Joe Torre’s daughter is also a good catcher

by Bill Chuck on June 20, 2013

Joe Torre, who many young fans think of only as a manager or a baseball executive in the Commissioner’s Office, was an All-Star catcher for the Braves and the Cardinals.

In 10 different seasons in which he appeared as a catcher, Torre appeared in 903 and started 836 games behind the plate. His pitchers had an ERA of 3.68 and he was above average in throwing out base runners attmepting to steal.

Year Tm SB CS CSctch CS%
1961 MLN 29 28 26 49%
1962 MLN 22 19 17 46%
1963 MLN 28 20 18 42%
1964 MLN 24 17 16 41%
1965 MLN 50 24 22 32%
1966 ATL 38 34 32 47%
1967 ATL 47 42 36 47%
1968 ATL 37 14 13 27%
1969 STL 3 6 5 67%
1970 STL 49 22 16 31%
10 Seasons 327 226 201 41%
MLB Averages 37%
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/20/2013.

I share this with you because Joe’s daughter, 44-year-old Cristina Torre yesterday caught a 1-year-old boy who had tumbled off of a second-floor Brooklyn apartment’s fire escape.

Police said the baby somehow climbed out of the apartment onto the fire escape and tumbled from above. That’s when Torre caught the baby as she walked on the sidewalk below.

The baby is in stable condition, police said, while the baby’s parents – Sam Miller, 23, and Tiffany Demitro, 24 – were arrested and charged with reckless endangerment and acting in a manner injurious to a child less than 17.

“I am very proud of my daughter Cristina’s actions today during an incident in Brooklyn involving a small child,” Torre, now Major League Baseball’s executive vice president of baseball operations, said in a statement. “Fortunately for that child she was in the right place at the right time to lend a hand.”

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