(Born on February 4, 1973) -- Not many baseball players come out of the great state of North Dakota. Not many baseball players reach the major leagues after the age of 30. Chris Coste is a member of both small clubs.
Coste went to high school in Fargo and attended college in Minnesota. He turned up on an independent league team in 1995. It took until 2000 for a pro team to notice him, as the Cleveland Indians signed him.
Coste worked his way up to the Indians’ AAA affiliate, the Buffalo Bisons, in that first year. He played parts of three seasons there, willing to take almost any position to help out.
Coste bounced through several minor-league stops through 2006. Then the Phillies called. They needed him on their major league roster, at the age of 33. He hit .328 in 65 games for Philadelphia. That prompted Coste to write a well-received book on the experience. He won a Series in 2008, and stayed in the majors until 2009.
Coste was picked up by the Nationals on waivers in 2010, but suffered a severe arm injury and decided to retire. Yet he wasn’t done with baseball yet. Coste moved on to a job with the Phillies’ broadcast team.
--- Budd Bailey