2-1 with two saves and a 4.62 ERA. He threw two shutout innings in the finals, which Grosseto lost to Rimini. The right-hander was 4-1 with 6 saves and a 2.47 ERA in 2007. He appeared in five games in the finals (won by Grosseto), going 1-0 with a save and a 2.57 ERA. He got the last out that clinched the title for them. He joined Matteo D'Angelo and Linc Mikkelsen as being honored as the league's All-Star pitchers. Still going at age 37, he went 6-1 with a 2.60 ERA and opponent line of .214/.269/.292.
In 2009, Ginanneschi was 1-0 with five saves but fell to a 6.14 ERA and .319/.396/.585 batting line allowed. Through 2009, he was 72-59 with 56 saves and a 3.78 ERA in 373 career games. He ranked among Italy's career leaders in saves (third behind Ilo Bartolucci's 63 and Cabalisti's 61) and games pitched (fifth). He then retired to coach for Grosseto.