In his nine seasons as a professional baseball player, the 2017 season is the one Dusty Coleman will never forget. He got the first of 15 big league hits, and his first of four major league home runs...with the Padres.
"It was great, from the time I got called up, all of the calls and texts I got from friends and people I know back in Sioux Falls. It's great to have that support." says Dusty.
Coleman didn't know if he'd get another major league shot after getting a brief uneventful call up with the Royals in 2015. Which did earn him a World Series ring.
"You have to persevere, just have to keep pushing. This isn't and easy game. It's a game of failure and you have to keep going when your confidence is down. And be good to people, and it will pay off in the long run."
The former O'Gorman High School multi sport standout finished his season in Triple-A El Paso.. He was then designated for assignment for the Padres, meaning he doesn't know where he'll be next season. The 30-year utility player does know he want's to keep playing.
"I'll be a free agent after the World Series. Kind of like last year. I know I want to keep playing as long as I can provide for my family and watch them grow, I'll take it one day at time for now." says Coleman.