Corey Koskie played nine seasons of Major League Baseball, including his first seven with the Twins. A third baseman from Manitoba, Koskie was elected to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in February 2015.
Koskie made his Major League debut for the Twins on September 9, 1998. By the next season, he had entrenched himself as the team's third baseman, hitting .310 and knocking in 58 runs. In 2001, Koskie hit 26 home runs, earned 103 RBIs and scored 100 runs and stole 27 bases, all career highs.
Over seven seasons, Koskie played 816 games. And though he never made an All-Star appearance, he was a key part of Twins teams that won three consecutive American League Central Division championships.
In 2004, Koskie signed a three-year, $17-million deal with the Toronto Blue Jays, but he was slowed by injuries. In January 2006, he was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers. But injuries, most notably a concussion, limited him to 76 games that season and cost him the entire 2007 season.
"Through it all, I believed there was a bigger plan in this," says Koskie, who attends Plymouth Covenant Christian Church, a non-denominational evangelical church near Minneapolis. "When I was suffering from post-concussion syndrome, I had to learn to live with myself. My faith played an incredible role in filling the void. It kept me still and kept my mind still."
In March 2009, Koskie retired from baseball.
Koskie lives in Plymouth with his wife and four sons.