Ladies and Gentlemen, if you enjoyed our look into the Atlantic League, then you will love this. Back in the late nineties and early 2000s, the Mets had a 1st base prospect with tons of power named Jorge Toca. Toca was a huge dude with tons of power, who had been the Mets organizational player of the year in 1999, but for whatever reason, never got a fair shot in the majors. Toca played with the Mets in September only from 1999-2001 and was only able to garner a mere 27 at bats. Whenever he would come up to bat for the Mets, my brother and I would go crazy (I have no idea why) and start yelling and screaming "TOCA TOCA!" Since his last cup of tea in the majors in 2001, Toca has bounced around from the Mets organization (AAA Norfolk), White Sox (AAA Charlotte), and the Mexican League. Toca displayed his power (25 HR in 2005), but no team ever gave him a shot in the bigs.
Toca is what baseball people like to call a "AAAA player." Toca can hit minor league pitching and obviously has talent, but for whatever reason, teams don't think he can cut it in the bigs. These guys are career minor leaguers, who still ride the buses hoping for their shot in the bigs. I always feel bad for these guys because they have a skill that most people don't have, but they have very little chance of achieving their dreams. So, Jorge Says No! has decided to profile these AAAA players and call them The Jorge Toca All Stars.
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