ABOUT SAM TORRES baseballface.com

I   was just six years old when my dad, Agustin Torres, took my brother Juan Carlos and me to our first professional game in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. The memories are so fresh in my head it feels like it was yesterday. I remember the excitement I felt, as we got closer to Hiram Bithorn Stadium, which was named after the first Puerto Rican to make it to the majors. I could hardly contain my excitement as the players ran out on the field. It was paradise to me. I was overwhelmed by the spectacle of it all. My dad, seeing the excitement on our faces, said with a big smile, "we are here to see one of the greatest baseball players of all time... Roberto Clemente. He is the man," he continued to say, as he pointed him out to us.

I took every opportunity I could find to practice and learn the game.


After watching Roberto Clemente play in that game, I promised myself that someday I would become a professional baseball player like him. I took every opportunity I could find to practice and learn the game. I can still remember hitting pebbles into the lake, with a broomstick, to practice my swing. My many years of practice, frustation, hard work and dedication paid off at the age of 17 when I signed my first professional baseball contract. That day will always stand out as one of the biggest of my life.



bio pics After signing, I remembered the game where I got to watch a legend of the game. I told myself that I was on my way to becoming the next Roberto Clemente, who had become my role model. I was devastated when his life was tragically cut short while on mission to Nicaragua to help victims of an earthquake. I knew at that moment that Mr. Clemente was not just a great baseball player - he was a great humanitarian. I had planned to dedicate my baseball career to his legacy.

I spent four years with the New York Mets, Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins organizations before injuries kept me from fully realizing my dreams of following in Roberto Clemente's footsteps. Baseball is as much a part of me as eating and breathing. That's why I've chosen to dedicate my life to helping kids learn the game. It is fun for me and helps me spread the game that has meant so much to me.

Education:

BA in Physical Education InterAmerican University, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Experience:

Developed recreational baseball camps for kids for the surrounding Dallas/ForthWorth Areas and in my home country of Puerto Rico. Also worked with Richardson YMCA, Stonebridge Ranch, Special Olympics and helped develop & implement baseball camps in Germany.

Professional Experience:

New York Mets - Cleveland Indians - Minnesota Twins

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