Tiago da Silva
Tiago Felipe da Silva (Sponge Bob)
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 9", Weight 165 lb.
Tiago da Silva is a baseball player active in Italy the last several seasons.
Da Silva was born in Brazil. Da Silva is part Japanese, and speaks Japanese, Spanish, Italian, and English, as well as his native language of Portuguese.
In the 2003 Baseball World Cup, da Silva was 2 for 4 with a walk and double for Brazil as a backup infielder; he also pitched, throwing 3 1/3 scoreless innings. In 2004, he pitched for the Macoto Cobras, but allowed 14 hits, 7 walks and 12 runs in only 4 2/3 IP. He came to Italy and played in Serie A1 from 2005-2007, being used as a shortstop and pitcher. In 2008, he made his Serie A1 debut as a pitcher for T & A San Marino. He was 0-1 with a 10.38 ERA in the 2008 European Cup for third-place San Marino, getting roughed up by Kinheim, the eventual winner. He obtained Italian citizenship in 2009.
Da Silva turned in a fine outing in the 2008 European Cup Final Four finale, holding Danesi Nettuno to one run in 7 innings but his relievers failed to protect the lead. Da Silva allowed two hits and no walks or runs in 5 innings in the 2009 European Cup, fanning 7 in a win over FC Barcelona.
Da Silva's spongy curly hair once earned him the nickname "Sponge Bob" among fellow Team Brazil players.