By Jerry Del Priore
When you think of assisted living facilities, a 24-year-old male doesn’t come to mind. But Kanas City T-Bones’, of the independent American Association, outfielder Nick Torres is a happy resident of the of The Piper Assisted Living and Memory Support in Kansas City.
You see, his wife Korrin and their golden retriever, Scout, are part of the T-Bones Host Family program. Host families generously open up their homes to T-Bone players, providing them with a room from early-May to mid-September. It makes it financially viable for Kansas City players to pursue their career in professional baseball.
“Baseball is a universal love and crosses all ages,” Connie Michaelis, lifestyle consultant at The Piper, said in a press release. “We’re always looking for intergenerational opportunities and this was perfect.”
Residents of The Piper have welcomed Torres and his family with open arms, even hosting a party for them and other T-Bones players. The Piper has partnered with the T-Bones for three years.
“It has exceeded our expectations,” Torres said. “We’ve been treated with such kindness and have really enjoyed getting to know some of our new neighbors. My favorite part is talking to them about experiences they’ve had in their lifetimes.”
The San Padres selected Torres in the fourth round of the 2014 MLB amateur draft, out of California Polytechnic State University. He made it all the way to Triple-A El Paso of the Pacific Coast League in 2016, hitting .308 with six homers, 18 RBI and a .851 OPS in 130 at-bats in 36 games.
In 2017, with Double-A San Antonio, the Long Beach, California, native batted .277 with 11 dingers and 61 RBI in 437 at-bats in 119 contests.