The Pawtucket Red Sox (known colloquially as the PawSox) are a professional minor league baseball team based in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The team is a member of the International League and is the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. It plays its home games at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, and is the only professional baseball team in Rhode Island. Its most recent championship win was in 2014.
The franchise was first established in the Double-A Eastern League in 1970. Three years later, Boston's Triple-A affiliate in the International League replaced the Eastern League PawSox. After enduring three different owners, at least two threats to move the team elsewhere, and bankruptcy, the PawSox were purchased from the International League by local industrialist Ben Mondor in January 1977. Over the next 38 years, Mondor (who died in 2010) and his heirs stabilized the franchise and turned it into a success; it was twice (1990 and 2003) selected the winner of Baseball America's Bob Freitas Award as the top Triple-A operation in minor league baseball, led the league in total attendance three times between 2004 and 2008, and won three Governors' Cups as playoff champions.
On February 23, 2015, the team was sold to a group headed by then-Boston Red Sox president and chief executive officer Larry Lucchino and Rhode Island attorney James J. Skeffington. Thwarted in two attempts to replace McCoy Stadium with a new facility (first in adjacent Providence, then in a downtown site in Pawtucket), the PawSox announced on August 17, 2018, that they will move to Worcester, Massachusetts, 42 miles (68 km) away, in 2021.
|Pawtucket Red Sox|
Founded in 1970
Pawtucket, Rhode Island
|Minor league affiliations|
|Eastern League (1970–1972)|
|Major league affiliations|
|Current||Boston Red Sox (1970–present)|
|Minor league titles|
|League titles (4)|
|Division titles (7)|
|Nickname||Pawtucket Red Sox (1970–1975, 1977–present)|
|Rhode Island Red Sox (1976)|
|Colors||Navy, red, white, light blue|
|Ballpark||McCoy Stadium (1970–present)|
|Larry Lucchino and partners|
|General Manager||Dan Rea|
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The first team to be dubbed the Pawtucket Red Sox debuted at McCoy Stadium in 1970 as a member of the Double-A Eastern League. The franchise, owned by former Major League shortstop Joe Buzas, had spent the previous five seasons (1965–69) as the Pittsfield Red Sox after playing in four different Pennsylvania cities—Allentown, Johnstown, York and Reading—over seven years (1958–64).
Carlton Fisk, the future Baseball Hall of Fame catcher, played for the Eastern League PawSox in 1970. Shortstop Rick Burleson and first baseman Cecil Cooper are among the players who toiled for both the Double-A and Triple-A versions of the team. This first edition of the PawSox franchise played for ten seasons as the Bristol Red Sox and then spent 33 seasons (1983–2015) in New Britain, Connecticut, the last 21 of them as the Rock Cats. In 2016, the Rock Cats moved to Connecticut's capital city, and were rechristened the Hartford Yard Goats.
The Cleveland Indians had also placed an Eastern League club in Pawtucket, in 1966–67. The Pawtucket Indians moved to Waterbury, Connecticut, in 1968. The Pawtucket Slaters, a Boston Braves farm club in the Class B New England League, represented the city from 1946 to 1949, when the NEL disbanded.
The Triple-A team that is now the Pawtucket Red Sox began in 1896 as the Toronto Maple Leafs. After the American Association and its Louisville Colonels franchise folded in 1962 and the American League owners voted down Charlie O. Finley's agreement to move the Kansas City A's to Louisville in 1964, Louisville was ready for the return of baseball. In 1968 the Maple Leafs, the Red Sox' top minor league club since 1965, were bought by Walter J. Dilbeck and moved to Louisville where they became the new Louisville Colonels and retained their affiliation with the Red Sox. They played at Fairgrounds Stadium on the Kentucky State Fairgrounds. While in Louisville, star players included Carlton Fisk (1971), Dwight Evans (1972), and Cecil Cooper (1972). The Louisville Colonels made the International League playoffs in 1969 and 1972.
In 1972, the Kentucky State Fair Board remodeled Cardinal Stadium so it could accommodate football. The renovations made the stadium unsuitable for baseball; among other things, it was far too large for a Triple-A team. However, the stadium was later used by the latter-day Louisville Redbirds club, setting minor league attendance records and outdrawing several major league teams. Following the 1972 season, the Louisville Colonels of the International League moved to Pawtucket and became the Pawtucket Red Sox, with Buzas taking over as owner.
