Former Fontana High star baseball player Mike Torres’ career has taken its share of curveballs.
There was the time he seemingly came out of nowhere during his junior year at Fontana to not only earn a starting pitching spot, but to excel in each of his final two seasons, earning himself a pro contract.
Then, while playing in spring training as a Kansas City Royals minor-leaguer, he was involved in a clubhouse fight over something as seemingly trivial as the television. He feels the incident derailed his pro career, but he started his post-playing career by going to college.
When he missed his college finals because of a transportation issue, and lost his scholarship paid by the Royals, he was able to make a living. When that living seemed to lack direction, a chance encounter led him to work as a successful electrician.
But Torres’ latest curveball has nothing to do with his career. The latest has to do with his life.
Torres, 39, was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer less than six months ago.
Despite chemotherapy treatments, he remained active, helping coach his son Michael Paul Torres II (12) and daughter Mya Torres (11) in their Fontana Community Little League baseball and softball teams.
“It’s important to me to show the kids,” Torres said, “no matter what you’re going through, you can pick yourself up, and keep on pushing through. (It’s about) having faith in God and a higher power, that gives you the strength to get through anything.”
It’s a long way from when he started at Fontana High, going from a relative unknown to becoming one of the best high school baseball duos San Bernardino County history with left-hander Kris Stevens, who…
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