September 16, 1945 |
Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
|April 10, 1968, for the Houston Astros|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 2, 1977, for the Toronto Blue Jays|
|Runs batted in||115|
Héctor Epitacio Torres Marroquin (born September 16, 1945 in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico) is a former Major League Baseball shortstop. Nicknamed "La Malita" in his native Mexico, he played all or part of nine seasons in the majors, between 1968 and 1977, for the Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs, Montreal Expos, San Diego Padres and Toronto Blue Jays. He is now the hitting coach of the Bowling Green Hot Rods.
- 1 Major League Career
- 2 Managing career
- 3 External links
Major League Career
Houston Astros (1968-1970)
Torres was originally signed as an amateur free agent by the San Francisco Giants on March 25, 1962. On April 6, 1966, Torres was traded by the Giants to the California Angels for Dave Marshall. On November 27, 1967, the Angels sent Torres to the Houston Astros to complete an earlier deal in which Houston sent Jim Weaver to California for future considerations.
Torres made his Major League Baseball debut on April 10, 1968 as the Houston Astros opening day shortstop, going 0 for 3 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. On April 11, Torres recorded his first career hit, an RBI single off of Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Larry Jackson. Torres hit his first career home run on August 13 against Jeff James of the Philadelphia Phillies. Overall, Torres appeared in 128 games, batting .223 with 1 HR and 24 RBI.
Torres struggled and saw very little playing time with Houston in 1969, hitting .159 with 1 HR and 8 RBI in 34 games with the Astros.
Chicago Cubs (1971)
Torres played in only 31 games with the Chicago Cubs in the 1971 season, as he had a .224 batting average with 0 HR and 2 RBI. The Cubs traded Torres and Hal Breeden to the Montreal Expos for Dan McGinn.
Montreal Expos (1972)
Torres saw increased playing time with the Montreal Expos in 1972, appearing in 83 games, the most games he had appeared in since his rookie season in 1968. Torres struggled offensively, batting .155, with 2 HR and 7 RBI. On April 4, 1973, the Houston Astros purchased Torres from the Expos.
Houston Astros (1973)
Torres returned to the Houston Astros for the 1973 season, however, in 38 games, Torres batted .091 with 0 HR and 2 RBI. On October 23, the Astros sent Torres to the Chicago White Sox for Dan Neumeier.
San Diego Padres (1975-1976)
Torres spent the entire 1974 season with the Hawaii Islanders of the Pacific Coast League, then on April 3, 1975, the Padres acquired Torres was purchased by the San Diego Padres from the Chicago White Sox. In 1975, Torres appeared in 112 games with San Diego, hitting .259 with 5 HR and 26 RBI.
He struggled offensively in 1976, as in 74 games, Torres batting average dropped to .195 with 4 HR and 15 RBI with San Diego. On December 8, the Padres sent Torres, Johnny Grubb and Fred Kendall to the Cleveland Indians for George Hendrick.
Toronto Blue Jays (1977)
The Toronto Blue Jays acquired Torres from the Cleveland Indians on March 29, 1977, and Torres was named the Blue Jays opening day shortstop in their first ever game. On April 7, Torres became the first player to play for both Canada-based Major League teams, as he had a hit in two at-bats in the Blue Jays 9-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox. On June 27, 1977, Hector Torres hit the first grand slam home in Toronto Blue Jay history off of Ron Guidry at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto in a 7-6 Blue Jay victory over the New York Yankees . In 94 games with Toronto, Torres hit .241 with 5 HR and 26 RBI. On March 27, 1978, the Blue Jays released Torres.
Major League Career (1968-1977)
In 622 career games, Torres collected 375 hits, as he had a .216 career batting average with 18 HR and 115 RBI.
Florence Blue Jays (1985-1986)
Torres managed the Florence Blue Jays of the South Atlantic League from 1985-1986, leading the Blue Jays to the league title in the 1985 season. Overall, in two seasons, Torres led Florence to a 138-131 record.
Syracuse Chiefs (1995)
Arizona League Brewers (2003)
Torres managed the Brewers of the Arizona League in 2003, however, the team struggled to a record of 18-37.