Colabello, then a 22-year-old first baseman, spent about three weeks in the organization before the Tigers had to make a roster decision. He went back to independent ball with Worcester (Mass.) of the Can-Am League.
He finally got his shot in the upper levels of the Minor Leagues last year, when he drove in 98 runs for Double-A New Britain.
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