Chase to retire Coffey’s No. 19

Apr. 18, 2013 @ 07:10 AM

In 1988 a 17-year-old pitcher from Chase High School named Todd Coffey was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 41st round of the Major League Baseball Draft. 15 years later, Chase High will retire Coffey’s No. 19 jersey tonight before their 7 p.m. match-up with Burns.

“To get your number retired at any level is a tremendous feeling. I’m honored they would do that for me,” Coffey said.

The number will be the first retired by Chase baseball, but hopefully not the last.

“Hopefully it will inspire some other kids to strive forward and get to that level too,” Coffey said.

Coffey is currently in Rutherford County rehabbing from his second Tommy John surgery as a free agent.

Tonight will certainly give his stay a lasting memory.

“This definitely up there with making my Major League debut and signing my first contract because this is where it all started,” Coffey said. “It’s a great feeling to still have them supporting me as I’m on my comeback trail from surgery.”