I found out this morning that our very own TRHit, Tom Rizzi, passed away. He has made an impact on a great deal of lives and I'd venture to guess that everyone that has crossed paths with him on the diamond, off the diamond, and on the web remembers him. Countless members of HSBBWeb have received Tom's help in finding the right college and the right way to get seen by the right schools on the recruiting trail. I don't want to go on too long because I cannot begin to say what he has meant to many of us.


Tom realized, by reading some things I had posted on HSBBWeb (and in our chat room), that he was in a position to help me get noticed by the right schools. He worked with my family to make that happen and at the time, all I knew was that I had an extremely positive experience with College Select that I would never forget. In the long term, Tom was instrumental in pointing me towards and getting me noticed by the perfect school for me. After injury, baseball was out of the picture but thanks in part to Tom's guidance I was already at a place where I could realize my dreams.

I'm sure many others can share stories of Tom's unmistakable posting style, his unmatched experience and sage advice, and his kind heart. Please think about Tom and his family today.

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Oh, I am very sorry to hear that. My condolences to his family.


Tom was very passionate about baseball, and about helping young men achieve their dreams. I never had the pleasure of meeting him but he took an interest in my son and we had a few very helpful phone conversations during the recruiting years.


He'll be missed.

I am sorry to hear this.  He was a hsbbweb legend.  You always knew where you stood with him and he did not sugar-coat things.  My deepest sympathies to his family.

So sorry to hear this and condolences to his family. A very outspoken man with very definite opinions about baseball  and all that goes along with it on a message board. Never met him in real life but read his posts for year's. He was a constant contributed here and often clashed with other posters but I felt it was good to see all sides of issues. 

I am so very sad to read this.  As CD says, he was a hsbaseballweb legend.  We are all gonna miss his posts and his personality on here.


My prayers and condolences to his family.

He was definitely old school when it came to many things but he was without a doubt in it for the right reasons.  He contributed so much here and will be missed.  My prayers to his family and friends.

Awww, his posts always made me think, chuckle, or say wtf? They were great (even when he was um,"taking a stand"). My condolences to his family and friends and all the boys he helped. 


What was his tag line - Kids these days don't throw enough? Looks like he was right all along.






My condolences go out to TRhit's family.  I never met him, but I appreciated his straight forward answers through the years.  He will be missed here.

May he rest in peace and his family be blessed.  He was a wise man with a lot to offer all of us.  I especially remember he helped me to realize the line between my son playing for himself or me wanting him to play for me.  That really helped me enjoy things much better throughout the years.

This is very sad news. His style was straight forward and I appreciated that greatly. He helped a lot of us on this site but more importantly he helped many young players advance in this great game. 



Very sad to hear this. TRHit was a mainstay on this board, and his no nonsense advice was so often precisely what people needed to hear. 


I will miss him. I suggest we permanently name a top-level discussion category in his honor. Ideas? What category would be most suited to "Kids today don't throw enough?"

Thoughts & prayers to his family.  Even being here only a short while myself, I know what an impact he had and how much I benefitted form his input.

Sorry to hear about Tom's passing..... while I haven't been on the HSBBW in a while I thought it only appropriate that I share in the sadness of his passing.  Tom and I exchanged messages up until a few weeks ago.  While I disagreed with TRHit on some things I always considered him my friend and I always respected his opinions.... he will be missed here on the HSBBW for sure.... but I also find solace knowing the Lord has a baseball man in His dugout now.
R.I.P my friend.

Wow, very sad news. TR was a real personality on this site. I for one have missed his presence here. May he Rest in Peace, and may our Heavenly Father provide comfort to his family.


I was in the chatroom with you and TR that night JPontiac, I remember it well. Very sad news indeed!

I met Tom when he came to town for a showcase. What a character. On this board he called it as he saw it with no bs. My condolences to his family.

It's always sad when we lose a member of our HSBBW community.  My thoughts and prayers to the family and I have to say I'll miss him stirring things up a bit here.  RIP, Tom.

I am sorry to hear this.  Although we never met, Tom seemed like a very good man who was willing to send me a piece of advice or two during the time I've been on here.


My condolences to his family and friends.

I agree with Bum, it is always sad when we lose a member of the HSBBW.

Especially the one with the most Karma.


JPontiac, thank you very much for letting us know.

Wow, I am at a loss for words.  Tom has been a solid contributor to this site since long before I joined.  This kind of took the wind out of my sails for today.


As some of you know, I went through a very hard time here on HSBBW a few years ago.  Our of nowhere, I got a phone call from Tom.  He was so supportive.  I appreciated his thoughtfulness so much!  I had noticed a slowdown in his posting and so, I sent him a pm.  I was so glad to get a response.  RIP Tom!  Thoughts and Prayers for you and your family.

The man loved baseball, and was never afraid to speak his mind. In this day of "verbal tip toes", Tom spoke his mind, even when  he was a majority of one. He'll be missed. May God bless his wife and family.  

Very sorry to hear the news of Tom's passing. Whether one agreed with him on a particular topic or not, he usually had something interesting to contribute. Hate to lose another of the real "personalities" that attracted me to this board in the first place.

In tribute to TR - I am going to feature this topic for the rest of the week.  I've spoken to him several times on the phone and he was an interesting person.  Here is an interview we did with him on hsbbweb radio.  He knew many people in the music business including the late Leslie West of Mountain (Mississippi Queen).  I never knew this piece of trivia, but it was Tom who revealed that Leslie West's real name was Leslie Weinstein... and now you know the rest of the story...  RIP Tom.



I will miss Tom. No question about it... He did it his way!  He really had a great sense of humor that was often hidden.  RIP Tom

My sincerest condolences to the Rizzi family.

Tom was a good friend and a man I admired.


Helping youngsters get opportunities they otherwise might not have had was always Tom's first and foremost goal.


He will be missed by many.






Very sorry to hear this. Many of us who have been here for awhile had locked horns with Tom and I am going to miss those exchanges as crazy at it seems. Always straight forward and he stayed true to his convictions. My prayers go out to his family we will miss him here.

I am terribly sorry to hear this.  As others have mentioned above, he was a hsbbweb legend, part of the fabric of the place. While I never met him, I certainly appreciated him for all that he did for the game he loved and the kids who played it. My deepest sympathies to his family.

Sad news. He had strong opinions, lots of great advice and made this a far, far more interesting place. He also helped a lot of young players and their families. Even though I only met Tom once, I will miss him -- much like a lot of other great people who have been on this site over the years.



I can not express how much we love your words.  As his stepson and with my mom (his wife) sitting here reading these, it just solidifies what we already knew about Tom.  Yes, he spoke his mind.  Yes, he did it his way.  Yes, he loved helping anyone he could in the baseball community on and off the field.  And Yes, he loved to stir the pot and get people worked up and see how it all settled.  We are in the middle of working on arraignments and I will be sure to post his obituary and any other information we can.  Please keep sharing. we love it.



Can someone please find the album cover and post it here? Oh my goodness!  I can't wait to read about his earlier life in his obituary. I for one would appreciate some more background on him. I am glad to see his family has access to the site as he was, as 08Dad pointed out, so much part of the fabric here. It really is a different place without him. Again my best to his family. 

Only spoke to Tom on Facebook a few days ago. His messages would always pop up. Fun guy, great baseball fan, coach and mentor. Always interesting to sit down, have a beer and chat with. He will be missed in the baseball circles....

I met Tom several times over the years. We spoke often on the phone. We had different views several times. But we shared a couple of things. A love for the game and those that play it. I will miss Tom. We will miss him here. He loved his family and will be missed. Rest in Peace Coach.

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