OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Chris Torres has seen all the highs and lows throughout his baseball career, but his lowest point as a professional came off the diamond.
The 30-year had bounced around the minor leagues for eight seasons before a coaching opportunity came up with the Raging Tide. It was a position he accepted with some reluctance. Not because he still had offers to play baseball, but his father's declining health.
Victor Torres, a hitting coach and instructor in the San Francisco Giants organization died on May 17th, three weeks before his son Chris was scheduled to begin his coaching stint in Old Orchard Beach.
Instead of reconsidering his agreement with the Raging Tide, the younger Torres found solace on the diamond with the sanctuary both he and his father knew at the ballpark. He's also the opportunity to carry on his father's legacy and as he said, "Give back to the game that's given him so much."
Old Orchard Beach clinched a playoff berth in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League on Thursday with the postseason scheduled to begin on Friday.