Christopher Robert (Chris) Coste attended Concordia College (Division III) in Moorhead, MN...Was a three-time All-American and finished his career with a .442 (102-366) batting average...Also went 21-5 with
seven saves in 38 games..Left having tied or broken 15 Cobber records...His autobiography "The 33-year-old Rookie" was released in 2008 detailing his journey through the minor leagues to the
majors.2009Hit .224 (46 -205) with 13 doubles, two home runs and 18 RBI in 88 games with
Philadelphia and Houston...Acquired by Houston on July 10th off waivers from Philadelphia...Had a game-tying RBI double in the ninth inning of a 4-3 win on July 22nd vs.
St. Louis...Also broke a 3-3 tie with a two-run double in a 5-4 win on July 24th
vs. New York (NL).2008His first full season in the major leagues...Set career highs in games (98), at-bats (274), runs (28),
hits (72), doubles (17), HR (9), RBI (36) and total bases
(116)...Tied his career high with 4 hits three times and had a
season-high 4 RBI twice...Entered the game in the 8th inning and went 4-for-4,
including his 1st career walk-off hit, 8/26 vs NYM...Caught 8 of 52 potential basestealers (15.4%)...Made 69 starts at catcher and 1 each at 1st base and DH...The Phillies were 36-33 (.522) in his 69 starts at catcher
...Started Game 1 of the World Series as the DH, 10/22 at TB.2007Opened the season on the 15-day DL (right hamstring strain)... Rehabbed with Clearwater (A)...
Was activated on 4/8 and optioned to Ottawa (AAA)... Was recalled on 5/13 (Ryan Howard
DL'ed)... Made his 1st ML start at 1st base, 5/24 at FLA... Appeared in 4 games before being optioned to Reading (AA) on
5/25... Was recalled again on 6/29 and hit his 1st career pinch HR that night vs NYM... Batted .345 (29-84), 3 HR, 15 RBI in
his first 32 ML games of the season, including an 8-game hitting streak, 7/3-22 (.321, RBI).2006Second straight season as a non-roster invitee to Phillies spring training...Batted .463 (19-41), 5 2B, 3 HR, 11 RBI in spring training, but began the season with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA)...Had his contract purchased on 5/21...Homered in his 2 games prior to being called up...At 33 years, 111 days old, made his ML
debut on 5/26 vs MIL, making him the oldest player to make his ML debut with the Phillies since Izzy Leon on 6/21/45 at 34
years, 168 days old...Began his ML career 0-for-13 before getting his first hit and RBI, 6/16 vs TB (James Shields)...Slugged
his 1st ML HR, 7/19 at SF (Mike Thompson)... Became just the 3rd non-pitcher in ML history to hit his first HR at age 33 or
older, joining Alan Zinter (34 in 2002) and So Taguchi (34 in 2003)...Hit his 2nd HR in his very next game, 7/21 vs ATL...Had
his first career 4-hit game, 8/3 at STL...Batted .571 (16-28) with RISP over a 20-game span, 6/16-8/19...Hit .414 (12-29) in
his final 10 games of the season; 4 of his last 7 hits were doubles.2005Went to camp with Phillies as non-roster invitee... Spent the season with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA)...Selected to International League All-Star team...His 89 RBI were 3rd-most in the IL and tied for 3rd-most in club history...Led the team in games (134), at-bats (506), HR (20) and RBI...Homered in back-to-back games, 5/15-16 at Rochester, including a grand slam...Slugged 3 HR in a DH, 6/25 vs Charlotte...Pitched 1.0
scoreless inning, 7/3 at Rochester, in the team's 12-0 loss... Had a season-best 12-game hit streak, 8/14-25 (.392, 20-51, 5 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI)...Collected a season-high 4 RBI three times...Hit .328 (44-134) in the final 34 games of the season.2004Played for Indianapolis (AAA)...Hit .419 (13-31) through his first 9 games of the season...
Appeared in 34 games at 3rd base, 27 games as catcher 13 at 1st base and 4 at 2nd base...Had a season-high 4
hits, 4/18 vs Richmond...Batted a season-best .349 in 13 August games...Spent time on the DL (5/6-6/8), the
temporarily inactive list (7/30-8/2) and the suspended list (8/2-17)...Played for Obregon in the Mexican Winter
League.2003Began his season with Pawtucket (AAA) of the International League and
appeared in two games before being placed on the Disabled List on April 13th...Was activated on July 17th...Pitched in two games, posting a 9.00 ERA...Played eight games at catcher, six at first base, and 15 as DH for Pawtucket.2002Spent the entire season with Buffalo (AAA) of the International League...Finished third in the International League in hits and sixth in average...Went 1-1 in two pitching appearances, holding opponents to a .167 average.2001Began the season with Akron (AA) of the Eastern League on April 23rd after having surgery to repair a torn labrum in
his shoulder on January 5th...Promoted to Buffalo on April 30th...Appeared in 37 games at catcher, 19 at first base, 12 in the outfield and one at third base combined...Hit a team best .417 in five playoff games against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.2000Split the season between Akron (AA) of the Eastern League and Buffalo (AAA) of the International League and led the
Indians organization with a .324 batting average.1999Signed by Pittsburgh on January 5th, but was released on April 5th...Signed by Fargo-Moorhead of the Independent Northern League to play his fourth season with the club...Finished third in the league in total bases (188) and hits, and fourth in runs and batting average.1998Finished fifth in the Northern League in games played (85) for Fargo.1997Tied for most games played in the Northern League (84) for Fargo.1996Played his first of four seasons with Fargo...Finished second in the Northern League with 30 doubles.1995Spent his first professional season with Brandon of the Independent Prairie League...Made one start as a pitcher.