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Dec '09 08

2011 MLB Season Opener in Rome a Possibility

On Tuesday the annual “Gala dei Diamanti” took place in Parma, Italy to honor the 2009 Italian Baseball League All Stars and to celebrate the end of the Baseball year. Fresh elected IBAF President Riccardo Fraccari, who also is the head of the Italian Baseball and Softball Federation, shocked the attendance with a surprise announcement.

According to the report on Baseball.it there is a possibility that Rome, Italy could host a regular Major League game or even the season opener in 2011, if the new ballpark is ready by then. If this is not the case, Major League Baseball still would come in 2011 for a couple of spring training games at a different site in Italy.

Fraccari further said that he will travel to New York on Wednesday to discuss this matter as well as the future relationship between the professional league and the International Baseball Federation. This certainly would be a great opportunity for Baseball development in Europe.

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