Enrico Vecchi

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Enrico Vecchi

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 6' 1", Weight 190 lb.

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Enrico Vecchi was an Olympic outfielder.

Vecchi debuted in 1988 with his hometown Grosseto club, going 6 for 24 with two walks. In 1989, he went 5 for 23 with 3 walks and a triple (when the team won the title). Becoming a starter in 1990, he hit .360/.457/.512 with 60 runs in 49 games and 10 steals in 12 tries. Enrico slumped to .263/.315/.353 in '91, with 10 steals in 11 attempts. He rebounded to bat .325/.401/.442 in 1992 and went 19-for-24 in steal attempts. Vecchi put up a .285/.337/.371 line with 30 runs in 36 games in 1993, stealing 11 bases in 12 tries. He hit .273/.385/.318 as Italy's starting center fielder in the 1993 Intercontinental Cup and also helped the Italian national team win the Silver Medal at the 1993 European Championship.

The 24-year-old produced at a .348/.435/.577 rate with 34 walks, 54 runs and 52 RBI in 48 games in 1994; he was 9 RBI behind league leader Brad Komminsk. As Italy's left fielder in the 1994 Baseball World Cup, he hit .269/.367/.308. He hit .306/.424/.529 with 42 walks, 44 runs, 56 RBI and 23 steals (in 30 tries) in 54 games in 1995. He helped Italy win the Silver at the 1995 European Championship, hitting .571/.657/.643 with 11 runs in 9 games. He tied for third in the event in hits (16, even with Pedro Baelemans, Andrea Evangelisti and Arnaud Fau and trailing Johnny Balentina and Luigi Carrozza), was second in average (behind Sylvain Hervieux) and led in OBP. He failed to make the tournament All-Star team as Fau, Roberto De Franceschi and Oscar Rebolleda were picked as the outfielders. In the 1995 Intercontinental Cup, he batted .278/.316/.333 with two errors in five games in center field.

In the 1996 campaign, Vecchi had a career year at .389/.475/.710 with 36 walks, 68 runs, 23 steals (in 30 tries), 54 runs, 17 homers and 70 RBI in 54 games. He was four home runs behind leader George Canale and 6 RBI behind leader Francesco Casolari. In the 1996 Olympics, the left-handed batter went only 1 for 15 with 3 walks and one steal in two tries while being used as Italy's main center fielder. His lone hit was one of 15 Italy got in its only win, a 12-8 victory over Australia.

Vecchi hit .355/.388/.529 with 34 runs and 33 RBI in 33 games in 1997. After a decade with his hometown team, he finished his career with Rimini in '98, hitting .300/.397/.511 with 38 ruins and 44 RBI in 46 games. He went just 4 for 22 in the finals, which Rimini lost.

Overall, Vecchi had batted .324/.408/.504 in 441 games in Italy with 406 runs, 377 RBI, 104 doubles, 54 homers, 246 walks and 123 steals (in 154 tries).

In December 2010, he was hired as Grosseto's new manager, replacing Ruggero Bagialemani).