Joe Torre/Andrew Rosario
In 2017, the number as of August 15 was 104 contracts signed thru TBT for the off-season , Pre-season and in-season Indy Leagues. The Kentucky Derby League Emerged, and the ECBL continues. The Frontier League and Atlantic League saw many players promoted to MLB. The Pecos league added teams and promoted many players as well and entered a team in the American Association. A travel team of which 0 Black Sox players (Road Warriors to the fullest) were able to play for.
Our (my right hand man Drew Rosario and I) Staff upped our resume this year:
Rosario: Pitching Coach/Bullpen Coach for Pittsburg Diamonds in Pacific Association while I was the 3rd Base Coach. Drew also Managed the Washington Wild Things series in the Frontier League, the Rockland Boulders series in the Can-Am League and the entire 10 game schedule vs the Pacific Association. He is directly responsible for the quality of the pitching staff.
Frontier Draft: Attended with 20+ players and had 3 selected.
Won our first American Association Official game vs Texas Air Hogs
Tied our First Frontier League game vs Normal Cornbelters-signed 3 players on the spot
In 2016, Joe got over 50 players signed to professional contracts in leagues around the country. He helps players chase their dream, giving them the best assistance possible. Joe took over the Black Sox in 2002 and did not play in high school or college. In 2016 we played our first Frontier League Spring Training games. In 2016, 34 players who attended the Pro Spring Training Tour signed and played Professional Baseball. 24 who attended the Florida trip did the same.
In 2009, Joe played for the Riccione Dolphins in the Serie A2 Division in Italy. In 2012, Joe went from being a player-coach with the Roswell Invaders in the Pecos League to being the 1st base and bench coach for the El Paso Diablos, working under former MLBers Tim Johnson, Carlos Lezcano and Oscar Suarez. Joe was the Northeast Advisor to the Baltimore Orioles under International Scouting Director Fred Ferreira from 2013 to 2014. When he found out the true motives of the very camp that taught him, he broke away and the TBT trips became affiliated with all Indy Managers and MLB Scouts.
Joe did not play in High School or College and did not sign until he was 25 years old, in Italy in the A2 Division in 2009. The next time he would see a Professional field was 2012 when he was the 1st base coach for the Roswell Invaders under Simon Walters. He got a couple at-bats vs Las Cruces and played late inning defense. He finished the season Coaching 1st Base for the El Paso Diablos under Tim Johnson and Carlos Lezcano.
From there he had the option of Coaching again in El Paso, where he had shared and bought hotel rooms for struggling players and left an indoor facility job in NJ, and he decided to start the tour. The tour was local vs Newark Bears in 2013.
In 2014, the IBL, another pop up fake league (although we found some great players out of there) emerged and the Black Sox traveled to Ohio and Michigan, where Andrew Rosario started his Black Sox traveling. We were arguably the best team in the league, with former minor league players and a winning record after spring training. Joe went back and played 2 games before the playoffs and unofficially a Professional again, in 2014, 5 years after his first bite, which took 7 years to get to in the first place, Joe was getting another chance.
He went home and played in the WRWBL for the New Rochelle Tigers in NY and for his own NJ Black Sox teams to wait for the next weeks playoff games. There was also a chance that Fargo was coming to the tri-state East Coast area with less than a full roster. An old friend who was Coaching offered to sign him if he helped to bring some players along. Joe broke his thumb trying to bunt down the 3B line and ended his season the day before Fargo came to town.
In 2015 Joe and Drew doubled their schedule each year and added the American Association and Pacific Association, and in 2016 the Frontier League, and in 2017 the Atlantic League, signing players to each league throughout the year.