Yankees: Looking Back at 7 of New York’s Cult Heroes
By Ryan Doyle
Yankees fans will remember ‘Toe’ as one of the most likable utility men in franchise history.
Yankees: UTIL Ronald Torreyes
One of the most beloved Yankees during the team’s transition into the “Baby Bombers” era, Ronald Torreyes quickly became a fan favorite in the Bronx. Nicknamed ‘Toe’, his short 5-foot-8-inch (which is a generous listing) stature was an easy target for some laughs, especially next to the towering body of Aaron Judge, who was in the middle of his Rookie of the Year campaign.
While Torreyes looked out of place due to his small frame, he made himself an important utility infielder in New York thanks to his ability to make contact and get on base. In three seasons with the Yankees, he posted a .281/.308/.374 line in 221 games. A solid slash line for a backup.
Although he didn’t hit for power and rarely walked (23 walks in 607 plate appearances), Torreyes found himself as one of the more beloved role players in recent memory.
In 2017 specifically, Torreyes exploded onto the scene, posting a .292 average and solidifying himself as the utility infielder for the entire season. He slapped hits all over the field, mixed in a walk-off hit, and etched his name alongside Luis Sojo and Enrique Wilson as popular backup infielders.
Out of all of these “cult heroes” I’m set to discuss, Torreyes may have produced the most on the field. He wasn’t just remembered for his physical traits — he was a key member of a team that was on the cusp of the World Series.