Kacy Clemens Makes Strides Toward Major League Career

Kacy Clemens, the son of former major-league pitcher Roger Clemens, completed his first minor-league season with Class A Vancouver in the Toronto Blue Jays system.  The first baseman managed to hit .274 with 4 home runs and 45 RBI.  He had been selected in the eighth round of the 2017 MLB Draft after playing four seasons at the University of Texas.

The Blue Jays farm system features several other sons of famous major-league players, including second baseman Cavan Biggio (son of Craig), shortstop Bo Bichette (son of Dante), and third baseman Valadimir Guerrero Jr. (son of Vladimir Sr.).  The younger Clemens hopes one day to join these players as the starting infield with the big-league Blue Jays.

To read more about Kacy Clemens, follow the link below from the The Globe and Mail:

https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/sports/baseball/kacy-clemens-son-of-roger-swings-for-the-majors/article36166842/?ref=http://www.theglobeandmail.com&

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Father and Son, Ron and Chris Johnson, Spend Summer Together at Norfolk

Ron Johnson just completed his 23rd season as a minor-league manager, and he says this season was one of the best he’s ever had.  In his fifth season as the Norfolk Tides manager in the Baltimore Orioles organization, he had the rare distinction of having his son Chris as a member of his team.

Chris was injured part of the season at Norfolk, but managed to hit .292 with 11 home runs and 37 RBI.  He has previously played eight major-league seasons with five different clubs, last appearing with Miami in 2016.  The infielder is a career .275 hitter, with 63 home runs and 339 RBI in the big-leagues.

Because he has been a career baseball player, manager and coach, Ron had never spent an entire summer with Chris, like he did this summer.

Ron played briefly in the majors from 1982 to 1984 in the Royals and Expos organizations.

To read more about Ron and Chris Johnson, follow the link below from The Virginian-Pilot:

https://pilotonline.com/sports/baseball/norfolk-tides/for-tides-skipper-it-was-the-rarest-of-seasons/article_a40034ee-a091-51d3-98fc-b55bcc988bc4.html

Chad Wallach Gets Call-up to Majors

Chad Wallach got his first major-league call-up this week, as the Cincinnati Reds needed a catcher to backfill for two other players who had taken leave for the birth of their children.

Chad was a fifth-round pick of the Miami Marlins in the 2013 MLB Draft.  He joined the Reds organization in 2015.   This season was his first at the Triple-A level.

Chad is the son of current Marlins coach Tim Wallach, who had a 17-year career, primarily with the Montreal Expos.  Chad has two brothers, Brett and Matt, who had brief professional careers.

To read more about Chad Wallach, follow the link below from the Dayton Daily News:

http://www.daytondailynews.com/sports/baseball/chad-wallach-life-father-like-son/GmxSfUHvboIiCuCaxMHg0J/

Jose Mota Has Historic Broadcasting Career

Jose Mota recently made history by becoming the first major-league broadcaster to do play-by-play on a team’s English and Spanish radio broadcasts and to do color analyst work on English and Spanish television broadcasts.  He has worked for the Los Angeles Angels for 16 years in these various capacities.

Jose is the son of Manny Mota who spent 20 seasons in the major-leagues, primarily with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates.  He later became a coach for the Dodgers.

Jose got his start in baseball as a player.  He spent twelve seasons in professional baseball, including two brief seasons in the big leagues with the San Diego Padres and Kansas City Royals.

Jose has four brothers who also played professional baseball.  Andy played part of one season with the Houston Astros in 1991.  Domingo played during 1990 and 1995 in the Dodgers, Royals, and Reds organizations.  Gary played professionally between 1990 and 1997, primarily with the Astros.  Tony played in the minors and independent leagues from 1996 to 2006, primarily with the Dodgers.

For more information about Jose’s broadcasting career, see the link below from the Los Angeles Times:

http://www.latimes.com/sports/mlb/la-sp-angels-mota-shaikin-20170826-story.html

 

Kuiper Brothers Keep it Friendly

Brothers Duane and Glen Kuiper might be broadcasters for opposing San Francisco Bay area major-league teams, but there’s no sibling rivalry between them and are able to keep it friendly away from the diamond.

Duane was a former major-league player from 1974 to 1985, ending his career with the San Francisco Giants.  Now he is one of the broadcasters for the Giants.

Glen had a brief minor-league career in 1985-1986 and is currently a broadcaster with the Oakland A’s.

To read more about the Kuiper brothers, follow the link below from Diablo Magazine:

http://www.diablomag.com/August-2017/The-Bay-Areas-Kuiper-Brothers/

 

 

Blue Jays Minor League Team with Biggio, Guerrero and Bichette

Cavan Biggio, Vladimdir Guerrero Jr., and Bo Bichette are the sons of former major-league all-stars.  Their fathers never played on the same team during their careers, but these sons are currently playing together for Dunedin, the minor league affiliate of Toronto Blue Jays.

All three of the sons are top prospects within the Blue Jays organization and have their sights set on following in their father’s footsteps in the big leagues one day.

Cavan is the son of Craig Biggio, who was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015.  Vladimir Guerrero is the son of Valdimir Guerrero Sr., who has a good chance to be elected to the hallowed Hall within the next few years.  Bo is the son of Dante Bichette, who was a four-time all-star.

For more information about this trio of future stars, follow the link below from wtsp.com:

http://www.wtsp.com/entertainment/places/bobby-lewis-on-the-road/big-league-sons-face-major-expectations/462848457

 

Amanda Hopkins Makes History Following in Dad’s Footsteps

Amanda Hopkins is the first full-time female major-league scout in over 50 years.  She is completing her second season working in the Seattle Mariners organization.

Her father, Ron, has been a scout for several major-league teams and is currently a special assistant in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.  Amanda learned the game as a youngster by going out with her dad on scouting trips and later served as an intern in the Mariners baseball operations department.

The Hopkins father-daughter scouting combo is not the first family-ties scouting relationship.  Roy and Bessie Largent were a husband-wife tandem who were paid as full-time pro scouts by the Chicago White Sox between 1925 and 1943 and reportedly signed over 150 player for the organization.

For more information about Amanda Hopkins, follow the link below from The Washington Post:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/nationals/hopkins-is-first-female-baseball-scout-in-more-than-50-years/2017/08/18/8d8216fa-83e0-11e7-9e7a-20fa8d7a0db6_story.html?utm_term=.3aa7162194e4