JUPITER, Fla. It would be understandable if three seasons of injuries and struggles turned Chris Coghlan into a hardened and frustrated person.
After all, Coghlan appeared to secure a long-term spot in the Marlins outfield with a 2009 season that earned the National League Rookie of the Year Award.
But the very next season, Coghlan suffered a knee injury when he attempted to give a teammate a celebratory pie in the face. When not recovering from injury or in the minors the past two years, he has hit .207 in 104 big-league games.
Its been up and down, highs and lows, but you learn, said Coghlan, 27. Theres so much Ive learned in two years that I wouldnt trade it for the world.
Wouldnt trade it for the world? Few players would say those words, let alone say them in earnest. But seeing the positives in life are part of Coghlans makeup.
Perhaps that's one reason he's back with the Marlins and trying to earn a spot with Miami in 2013. He is off to a good start this spring, hitting ...