Lou Collier

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Louis Keith Collier

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Chicago's Lou Collier was an infielder in parts of eight big league seasons. A 31st rounder in 1992, Lou earned Most Valuable Player honors at the 1994 South Atlantic League All-Star Game, leading the National League affiliate squad to a 9-5 win with a three hit day, including a home run. He saw brief action with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1997 before seeing more than one-third of his big league action at shortstop (110 games, 98 starts) with the Buccos in 1998, batting .246 with 30 runs scored. Lou spent each of the next six seasons logging some amount of big league time, largely as a super utility player with the Milwaukee Brewers. After parts of two seasons in the KBO, Lou retired during the 2007 season while playing in Triple A.

After his retirement, he returned to his hometown to work as a coach in Major League Baseball's Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program. "I always wanted to do it," he said. "Even when I played, I always had that in the back of my mind. When I retired, I wanted to come back and start coaching young kids and teach them what I know." One of the young kids he taught well was his own son, Cam Collier, who was taken with the #18 overall pick the 2022 amateur draft by the Cincinnati Reds.

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