The latest guest on The Base Path Podcast is a rising star as a hitting instructor and the co-founder of the hitting platform Pelotero, Chris Colabello.
Colabello is a former Assumption star first baseman who worked his way through years of Independent League baseball to crack the big leagues at the age of 29. He had his best season with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2015, hitting .321 with 15 home runs.
Early in the 2016 season, Colabello was handed an 80-game suspension due to testing positive for a trace amount of a PED called Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (DHCMT). The suspension effectively ended Colabello’s big league career. The Framingham, Mass., native struggled with depression once he returned to various minor league assignments. Colabello and other suspended players spent years working to clear their names, spearheading a change in MLB’s drug testing policy in regard to DHCMT. The league no longer tests for the substance.
“That doesn’t help me go back and play, which would’ve been certainly the only thing that I cared to do at the time,” Colabello said. “So, it’s been a lot of work. I had to be at the forefront of a lot of the discussions. I don’t blame people, honestly. There were a lot of people that said, ‘I didn’t do this, I didn’t do this.’ And we found out they were lying later. So, I think the automatic assumption was to assume people were lying.”