The first Triple-A team was a success on the field, led by future major leaguers Cecil Cooper and Dick Pole, winning the 1973 Governors' Cup Championship in their inaugural year in the league over the Charleston Charlies which they followed up by defeating the Tulsa Oilers of the American Association to win the Junior World Series. The following season they finished 30 games below .500 and lost an estimated $40,000. Buzas then sold the team to Philip Anez, a Smithfield advertising executive, in January 1975.
While the parent club was on their way to the 1975 World Series, the 1975 PawSox finished with a 53–87 mark. The team changed its name to the Rhode Island Red Sox for the 1976 season, but little changed on the field with a third straight sub-.500 season and falling attendance. Anez threatened to move his club to Jersey City, New Jersey. After the season, the franchise went bankrupt, unable to pay off $2 million worth of debt. The International League took it over, then awarded it in December 1976 to Massachusetts businessman Marvin Adelson, who renamed the team the New England Red Sox—and explored transferring it to Worcester. But after less than two months, in January 1977, the league revoked Adelson's franchise, alleging "nonperformance of terms and conditions".
Although it appeared the Red Sox's stay in the Pawtucket area was about to come to an end, retired Lincoln businessman Ben Mondor stepped in and made sure the team remained in the city. Mondor was granted a brand-new franchise and restored the name to the Pawtucket Red Sox. However, it retained the old team's history and affiliation with the big-league Red Sox. Nonetheless, it was really in 1977 that the current Pawtucket Red Sox, and PawSox, were born.
Mondor's tenure began inauspiciously. While the PawSox rebounded to win the regular-season pennant, they only drew 1,000 fans per game—believed to be the fewest for a first-place team in the history of the International League. That year's edition of the PawSox fell in the Governors' Cup finals to Charleston in four straight games. However, it won its second league championship in 1984, and drew almost 199,000 fans, second in the league.
After several years of playing in a stadium that was barely suitable for a Triple-A team, in 1998 Mondor and team president Mike Tamburro oversaw the transformation of McCoy Stadium from an aging 1942 relic into its renovated form. While they kept the price of tickets at $6 and $10, parking is free. The PawSox led the league in attendance in 2008, when 636,788 fans saw baseball at McCoy, an average of 9,097 for each of the 70 openings. In 2005, they set a franchise record with 688,421 tickets sold during the year. Kevin Youkilis played for the team in 2003, and completed a streak he started while in Portland: he reached base in 71 consecutive games, tying future teammate Kevin Millar's minor-league records for consecutive games reaching base.
In addition to their success at the box office, the PawSox have excelled on the field. In 2000, Pawtucket set an all-time franchise record for victories with 82, as the team completed their fifth-straight winning season. Three years later the PawSox would top their own record by winning 83 games. In 2008, they won 85 games. The 1984 team defeated the now-defunct Maine Guides 3–2 to win the 1984 Governors' Cup trophy for their second championship in Pawtucket Red Sox history. In 2012, the PawSox defeated the Charlotte Knights to win the Governors' Cup for a third time. A fourth title was won in 2014 when the PawSox took down the Durham Bulls in five games.
The origins of PawSox are traced back to the first season in which Mondor owned the club. Three weeks before the 1977 season began the team lacked uniforms. BoSox vice president Haywood Sullivan stepped in and sent Pawtucket 48 sets of old home and away uniforms from the parent club. Although the home uniforms were fine for the team to use, the road uniforms had "Boston" stitched across the chest, which was a problem. Tamburro suggested using the name "PawSox" across the front, with each unstitched "Boston" letter replaced with one that spelled "PawSox". Thus, the PawSox name was born out of the necessity of a uniform crisis.
Mondor died on October 3, 2010, at the age of 85. His widow, Madeleine, became the new majority owner of the PawSox.
On November 29, 2014, it was reported that members of the Boston Red Sox' ownership group were in the process of purchasing the PawSox from Madeleine Mondor and two long-time executives who also held stock in the team: president Tamburro and vice president and general manager Lou Schwechheimer.
Nearly three months later, on February 23, the sale to Lucchino, Skeffington and their partners was formally announced. Lucchino added the title of chairman of the PawSox to his Boston responsibilities, and Skeffington became club president. Other partners included Rhode Island businessmen Bernard Cammarata, William P. Egan, Habib Gorgi, J. Terrence Murray and Thomas M. Ryan, as well as Fenway Sports Management (a division of the BoSox' parent company, Fenway Sports Group), and two limited partners in FSG, Arthur E. Nicholas and Frank M. Resnek.
