GM/Manager Mike Martinez
Mike Martinez took over the day-to-day operations of the Gorillas Baseball organization in 2004. Since then, Martinez has crafted the Gorillas into one of the most successful travel baseball organizations, primarily through the shrewd application of his baseball savvy along with business principles. The organization under his leadership has flourished and now fields six teams at various age groups. His approach to the game has consistently produced winning results at all levels; in the travel ball circuit, the State and NIT level or at the Recreational level, while helping coach his son’s 9/10 year old All-Star teams and winning the league’s first District banner or taking the 11/12 year old team to its first Sub-Division tournament in 30 years.
Coach Mark Viramontes
Mark Viramontes brings a wealth of baseball coaching experience tot he Torero coaching staff beginning in 2016. This marks Viramontes’ second stint with Rich Hill and the Torero baseball program, having also been on staff from 2006-09.
Viramontes comes to USD after serving as an assistant coach for Saint Mary’s College the past two seasons. Viramontes joined the Gaels staff for the 2013-14 season after spending four seasons at San Diego State. While an Aztec, he served both as the director of player development and volunteer assistant. After his stint at Saint Mary’s, Viramontes spent the fall of 2015 at California, assisting with the baseball program in all facets, prior to coming to USD.
Prior to working at San Diego State, Viramontes coached four seasons as an assistant at the University of San Diego. While with the Toreros, he served as the catching coach and helped run the team’s baseball operations office. Viramontes helped lead USD to back-to-back 40-win seasons in 2007 and 2008, and helped guide the Toreros to a No. 9 national seed in the NCAA Tournament in 2007. The 2008 Toreros posted the most wins in program history of 44, and reached the Long Beach Regional championship game, but fell to eventual national champion Fresno State. In 2005, he served as an assistant coach at Cal State Los Angeles, working with outfielders and running the team’s weight training program.
A longtime coach with over 16 years of experience, Viramontes has extensive summer ball experience as well. From 2006-08 he was the head coach of the DuPage Dragons of the Central Illinois Collegiate Summer League (CICL). In his first season, he led DuPage to a franchise-best 25-19 record and in year two he led the Dragons to the league championship game. From 2004-05, he coached in the Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL), serving as the hitting instructor and third base coach for the Brewster Whitecaps.
A native of East Los Angeles, Calif., Viramontes began his coaching career as an assistant junior varsity coach at Garfield High School in Los Angeles and a varsity assistant at San Gabriel High School. He went on to work as an Associate Scout for the Cincinnati Reds, evaluating baseball talent in inner-city schools. He is a 2011 graduate of the University of Phoenix.
Dave Arroyo has been training and developing players of all ages for the last 14 years. As a former coach at both San Diego Mesa and Ventura College, he has sent over 90 players to 4 year Universities and 12 have been drafted by MLB teams, 2 of which have made it to the big leagues. For the last 5 years, he has been fortunate to train with All Star, Silver Slugger, and Gold Glove winner Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers. During his college coaching tenure, he also served as an Associate Scout for both the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates. Over the years, he has also been a guest instructor at the University of San Diego, Pepperdine, and USC baseball camps. Coach Arroyo has also served as a Professional Instructor MVP Baseball and ACA Sports Academy.
As a college player, he earned an athletic scholarship to Chico State University, the 1997 and 1999 Division II College World Series Champions. From 2000-2001, he was a member of the #1 Ranked team in Division II, and helped his team to a CCAA Conference Championship in 2000 and Runner Up finish in the Western Regional Championships. He was also a 2X Rawlings CCAA Player of the Week recipient. Before transferring to Chico State, he starred at Ventura College where he still is among the all time leaders in innings pitched and strikeouts. He was a 2X All Western State Conference 1st Team Utility Player, a 1999 All Southern California Utility Player selection, and a 1999 California JC All Star Game participant.
During High School, he was a 4 year varsity letterman at Buena High School in Ventura, CA. There he was a 3x All Channel League Utility Player, a 1997 All CIF Selection, 1997 All Ventura County LA Times and Daily News selection. In 1996, he was selected to Team USA’s Junior Olympic Team which traveled that summer to Australia to participate in the Goodwill Games. He was also a 1996 Area Code Games participant, which showcases the top High School players in the United States and Puerto Rico. That fall, he accepted an athletic scholarship to the University of San Francisco before deciding to attend Ventura College. Some of his former teammates include former Major Leaguers Noah Lowry, Jack Wilson, Jack Cust, Jason Romano, John Garland, Jorge Piedra, JJ Davis, and Aaron Rowand, and John Grabow.
In 2003, Coach Arroyo graduated with National Honors from Azusa Pacific University and earned a Master of Science Degree in Kinesiology. In 2001, he received his B.A. in Physical Education from Chico State, where he was a Dean’s List recipient.
Tony has served as a Coach and Recruiter for the Gorillas Baseball organization since 2004. He was elected to the Gorillas Board of Directors in 2007. Tony participated in the 1993 International Boys Baseball League Tournament that was held in Mexico City, Mexico. The purpose of the International Boys Baseball League was and remains today to foster international goodwill and friendship by holding a world youth baseball tournament each year. The First International Boys League tournament was held in Osaka, Japan in 1982 with four Japanese teams and four foreign teams participating. During the succeeding years, teams from Brazil, Canada, China, Republic of China, Cuba, Guatemala, South Korea, two from Mexico (Rojo – or Red – from Baja California, and Verde – or Green – from Mexico City) and five from the United States (Alameda, Castro Valley, Fresno, Hawaii and San Diego) have participated in these tournaments. Tony played for the San Diego 15 & under United States team. Tony has been involved in baseball across the country and internationally for over 25 years in California, Colorado, Florida, Mexico and Southeast Asia. Tony earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Finance from the University of San Dieg
A San Diego native and also a former Major League Baseball player.
New York Mets
1986 World Series Championship vs. Boston Red Sox: In the famous final inning of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, after Wally Backman and Keith Hernandez had been retired for the first two outs, Mitchell went to the clubhouse to make plane reservations for home in San Diego. However, he was called to pinch hit for reliever Rick Aguilera after Gary Carter, the next hitter after Hernandez, singled. Mitchell, singled and would eventually score the tying run. Mitchell was traded to the San Diego Padres after the 1986 season, where he played half a season before landing in San Francisco where he would reach his full potential.
San Francisco Giants- Most Valuable Player:
After two seasons playing primarily at third base, he had his best season with the Giants in 1989 upon being moved to the outfield. In that season, he batted .291 with a league-best 125 RBI and 47 home runs, leading the team to the playoffs and winning the National League’s Most Valuable Player award, the first by a Giant since Willie McCovey in 1969. He added a .353 average and 2 homers in the NLCS to help the team to its first World Series appearance since 1962.Mitchell is the only player in Major League Baseball history to win a Most Valuable Player award and play for five major league teams before his 32nd birthday. Mitchell is also the only MVP award winner to play for eight major league teams in his career.
The barehanded catch:
Mitchell set the tone for his charmed 1989 season early in the year with a unique defensive play. Sprinting toward the left field foul line in St. Louis’ Busch Stadium, for a ball off the bat of Ozzie Smith, Mitchell realized he had overrun the ball, but was able to reach back and snare the ball with his bare hand. Mitchell was unable to stop his momentum following the spectacular catch, but rather than crash into the wall, Mitchell had the good fortune to fly through an unlatched door leading under the stands, making the play all the more memorable.
In his 13-season career with eight teams, Mitchell batted .284, with 234 home runs, 760 runs batted in, 630 runs scored, 1,173 hits, 224 doubles and 25 triples in 1,223 games.