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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Former MLB Manager Dave Garcia, Grandfather of Cardinals’ Greg Garcia, Dies at 97

Dave Garcia had a long career as a player and major-league and minor-league manager.  He died on May 21 at age 97.  He managed the California Angels from 1977 to 1978 and the Cleveland Indians from 1979 to 1982.  Overall his major-league record was 307-311.

He got his start as a manager while also playing in the minors in 1948 as a 27-year-old.  He held various minor-league managerial jobs until 1969 and then served as a major-league coach for various organizations from 1970 to 2002, except for the years he managed in the majors.

Garcia is the grandfather of Greg Garcia, a current player for the St. Louis Cardinals.  Another grandson, Drew, played eight seasons in the minors for the Chicago White Sox organization.

For more information about Dave Garcia, follow the link below from the New York Times:

 

Dereck Ridriguez Joins Father as MLB Player

Dereck Rodriguez, son of Hall of Famer Ivan Rodriguez, made his major league debut on May 29 in a relief appearance for the San Francisco Giants.  On June 3, he got his first major-league start against the Philadelphia Phillies, going six innings and yielding five hits and two walks while giving up only one earned run.  He got credit for the win.

Rodriguez was originally drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 2011 as an outfielder.  In 2014, he switched to pitching in the Twins organization.  He signed with the Giants after the 2017 season.

His father, Ivan, was a major-league catcher for 21 seasons, primarily playing for the Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers.  His two World Series rings came from playing with the Florida Marlins (2003) and Detroit (2006).

For more information about Dereck Rodriguez, follow the links below

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/ct-spt-giants-dereck-rodriguez-20180528-story.html

https://sports.yahoo.com/giants-calling-dereck-rodriguez-son-ivan-rodriguez-165954578.html

http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/mlb/texas-rangers/article212060794.html

Keith Hernandez’s New Memoir Discusses Relationship with Father

Former major-league player Keith Hernandez’s new book, I’m Keith Hernandez: A Memoir (Little, Brown and Company, 2018) was recently released. One of the topics he discusses is his relationship with his father, John, who also played professional baseball for six seasons during 1941-1949, reaching the Double-AA level with several organizations.

Keith played 17 seasons in the major-leagues with the Cardinals, Mets, and Indians organizations.  He was the National League MVP in 1979 and was the winner of 11 Gold Glove Awards at first base.

Keith’s brother, Gary, played in the Cardinals and Angels organizations from 1972-1975.

For more information about Keith Hernandez’s new book, click on the link below from the New York Post:

https://nypost.com/2018/05/01/mets-legend-keith-hernandez-isnt-ashamed-he-cried/

Baseball Roots Run Deep for Ronald Acuna Jr.

Atlanta Braves rookie sensation Ronald Acuna Jr. finally got the big-leagues on April 25 after a lot of hype during spring training. The Braves top prospect in 2017, he was named the Minor League Player of the Year by Baseball America.

Acuna’s family is no stranger to baseball diamonds.  His father, Ronald Sr., played eight minor-league seasons from 1999 to 2006, mostly as an outfielder in the Mets organizations.  His grandfather, Romualdo Blanco, played in the minors from 1971 to 1977 in the Mets and Padres organizations.

Ronald Jr.’s younger brother Luisangel is a top prospect in Venezuela and will be eligible for the international signing period later this summer.

He has four major-league cousins: Vicente Campos (currently with the Los Angeles Angels organization), Alcides Escobar (currently with the Kansas City Royals), Edwin Escobar (last played with Arizona in 2016), and Kelvim Escobar (last played with the Angels in 2009).  His uncle, Jose Escobar, played with the Cleveland Indians in 1991.

For more information about Ronald Acuna Jr. and his father, click on the links below from mlb.com:

https://www.mlb.com/braves/news/5-things-you-need-to-know-about-ronald-acuna/c-273788768

https://www.mlb.com/news/jose-reyes-played-with-ronald-acunas-father/c-274934382

 

 

 

Baseball HOFer Barry Larkin Has Son With NBA Celtics

Barry Larkin is synonymous with Cincinnati Reds major-league baseball.  The 19-year former player was an 11-time all-star and winner of multiple Silver Slugger and Gold Glove Awards.  He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012.

Larkin didn’t push his son Shane to follow in his footsteps, and ultimately Shane chose basketball as his career profession.  He is currently in his fourth NBA season as a backup point guard with the Boston Celtics.

For more information about Barry and Shane Larkin, click on the link below from the Boston Globe:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2018/05/06/baseball-great-barry-larkin-impressed-his-nba-playing-son/mUHsr339z3F8ru8YmIeY3I/story.html

Rafael Palmeiro Teams Up With Son Patrick to Play on Independent Team

53-year-old former major-league player Rafael Palmeiro wanted to play again, so he joined his son Patrick in signing with the Cleburn Railroaders in the American Association independent league.  Four months ago, Palmeiro indicated he would like to make a comeback in the majors, but there was no interest by MLB teams.

Palmeiro’s 20-year major-league career included 3,020 hits, 569 home runs, and 1,835 RBI, one of only six members of the 500-homer, 3,000-hit club.

This isn’t the first time Palmeiro has played in an independent league game with Patrick.  They joined up to play a game for the Sugar Land Skeeters in 2015.

Son Patrick played in the Chicago White Sox organization from 2012 to 2014 and has played in independent leagues since then.

Palmeiro’s son, Preston, currently plays in the Baltimore Orioles organization.

For more information about Palmeiro’s attempted comeback, follow the links below:

https://sports.yahoo.com/rafael-palmeiro-officially-back-pro-baseball-age-53-play-son-161836737.html

https://sportsday.dallasnews.com/texas-rangers/rangers/2018/05/19/former-ranger-rafael-palmeiro-wasnt-surprised-hitless-debut-thecleburne-railroaders?f=r