How sweet it must have felt to the former Worcester (MA) Tornadoes star to see that he was batting cleanup (and the DH) for the Twins, then to come through with two big doubles and an RBI groundout. Colabello later told reporters an effort to cut down on his swing when he has two strikes is paying dividends, and typical of the 30-year-old’s approach to the game he told The Minneapolis Star Tribune “That was a character win.”
One must remember Colabello only drove in 17 runs in 55 games in his debut season in the majors (2013), which came in the second year after his seven-year stint in the Can-Am League.
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION TOPS IN BIG LEAGUERS PRODUCED THIS TIME
As we reported in yesterday’s subscription-only Independent Baseball Insider column, a record 20 former Independent players were on Opening Day rosters in the major leagues with another three on the disabled list. Eight–plus two of the DL players–were in the American Association at one time, with half of the eight (plus one on the DL) playing their very first professional game in the league. The count of eight includes pitcher Bo Schultz of Arizona, who was active for the Diamondbacks’ first two games in Australia before going back to Triple-A Reno.
The Atlantic League accounts for five players plus one of those disabled while the Frontier League has four and the Can-Am League two. Three leagues no longer active also have players among the major leaguers.
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