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Cardinals Invite Coleman Train

January 13, 1998

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Vince Coleman, the catalyst of two pennant-winning St. Louis teams in the 1980s, will get another chance with the Cardinals.

Coleman, 36 and out of baseball most of last season, is among 12 non-roster players invited to spring training.

Coleman broke in with the Cardinals in 1985, stealing 110 bases and helping lead St. Louis to the National League pennant. But he missed the World Series when his leg became caught in an automatic tarp machine prior to a playoff game against Los Angeles.

Coleman was also part of the 1987 team that lost to Minnesota in the World Series.

Coleman, a .264 lifetime hitter, stole 326 bases in his first three seasons in St. Louis. Overall, 549 of his 752 career steals came with St. Louis. He later played for the New York Mets, Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds and Detroit Tigers. He played just six games with the Tigers at the start of 1997, going 1-for-14.

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