Red Schoendienst One of Five Brothers to Play Pro Baseball

Albert Fred “Red” Schoendienst died on June 6 after a long career as a player, manager, coach and special assistant in Major League Baseball.  He was 95 years old.

Schoendienst was one of five brother to play professional baseball, but the only one to reach the majors.  Here’s a rundown of the brothers’ careers:

Elmer played in the Cardinals and White Sox organizations from 1946 to 1949, never playing above Class A.

Joseph played in the Giants and Cardinals organizations from 1945 to 1948, never playing above Class D.

Julius played in the Browns and Cardinals organizations from 1940 to 1947, reaching the Triple-A level with the Cardinals in 1947.

Paul, the oldest brother, played in the White Sox and Dodgers organizations from 1941 to 1948.  He briefly played for the Montreal Royals in 1946, the same year Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball.

Red’s son, Kevin, played in the Chicago Cubs organization in 1980-1981, after being drafted in the 7th round of the January draft.

Red made his major-league debut in 1945 and played until 1963.  He was a ten-time All-Star (nine times with the St. Louis Cardinals) and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989.  He managed the St. Louis Cardinals in 14 seasons, which included two National League pennants in 1967 and 1968, with a World Series championship in 1967.

For more information about Red Schoendienst’s career, follow the link below from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

https://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseball/professional/baseball-family-fondly-remembers-red-impossible-to-explain-what-he/article_9c42cc7c-cdc8-567a-9407-26e1445f0c05.html

 

 

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Brandon Bonilla Following Dad’s Footsteps, But as a Pitcher

Brandon Bonilla is pursuing a professional baseball career like his all-star infielder/outfielder dad, Bobby Bonilla, but his aspirations are to be a major-league pitcher.

Bobby Bonilla played sixteen years in the majors and was selected to six all-star teams.  He was a member of the 1997 Florida Marlins that defeated the Cleveland Indians in the World Series.  His career totals included 287 home runs, 1173 RBI, and a .279 batting average.

Brandon is currently in his second year of pro ball in the Baltimore Orioles organization, after being drafted in the 13th round of the 2016 MLB Draft.  Last season he posted a 1.93 ERA in 13 games.  He is currently playing with Aberdeen.

For more information about Brandon Bonilla’s career, follow the link below from the Cecil Daily:

https://www.cecildaily.com/sports/pros/ironbirds-brandon-bonilla-carving-own-path-to-major-leagues/article_c61e26fc-25a1-50fa-9acd-d95d1b8f1fb3.html

 

 

Toby Gardenhire Following in His Father’s Managerial Footsteps

Toby Gardenhire is currently the manager of Cedar Rapids, the Minnesota Twins’ Class A affiliate.  He has a love affair with the Twins organization, since his father, Ron, was the manager of the major-league Twins for thirteen seasons. Ron is currently in his first season as manager of the Detroit Tigers.

Toby also played in the Twins organization, reaching the Triple-A level, but falling short of a major-league promotion.  Having grown up around the game with his father, Toby always wanted to have a career in coaching and managing like his dad.

For more  information about Toby Gardenhire’s career, follow the link below from the Post Bulletin:

http://www.postbulletin.com/sports/localsports/baseball-gardenhire-follows-in-father-s-footsteps/article_66c35242-847d-11e8-9d0f-3f37785dd5f2.html

Carlos Baerga Jr. Had the Best Baseball Mentor — His Dad

Carlos Baerga Jr. is in his second professional season in the Atlanta Braves organization after playing college baseball at the University of Northwestrn Ohio.

His father is former major-leaguer Carlos Baerga Sr., a fourteen-year veteran during 1990 to 2005.  The senior Baerga was a three-time all-star with the Cleveland Indians.

Carlos Jr. had the benefit of being able to travel with his dad while dad was still in the majors playing.  As he grew older, his dad was able to spend time coaching him, including his years in college.

To read more about Carlos Baerga Jr., follow the link below from the Martinsville Bulletin:

https://www.martinsvillebulletin.com/sports/like-father-like-son-danville-braves-baerga-jr-following-in/article_f492887a-92d0-11e8-996b-33012a5bbfb6.html

Bo Bichette Aims to Attain Star Status Like his Father

Bo Bichette, the son of former MLB all-star Dante Bichette, is making his early bid for all-star status himself.  The younger Bichette got the starting nod at shortstop for the USA team during last week’s MLB Future Stars game.  Dante was a four-time all-star with the Colorado Rockies.

Playing for the Toronto Blue Jays’ Double-A New Hampshire club, Bo currently leads the Eastern League in hits and stolen bases.  He teams with Vlad Guerrero Jr. and Cavan Biggio, sons of two Hall of Fame player, to form a potent offense for New Hampshire.

Read more about Bo Bichette’s success in the Blue Jays organization by following the link below from the Toronto Sun:

Jays prospect Bichette driven to be all-star material

Cavan Biggio Slugging His Way to the Majors

Cavan Biggio plays for Double-A New Hampshire in the Toronto Blue Jays organization, along with Bo Bichette and Vlad Guerrero Jr.  All three are sons of former major-leaguers.

While Guerrero and Bichette get a lot of ink about their young careers, Biggio is demonstrating he is no slouch either, when it comes to putting up big offensive numbers.   He currently has 19 home runs, to go along with a .400 On-Base Percentage and a .538 Slugging Percentage.

Cavan is the son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, who played 20 seasons with the Houston Astros.  With the kind of performance Cavan is putting up, the big-leagues are certainly within his reach, too.

For more information about Cavan Biggio’s 2018 season, follow the link below from Newsday:

https://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/cavan-biggio-blue-jays-1.19884556

Kody Clemens Following Familiar Path

Kody Clemens completed an outstanding 2018 season at the University of Texas that ended in a berth to the College World Series. He was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the third round of the MLB Draft.

Kody’s pursuit of a major-league career is no odd occurrence, since his father, Roger, was a seven-time Cy Young Award winner during his 24-year big-league career.

Additionally, Kody’s brothers, Kacy and Koby, have also pursued pro baseball careers. Kacy is currently playing in the Toronto Blue Jays organization.

Read more about Kody Clemens’ first year in pro baseball from the Holland Sentinel:

http://www.hollandsentinel.com/sports/20180717/kody-clemens-follows-family-footsteps-to-pro-baseball

Rafael Palmeiro Outplaying His Son

Rafael Palmeiro joined his son Patrick on the Cleburne Railroaders, an independent league team, at the beginning of the summer. At 53-years-old, Rafael is trying to make a comeback to major-league baseball.

So, how is he doing?

Rafael’s slash line is .291/.419/.523. He is currently outperforming his 28-year-old son by 30 points in batting average, 104 points in On-Base Percentage, and 101 in Slugging Percentage.

Click on the link below to read more about the Palmeiro father-son combo:

https://www.theringer.com/mlb/2018/7/20/17595618/rafael-palmeiro-baseball-comeback-dad-move