Colabello to play in Italy

Chris Colabello played for Italy in two World Baseball Classics in 2013 and 2017. Now he will be playing in the Italian League for T&A San Marino. Last year he played in the minor leagues after being a surprise pickup from the Independent League to play in the major leagues from 2013 to 2016. Colabello’s father played in Italy for seven years, even pitching for Italy in the 1984 Olympics.

Colabello played seven seasons in the Can-Am League before signing with the Twins in 2012 and playing in their minor league system. He got a surprise promotion to the Twins in the 2013 season but after hitting .352 in the AAA minor leagues struggled with the Twins for a .192 average. This did not prevent a team from the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) attempt to sign him.

His 2014 season was not much better as he hit just .229 for the year, but did break the club record for most RBIs in April with 26. The Blue Jays picked him up on waivers for the 2015 season where he raked for a .321 average and 15 homeruns. The 2016 season saw his fairy tale career come crashing to a close when he was suspended 80 games for the use of performance enhancing drugs. He was only hitting .069 at the time and never returned to major league baseball.

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