Italy's Mazzieri set to retire after Classic

Former player took over as club's manager in 2007

March 12th, 2017
Marco Mazzieri played 20 years in the Italian Baseball League and also scouted for the Dodgers. (Getty)Gabriel Roux/Getty Images

If Team Italy's run in the World Baseball Classic ends after Monday's 9 p.m. ET tiebreaker game against Venezuela, it will also put a period on manager Marco Mazzieri's career.

Mazzieri, who is managing in the Classic for the third time, had a long international career as a player and manager. The 54-year-old played 20 years in the Italian Baseball League as an outfielder and became manager of the Italian national team in 2007. He also spent time as a European scout for the Dodgers.

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"Well, it's not about my career. It's about all the players that played for me, because wins and losses are in the books, but the emotions and the feelings, it doesn't matter 20 years from now, it will be there forever," Mazzieri said.

"It's about them, it's not about me. I want to thank all of them through these 10 years that we had in different events and competitions because they made it special."

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