GLENDALE — Out of baseball with a pulled hamstring, Tito Cruz found himself once more on the Hoover High baseball field. Apparently, it was for a reason.
“I found myself at Hoover, just trying to stay in shape,” said Cruz, a 2002 Hoover graduate and former Tornadoes baseball standout who was named his alma mater’s new baseball coach on Thursday. “All this is new to me. I just kind of took it as it came.”
Cruz graduated from Hoover in 2002 after a senior season in which he was voted All-Area Player of the Year. The Tornadoes catcher, who had transferred from St. Francis, then took his game to Long Beach State before getting drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 34th round of the 2006 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft. Most recently, he was playing for the St. George Roadrunners, an Independent League squad in Utah.