Sunday, January 6, 2008

Another Louisiana kid traded

Most people around here probably do not know who Corey Coles is.

The 26-year-old Lafayette native was part of the trade earlier this week that sent Angel Pagan from Chicago to the New York Mets.

Coles was a freshman at Louisiana-Lafayette the season I spent as the Ragin' Cajuns baseball sports information director.

He was a pitcher then. He's an outfielder now.

I remember him being unafraid to step into big moments even as a freshman. He took the ball in a critical juncture of ULL's season and delivered what the Cajuns needed.

The fact it came at high-altitude, higher-ERA New Mexico State made it all the more impressive. I'm surprised Coles' live left arm hasn't played out on the mound, but he's still playing ball for a paycheck and that's all that matters.


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