Italian Coach Calls Time

Marco Mazzieri    Photo: FIBS

Italy’s national coach Marco Mazzieri will step down at the end of the World Baseball Classic (WBC) in March.

Since taking up the post in 2007, Mazzieri's team has maintained a top 10 world ranking, won two European Championships, 2010 and 2012, and achieved its first global tournament medal with a bronze at the 2010 Intercontinental Cup.

Italy kicks off their final games with coach Mazzieri on March 9th against hosting Mexico. In their last WBC face-off in 2013, it was team Italy that advanced to the second round. Several members of the 2013 squad, including Drew Butera, Chris Colabello, Pat Venditte and Chris Denorfia will return for their coach’s final tournament.

Mazzieri, who has also been a European scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers, will not return to coaching, “I’m done as manager,” he said. He has no plans to abandon the game he loves however. He plans to get involved with baseball in his hometown of Grosseto, where he was both a player and a coach. "I’d like to be able to create enthusiasm in Grosseto, give back something to Grosseto Baseball. They have given so much to me, from all points of view, not just sports.”

No decision has been made on a successor. According to FIBS the process will be finalized after the Classic.