Davide Dallospedale

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Davide Dallospedale

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5'11", Weight 165 lbs.

Biographical Information[edit]

Davide Dallospedale is a second baseman from Italy who was one of the top players in the Italian Serie-A1. He spent the early part of his career with Italeri Fortitudo Bologna. His father Luciano Dallospedale also starred in Italy.

Dallospedale hit .438 in the 1995 World Junior Championship, beating out several future major leaguers and 3-time Taiwan batting champion Cheng-Min Peng. In the 1999 European Championship, Dallospedale was 2 for 3 with a double and a walk as Italy won Silver. He was primarily a defensive sub for Alberto D'Auria. In the 1999 Intercontinental Cup, he hit .333/.407/.333 as Italy's third baseman but failed to score a run due to the pitiful performance of much of the team's offense.

Dallospedale has played in two Olympics (2000, 2004). He went 1 for 21 with two walks and a run as Italy's 2B in the 2001 Baseball World Cup. In the 2001 World Port Tournament, Dallospedale hit .344/~.382/.469 for #3 Italy. In the first World University Championship in 2002, he hit .318/.375/.409 and made the All-Tournament team at second base, beating out Rickie Weeks. He hit .219/.242/.375 in the 2002 Intercontinental Cup. In the 2003 European Championship, Dallospedale batted .367/.367/.466 but made three errors in 8 games for the Italians. In the 2003 Baseball World Cup, Dallospedale hit only .176/.176/.176. He rebounded in the 2005 European Championship, batting .324/.439/.382 as Italy won Silver. He also played for Italy in the first World Baseball Classic in 2006, appearing in two games.

In the 2007 European Championship, Dallospedale batted .385/.429/.423 and stole 3 bases in 3 tries in a disappointing performance by Italy. He hit .409/.482/.682 for Grosseto in the 2007 European Cup. Dallospedale hit .174/~.269/.217 in the 2007 Baseball World Cup. He was involved in a controversial play in a 1-0 loss to Taiwan that kept Italy out of the quarterfinals, being called out at third in the 9th inning when replays showed he was safe. As the next batter (Mario Chiarini) flew out to center, Dallospedale could have scored a crucial run had the call been correct.

Dallospedale hit .278/.409/.444 for Grosseto in the 2008 European Cup they hosted to help them finish second. In the 7th inning of a 0-0 tie in the Gold Medal game, Dallospedale broke open the scoring with a triple off of Kinheim's Patrick Beljaards; he came home on a sacrifice fly. It was the only run Grosseto got against Beljaards. Dallospedale was 1 for 9 in the 2008 European Cup Final Four.

In 2009, Dallospedale departed Grosseto (which was having financial troubles), the only club he had ever played for, signing with Parma.