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Continued: Reusse: For the Colabello family, it's a baseball life

  • Article by: PATRICK REUSSE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 16, 2014 - 12:43 AM

Standing well off the plate, inviting a pitch away, and then using long arms and strength to drive the ball to right field.

“I wasn’t a big fan of it, but when he’s putting up those numbers … I wasn’t going to be the guy to tell him to change,” Lou said.

Colabello batted .352 with 24 home runs and 76 RBI in 338 at-bats at Rochester.

What Class AAA pitchers saw as a mystery in Colabello’s approach, big-league pitchers saw as an invitation to blow inside fastballs past him. He batted .194 with seven home runs, 17 RBI and 58 strikeouts in 160 at-bats. He had an offer to go Korea for sizable bucks this winter.

“[Twins GM] Terry Ryan said, ‘Whatever you want to do,’ but he also said that I would have a chance to make the Twins,” Colabello said. “That’s all I wanted to hear.”

Colabello is now closer to the plate and not aimed toward right field. So far, he’s doing OK with inside pitches and hitting well. He’s got a shot to open with the big club.

“All I can tell you about Chris is he’ll be playing baseball as long as someone gives him a uniform,” Lou said. “I think he might love the game even more than his dad.”

 

Patrick Reusse can be heard 3-6 p.m. weekdays on AM-1500. preusse@startribune.com

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