Canada and Italy National Team Coaches discuss managing, working with players now a days and international baseball


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Coach Caliendo in Rome, Italy for the World Baseball Softball Confederations (WBSC, governing body of the sports worldwide) Tournament Committee meetings. Coach Caliendo has served on the committee over 18 years. During the time in Rome, he interviewed two of his close friends and former national team coaches from Canada and Italy, Jim Baba (Canada) and Giuseppe (Beppe ) Guilizzoni (Italy). Both serve on the tournament committee for the WBSC. Prior to his meetings coach Caliendo spent time in Nettuno, Italy working with coaches and players.

They sit down at the hotel in Rome and discussed managing national teams in international competition, the difference then and now in players, baseball development in each country, the importance of coaches development and so much more.

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Bio and Photo

Jim Baba, Executive Director Baseball Canada

Jim Baba has been active with Team Canada for many years. Baba was the Parks and Recreation Director in Kindersley, Saskatchewan (his hometown) for nine years after college. He was the Director of Operations for Baseball Saskatchewan for 10 seasons and was with the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau for nine years. He managed Team Canada in the 1998 Baseball World Cup and 2005 Baseball World Cup and has also coached for the team (1991 Pan American Games, 1993 World University Championship and 1994 Baseball World Cup). He became Canada’s Manager of Baseball Operations in 2000 and has also served as Director General since 2000 (he is still in that role as of December 2008). Currently Director of the WBSC Tournament Committee.

Beppe Guillizioni, Former National Team Coach for Italy

Giuseppe Guilizzoni has managed two different countries on the international stage.

Guilizzoni was born in Rome but raised in Milan. He played for Milano in the 1960s. He was 6 for 56 with 6 walks in 1960 and 6 for 51 with 12 walks and 8 steals in 9 tries. After not playing in ’62, he was 3 for 33 with 8 walks in 1963 and an incredible 0 for 30 (with 8 walks) in 1964. In 1965, he improved to .169/.210/.189, followed by .127/.216/.139 with 10 steals in 11 attempts in 1966. Overall, he produced at a .114/.237/.120 clip in 110 games, with 46 steals in 55 tries. Playing mostly second base, he fielded .893.

Guilizzoni managed the Italian national team in the 1980 Amateur World Series (5-6) and 1981 European Championship (a Silver Medal). He later led the Spanish national team in the 1988 Baseball World Cup, their first Baseball World Cup. He later served as Director of Little League Baseball‘s Europe, Middle East and Africa region.

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