It was one of baseball’s most improbable stories, Chris Coste finally made it to the major leagues in 2006 as a 33 year old rookie, after a decade in the minor leagues. His first four years were spent in playing for his hometown Fargo Moorhead Red Hawks in the independent Northern League. The Cleveland Indians then signed Coste in 2000 where he made his affiliated debut with the Double-A Akron Aeros. From there Coste played parts of the next six seasons in Triple-A with stints playing for the Buffalo Bisons, Pawtucket Red Sox, Indianapolis Indians, and the Scranton Wilkes Barre Red Barons before making his big league debut with the Philadelphia Phillies. Coste’s big league career peaked when he was a key cog in the Phillies 2008 World Series championship. The accomplishment inspired the longtime catcher to write a book titled The 33-Year-Old Rookie: My 13-Year Journey from the Minor Leagues to the World Series. Coste’s final big league game would come in 2009 as a member of the Houston Astros. Following Tommy John surgery in 2010, he had hoped to return for one final run but came to find out that his 38 year old body just could not hold up. In the story, Coste talks about his new role as Associate Head Coach at Concordia College, his cult following in Philadelphia, and coming to terms that his playing career has reached its end.
ND’s Chris Coste retires from pro baseball — TheDickinsonPress.com
For 32 games in 2005 Valentino Pascucci lived his dream of being a major leaguer hitting .177 with 1 Double, 2 Home Runs, and 6RBI’s in 62 at-bats with the Montreal Expos. Since then, the 32 year old first baseman has spent the last seven years trying to get back. In addition to a stint in Japan in 2006 with the Chiba Lotte Marines, and 14 games with the Camden Riversharks of the Atlantic League, Pascucci has been a Triple-A stalwart with a career that has included stops with the Edmonton Trappers, Albuquerque Isotopes, New Orleans Zyphers, Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, Portland Beavers, and most recently the Buffalo Bisons which has been his home for the last two seasons. Since his Triple-A debut in 2003, Pascucci has blasted 168 Home Runs at the level. In the outstanding read, Pascucci talks about refusing to give up on his dream, the frustrations of not yet getting a second chance at the big leagues, raising a family during his long journey though baseball.
Bisons slugger experiences the waiting game — Buffalo News
Look at the task of Buffalo Bisons’ general manager Mike Buczkowski and his staff as they prepare to host the 2012 Triple-A All Star game, the 25th anniversary of the event. Buczkowski was at this year’s event and talks about what he learned and how his staff is preparing to host the 2012 version of the Triple-A All Star week.
Now the real work begins for Bisons’ Buczkowski — BuffaloNews.com