That day, the new owners also announced their intention to move the team out of McCoy Stadium and build a new baseball park six miles (9.65 km) to the south in downtown Providence, and begin play there as early as 2017. Skeffington said the club would be renamed the Rhode Island Red Sox upon the move. That name was previously used by the 1976 edition of the PawSox, before Mondor purchased the team and restored its Pawtucket identity. In the weeks following announcement of the sale, Skeffington led a media tour of the proposed new stadium site on the Providence River and, with Lucchino, served as a point person in negotiations with state and local officials over public financing arrangements for the new park.
However, Skeffington, 73, died from a heart attack while jogging near his Barrington home on May 17, 2015, disrupting the team's efforts to secure an agreement with Rhode Island officials. Then, on August 1, Lucchino announced his retirement as the CEO and president of the Boston Red Sox, effective at the end of the 2015 season.
In September, Governor Gina Raimondo told Lucchino that the riverfront parcel, consisting of public land formerly occupied by Interstate 195 and private property owned by Brown University, "was not suitable and there were too many obstacles that remained." In the wake of the setback, Lucchino said that the team preferred to remain in Rhode Island, but neither he nor other PawSox officials immediately commented about possible alternative locations. In the ensuing weeks, reports surfaced that Worcester and two other Massachusetts cities—Springfield and Fall River—might bid for the team.
On November 5, Skeffington's position was filled when Dr. Charles Steinberg, longtime Lucchino aide and public affairs and PR executive with four big-league teams, including the Red Sox, became club president. Tamburro remained on board as vice chairman, and Dan Rea III became the PawSox' new general manager, after Schwechheimer departed to join an ownership group that purchased the Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs. Amidst the uncertainty over its longterm home, Steinberg committed the team to remaining in Pawtucket for five seasons, through 2020, and to rebuilding its relationship with its fans.
During the summer of 2016, the city, state and team began a feasibility study to determine the extent of needed renovations to McCoy Stadium. That study concluded that renovating McCoy would cost $68 million, while building a new stadium on the site would cost $78 million. On May 16, 2017, a downtown Pawtucket stadium proposal, The Ballpark at Slater Mill, was jointly announced by Lucchino and Pawtucket's mayor, Donald Grebien. The ballpark, to be built on a site bracketed by Interstate 95 and the Blackstone River, would cost an estimated $83 million, with the team footing $45 million, the state $23 million, and the city the remaining $15 million. But when the stadium project went before the Rhode Island General Assembly in 2018, the financing formula was amended to shift the risk of borrowing money from the state to investors, thus exposing them to potentially higher interest rates. The amended bill passed, and was signed into law by Raimondo on June 29, 2018.
The new financing arrangement was rejected by the PawSox ownership. On August 17, 2018, the team announced that it will relocate to a new stadium in Worcester in April 2021. The stadium will be part of a $240 million redevelopment of Worcester's Kelley Square and Canal District. The move would end the team's history in Pawtucket after 51 seasons.
Alluding to "controversy, disagreement and opposition", apparently on the part of Rhode Island legislators who changed the Pawtucket stadium's financing formula, Lucchino said that a 35-page letter of intent had been signed with Worcester's mayor and city manager for the downtown ballpark project to house the relocated team. The announcement capped a concerted three-year effort by Worcester and Massachusetts officials and local business leaders to woo the PawSox to anchor a downtown redevelopment that includes the stadium, new housing, a hotel, a parking garage and redesign of the Kelley Square intersection.
Lucchino announced that the stadium will be designed by Janet Marie Smith, architect of Baltimore's Camden Yards. Expected to open in April 2021 and projected to cost between $86 million and $90 million, it will seat 10,000 spectators and be called Polar Park through a sponsorship and naming rights agreement with Polar Beverages, which is headquartered in Worcester. Details of the letter of intent were not disclosed, pending its review by the Worcester City Council and Minor League Baseball. In September 2018, Deadspin reported that, according to College of the Holy Cross sports economist Victor Matheson, Polar Park would be "in nominal terms the most expensive minor league ballpark ever built." On September 13, 2018, the Worcester City Council voted 9–1 to move forward with the new ballpark, initiating the bonding process and TIFs for the surrounding area. Goundbreaking began on July 11, 2019.
