Chris Colabello

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Chris Colabello
Minnesota Twins – No. 20
First baseman / Outfielder
Born: (1983-10-24) October 24, 1983 (age 30)
Framingham, Massachusetts
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 22, 2013 for the Minnesota Twins
Career statistics
(through August 4, 2014)
Batting average .212
Home runs 13
Runs batted in 56
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Christopher Adrian Colabello (born October 24, 1983) is an Italian-American professional baseball first baseman for the Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball.

Born in Framingham, Massachusetts, Colabello grew up in Italy and played in the youth team of Rimini Baseball Club (his father Lou played there for 7 years and his mother comes from Rimini). He graduated from Milford High School in Milford, Massachusetts.[1] Colabello then attended NCAA Division II Assumption College, but was not drafted by MLB.

Professional Career[edit]

Career in Independent Ball[edit]

Prior to joining the Twins organization in 2012, he played seven seasons in the independent Can-Am League for the Worcester Tornadoes (2005-2011) and Nashua Pride (part of 2007).

Minor Leagues[edit]

In 2012, his first season of affiliated baseball, Colabello hit .284 with 19 home runs and 98 RBI for the Twins' Double-A affiliate in New Britain. He started the 2013 season in Triple-A Rochester, hitting .358 with 12 home runs in 46 games before being promoted to Minnesota.

Minnesota Twins[edit]

2013 season[edit]

On May 22, 2013, the Twins promoted Colabello to the major leagues and he made his debut that day.[2] He was called up after Trevor Plouffe suffered a concussion and was placed on the 7-day disabled list. Colabello went 1-for-11 and was optioned on the 29th. He was called back up on the 30th after a strained left calf forced Plouffe to the 15-day disabled list.[3]

After his 2013 season, Colabello garnered significant interest from several teams in the Korean Baseball Organization to include a reported $1 million contract offer from the LG Twins (with a similar $1 million buyout going to the Minnesota Twins). On December 21, Colabello announced that he would not pursue the opportunity to play overseas saying "Going to Korea would mean giving up the dream of being a big-leaguer".[4]

Colabello played for the Italy National Team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.[5]

2014 season[edit]

In 2014 Colabello made the Twins starting lineup out of the gate, rotating between outfield, first base, and designated hitter. He has had a dazzling start to the season, batting .308 with 3 home runs, and 27 RBI's through his first 23 games.

On April 26, Colabello surpassed Hall of Famer, Kirby Puckett's Twins franchise record of 26 RBIs in the month of April. It was a club record that stood for 20 years.[6]

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