2013 World Baseball Classic: March 2–19
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02-24-2013, 04:45 PM
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If by "half," you mean Grilli and Taillon, then yes, but Taillon is a dual citizen because of his parents, so that's not exactly illegitimate.
Serious international baseball is essentially being started from scratch, so I don't know what you're expecting. Germany and Italy's teams in IIHF competitions were loaded with naturalized Canadians until shortly after the turn of the century. It shouldn't be shocking that the Italian baseball team has a similar problem.
Also, Italy's citizenship laws are incredibly liberal. Basically anybody who can trace their ancestry back to Italy can get an Italian passport. It's lame that the organizers haven't required people to get the passport to play (Grilli can obviously afford to pay for somebody to do the paperwork) but ...hey, take it up with the Italians if you don't like a fifth-generation Italian-American playing for Italy.
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