While 2008 World Series champion shortstop Jimmy Rollins will be honored this weekend with a special retirement ceremony at Citizens Bank Park, another fellow champion under manager Charlie Manuel is making strides in his coaching career.
Chris Coste, the "33-year-old rookie," earned on Monday his 100th career victory as head coach of his alma mater's baseball team, the Concordia College Cobbers in Moorhead, Minnesota. The Fargo, North Dakota, native has served in the role since the summer of 2014.
CORNGRATS to Cobber baseball head coach Chris Coste who earned his 100th career victory today! pic.twitter.com/gd2BZjbkwk— Cobber Athletics (@CobberSID) April 30, 2019
With the win, Coste, now 46, became the third coach in program history to earn 100 wins, joining team Hall of Fame coaches Bucky Burgau (711 games, 1979-2014) and Al Rice (100, 1969-78). Last August, in addition to his role with Concordia, Coste signed a playing contract with the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks of the American Association, pairing with his role with the team as hitting coach since the December prior.
Coste previously geared up with the RedHawks 19 years ago — 23-26 years of age in 1996-1999 — before signing professional contracts with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1999 and the Cleveland Indians in 2000 to kick-start his major league journey. In addition, Coste was a three-time All-American while playing for the Cobbers from 1993-1995, and is a member of the Concordia Athletic and Fargo Legion hall of fames.
Coste was among the few members of the 2008 Philadelphia Phillies who did not appear in the 10-year championship reunion during Alumni Weekend last summer, although he did leave a video message that was shown mid-ceremony.
The 2009 National League champion Phillies will likewise be honored this season; it has not yet been announced who will attend. In 256 games with the Phillies from 2006-2009, Coste slashed .282/.339/.440 with 42 doubles, 23 home runs and 98 RBI. Coste did not play all of 2009, his last MLB season, in red pinstripes, as that July he was selected off waivers by the Houston Astros.