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Thread: Chris Colabello near to signing MiLB deal with Cleveland

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    Easily my favorite Colabello moment
    http://m.mlb.com/cutfour/2015/10/21/...volquez-dances

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    That 2015 team should have won the WS if it wasn't for luck and Hicks stealing homerun

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    He really was a great feel good story in 2015, the former Indy league slugger who finally got his shot and ran with it. The peak was probably in early June when he had a walk off two run single against the Astros, extending his hitting streak to 17 games.

    It really was disappointing to find out he'd been caught cheating, although he had already started to come crashing down to earth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pendleton View Post
    He really was a great feel good story in 2015, the former Indy league slugger who finally got his shot and ran with it. The peak was probably in early June when he had a walk off two run single against the Astros, extending his hitting streak to 17 games.

    It really was disappointing to find out he'd been caught cheating, although he had already started to come crashing down to earth.
    What we'll never know is would he have had the year he had in 2015 without cheating, and if he hadn't been caught would he now be our 1B instead of Smoak.

    He was appalling in 2016 but only after he knew he'd failed a test - mentally he basically knew his career was over before it really began (irrelevant whether he was guilty or not, he knew he'd be banned because he'd tested positive).

    In all likelihood he'd have been at best a replacement level player this season, but you never know.

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    He was tested multiple times in 2015 and passed

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    Quote Originally Posted by wamco View Post
    He was tested multiple times in 2015 and passed
    As was Dee Gordon. They were also caught with the same stuff which simply suggests that MLB got better at detecting it later in the drug's cycle. I think it's quite likely that Colabelo's level of disbelief at being caught was related to this. He was tested at a time where in previous year's the drug would have avoided detection. Stumpft, Gordon, Colabello all got caught with the same stuff. That speaks volumes to me.
    "When I'm in a slump, I comfort myself by saying I believe in dinosaurs, then somewhere, dinosaurs they must be believing in me. And if they believe in me, then I can believe in me. Then I bust out." - Mookie Wilson

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    That's entirely possible as well. Somehow David Ortiz dealer remained ahead of the curve

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    If he was clean he would have been able to put up somewhat decent numbers at AAA after his suspension was over.

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    To be fair , it was 139 ab in aaa. But you are probably right. Met him at aaa autograph day and was very engaging and fun with the crowd. Bautista was there that day and didn't participate. Hutch was nice as well. Pompey is clean and he can't rip up aaa yet

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ultimate View Post
    If he was clean he would have been able to put up somewhat decent numbers at AAA after his suspension was over.
    I doubt the breakout season he had in 2015 can be entirely attributed to a steroid.

    It's likely his poor performance over a small sample size in AAA is the result of a regression in BABIP and the mental effect of having his career end (at his age), just as it was looking like it would take off.

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