Johnny Monell, Jr. got a call-up to the big leagues in May with the New York Mets, after a brief stint with the San Francisco Giants in 2013. At age 29, his opportunities in the majors have been slim. Yet he accomplished what his father, Johnny Monell Sr., could not. Monell Sr. toiled in the minors for fifteen seasons, but was never able to advance to a big league team. He also played in the Mets organization for six seasons.
Monell Jr. remembers taking bus trips as a youngster with his dad and his team while in the minors. One of his father’s teammates let him suit up as a catcher in the bullpen one day, and it was then that Monell Jr. decided he wanted to be a catcher.
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