Trei Cruz aims to be a third-generation MLer

Trei Cruz is currently playing baseball for Rice University, where his father also played. Jose Cruz Jr. was a first-round pick of the Seattle Mariners out of Rice in the 1995 MLB Draft. Trei’s father went on to play 12 major-league season for nine different clubs.

Trei’s grandfather, Jose Cruz Sr., was a major-leaguer for 19 seasons, primarily with the Houston Astros. Trei’s great-uncles, Tommy and Hector, also briefly play in the majors, too.

If Trei manages to get to the big leagues someday, his family will become only the fifth three-generation family to play.

For more information about Trei Cruz, follow the link below from The Rice Thresher:

http://www.ricethresher.org/article/2019/02/baseball-preview-trei-cruz-carries-on-family-legacy

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David Bell extends the family legacy as new Reds manager

David Bell is one of only a handful of three-generation families to play major-league baseball. His father, Buddy, was a big-league player and manager for a total of 27 years. His grandfather, Gus, was a major-league player for 15 seasons, including nine with the Cincinnati Reds. His brother, Mike, spent part of one season with the Reds.

A native of Cincinnati, David is the new manager of the Reds for the 2019 season. He takes over a team that hasn’t had a winning season since 2013.

For more information about David Bell, follow the link below from The Athletic:

https://theathletic.com/812250/2019/02/13/making-gus-proud-reds-manager-david-bell-adds-to-familys-rich-baseball-legacy/

Roberto Osuna to close games for Astros in 2019

Roberto Osuna will get a chance to close games again for the Houston Astros this season. He was acquired by the Astros late last season and got a chance for 12 save opportunities. Astros manager A.J. Hinch will be counting on him again this year.

Roberto is the son of Roberto Osuna Sr., who pitched in the Mexican Leagues. His uncle Antonio Osuna was a major-league pitcher from 1995 to 2005.

For more information about Osuna, follow the link below from the Edwardsville Intelligencer:

https://www.theintelligencer.com/sports/article/Roberto-Osuna-to-close-for-Houston-Astros-13620571.php

Josh Fuentes looks forward to joining cousin Nolan Arenado with Rockies

Josh Fuentes wasn’t drafted by a major-league team coming out of college, but he managed to become the MVP of the Pacific Coast League in 2018 while playing for Albuquerque in the Colorado Rockies system.

His cousin is Nolan Arenado, the best player on the major-league Rockies team, so he looks forward to the day when he can suit up in the same lineup with him.

Arenado is a four-time National League all-star who finished in the top five of the MVP voting for the third straight year last season.

For more information about the cousins, follow the link below from The Athletic

Lourdes Gurriel Sr. enjoys seeing his sons in the MLB where he couldn’t play

Lourdes Gurriel Sr. was a star player in Cuba from the late 1970s through the early 1990s. He wasn’t allowed to play in the major leagues in the USA due to political restrictions by his country.

His sons, Yuliesky and Lourdes Jr., got the opportunity he didn’t have, and they are now playing in the big leagues. Yuli will be starting his fourth season with the Houston Astros, while Lourdes Jr. will begin his second season with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Follow the link below to a story from mlb.com about the Gurriel family:

https://www.mlb.com/news/yuli-and-lourdes-gurriel-jr-live-dads-dream/c-302419012

Kyler Murray has big career decision facing him

Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray is facing the biggest decision of his life–to play professional football or baseball, or both.

The Oklahoma Sooner quarterback was drafted in the first round of the 2018 MLB Draft by the Oakland A’s and signed for a bonus of $4.6 million. He is slated to report to spring training next month. Then there’s the NFL Draft in April, where Murray will likely be a high-round draft choice.

So, which route will Murray take? He doesn’t yet know how he will adjust to pro baseball and where his ability stands as a true prospect. By the same token, is he too small for an NFL QB’s job?

The story below in sportsday.dallasnews.com describes a scenario where Murray could return to Oklahoma next fall, after playing in the A’s minor-league system this year to see how he would fare out, and still keep his signing bonus.

In fact, his father, Kevin Murray, was in a similar situation back in the early 1980s and may serve as an approach for Kyler, too.

https://sportsday.dallasnews.com/college-sports/collegesports/2019/01/09/gil-brandt-right-oakland-draft-pick-kyler-murray-could-follow-fathers-blueprint-return-oklahoma

Chief QB Patrick Mahomes has baseball in his bloodlines

NFL rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes has taken the football world by storm. His superb performance for the Kansas City Chiefs this year has him in the running for NFL’s Most Valuable Player Award.

In addition to his football skills, he also has a background in baseball.  In fact he was drafted out of high school by the Detroit Tigers in the 37th round of the 2014 MLB Draft.

Plus, his farther Patrick Mahomes played major-league baseball for 11 seasons (1992-2003), finishing with a 42-30 won-loss record and 5.47 ERA.

Mahomes Sr. thought his son’s pro career would be in baseball.  Follow the link below from the Star-Telegram to read a story about this.  https://www.star-telegram.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/mac-engel/article224077675.html