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Salomón Torres

Salomón Torres
Torres throwing a pitch for the Pirates
Pitcher
Born: (1972-03-11) March 11, 1972
San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 29, 1993, for the San Francisco Giants
Last MLB appearance
September 27, 2008, for the Milwaukee Brewers
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 44–58
Earned run average 4.31
Strikeouts 540
Teams

Salomón Torres Ramirez (born March 11, 1972) is a former Major League Baseball player. He began his career in 1993 with the San Francisco Giants, and also played for the Seattle Mariners, Montreal Expos, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Milwaukee Brewers.

Contents

  • Professional career 1
    • San Francisco Giants 1.1
    • Mariners and Expos and first retirement 1.2
    • Comeback with Pirates 1.3
    • Milwaukee Brewers 1.4
  • Personal life 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Professional career

San Francisco Giants

Torres is best known for starting the last game of the 1993 season for the Giants, when he gave up three [1]

Mariners and Expos and first retirement

The Giants traded Torres to the Seattle Mariners in mid-1995 for Shawn Estes and Wilson Delgado. After two years with the Mariners, he was claimed off waivers by the Montreal Expos in mid-1997. After ending the 1997 season with a 9.82 ERA, Torres retired and returned to the Dominican Republic to coach for the Expos' Dominican Summer League team.

Comeback with Pirates

In Korea. He signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates in January 2002, spending most of the year with the Triple-A team in Nashville before being called up in September. He split the 2003 season between starting and relief work before being moved to the bullpen full-time in 2004. During an April 2003 game for the Pirates, Torres hit Sammy Sosa in the head with an errant fastball that shattered his helmet.

He served as the Pirates setup reliever in 2006, before closer Mike González was injured. That year, his 94 pitching appearances led the major leagues and tied the Pirates record held by Kent Tekulve. González was traded to the Atlanta Braves before the start of the 2007 season, making Torres the Pirates' top choice for closer entering the 2007 season. After blowing four saves for the Pirates, he was demoted from the closer role and replaced with Matt Capps.[2]

Milwaukee Brewers

Torres was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers on December 7, 2007, for Kevin Roberts and Marino Salas. After beginning the 2008 season as a middle reliever, Torres was moved into the closer's role when Éric Gagné was put on the disabled list, a role Torres kept for the rest of the year. Torres struggled mightily towards the end of the season, however. On September 18, Torres blew his 7th and most costly save of the season to the Chicago Cubs giving up 4 runs with two outs and nobody on in the bottom of the 9th. He posted an ERA over 6.00 in the month of September.

His season, though, was relatively solid: 28 saves in 35 chances, 51 strikeouts in 80 innings of work, an ERA of 3.41, and a record of 7-5. During his time in Milwaukee, he introduced a new strike-out pitch in which he dropped down to a side-arm delivery.

During the middle of the 2008 season, Torres stated in an interview that he wasn't sure about his future in baseball, and on November 11 Torres told Brewers GM Doug Melvin that he was retiring from the game.[3]

Personal life

Torres is one of Jehovah's Witnesses.[4]

He is married to Belkis Denia Donato and has two daughters and a son: Ashley (born in 2001), Allison (born in 2003) and Jordan (born in 2007). His eldest daughter Ashley, is currently 14 years old. His middle daughter Allison is 12. His youngest son Jordan is 8 years of age.

See also

References

  1. ^ Eagle, Ed (2006-06-10). "Notes: C. Wilson used to trade talk: But Pirate appears to be taking these rumors more seriously".  
  2. ^ Kovacevic, Dejan (2007-01-07). "Hot Stove: LaRoche remains hot topic with Pirates including players".  
  3. ^  
  4. ^ Kovacevic, Dejan (2007-08-13). "Torres drops grievance against Pirates".  

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
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