Italian Baseball League

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Italian Baseball League
First season1948
PresidentRiccardo Fraccari
No. of teams33
Country Italy
 San Marino
Most recent
UnipolSai Bologna
Most titlesNettuno BC 1945
(17 titles)
Relegation toSerie B

The Italian Baseball League (IBL, Italian: Campionato italiano di baseball), officially known as the Serie A (Italian pronunciation: [ˈsɛːrje ˈa]), is the top-level baseball league in Italy. Founded in 1948, it is governed by the Italian Baseball & Softball Federation (FIBS), which has its headquarters in Rome.

Many of the teams are based in the northern Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, which has historically been the hotbed of baseball in the country; a team from the Republic of San Marino also plays in Serie A.

Like most professional sports leagues in Europe, and unlike professional baseball leagues in North America and Asia, the IBL uses a promotion and relegation system; the bottom five clubs are relegated to the Serie B minor league. Winners of the league are awarded a scudetto, and earn the right to represent Italy in the European Champions Cup.[a]


Until 2010, the IBL featured a promotion-and-relegation league format that demoted the last place finisher to the minor leagues (Series A2), while the Serie A2 (baseball) champion would be promoted into the IBL. This was changed in late 2009, when FIBS approved the decision to introduce a fixed-team franchise format (similar to that found in Major League Baseball) starting with the 2010 season.

However, in 2018, the promotion-and-relegation system was reintroduced.[1]

In 2021, the Italian Baseball League was rebranded as Serie A, bringing together the previous eight-team Serie A1 and the second-tier Serie A2. The new league was structured into 33 participating teams in 8 divisions, or gironi (lit. "groups"). The 8 gironi winners compete for the league championship (the scudetto), while the remaining 25 will fight to avoid being among the five relegated to Serie B.[2][3] In 2023, the league size was reduced to 30 teams, divided into five gironi; the top two in each group of the first phase (prima face) advance to the poule scudetto (and then to the playoffs), while those not qualified fight to avoid relegation.


As is the practice in Asian baseball leagues like Japan's NPB and South Korea's KBO, many of the official team names in the Serie A include the team's corporate sponsor — though unlike Asian baseball, a sponsorship name does not necessarily indicate ownership.

2023 poule scudetto teams[edit]

Of the 33 teams participating in the 2023 Serie A season, ten qualified for the poule scudetto (the championship pool). The top eight teams in the poule scudetto qualify for the postseason.

2023 Team Location 2023 prima
face position
First season
in Serie A
No. of seasons
of current spell
in Serie A
Most recent
Girone F
Hotsand Macerata Angels Italy Macerata 1st (A) 2020 4
Godo Baseball Italy Russi 2nd (C) 2006 5
Nettuno BC 1945 Italy Nettuno 1st (D) 1950 3 17 2001
Comcor Modena Italy Modena 1st (E) 1966 3
New Black Panthers Italy Ronchi dei Legionari 2nd (B) 1969 3
Girone G
Fortitudo Bologna Italy Bologna 1st (C) 1963 26 14 2023
Senago BC Italy Milan 2nd (E) 2021 3
BSC Grosseto Italy Grosseto 2nd (D) 1999 9 5 2014
Parma Clima Italy Parma 1st (B) 1950 59 10 2010
San Marino Baseball San Marino San Marino 2nd (A) 1985 38 6 2022

Defunct teams[edit]


Single-table era (1948–85)[edit]

Year Winning Team Runner Up MVP
1948 Libertas Bologna
Milano -
1949 Mamoli Grosseto (LIB)
Lazio (FIBS)
Ambrosiana Milano (LIB)
Ferrovieri Roma (FIBS)
1950 Libertas Roma USCM Nettuno -
1951 Nettuno B.C. Libertas Roma -
1952 Nettuno B.C. Libertas Roma -
1953 Nettuno B.C. Lazio -
1954 Nettuno B.C. A.S. Roma -
1955 Lazio Nettuno -
1956 Chlorodont Nettuno A.S. Roma -
1957 Chlorodont Nettuno Lazio -
1958 Algida Nettuno B.C. Rome -
1958 C.U.S. Milano Libertas Inter Milano -
1959 Coca-Cola Roma Algida Nettuno -
1960 Seven Up Milano Roma S.C. -
1961 Europhon Milano Pirelli Milano -
1962 Europhon Milano Simmenthal Nettuno/
ACLI Bologna
1963 Simmenthal Nettuno Libertas Milano/
Europhon Milano
1964 Simmenthal Nettuno UGF Fortitudo Bologna -
1965 Simmenthal Nettuno Europhon Milano -
1966 Europhon Milano Tanara Parma -
1967 Europhon Milano Nettuno -
1968 Europhon Milano Nettuno -
1969 Montenegro Bologna Noalex Milano -
1970 Europhon Milano Montenegro Bologna -
1971 Glen Grant Nettuno Bernazzoli Parma -
1972 Montenegro Bologna Bernazzoli Parma -
1973 Glen Grant Nettuno Montenegro Bologna -
1974 Montenegro Bologna Colombo Nettuno -
1975 Cercosti Rimini Bernazzoli Parma -
1976 Germal Parma Colombo Nettuno -
1977 Germal Parma Derbigum Rimini Mike Romano
1978 Biemme Bologna Cercosti Rimini Carlos Guzman
1979 Derbigum Rimini Germal Parma /
Colombo Nettuno
John Long
1980 Derbigum Rimini Glen Grant Nettuno Ed Oliveros
1981 Parmalat Parma Papà Barzetti Rimini John Guggiana
1982 Parmalat Parma Sicma Nettuno Giuseppe Carelli
1983 Papà Barzetti Rimini Nordmende Bologna -
1984 BE. CA. Bologna World Vision Parma -
1985 World Vision Parma BE. CA. Bologna -

