Ricky Romero and Chris Colabello: The tale of two careers

Ricky Romero and Chris Colabello are two athletes at the opposite end of the spectrum. Romero, a former Ace and once a potential CY Young candidate, was given his walking papers by the Toronto Blue Jays with $7.5 million remaining on the last year of his contract. His release also ignited a $600,000 buyout of a club option for next year. Colabello, a superb independent league...
Via The GM's Perspective
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Deja Vu: Chris Collabello off to a hot start in 2015

With Toronto’s outfielders dealing with a myriad of issues this season, and with Dalton Pompey being sent down after struggling through the first month, journeyman Chris Colabello found himself up with the big club unexpectedly. All he’s done since that call up came on May 5. After posting a .337 batting average with five homeruns through the first month at AAA, Colabello arrived...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Free Agent Frenzy: Giants' Heston still widely available

Before you run out to pick up Blue Jays 1B/OF Chris Colabello, you should probably know that his BABIP (Batting Average on Balls in Play) is a ridiculous .682. Not a good .350. Not a head-shaking .400. Not even an eye-popping .450. SIX-EIGHTY-TWO! That is possibly the most guaranteed "he'll slow down" number in the history of baseball. With that out of the way ... here's this season...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Week 5: Fantasy Baseball Studs and Duds

Studs: Bryce Harper, WAS: 13-23 (.565), 7 HR, and 16 RBI This was a no-brainer, seven home runs in six games. Unreal. He could’ve just had those seven hits and it would’ve been enough for this list. Instead, Harper added six more knocks. In 2014, Harper tallied 13 homers and 32 RBI. Basically, this past week was about half of his 2014 total. So far this season, Harper has faced...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Get ‘Em While They’re Hot – Waiver Wire Pick-Ups

Freddy Galvis (3B, SS) –  Galvis is quietly having a career year with the Phillies. He has been scorching hot; if he was pizza he would have definitely burned the roof of your mouth by now. His average has increased to .330 in 109 plate appearances. He has been a rock of production for Philadelphia, and is a hit machine. Galvis has 11 hits in his last 11 games and has yet to show...
Via Baseball Essential
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Jays' Colabello making the most of his opportunity

Whenever Chris Colabello drives the ball into the gap I can't help but smile. The long-time Indy standout is back on the radar, this time as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays.  For years Colabello put up numbers, numbers that would make any manager proud. Unfortunately, those numbers were in the Independent Baseball leagues. Indy ball is getting more recognition now than ever...
Via The GM's Perspective
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Sanchez pitches 7 innings, Blue Jays blank Red Sox 7-0

TORONTO (AP) Josh Donaldson and Chris Colabello hit solo home runs, Aaron Sanchez pitched a career-high seven innings and Toronto beat the struggling Boston Red Sox 7-0 on Friday night, the 3,000th win in Blue Jays history. Donaldson connected off the facing of the third deck in the first inning and Colabello added an opposite field shot in the second. Both homers came off Wade...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees Game 28: Offense lackluster as CC falls to 0-5

  CC Sabathia struggled yet again in the Yankees 5-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. The Yankees lost their first series since April 15 against the Baltimore Orioles. The loss pushed Sabathia to 0-5 on the season. Though his performance was not great, the Yankee offense could not get anything going against Mark Buehrle, who beat the Yankees for the first time since May 2008...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Buehrle beats Yankees, Blue Jays win 5-1

TORONTO (AP) Russell Martin homered, Mark Buehrle earned a victory over the Yankees for the first time in more than a decade and the Toronto Blue Jays beat New York 5-1 on Wednesday night. Martin went 3 for 4 and Chris Colabello had a career-high four hits as the Blue Jays took two of three from the AL East-leading Yankees. Buehrle came in with a 1-14 record in his career against...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays promote slugger Chris Colabello from Triple-A

TORONTO (AP) The Blue Jays have selected the contract of utilityman Chris Colabello from Buffalo and have optioned infielder Jonathan Diaz to the Triple-A team. Toronto needed another outfielder after Danny Valencia sprained an ankle when he stepped awkwardly while climbing the stairs to the clubhouse following Monday's win over the Yankees. Colabello started in left field against...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Smoak, Blue Jays rough up Oberholtzer and the Astros

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Danny Valencia, Chris Colabello and Justin Smoak homered in the first two innings off Brett Olberholtzer, and Toronto Blue Jays beat the Houston Astros 7-4 Monday night. Oberholtzer, pitching for the first time since straining a lat muscle on March 10, gave up five hits and five runs in 3 1-3 innings. George Springer robbed Colabello of a second home run off...
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March 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: Champion moves on, Colabello's the odd man out

Ottawa Champions' Elias signs with D-Backs Only a few short months after signing with the Ottawa Champions, Ethan Elias has signed a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Alberta native Elias was originally drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 22nd round of the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft from Grand Trunk High school. Elias spent the first three years of his professional...
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March 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: Miners, an MVP, and a World Series worthy manager

