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Dent area resident recalls being in World Series in 2008

This is a special tenth anniversary for Dent area resident Chris Coste who played in the World Series with the world champion Philadelphia Phillies in 2008.

These days Coste, his wife and children reside at a lake near Dent, southwest of Perham.


Coste was a catcher with the world champion Phillies ten years ago. In 2008 he batted .263 in the regular season, appearing in 98 games and hitting nine home runs.

He was used as a designated hitter in the World Series, when the Phillies played a road game against the American League champion Tampa Bay Rays. Philadelphia won the series four games to one.

“I will always have special memories of playing major league baseball and being with the Phillies when we won the World Series,” Coste said.

Coste rejoined the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks baseball team as hitting coach in 2018. He was a catcher for the RedHawks from 1996 to 1999.

He also is head baseball coach for Concordia College in Moorhead, his alma mater. Coste was named head coach for the Cobbers in 2014. One of his players in 2019 will be freshman Matt Ferley of Parkers Prairie.

“Our family really enjoys residing in lakes country near Dent, in Otter Tail County,” Coste said following the RedHawks’ third to last regular season game in a win over Sioux Falls on Sept. 1 at Newman Outdoor Field in north Fargo.

“An added bonus is that our kids really enjoy going to school in Perham,” he said.

Patience paid off for Coste who became a major league rookie in 2006. He spent 11 years in the minor leagues and wrote a book on his experience, “The 33-Year-Old Rookie.”

Another book written by Coste is “Hey, I’m Just the Catcher.”

He played for four major league teams between 2006 and 2009 and compiled a major league career batting average of .272. Coste played in 299 major league baseball games.