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Monday, September 16, 2013

Ciro Ambrosio played two pro seasons, then became HS coach

Ciro Ambrosio 1990 St. Catharines Blue Jays card

Ciro Ambrosio's Great Neck South High School baseball team won its second-straight conference championship in 2012 and Ambrosio took the opportunity to look ahead.

"It's a special feeling going out a champion … this one is back to back for us," Ambrosio told The Great Neck Record that June, "and next year we go for back to back to back."

That year also held personal significance for Ambrosio. He notched his 100th career victory as a high school coach.

Ambosio turned to coaching after success in college as a player and a brief professional playing career. His pro playing career spanned just two seasons.

Ambrosio's brief professional career began in 1990, taken by the Blue Jays in the 30th round, out of Long Island University.

At Long Island, Ambrosio made the school's record books, a place he remains. From 1987 to 1990, Ambrosio amassed 158 career hits and 112 runs scored, both just dropping out of the all-time top 10, according to the 2008 and 2013 record books. He also hit 22 home runs, still eighth all-time in 2013.

He closed out his college career with 66 hits and 52 runs scored in 1990, good for fifth and second in school history respectively.

With the Blue Jays, Ambrosio started with short-season St. Catharines. He got into 68 games and hit .245. He largely played shortstop.

He returned for 1991, but he only got into five games. At single-A Myrtle Berach, Ambrosio picked up one hit in six at bats, ending his professional career.

From there, Ambrosio soon turned to coaching. By 1998, he was an assistant at Great Neck South. By 2012, he had his 100th win as head coach there.
Ciro Ambrosio 1990 St. Catharines Blue Jays card

1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:1,286
Made the Majors: 706 - 54.9%
Never Made Majors: 580-45.1%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 305
10+ Seasons in the Minors: 181

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