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Milford’s Colabello Gets Spring Training Invite

Milford native Chris Colabello shown here playing for the Worcester Tornadoes has been signed to the Minnesota Twins AA team.

Former Milford High and Milford Legion slugger Chris Colabello is not letting his big league dream die, not yet anyway. The 6'4" first baseman has been a standout in the Independent Can-Am League for the past seven years, and will get an opportunity to participate in Spring Training this year with the Minnesota Twins.
"I'm stoked, but I think a lot of other people are even more excited for me," he said. "I see how much work there is still to do, but I'm excited about the opportunity." Colabello signed a AA contract, which means he could end up with the Twins' AA affiliate in New Britain, Conn.
The slugger has been looking for a shot in affiliated baseball for awhile now, but this opportunity arose quickly. He had been in touch with the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fall and their scout was interested in bringing him in for a workout. Colabello was scheduled to head out to Arizona at the end of the month for a workout, but the Twins stepped in and had a scout come to Milford to see him work out. The workout was last Tuesday, and by Thursday, Colabello was a member of the Twins organization.
"They want me to be the AA first baseman," he said. "But I am going to go in feeling like I need to earn it, because that is when I am at my best. I don't want to take anything for granted, it's all about going in and working hard."
The 28 year-old Colabello is coming off a stellar season with the Worcester Tornadoes of the Can-Am League. He was named the 2011 Independent League Player of the Year after hitting .348 with 20 home runs, both good for second among the league leaders.
"The last couple of years were good for me in terms of maturity," he said. "I have a better understanding of how to deal with the ups and downs of baseball now. Even when I was 25, I don't think I could have comfortably said that."
By 28, many players have given up on the goal of making it to the Major Leagues, but Colabello has continued to pursue his dream and found a sense of relief when this chance came along. "I took a deep breath and said 'finally,'" he said. "It wasn't a sense of accomplishment as much as it was a weight off my shoulders and saying 'ok, now let's go to work.'"
Colabello says the best part about the experience is being able to share it with his parents and the other people around him who have been so supportive. He is due in camp at the beginning of March but, of course, will report early.
"I always envisioned this opportunity would come," he said. "Now that it has, I need to put myself in the best situation to be successful. I can't control whether I end up in the big leagues or not, at the end of the day I just need to be the best me I can be and see what happens from there."




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