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Jan '09 12

Danny Newman returns to Cariparma

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Long time Italian veteran Daniel Newman returns to CARIPARMA in the Italian Baseball League. The left-handed pitcher, who is celebrating his 45th birthday on January 18, already played in Parma for two stints between in 1999/2000 and in 2004.

Newman was born in Cleveland, Ohio, went to Kearny High School in California, the University of San Diego and the San Diego City College. He signed with the HOUSTON ASTROS organization as an undrafted amateur free agent in 1987 and stayed in their minor league system for two years, reaching Single-A in 1988 (career ERA 3.03).

One year later he came to Italy and never left. He began his Serie-A career with NOVARA and later also pitched for ROME, RONCHI, RICCIONE, VERONA, MILAN, PARMA, BOLOGNA and SAN MARINO, where he last pitched in the IBL in 2007. He married, became an Italian citizen and participated for the Italian National Team at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

He pitched in a total of 344 IBL games in his Italian career so far and has a win-loss record of 142-99 with an ERA of 3.02 and 1842 strikeouts (694 walks) in 2008 innings. He also has a career batting average of .347 (OBP .428/SLG .530) in 1695 at bats. Last season Newman played for VERONA in the Serie B (third division in Italy). In 14 innings pitched he allowed just two hits and five walks, while striking out 23. As a hitter he batted .409 (OBP .525/SLG .602) with two homeruns, 32 runs scored and 33 RBIs in 24 games.

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