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Chris Colombino tried hard over decade in pros, made AAA

Carlo Colombino 1990 Osceola Astros card

Tucson Toro Carlo Colombino started the 1989 season slowly, hitting .177 slowly by mid-May, The Arizona Daily Star wrote.

But on this May night, Colombino smacked a 10th-inning triple and scored the game-winner, something his manager Bob Skinner hoped would be an indication of things to come, The Daily Star wrote.

"He's been struggling some, and he needs something like that. Maybe this will relax him a bit," Skinner told The Daily Star. "He's been a little hard on himself. He's been trying so hard."

Colombino made Tucson that year in his fifth season as a pro. He went on to see significant time in four more campaigns, including two largely back at Tucson. Colombino, however, topped out there, at AAA.

Colombino's career began in 1985, taken by the Astros in the seventh round of the January draft out of Brookdale Community College in New Jersey. He was also credited one time as Chris Colombino.

Colombino started with the Astros at short-season Auburn. He hit .261 over 58 games. He moved to single-A Asheville for 1986 and hit .339 there in 92 games.

He made AA Columbus for 39 games in 1987 and played all of 1988 there. He hit .285 in 113 games in 1988. In a July game, Colombino managed a hit and three RBI in a 5-1 Columbus win, The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer wrote

"We played a real good game all-around tonight, both offensively and defensively," Colombino told The Ledger-Enquirer.

He played 1989 back at Columbus and also got his first look at Tucson. For 1990, he saw 81 games at Tucson. (He didn't see any at Osceola, despite his card in the team's set with the wrong first name.)

Colombino saw another 81 games at Tucson in 1991 and hit .273. Early that May, The Daily Star wrote of a Colombino fast start, hitting .316. Colombino pointed to a coach who gave him a good off-season program and his manager Skinner related to his good start.

Skinner "has been working with me for a couple of years to be more patient," Colombino told The Daily Star.

Colombino then played 1992 with the Indians at AA Canton-Akron and 1993 with the Phillies at AA Reading. He's last credited as playing a game at single-A Columbus in 1995.

Carlo Colombino 1990 Osceola Astros card

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,332
Made the Majors:1,399-32.3%
Never Made Majors:2,933-67.7%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:569
10+ Seasons in the Minors:352-X

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