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Marc Giordano helped his college team to World Series; Later saw three pro seasons, made high-A

Marc Giordano's Florida State Seminoles prepared for the College World Series in late-May 1987 and Giordano was a big reason for the trip, The Palm Beach Post wrote.

Giordano made the regional's all-tournament team - and sealed the title winner with an early grand slam, The Post wrote.

"A lot of guys have been there and tell stories about Omaha," Giordano told The Post. "They've kind of prepared us for what we're going to see over there."

Giordano eventually went on from Florida State to see the pros. His pro career lasted three seasons. He made high-A.

Giordano's career began in 1989, signed by the Pirates as a free agent out of Florida State.

He went to Florida State out of Sunrise, Fla.'s Piper High School. He excelled there. In February 1982, The Miami Herald called him the team's "heavy hitter." His coach called him "outstanding."

"Without a doubt, considering his arm, hitting ability and his performance in clutch situations, he's the most outstanding high school outfielder that I've seen," his coach Bob Lindh told The Herald then.

Giordano first went to Brevard Junior College. He then moved to Florida State for 1987, where he walked on as an outfielder and impressed. 

That May, he misplayed two fly balls in the first half of a double-header, then hit the grand slam in the second to help send his team to Omaha, The Tampa Bay Times wrote.

"The fans were getting on me," Giordano told The Times about the miscues. "Somebody asked me what I had a glove on my hand for. I was down for awhile."

Giordano started his pro career in 1989, with the Pirates at rookie Princeton. He saw 15 gamers there and went 6 for 23. .

He then moved to independent high-A Miami for 1990. He saw 122 games there and hit .225, with two home runs and 38 RBI. He returned to Miami for 22 more games in 1991. He hit .190. That season proved his last as a pro

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,897
Made the Majors:1,299-33.3%
Never Made Majors:2,598-66.7%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:528
10+ Seasons in the Minors:325

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