Fresh off a career-best season, outfielder Tony Rosselli has re-signed with the Chicago Dogs.
An Indiana State University alum, Rosselli has been with the franchise since its inaugural season. In 2019, he hit at a .269 clip and mashed a career-high 12 home runs. Interestingly, Rosselli racked up nearly all of his home runs on the road, except for one prodigious centerfield blast at Impact Field on July 29.
Rosselli’s sophomore Chicago campaign started off with an impressive bang. In the finale of the Dogs’ second series in St. Paul, Rosselli became the first player in team history to blast three home runs in a game. He went yard in the first and third innings, and later stepped to the plate with the game tied 5-5 in the top of the 10th inning. Rosselli crushed a solo home run, and Chicago went on to win, 7-6.
The next night, Rosselli and the Dogs faced the Milwaukee Milkmen in Kokomo, Indiana — just two hours from his hometown of Terre Haute, Indiana. He tallied his fourth home run in the 24-hour stretch while also posting a 4-for-4 night from the plate.
Rosselli played four seasons at Indiana State and was the Sycamores’ top hitter as a senior in 2017, earning First Team All-Missouri Valley Conference honors. Prior to joining the Dogs, Rosselli also played for the Utica Unicorns of the United Shore Professional Baseball League. Then he briefly ventured overseas, representing the World Baseball and Softball Confederation All-Star team in the Asian Winter League.
Rosselli’s family boasts Olympic-caliber athletic ability. His mother, Cheryl, is a world-renowned table tennis champion, having earned 27 national and international titles. Bruce, Tony’s father, captured National Bobsleigh Championships in 1990, 1992 and 1996.
In fact, Rosselli has Olympic Bobsleigh aspirations of his own.
“I’ve always wanted to do it,” Rosselli said. “The ultimate athlete — power, speed, hand-eye coordination — is pushing a sled down ice going 100 miles per hour. … Everything I’ve been doing my entire life has been training to be a bobsledder. I love baseball, but I also want to be an Olympic bobsledder. I think I can do it.”
Here, you can watch a wide-ranging interview with Rosselli, who recently joined Dogs broadcaster Sam Brief via Zoom.
The 27-year-old Rosselli is eager for his third season in Rosemont.
“We’re going to win a lot of games this year,” Rosselli said. “We have a really solid team. I’m happy with the organization. Everybody is a team right now and I think that’ll play a really good role this year.”
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