Sussex gets a name The newest Can-Am league team, looking to begin play in May of 2015, has officially been named. Welcome the Sussex County Miners. According to the Can-Am Leaguewebsite, The Miners will play their first game at Sussex County Stadium on Memorial Day. Jays sign 2013 IL MVP Chris Colabello It's not the biggest deal the Toronto Blue Jays have ever completed, but the...
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December 14, 2014  |  Discuss

2013 IL MVP Chris Colabello selected off waivers by Jays

Strictly for the sake of discussion, I love that the Toronto Blue Jays have selected Chris Colabello off waivers from the Minnesota Twins, according to MLB TradeRumours. Colabello is quite the story of perseverance. He's a veteran of seven independent league seasons. There is no doubt the guy can hit, but the question of if he can hit MLB pitching still remains. After a monster year...
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December 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jays claim Chris Colabello off waivers

The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed 1B/OF Chris Colabello off of waivers from the Minnesota Twins. The Blue Jays confirmed that they claimed the 31-year old Colabello via Twitter: The @BlueJays have claimed 1B/OF Chris Colabello off waivers from the Minnesota Twins — Blue Jays-Official (@BlueJays) December 8, 2014 Colabello is coming off of a thumb injury he sustained against...
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December 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins’ Chris Colabello Takes Raindrop To Eye, Makes Catch Anyways (Video)

Chris Colabello is one tough customer. In the fourth inning of Sunday’s contest between the Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox, the Twins first baseman managed to catch a Jose Abreu pop-up despite getting hit in the eye a split-second beforehand. Ok, we should clarify. Colabello was only hit by a raindrop. But still. Your browser does not support iframes. A small drop of water...
August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

'Little Big League' star returns to Twins 20 years later

MINNEAPOLIS -- When Luke Edwards landed in Minneapolis on Friday, a noticeable piece of the city's skyline was missing from the time he last visited. The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, where Edwards spent nearly three months of his summer in 1993 as the character Billy Heywood in "Little Big League," is no more. Gone is the former home of the Minnesota Twins with the distinguishable...
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July 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins players more than a little excited to celebrate Little Big League Day

MINNEAPOLIS -- The fact that Billy Heywood wore No. 20 isn't lost on Chris Colabello. Heywood, of course, was the fictional 12-year-old kid who inherited the Twins from his late grandfather in the movie "Little Big League." After becoming the team's owner, he later made himself the manager and led Minnesota on a storybook comeback in a film that captured the hearts and minds of children...
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July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Best and worst MLB players of the first half of the season

At the beginning of every month, we look at the best and worst players of the preceding month. But while performing well or poorly in one month is great, it doesn’t necessarily tell you much about how the rest of the player’s season has gone – remember Charlie Blackmon and Chris Colabello going off in April? Needless to say, we thought it would be a good idea to see which players...
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July 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins stroll by Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) -- Kendrys Morales knocked in three runs and Kyle Gibson pitched six shutout innings to lead the Minnesota Twins to an 8-1 rout of the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night. Chris Colabello hit a two-run double, Brian Dozier scored twice and the Twins put up eight runs in the first four innings to chase an ineffective Roenis Elias (7-8). The rookie lasted a career-low...
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July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Back in majors, it seems Colabello's troubles are behind him

MINNEAPOLIS -- Chris Colabello hopes he's recaptured the magic that made him one of baseball's best stories in April. Three games into his second stint with the Twins this year, he's on the right track. Colabello has delivered several big hits in a limited time since he was recalled from Triple-A Rochester on July 2, the same day Minnesota put first baseman Joe Mauer on the disabled...
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July 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Oblique strain sends Mauer to disabled list

MINNEAPOLIS -- Joe Mauer won't play until after the All-Star break. The Twins announced Wednesday that Mauer was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain. Mauer suffered the injury in Tuesday's 10-2 victory over Kansas City and said after the game that it occurred on one swing. He left the game the next inning. "It was pretty painful. I've never been shot before...
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July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins Joe Mauer to the DL with Oblique Injury

The Minnesota Twins announced first baseman Joe Mauer has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained oblique . First baseman/outfielder Chris Colabello has been recalled from Triple-A Rochester in a corresponding move. Mauer suffered the injury on the game against Kansas City Wednesday night. Mauer, 31, is hitting .271/.342/.353  with 17 doubles, two homers and 28 RBI...
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July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins place Joe Mauer on DL, recall Chris Colabello

getty images The Minnesota Twins have placed first baseman Joe Mauer on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique. Mauer suffered suffered the strain in Tuesday’s win over the Kansas City Royals while producing a two-RBI double. With the All-Star break coming, Mauer will be eligible to come off the DL immediately following it. In 76 games Mauer had a .271/.342/.353...
July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Lineup shuffle proves costly for Twins in Cleveland

Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire didn't have many options with his depleted roster. With Joe Mauer still out with a back injury, that meant Chris Colabello had to play first base once again. In need of another outfielder, Gardenhire stuck infielder Eduardo Escobar in left field for Wednesday's game against Cleveland at Progressive Field. It was Escobar's first career big-league...
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May 07, 2014  |  Discuss
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