Will the Cruz family become the next three-generation family in MLB?

Trei Cruz is playing his first minor-league season in 2021 in the Detroit Tigers organization. He was the third-round pick of the Tigers in 2020 out of Rice University. With the pandemic in the 2020 season cancelling the minor-league season, he played in an independent league.

If Trei winds up getting to the majors, his family would become one of the rare three-generation families in baseball history. His father is Jose Cruz Jr., who played in the majors from 1997 to 2008. His grandfather is Jose Cruz Sr., who played in the majors from 1970 to 1988.

The other three-generation families include the Bells, Boones, Stephensons, Hairstons, and Schofield/Werths.

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Will Bednar hopes to join his brother soon in the big leagues

Will Bednar was the first-round pick of the San Francisco Giants in the 2021 MLB Draft. The right-handed pitcher from Mississippi State was the 14th overall pick in the draft. He is the younger brother of Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher David Bednar.

Will won 9 games during this season, with some of his best performances coming in the College World Series, which the Bulldogs won over Vanderbilt.

David was the 35th round pick of the San Diego Padres in the 2016 MLB Draft. He made his major-league debut with the Padres in 2019. Before the 2021 season, he was involved in a three-team trade that sent him to Pittsburgh.

To read more about Will Bednar, click here.

Zimmer brothers face each other for first time in majors

Brothers Kyle and Bradley Zimmer went head-to-head in a major-league game on July 10 for the first time.

Kyle, a relief pitcher for the Kansas City Royals, came into the game against the Cleveland Indians in the seventh inning and immediately gave up four runs, including three on Oscar Mercado’s home run. The next batter was his brother Bradley, a centerfielder for the Indians. Kyle got the best of his brother by striking him out.

On May 12, the brothers had faced each other in the minors, with Bradley getting a single.

Kyle made his major-league debut in 2019, while Bradley debuted in 2017.

To read more about the Zimmer brothers’ contest, click here.

Nationals draft Dusty Baker’s son Darren

Darren Baker, son of Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker, was selected by the Washington Nationals in the 10th round of the 2021 MLB Draft. His father had previously managed the Nationals during 2016 and 2017, when his teams posted two first-place finishes.

Darren just completed his senior season at the University of California, where he led his team in batting average and on-base percentage. He was previously drafted out of high school by the Nationals in 2017.

Darren became famous as a toddler in the 2002 World Series when he was the batboy for the San Francisco Giants, who were managed by his father. Darren went to pick up a bat in the batter’s box while a play was still in progress. J. T. Snow, the next Giants batter, grabbed Darren before David Bell ran into him as he was approaching home to score. Fortunately, Snow was able to keep Darren from being hurt.

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Jose Cruz Jr. to return to alma mater as head baseball coach

Jose Cruz Jr. is leaving his major-league post as Detroit Tigers hitting coach to become the head baseball coach at Rice University, where he was a three-time All-American.

Cruz Jr. played in the big leagues for 12 seasons during 1997 to 2008. He was a first-round draft pick of the Seattle Mariners in 1995 and was runnerup for Rookie of the Year in his debut season in 1997. During his career he hit 204 home runs and 624 RBIs. He batted .247.

Cruz Jr. is the son of Jose Cruz Sr., a 19-year veteran of the majors, primarily with the Houston Astros.

Cruz Jr.’s son, Trei, is a prospect in the Tigers organization. He also starred at Rice.

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Daz Cameron hits first MLB home run

Daz Cameron, the son of former major-leaguer Mike Cameron, hit his first major-league home run on June 11, 2021. The rookie outfielder plays for the Detroit Tigers. He made his MLB debut with them in 2020 after being a first-round draft pick of the Houston Astros in the 2015 MLB Draft.

Mike Cameron had a 17-year MLB career from 1995 to 2011. He hit 278 home runs and 968 RBIs to go along with a .249 batting average. He was a three-time Gold Glove Award winner as an outfielder.

Click here for a story about Daz Cameron and his father.

Manny Ramirez Jr. is hitting like his dad

Manny Ramirez’s son, Manuelito (AKA Manny Jr.) plays amateur baseball in Florida. It looks like he has his father’s swing and is able to knock balls out of the park like his dad. The 17-year-old is currently uncommitted for the 2022 recruiting class. It’s possible he could be signed to pro contract straight out of high school.

Manny Jr. would have some big shoes to fill if he follows his dad in the pro ranks. Manny Sr. had a stellar major-league career, posting a slash line of .312/.411/.585. He hit 555 home runs and 1831 RBIs. He was a 12-time all-star and finished in the Top 10 for MVP voting in nine seasons.

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Nick Gordon finally joins father and brother in the majors

Nick Gordon was a first-round pick (5th overall) of the Minnesota Twins in the 2014 MLB Draft. Since then he has played at all levels of the minors. The second baseman finally got his shot in the majors, making his major-league debut with the Twins on May 6.

He joins his father Tom Gordon and half-brother Dee Strange-Gordon as a major leaguer. The family is one of only 14 sets of major-league players in history that included a father and two sons.

Tom pitched 21 seasons in the majors from 1988 to 2009. He was runner-up for AL Rookie of the Year in 1989 and was a three-time all-star. Dee has played 10 seasons in the majors and is currently playing in the Brewers farm system in 2021. Dee has been a two-time all-star and led the National League in batting average in 2015.

Click here to read more about Nick Gordon on mlb.com.

Luis Rojas and father Felipe Alou have something in common–major-league managers

Luis Rojas is in his second season as manager of the New York Mets. With the COVID-19 pandemic shortening the season last year, Rojas didn’t get to a chance to show his full capabilities as the Mets finished fourth in the AL East.

After six weeks of the 2021 season, he has the Mets in first place. Of coudrse, there’s still alot of baseball to play, so it’s too early to tell whether they’ll wind up there at the end of the season. But it appears Rojas will have a competitive team throughout the season.

Rojas is the son of Felipe Alou, who managed in the majors for 14 seasons during 1992 and 2006 with the Montreal Expos and San Francisco Giants. He is the brother of Moises Alou. Unlike his father and brother, Rojas didn’t play in the majors, but had been a manager in the Mets farm system for eight seasons.

Click here for a story about Rojas in the New York Post.

Third Generation Bell, Mike, dies at age 46

Mike Bell, the bench coach of the Minnesota Twins, died on March 26 at the age of 46.

He is the son of former major leaguer Buddy Bell, the grandson of former major leaguer Gus Bell, the brother of former major leaguer David Bell, and brother of former minor leaguer Ricky Bell.

Mike was a first-round pick of the Texas Rangers in the 1993 MLB Draft. He played part of one season with the Cincinnati Reds in 2000. Prior to joining the Twins, he served as Vice President of Player Development for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He held other front office and minor league managerial jobs during his career.

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