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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Cole Hyson gave best shot over 5 seasons, opened pawn shop

Cole Hyson 1990 Osceola Astros card

Cole Hyson's Durango High School football team headed to the league title in 1985. Their opponent: undefeated Grand Junction, The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel wrote.

"We'll give it our best shot; we'll come out and play hard," Hyson, Durango's quarterback, told The Daily Sentinel. "I'll just try to find the open man, and don't let the guys get down."

Hyson went on from high school football to play baseball in college and the pros. His pro baseball career lasted five seasons. He made AA.

Hyson's career began in 1989, taken by the Astros in the ninth round of the draft out of the University of Arkansas.

Hyson started with the Astros at short-season Auburn. He saw 15 outings, 12 starts, with a 3.69 ERA. 

He moved to high-A Osceola for 1990 and returned there for 1991. He went 6-12 there in 1990 and 8-10 there for 1991.

Hyson moved to the Padres system for 1992. He saw 24 relief outings. He ended with a 6.18 ERA. He returned in 1994 to AA Wichita. He saw a single outing, giving up four earned in two thirds of an inning. An arm injury lead to the end of his career.

Hyson soon returned home to Durango and ran a pawn shop, which he opened before his career ended

"When I came home in the offseason, it was hard to find a job. Everybody knew I was gonna be leaving for spring training," Hyson told The Durango Herald. "So, I ended up having an idea. My mom's family in Kansas had just opened their second pawn shop. And I went out and spent some time with them for five days and tried to figure something out, and I came back and opened up."

He ran the shop for 29 years before closing it in 2020.

Cole Hyson 1990 Osceola Astros card

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,309
Made the Majors:1,394-32.4%
Never Made Majors:2,915-67.6%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:567
10+ Seasons in the Minors:349

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