217 – 1987 Topps – Chris Codiroli

217 – 1987 Topps – Chris Codiroli

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The Detroit Tigers drafted Chris Codiroli with the 11th overall pick of the 1978 free-agent draft. Codiroli played his college baseball for San José State University. Previously, he played prep baseball for Archbishop Mitty High in San José, California. He debuted as a September call-up on September 11, 1982, drawing the start for the Oakland Athletics. His first game saw him pitch at the Oakland Colosseum against the Chicago White Sox. He pitched 8.0 innings, allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, and took the loss.

Chris Codiroli Career

Chris Codiroli spent 8 years on a major league roster, working primarily as a starting pitcher. Appearing in 144 Games over the course of 8 seasons, he peaked during the 1985 season. Following that season, he found himself on a see-saw between the majors and the minors. In 1989, he logged no professional baseball innings in America, and made a brief return in 1990. Following the 1991 season, he was out of baseball entirely.

1985 Season

During the 1985 season, Chris Codiroli started 37 games for the Athletics. He finished with a record of 14 wins, 14 losses, and 9 no decisions. During that year, he pitched exactly 226 Innings, striking out 111 batters, and walking 78.

Trades and Transfers

1987 Topps Card 217 signed by Chris Codiroli
1987 Topps Card 217 signed by Chris Codiroli

After the Tigers drafted Chris Codiroli, he played for the class-A Lakeland Tigers of the Florida State League and the class-AA Montgomery Rebels of the Southern League from 1978 through 1980. Following the 1980 season, the Tigers released him on April 3, 1981. On April 14, he signed with the Athletics. He split 1981 between the Eastern League’s West Haven A’s in class-AA ball and the California League’s San José Missions of single A.

1982 saw Chris Codiroli start in West Haven, earn a promotion to the Triple-A Tacoma Tigers of the Pacific Coast League, and a September call up. With the exception of a brief rehab stint with Tacoma in 1984, 1983 through 1986 saw him play with the A’s. His stock diminished in 1987, and he found himself playing for Tacoma again before being granted free agency at the end of the season.

On February 22, 1988, he signed with the Cleveland Indians, and split the season between the major league club and the Colorado Springs Sky Sox of the Pacific Coast League. The Indians granted him free agency at the end of the year, and he was unable to find work for the 1989 season.

In 1990, Chris Codiroli signed a one year deal with the Kansas City Royals. He split the season between the parent club, the Class-AA Memphis Chicks of the Southern League, and the Omaha Royals of Triple-A’s American Association.

Following free-agency from the Royals, he signed a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles for the 1991 season. That year, he split time between Class-AA Hagerstown Suns of the Eastern League and the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings of the International League. After the season, at the age of 33, he was out of baseball.

Signed Card

One of the most over-used poses in baseball photography is the 3/4 view kneeling player. Chris Codiroli strikes this pose on card 217 of the 1987 Topps set. It appears to have been taken at the Phoenix Municipal Stadium. His signature makes up for a lack-luster photo-card, as creative penmanship in blue sharpie looks great.

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