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Former Fontana baseball standout Torres meets his greatest foe — cancer

Former Fontana High School baseball star and Royals minor leaguer Mike Torres 39, who has coached youth baseball and softball in the area for many years, speaks about his battle with pancreas cancer during an interview at his in-law's home in Ontario, Calif. on Thursday, July 13, 2017. (Photo by Rachel Luna, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)
Former Fontana High School baseball star and Royals minor leaguer Mike Torres 39, who has coached youth baseball and softball in the area for many years, speaks about his battle with pancreas cancer during an interview at his in-law's home in Ontario, Calif. on Thursday, July 13, 2017. (Photo by Rachel Luna, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

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.

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