HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Tri-State baseball, the Appalachian League’s newest team, continued to roll out its inaugural 2024 coaching staff by announcing former Major League pitcher Salomón Torres as pitching coach. Torres is the latest addition to Tommy Gregg’s staff. Gregg was announced as the team’s first-ever manager last week.
Torres joins Tri-State after pitching 12 years in the Major Leagues and serving as the Montreal Expos’ Dominican Summer League coach for two seasons. Signed by the San Francisco Giants in 1993, Torres made his Major League debut that same year and remained with the organization into the 1995 season. In addition to pitching for San Francisco, the right-handed pitcher also played for the Seattle Mariners (1995-97), Expos (1998), Pittsburgh Pirates (2002-07) and Milwaukee Brewers (2008).
“As much as I love the game of baseball, I like teaching it even more,” Torres said. “I am looking forward to meeting our players and working with them to help them reach their maximum potential.”
A San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic native, Torres assumed a coaching position with Montreal’s Dominican Summer League affiliate after announcing his retirement following the 1997 season. He launched a comeback in 2001 and signed with the Pirates ahead of the 2002 campaign. Torres compiled a 3.63 ERA with Pittsburgh in 438.2 innings, pitching in 358 games. He worked a career-high 121 innings in 2003 and led all Major League pitchers with 94 appearances in 2006. Overall, Torres appeared in 497 games, finishing with a 4.31 ERA in 847.1 innings. He also pitched for the Dominican Republic in the 2006 World Baseball Classic.
“Not only does Salomón bring decades of pitching knowledge to our staff, he brings a true love for the game that is infectious. I’m grateful to have him on our coaching staff, and trust me our pitchers are going to love working with him,” Gregg said.
“Being a professional player and travelling all over, I quickly learned home is where you make it, and I'm excited to make Huntington my home,” Torres said.
The Appalachian League announced in November that Marshall University, in Huntington, W.Va., will host an Appy League team beginning with the 2024 season. The team will play home games at Marshall’s new baseball stadium, Jack Cook Field, scheduled to open for the 2024 spring season.
The Tri-State baseball team’s inaugural season begins with its home opener June 4, 2024, at Jack Cook Field. Click here for Tri-State’s complete 2024 schedule. The team’s highly anticipated team name and logos will be released in the coming weeks, and information regarding ticket packages will be available soon.