There are players who spent the majority of their careers toiling away in the minor leagues, and then there's Chris Colabello.
The 29-year-old Massachusetts native went unnoticed after playing for Assumption College, a private Catholic school in Worcester, Mass. No major league teams were interested -- not even as an undrafted free agent -- so Colabello slipped through the cracks and found himself playing independent baseball, a rung below the traditional minor leagues.
The one positive for Colabello was that it afforded him the opportunity to stay close to home. He signed with the Worcester Tornadoes of the Canadian-American Association in 2005 and was getting paid (albeit not much) to play baseball in a city just 30 minutes from his hometown of Milford.
In each of his seven seasons there, Colabello put up impressive offensive numbers. He hit 16 homers and batted .336 while driving in 76 runs in 2008. But his efforts seemingly went unnoticed.
Undeterred, Colabello continued to ...