Old friend and postseason hero rejoins the KC Royals

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Editor’s Note: This story has been corrected to reflect the KC Royals have played in four World Series instead of the three stated in the original. The error, for which we apologize, was made in an editor’s addition.

Christian Colon, a former player and postseason hero for the KC Royals, retired last month. His career was filled with constant ups and downs between the major and minor leagues, but he will be forever known for his timely hits for Kansas City during the 2014 and 2015 postseasons.

In the 2014 American League Wild Card Game, he hit a single that scored Eric Hosmer with the tying run. Colon was then part of an iconic scene when he scored the game winner on Salvador Perez’s grounder past Josh Donaldson and into left field.

Then, in Game 5 of the 2015 World Series, Colon drove in Jarrod Dyson with the game and eventual Series winning run, helping give the Royals their second Series title in four tries.

Colon last played with the Royals in 2017 before moving on and continuing his major league career with Miami that season and Cincinnati in 2019 and 2020.

Last season, he signed with the American Association’s Kansas City Monarchs before the Blue Jays picked him up on a minor league contract. Colon spent the majority of his 2021 time with Toronto’s Triple-A affiliate, hitting .259 with 15 home and a .345 OBP. Unfortunately, he didn’t play for the Blue Jays and retired in early December.

But while he called it quits from playing, Colon isn’t finished with baseball entirely. mlbtraderumors.com is reporting that Colon has returned to the Royals’ organization as a minor league coach.

Christian Colon will likely begin his KC Royals coaching career at Double-A.

According to MLB Trade Rumors (link above), Colon is expected to open the 2022 season as a coach with the club’s Double-A affiliate at Northwest Arkansas.

Colon will be joining a Northwest Arkansas team that finished 64-55 and swept the Wichita Wind Surge to clinch the Double-A Central championship.

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Christian Colon has returned to the Royals as a coach with Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

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