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Giants Minor League coach Torres dies at 61

DENVER -- The Giants issued a statement Friday saying that Victor Torres, a batting coach and instructor in the club's player development department, died Wednesday in Florida at age 61.

Torres spent five seasons between 2007 and last year as hitting coach for the Arizona Rookie League Giants. He also coached for one season, 2008, at the club's Double-A Connecticut affiliate. Torres had worked in professional baseball since 1994 and ran his own baseball academy in Puerto Rico and Florida from 1973-89.

"The San Francisco Giants are deeply saddened by the passing of our former minor league coach, Victor Torres," general manager Brian Sabean said in the statement. "Victor was a tremendous person who proved to be a great asset to the organization with his ability to communicate and mentor our young hitters. He will be deeply missed and our condolences go out to the Torres family for their tremendous loss."

Chris Haft is a reporter for
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