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Former Big League Star, Cecil Fielder to join Titans Advisory Board for 2011. Will visit Fuessenich Park this summer.

POSTED March 26, 2011
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

Cecil Fielder Autograph on a 1991 Donruss (#BC-5)

TORRINGTON- When the new owners of the Torrington Titans, the Carminucci Group, said they wanted to make the baseball experience in Torrington something more than just a baseball game, they meant it.

On Saturday, Titans general manager Mike O’Malley sent out a press release announcing their Advisory Board would include one Cecil Fielder, the big power hitting former big leaguer who crushed baseballs with authority over his 15-year career.

“We are extremely lucky to have Cecil be a member of our baseball advisory board,” Chris Carminucci, CEO of Carminucci Sports Group said, “His knowledge of the game as both a player and manager make him a vital asset to the Titans.”

The three time All-Star had three of the best power seasons on record from 1990-1992 as a member of the Detroit Tigers when he crushed 150 home runs while knocking in 389.

His career totals include 319 home runs and 1008 runs batted in with five big league teams.

Some of the big righties shots still may be traveling.

Fielder will be making a trip to Torrington and Fuessenich Park this summer and will work with Titans players, in addition to holding a picture and autograph session at the ballpark.

His son, Prince, has turned out to be an All-Star as well, making the team twice as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers.

The younger Fielder has launched 192 home runs while driving in 536 as the 2011 season gets ready to unfold.

Cecil Fielder has also spent time on the bench managing the Atlantic City Surf of the Cam-Am League.

The Torrington Titans Baseball Advisory Board will consist of member who will assist in the professional development of Torrington Titans players, both on and off the field for years to come.

The Titans are not alone when it comes to teams in the newly formed Futures League and beyond who will have this type of board.

Carminucci Sports Group has put these boards on place for each of the teams they own or operate.

“An advisory board ensures a sturdy infrastructure for the Titans,” Darren Harrison-Panis, President of the CSG said,” It will be a tremendous honor for our boys to learn and work with a World Series champion.”

Fielder was a key piece of the New York Yankees 1996 World Championship team, their 23rd and the start of a tremendous run over the next decade.

Having a player of that status working with players who hail from Torrington, New England and beyond, is beneficial in a couple of ways.

It should bring crowds to the park, job one. Secondly, what a terrific recruiting tool for the Futures League as they look to rise fast in the ranks of summer league of choice on the East Coast.

A bit of advice though. Maybe somebody should stand beyond the short porch in leftfield in case the slugger feels like letting loose on a few.

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