See what players are saying about The Black Sox


Joe gave me an opportunity when nobody else did. I attended the Indy Pro Showcase in 2014 and the only offer I got was to play in a league that doesn’t exist anymore. After traveling with Joe on his 2015 Spring Training trip I signed in the Pacific Association where I lead the league in saves then moved on to the American Association and Frontier League. I owe Joe my career.
— Steve Chapter
STEVE CHAPTER

STEVE CHAPTER

 
 
AARON BRILL

AARON BRILL

I met Joe during my senior year at Felician College in 2014. After I went undrafted Joe gave me a place to play until I signed with the Quebec Capitales. The next season I signed in the Pacific Association while on the spring training trip. I ended the season with the Joplin Blasters and I have a contract with them next year.
— Aaron Brill
 
I met Joe a few years back and we have kept in touch ever since. Joe and the Blacksox gave me a great opportunity this season and invited me to go on the spring trip. While with the Blacksox we played many Indy teams, the Joplin Blasters being one of these teams. I wasn’t signed on the trip but the connections made got me exposure, I signed with the Blasters later in the season.
— Jeff Lyons
Jeff Lyons

Jeff Lyons

 

2017 Reviews:

"I met Joe in 2015 at a local tryout after talking to him a few times after being put through the ringer in a few different situations and winter leagues, and also being warned, by him to avoid them. After playing with his Black Sox teams in the summer and the Hudson River League, he was able to put me in front of the right people in order to get me signed and another chance in pro ball and secure a job in October instead of worrying about it in January or later. Joe isn't just in this game for the money by any means he genuinely cares for his guys and takes care of the loyal ones, and is always in contact with them checking in on how they are doing. People give him a bad wrap based upon the fact that he tells it like it is and won't sugar coat the truth.

Personally I wish I had known of Joe Torre and the Black Sox immediately after graduating college as I would've been exposed to the right people at an earlier point in my career. Since joining Joe I have had many opportunities to play and workout in front of managers and scouts ranging from the Pecos league all the way up to affiliated ball. It's certainly an opportunity you don't want to miss out on if you want to pursue your dream of playing pro ball. I am grateful for not only his services and opportunities he's given me, but the services of his staff and affiliated coaches as they have always given me feedback and ways to stay healthy and improve my game." - Will Charkowski, Catcher signed to Santa Fe Fuego

"I first started playing with Joe and the Black Sox in March 2017 during the pro Florida trip. After the trip I got signed to play Indy ball in California. I played with the Black Sox on the professional spring training tour and pitched against some of the best competition in the country every day. When I reported to spring training for the team I signed with I had already been pitching in games for weeks, and I was ready to go. I finished the 2017 season with the lowest ERA on my team. I credit Joe and the Black Sox for putting me in a position to succeed this past season. Thanks Joe! Hope all is well, I'll be in touch." - Will Gerhard , RHP signed Pecos League

"My name is Max Biedrzycki and I am a RHP from Chicago, IL. I turned 23 going into the 2017 season. Instead of playing indy-ball right out of college I joined a collegiate summer league that would take graduated seniors. I had a very successful summer and that kind of gave me the confidence to try and compete at a professional level. So come fall and winter I trained by myself, found out that I lived 20min from a Frontier League team (Joliet Slammers) and went to a small tryout for them. I threw against live hitters and caught their attention, and they offered me a contract. I got a taste of pro-ball, spent all of spring training with them and got released on the last day due to control issues. A college teammate told me about the Black Sox and what they do, so within 4 hours of my release I was on the phone with Joe Torre. 72 hours after that Joe had me go to North Dakota and had me throw live against the Fargo Redhawks (American Association). I got their attention, but they wanted stats, but I got a look. I joined the tour to the west coast to play against Pacific Association teams. After one inning, the Sonoma Stompers had me throw for all of their spring training. Unfortunately on the last day they never communicated a decision to keep me or not. Thanks to a bullpen Joe set up before spring training with the Pittsburg Diamonds they decided to sign me before season start. I get released for control issues unfortunately, but I stuck around for some time and got a taste of what Drew teaches in terms of pitching. I was very interested in what he had to say and the science behind what he taught. I shortly left after that because Joe had found me a spot in the Pecos league for the Santa Fe Fuego, I would finish the season there. Rough year all and all, but there’s no room for pitchers who don’t throw strikes. I got a taste of what the Black Sox preach so now I’m buying in and fully committing to it. I drove 14 hours to New Jersey to train till next season.  

P.S. Joe isn’t your fucking mom, he’s your agent, pay the man and he’ll get you exposure and tell you where to go. There are no hand-outs in the Black Sox, you’re an adult and responsible for your own actions. Trouble with money? Get a job, I work for Uber and I’m currently waiting on an interview with another job. Need a place to Stay? Do your research, call other black sox players, friends, family, and previous teammates. I was with the black sox for a short time, I learned pretty quickly. "- Max B