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5/17/2013 5:50 P.M. ET

Giants statement on passing of Victor Torres

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Victor Torres, a hitting coach and instructor within the Giants Player Development department for the last six years, passed away Wednesday in Florida. He was 61 years old.

"The San Francisco Giants are deeply saddened by the passing of our former minor league coach, Victor Torres," said Senior Vice President and General Manager, Brian Sabean. "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."

Torres most recently served as the hitting coach for the Arizona Giants in 2012, a position he held for five seasons beginning in 2007. He also had a one year stint with double-A Connecticut during the 2008 campaign. Torres had worked in professional baseball since 1994 and previously ran his own baseball academy in Puerto Rico and Florida from 1973-1989.

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