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Catcher Chris Coste was undrafted out of college and signed with the Brandon Grey Owls of the independent Prairie League in 1995. He spent 1996-1999 with the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks in the independent Northern League, making the all-star team his last three years there. He was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates in November of 1998, but was released during spring training in 1999, and spent his final year in Fargo-Moorhead.

He signed with the Cleveland Indians in November 1999 and stayed in the organization 3 years. He was with the Boston Red Sox chain in 2003 and the Milwaukee Brewers chain in 2004.

He signed with the Philadelphia Phillies and spent most of 2005 as a 3B in AAA. He finally made his major league debut in 2006 at age 33. He began 0 for 13 before collecting his first major-league hit but from that point on showed remarkable bat control and line-drive power, hitting well over .300 for the remainder of his rookie campaign. He played with Phillies again in 2007 and 2008, backing up Carlos Ruiz and being part of the Phils' championship squad in 2008. In the 2008 World Series, he went 0 for 4 against the Tampa Bay Rays. He started the 2009 campaign with the Phillies but was placed on waivers in early July. The Houston Astros claimed him and he spent the remainder of the 2009 season in Houston. He signed as a free agent with the New York Mets after the season but was released at the end of spring training in 2010. He played briefly in the Washington Nationals organization later that year, and then retired for good. His major league batting line is a solid .272/.329/.416 in 299 games, with 23 homers and 108 RBI.

Coste also pitched 2 games in 2002, 2 games in 2003, and 1 game in 2005, with a cumulative ERA of 4.50 in 8 IP.

After his playing career, Coste became an assistant coach at his alma mater. It was annonunced that longtime coach Bucky Burgau would step down after the 2014 season and become an assistant coach under Coste who would be promoted to head coach in 2015.


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