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The Italian Baseball League (formerly known as Serie A1), is the highest level of professional baseball in the Italy (and San Marino) and is overseen by Italian Federation of Baseball and Softball. It is currently a 9 team league that plays a 54 game schedule played mostly on weekends, with the season running from April to September. At the end of the season the top four teams qualify for the playoffs, with the winner earning the Scudetto. Both of the playoff rounds are best-of-seven. The league follows a promotion and relegation system with the Serie A2 in which the bottom two teams are relegated.

Many of the official team nicknames contain the name of the team's corporate sponsor. Most of the teams are based in the Emilia-Romagna Region of Italy. The San Marino team and the top Italian team (usually the league champion) qualify to play in the European Cup.

Formerly a 10-team league through 2005 the league dropped to 8 teams in 2007. Before the 2006 season began, Palfinger Reggio Emilia, an A1 club, could not afford to stay in the class and was dropped to A2. The spot was then given to Acegas Alpina Tergeste (2nd to last place in 2005) but the team couldn't afford it as well. The league played with 9 teams in 2006 and dropped down to 8 the next year, with 3 teams relegated and 2 promoted. The league went back to 2 relegated/2 promoted in 2007.

Starting in 2010 the Italian Baseball League changed format again and became the first Italian sport league with the franchise system and without promotion and relegation. The number of teams was set at 8 and, after the exclusion of Catania Warriors for budget problems, Novara United joined the league in 2011. Each team has a farm team, the IBL2 team, and is allowed to transfer players between the two teams during the season, as in the U.S. Minor League system.

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[edit] Current Teams

The eight teams that play in the top level of baseball in Italy 2011 are:

Franchise Official Team Name City Stadium
Nettuno Caffè Danesi Nettuno Nettuno Stadio Steno Borghese
Parma Cariparma Parma Parma Stadio Europeo
Grosseto Orioles Montedeipaschi BBC Grosseto Grosseto Stadio Jannella
Novara United Novara United Novara Stadio "Provini"
Godo Knights De Angelis Godo Knights Godo Stadio "A. Casadio"
Fortitudo Bologna Italeri Fortitudo Bologna Bologna Stadio Gianni Falchi
T & A San Marino T & A San Marino Serravalle, San Marino Stadio di Baseball di Serravalle
Rimini Telemarket Rimini Rimini Stadio dei Pirati

[edit] List of Champions

[edit] MVPs

(not awarded, 1953-1976)

(not awarded, 1983-1999)

[edit] Famous Players

[edit] External Links


Baseball in Italy
Federation National Team
Italian Baseball League · Serie A2 · Serie B
Italian Baseball Hall of Fame
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