While it was initially reported that the relocated team will be named the Worcester Red Sox, the club announced a "name-that-team" competition in November 2018 that could result in a new nickname.
The PawSox played in and won the longest game in professional baseball history, a 33-inning affair against the Rochester Red Wings at McCoy Stadium. The game started on April 18, 1981. Play was suspended at 4:07 a.m. at the end of the 32nd inning. The game did not resume again until June 23 when the Red Wings returned to Pawtucket. Only one inning was needed, with the PawSox winning 3–2 in the bottom of the 33rd when first baseman Dave Koza drove in the leadoff hitter, second baseman Marty Barrett, with a bases-loaded single off Steve Grilli, the Red Wings losing pitcher who was not even on the team’s roster back in April. Cliff Speck finished the game for Rochester giving up the final game-winning hit. Future major league Hall of Fame players Cal Ripken Jr. and Wade Boggs played in the game.
The 35th anniversary was also commemorated on April 19, 2016.
Several PawSox players and personnel have been inducted into the International League Hall of Fame. They are owner Ben Mondor, manager Joe Morgan, outfielder Jim Rice, third baseman Wade Boggs, and then-team president Mike Tamburro, now their Vice Chairman. Several former PawSox players have also been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, including Carlton Fisk, Boggs and Rice.
In July 2016, Rice, Boggs, and Mondor (represented by his widow Madeleine) became the inaugural class of inductees into the PawSox Hall of Fame. Additions are considered on an annual basis.
|Ben Mondor||Owner||July 28, 2016|||
|Joe Morgan||Manager||July 23, 2017|||
|Carlton Fisk||Player||August 27, 2017|||
|Mike Tamburro||Executive||May 26, 2018|||
|Roger Clemens||Player||June 21, 2019|||
The PawSox have won the Governors' Cup, the championship of the IL, four times, and played in the championship series nine times. They have also played in the championship of Triple-A baseball on three occasions: in 1973 they defeated the Tulsa Oilers 4 games to 1 in the Junior World Series, in 2012 they fell to the Reno Aces 10–3 in the Triple-A National Championship Game, and in 2014, the team was defeated by the Omaha Storm Chasers 4-2.
(*) = rehab assignment
|1970||68||70||.493||4th Eastern League||−9.5||Matt Sczesny|
|1971||63||76||.453||7th Eastern League||−16||Billy Gardner|
|1972||61||79||.436||7th Eastern League||−23||Don Lock|
|1973||78||68||.534||2nd International League*||−1||Darrell Johnson|
|1974||57||87||.396||4th International League||−31||Joe Morgan|
|1975||53||87||.379||8th International League||−32.5||Joe Morgan|
|1976||68||70||.493||5th International League||−20||Joe Morgan|
|1977||80||60||.571||1st International League||+2||Joe Morgan|
|1978||81||59||.579||2nd International League||−4||Joe Morgan|
|1979||66||74||.471||5th International League||−19.5||Joe Morgan|
|1980||62||77||.446||7th International League||−20.5||Joe Morgan|
|1981||67||73||.479||6th International League||−21.5||Joe Morgan|
|1982||67||71||.489||5th International League||−14.5||Joe Morgan|
|1983||56||83||.403||8th International League||−26.5||Tony Torchia|
|1984||75||65||.536||4th International League*||−7.5||Tony Torchia|
|1985||48||91||.345||8th International League||−30.5||Rac Slider|
|1986||74||65||.532||3rd International League||−5.5||Ed Nottle|
|1987||73||67||.521||4th International League||−8||Ed Nottle|
|1988||63||79||.444||3rd IL East||−14.5||Ed Nottle|
|1989||62||84||.425||4th IL East||−21.5||Ed Nottle|
|1990||62||84||.425||4th IL East||−27.5||Ed Nottle (through 6/26)
Johnny Pesky (from 6/27)
|1991||79||64||.552||1st IL East||+3.5||Butch Hobson|
|1992||71||72||.497||2nd IL East||−13.5||Rico Petrocelli|
|1993||60||82||.423||4th IL East||−14.5||Buddy Bailey|
|1994||78||64||.549||1st IL East||+7||Buddy Bailey|
|1995||70||71||.492||3rd IL East||−2.5||Buddy Bailey|
