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Veteran Minor Leaguer Play Key Roles

Mike Cervenak (Photo: Philly Baseball News)

Many fans who follow minor league baseball, do so to see the future of the organization. For that reason, there are some veteran minor league players who are often overlooked by fans. It's unfortunate, because if you ask those up-and-coming players who has helped them, those veteran minor leaguers are usually the first ones they mention.

It wasn't that long ago that the Phillies gave a shot to long-time minor leaguer Chris Coste. Coste was in his 12th minor league season without a sniff of having played in the majors when the Phillies called him up in May of 2006. At the time, it was just one of those comfy little feel-good stories about a guy toiling in the minors and finally getting a shot to play in the majors. Before long...

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