IABF Mission Statement

The Italian American Baseball Foundation (IABF) is a 501c3 charity foundation established in 2016 that is committed to developing and promoting youth baseball and softball in the United States and Italy by sponsoring clinics and camps supervised by MLB players, scouts, and college coaches.

The goal is to harness an appreciation for our Italian American culture and heritage through baseball and softball.

IABF awards college baseball and softball scholarships to high school students that qualify, donates equipment to organized youth teams and individuals in need and advises on citizenship documentation for players in Italy and America.

Our future goal is to build an international youth baseball and softball academy that will combine education and baseball. The IABF is committed to achieving excellence in the classroom, on the field and in the community.

IABF mission statement

2020 Italian American Baseball Foundation - Guest of Honor

Lee Mazzilli

  • Professional baseball player, coach, and manager
  • 13 year baseball career
  • Played for NY Mets, Texas Rangers, NY Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Toronto Blue Jays
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2020 Italian American Baseball Foundation - Achievement Award

Anthony Iapoce

  • Hitting coach for Chicago Cubs
  • Played for Milwaukee Brewers
  • Played college baseball at Lamar University
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2020 Italian American Baseball Foundation - Baseball Executive of the Year

JP Ricciardi

  • MLB Executive – Special Advisor to President of Baseball Operations with SF Giants
  • Previously served as Special Assistant to NY Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson
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2019 Italian American Baseball Foundation - Guest of Honor

Joe Girardi

  • All-Star (2000)
  • 4× World Series champion (1996, 1998, 1999, 2009)
  • NL Manager of the Year (2006)
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2019 Italian American Baseball Foundation - Achievement Award

Frank Catalanotto

  • 13 Year MLB Career
  • 2001 Placed 5th in MLB Batting With a .330 average
  • Named Head Baseball Coach in 2018 at New York Institute of Technology
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2019 Italian American Baseball Foundation - Baseball Executive of the Year

Natalie M. Spedaliere

  • Sr. Coordinator to the President of MLB Network / NHL Network
  • Director – IABF Executive Board
  • Fundraising Committee – IABF Foundation
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2018 Italian American Baseball Foundation - Guest of Honor

John Franco

424 Saves (5th in MLB)
4× All-Star (1986, 1987, 1989, 1990)
2× NL Rolaids Relief Man Award (1988, 1990)
3× NL saves leader (1988, 1990, 1994)
2012 New York Mets Hall of Fame

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2018 IABF - Baseball Executive of the Year

Jon Paul Morosi

  • In-game reporter for Fox Sports
  • Analyst for MLB Network’s WhipAround
  • MLB reporter for the World Baseball Classic
  • Covered 10 World Series
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2017 Italian American Baseball Foundation - Guest of Honor

Bobby Valentine

1970 MVP – Pacific Coast League – Spokane Indians
1986 UPI Manager of the Year – Texas Rangers.
2000 Manager NL Champion – New York Mets
2005 Manager of the Japan Series Champions – Chiba Lotte Marines of the Japanese Pacific League.
He is currently athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Connecticut

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2017 IABF - Baseball Executive of the Year

Gary Perone

Brooklyn Cyclones assistant General Manager
Co-Founder  of the Borough Cup
Presidential Citation – Minor League Baseball (MILB)
2012 – 2016 Robert Julian Community and Baseball Service Award
Brooklyn Cyclones – 2017 Winner of the Larry McPhail award

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2016 Italian American Baseball Foundation - Guest of Honor

Mike Piazza

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IABF Launch & Fundraiser

Mike Piazza and other Italian-American baseball players partake
in the IABF Launch to raise money for the Italian Baseball Federation