|1996||78||64||.549||1st IL East||+5.5||Buddy Bailey|
|1997||81||60||.574||2nd IL East||−2||Ken Macha|
|1998||77||64||.546||3rd IL North||−3||Ken Macha|
|1999||76||68||.528||2nd IL North||−2||Gary Jones|
|2000||82||61||.573||3rd IL North||−3||Gary Jones|
|2001||60||82||.423||5th IL North||−31||Gary Jones|
|2002||60||84||.417||5th IL North||−31||Buddy Bailey|
|2003||83||61||.576||1st IL North||+4||Buddy Bailey|
|2004||73||71||.507||2nd IL North||−10||Buddy Bailey|
|2005||75||69||.521||2nd IL North||−7||Ron Johnson|
|2006||69||75||.479||5th IL North||−16||Ron Johnson|
|2007||67||75||.472||4th IL North||−16.5||Ron Johnson|
|2008||85||58||.594||2nd IL North||−2.5||Ron Johnson|
|2009||61||82||.427||5th IL North||−21||Ron Johnson|
|2010||66||78||.458||4th IL North||−21.5||Torey Lovullo|
|2011||81||61||.570||1st IL North||+2||Arnie Beyeler|
|2012||79||65||.549||2nd IL North*||−5||Arnie Beyeler|
|2013||80||63||.559||1st IL North||+3.5||Gary DiSarcina|
|2014||79||65||.549||2nd IL North*||−2.5||Kevin Boles|
|2015||59||85||.410||6th IL North||−22||Kevin Boles|
|2016||74||68||.521||4th IL North||−16.5||Kevin Boles|
|2017||67||75||.472||4th IL North||−19.5||Kevin Boles|
|2018||66||73||.475||3rd IL North||−17.5||Kevin Boles|
(*= Won Governors' Cup)
|1973||3||2||Beat Tidewater||1st round of playoffs||3||2||Beat Charleston||Governors' Cup championship||4||1||Beat Tulsa||Junior World Series|
|1977||3||1||Beat Richmond||1st round of playoffs||0||4||Lost to Charleston||Governors' Cup championship||–||–||–||–|
|1978||3||2||Beat Toledo||1st round of playoffs||3||4||Lost to Richmond||Governors' Cup championship||–||–||–||–|
|1984||3||1||Beat Columbus||1st round of playoffs||3||2||Beat Maine||Governors' Cup championship||–||–||–||–|
|1986||1||3||Lost to Rochester||1st round of playoffs||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|1987||1||3||Lost to Tidewater||1st round of playoffs||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|1991||–||–||–||–||0||3||Lost to Columbus||Governors' Cup championship||–||–||–||–|
|1992||1||3||Lost to Scranton||IL East championship||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|1994||1||3||Lost to Syracuse||IL East championship||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|1996||1||3||Lost to Rochester||IL East championship||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|1997||1||3||Lost to Rochester||IL East championship||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|2003||3||2||Beat Ottawa||1st round of playoffs||0||3||Lost to Durham||Governors' Cup championship||–||–||–||–|
|2008||1||3||Lost to Scranton||1st round of playoffs||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|2011||0||3||Lost to Lehigh||1st round of playoffs||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|2012||3||1||Beat Scranton||1st round of playoffs||3||0||Beat Charlotte||Governors' Cup championship||0||1||Lost to Reno||Triple-A National Championship|
|2013||3||2||Beat Rochester||1st round of playoffs||1||3||Lost to Durham||Governors' Cup championship||–||–||–||–|
|2014||3||0||Beat Syracuse||1st round of playoffs||3||2||Beat Durham||Governors' Cup championship||0||1||Lost to Omaha||Triple-A National Championship|
Pawtucket Red Sox roster
7-day injured list
|Ed Nottle||302–338||.472||1986–90 (June 26)|
|Johnny Pesky||32–41||.438||1990 (June 27 – September 3)|
Pawtucket is a springboard for Major League Baseball broadcasters. As of 2015, there are six former PawSox radio and two television announcers broadcasting for Major League Baseball teams. First are the years with the teams they have broadcast for, and second are the years the broadcaster was with the Red Sox.
In addition, Dan Hoard is now the broadcaster for the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals. He was with the PawSox from 2006 to 2011. On April 24, 2013, it was announced that current broadcaster Bob Socci would become the New England Patriots play-by-play broadcaster starting with the 2013 season.