Playoff era (1986–present)[edit]

Year Winning Team Runner Up Result MVP
1986 Grohe Grosseto Trevi Rimini 4–3 -
1987 Trevi Rimini Mamoli Grosseto 4–1 -
1988 Ronson Lenoir Rimini SCAC Nettuno 4–0 -
1989 Mamoli Grosseto Ronson Lenoir Rimini 4–2 -
1990 SCAC Nettuno Ronson Lenoir Rimini 4–3 -
1991 Parma Angels Flower Gloves Verona 3-0
1992 Telemarket Rimini Eurobuilding Bologna 3-0 United States David Sheldon
1993 C.F.C. Nettuno Telemarket Rimini 3–2 United States Jessie Reid
1994 Cariparma Angels Danesi Nettuno 4–1 United States Brad Komminsk
1995 Cariparma Angels Danesi Nettuno 4–1 Italy Roberto Bianchi
1996 Caffè Danesi Nettuno Cariparma Angels 4–2 Italy Francesco Casolari
1997 Cariparma Parma Danesi Nettuno 4–3 Italy Francesco Casolari
1998 Danesi Nettuno Semenzato Rimini 4–1 Italy Federico Bassi
1999 Semenzato Rimini Danesi Nettuno 4–3 United States Ed Campaniello (Rimini)
2000 Semenzato Rimini Danesi Nettuno 4–0 Italy Claudio Liverziani (Rimini)
2001 Caffè Danesi Nettuno Semenzato Rimini 4–2 Italy Juan Carlos Vigna
2002 Semenzato Rimini Danesi Nettuno 4–1 Venezuela Orlando Muñoz (Modena)
2003 Italeri Bologna GB Ricambi Modena 4–1 Italy Claudio Liverziani (Bologna)
2004 Prink Grosseto Italeri Bologna 4–2 Puerto Rico Jaime Navarro (Grosseto)
2005 Italeri Bologna T & A San Marino 4–3 Dominican Republic Jesús Matos (Bologna)
2006 Telemarket Rimini Colonie Maremma Grosseto 4–1 Italy Mario Chiarini (Rimini)
2007 Montepaschi Grosseto Danesi Nettuno 4–3 Italy Giuseppe Mazzanti (Nettuno)
2008 T & A San Marino Danesi Nettuno 4–3 Italy Giuseppe Mazzanti (Nettuno)
2009 UGF Banca Bologna T & A San Marino 4–1 Dominican Republic Eddie Garabito (Bologna)
2010 Cariparma Parma Fortitudo Bologna 4–2 Venezuela Orlando Muñoz (Parma)
2011 T & A San Marino Danesi Nettuno 4–3 Venezuela Willie Vasquez (San Marino)
2012 T & A San Marino Rimini Baseball 4–2 Dominican Republic Danilo Sanchez (Godo)
2013 T & A San Marino Rimini Baseball 3–2 Italy Alessandro Vaglio
2014 UGF Banca Bologna Rimini Baseball 4–3 Italy Claudio Liverziani
2015 Rimini Baseball Fortitudo Baseball Bologna 4–0 Italy Giuseppe Mazzanti
2016 UGF Banca Bologna Rimini Baseball 4–2 Italy Sebastiano Poma
2017 ASD Rimini T & A San Marino 3–0
2018 UnipolSai Bologna Parmaclima 3–1
2019 UnipolSai Bologna T & A San Marino 3–0
2020 UnipolSai Bologna T & A San Marino 4–3
2021 T & A San Marino UnipolSai Bologna 3–2
2022 T & A San Marino Parmaclima 4–3
2023 UnipolSai Bologna T & A San Marino 4–0 Italy Ricardo Paolini

Notable former players[edit]


  1. ^ That is, for Italian clubs; San Marino BC automatically qualifies to play in the European Cup as the sole representative of the Republic of San Marino.


  1. ^ "Basta IBL! Si ritorna alla serie A1!" (in Italian). 20 December 2017.
  2. ^ "The history of baseball in Italy".
  3. ^ Fabio Ferrini. "Copia archiviata" (in Italian). Archived from the original on 12 April 2021.

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