Eddie Torres

Coach Eddie was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico and spent his youth playing baseball through all the Islands local league divisions including Pony, Colt, Palomino, Single A and AA. By age 17, as a player/coach his team won the regional league championship in which his performance as both player and coach led to his unanimous selection as the league MVP.

 

In 1972 Coach Eddie decided to take his game to the mainland and by the end of his first season in the New York Hispanic American league he had secured his first batting title by hitting .404 for the season. As a pitcher, he impressively racked up a 9-3 record with an ERA of 3.3. In 1973, these accolades landed him a roster spot in the NYC Hispanic Baseball Tournament in which he was noticed by the NY Yankees and offered a "by invitation only" tryout.

 

In and around the game for the next several years, Coach Eddie joined the US Armed Forces and won several championships both as a player and a coach. It was during this time that he began to find his niche as a coach by leading the Naval Station Oceana's Women's team to three consecutive Eastern Conference titles, as well as his squadron’s team to two championships in three years. In 1984, Eddie was selected to coach one of the local Olympic baseball teams out of the Hampton Roads area. An over-seas deployment prevented him from completing that endeavor; however, not before he left his mark on the players by helping them in route to a team championship. 

 

In the same year he was also selected to represent the All Navy baseball team during the National Armed Forces tournament. As the starting 3rd baseman, Eddie set 3 defensive records that still stand today and earned the tournaments defensive MVP award. After making the transition back to civilian life in the mid 1990's, Coach Eddie wasn't quite ready to hang up the spikes and continued to compete in several local 30 & up leagues where he pitched, played middle infield and led his club with a batting average of .395 at the age of 43.

 

Eddie has been coaching in our area ever since and it's impossible to calculate the number of players he has helped shape not only on the field, but as young men in our community. Just drive by any of our local fields and the chances are you will see him out there throwing BP, hitting fungos, or taking the time to teach even the smallest of details to any player that it is willing to listen.

To schedule a lesson with Eddie, click here or email him at etorres@pinnacle-baseball.com