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Michael Steven Stenhouse (born May 29, 1958 in Pueblo, Colorado) is a former outfielder, first baseman, and designated hitter in Major League Baseball who played for the Montreal Expos from 1982-1984, the Minnesota Twins in 1985, and the Boston Red Sox in 1986. Stenhouse is the CEO of the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity, a public policy think tank. Listed at 6'1", 195 lb., Stenhouse batted left-handed and threw right-handed. He is the son of pitcher Dave Stenhouse.
A star in high school, Mike turned down opportunities at some of the top baseball colleges, including Arizona State University, in order to attend Harvard. He played three seasons for the school's baseball program (1977–1979) and was a two time All-Ivy Leaguer and hit .475 as a freshman in 1977, second-best in NCAA Division I. He was an American Baseball Coaches Association All-American, joining Kirk Gibson, Hubie Brooks and Bob Horner.
He was drafted by the Oakland Athletics with the 26th overall pick of the 1979 Major League Baseball Draft. He was offered only $12,000 by Charlie Finley and opted to return to college when the commissioner's office refused to make him a free agent. Finley later offered the same amount of money with the stipulation of a September call-up, but Mike backed out when this was not put in writing. Stenhouse was selected fourth overall in the 1980 January draft by the Montreal Expos. He signed for a $32,000 bonus this time.He was called up for the first time in 1982, striking out in his only at bat. After two sub-par seasons, he was traded by the Expos to the Minnesota Twins for Jack O'Connor. There he had career highs in games played (81), at bats (179), runs (23) hits (40), home runs (5), RBI (21), stolen bases (1), walks (29), and batting average (.223). That December he was traded by the Twins to the Boston Red Sox for Charlie Mitchell. In his final major league season he went 2 for 21 (.095), but walked 12 times and had an on-base percentage of .424.
In 1996, Stenhouse was an announcer for the Expos on CIQC. He had previously been an analyst for the Pawtucket Red Sox.Pawsox Radio Network
The Pawsox Radio Network is the radio network of the Pawtucket Red Sox, a Triple-A minor league affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. There are 11 stations (10 A.M. & 1 F.M.) & 2 F.M. translators in the network, including the flagship & part-time stations.Ray Culp
Raymond Leonard Culp (born August 6, 1941) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Philadelphia Phillies (1963–1966), Chicago Cubs (1967), and Boston Red Sox (1968–1973).Tanner Houck
Tanner Lee Houck (born June 29, 1996) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Boston Red Sox organization of Major League Baseball (MLB). Listed at 6 feet 5 inches (1.96 m) and 210 pounds (95 kg), he throws and bats right-handed.Ted Cox (baseball)
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Anthony Lewis Torchia (born December 13, 1943, in Chicago) is a former Major League Baseball coach and minor league player and manager. He was a left-handed throwing, right-handed batting first baseman who played 13 seasons in the minors. Originally signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers after playing for Miami Dade College, he was drafted by the Boston Red Sox after his rookie season, 1962, and he would spend 24 years in the Boston organization. Torchia played in 1,435 minor league games and batted .294 with 89 home runs.
Torchia holds the distinction of having been the only man who has served as a player, coach and manager of the Pawtucket Red Sox. After he retired as a player in 1974, he coached for the "PawSox" in 1975 (under skipper Joe Morgan). He then managed Boston farm clubs from 1976 to 1984, ranging from Class A to Triple A. His first team, the Winston-Salem Red Sox, won the 1976 Carolina League pennant. He skippered the Bristol Red Sox of the Double-A Eastern League for five seasons (1978–82), winning league titles in 1978 and 1981. Torchia returned to Pawtucket as the third manager in the club's Triple-A history in 1983. He spent two seasons there, winning the 1984 Governors' Cup, emblematic of the championship of the International League.
Torchia then was named bullpen coach for the Boston Red Sox in 1985, his only full campaign in Major League Baseball. He managed Boston's Double-A New Britain farm club in 1986 before leaving the organization for good. He later sued the Red Sox and co-owner Haywood Sullivan, claiming he was demoted and subsequently fired for seeking psychotherapy for depression in 1985.Beginning in 1987, Torchia coached and managed at the minor league level for the San Diego Padres, Colorado Rockies, Houston Astros and Montréal Expos.
His 1988 Riverside Red Wave, a San Diego affiliate, won the Class A California League championship. Torchia later managed the Asheville Tourists of the South Atlantic League in 1994, the Brevard County Manatees of the Florida State League in 2002, and finally the Mid-Missouri Mavericks in the independent Frontier League in 2003.
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