Mesa Brothers Sign Pro Contracts With the Marlins

Brothers Victor Mesa Jr. and Victor Victor Mesa (no, that’s not a misspelling) recently signed contracts with the Miami Marlins as international players from Cuba.  They are the sons of Cuban baseball legend Victor Mesa Sr.  22-year-old Victor Victor and 17-year-old Victor Jr. are both outfielders.

Their acquisition comes as the Marlins’ first major splash in signing new players since the new ownership took over in late 2017.

The Mesa brothers follow in the footsteps of another major signing of Cuban brothers in 2016, when Yulieski Gurriel signed with the Houston Astros and his Lourdes Gurriel Jr. inked with the Toronto Blue Jays.  Their father was also a legendary player and manager from Cuba.

For more information about the signing of the Mesa brothers, follow the links below from the Miami Herald:

https://www.miamiherald.com/sports/mlb/miami-marlins/article220373645.html

https://www.miamiherald.com/sports/mlb/miami-marlins/article219400930.html

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David Bell Joins Ranks of Father-Son Managerial Combos

David Bell was recently named manager of the Cincinnati Reds, taking over for Jim Riggleman who was named interim manager during the 2018 season.

It’s Bell’s first job as a big-league manager.  He had previously been in the front office of the San Francisco Giants, while also having served as a minor-league manager in the Reds system.

Bell is part of one of the rare three-generation players in major-league history.  His grandfather, Gus, played with the Reds from 1953 to 1961, while his father, Buddy, played with them from 1985-1988.

With David’s appointment with the Reds, he and his father now become one of only a handful of father-son combos to both manage in the big leagues.  Buddy had three stints as a major-league manager during 1996 and 2007, including Detroit, Colorado, and Kansas City.

Other father-sons to manage at the major-league level include: Bob and Aaron Boone, Connie and Earle Mack, George and Dick Sisler, and Bob and Joel Skinner.

For more information about David Bell, follow the links below:

http://kdhnews.com/sports/baseball/family-affair-rebuilding-reds-pick-david-bell-to-lead-them/article_3b53c7e1-ad72-5904-86c5-83d0bd98b51f.html

https://www.tampabay.com/ap/sports/family-affair-rebuilding-reds-pick-david-bell-to-lead-them-ap_sports87ea2c54c635406a85f08fe7d98d245d

 

Gurriel Brothers Make History With Home Run Splurge

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. made his major-league debut in April with the Toronto Blue Jays, while his brother Yulieski is in his third major-league season with the Houston Astros.

As of September 22, they have similar slash lines, Yulieski’s .287/.321./.425 to Lourdes’ .287/.315/.455.  However, Yulieski has been a regular with the Astros the entire season, while Lourdes Jr. has appeared in 63 games so far this season.

They made history on September 21 when they both hit two home runs on the same day, the first time for MLB brothers to have multi-home outings on the same day.

The Cuban-born brothers will oppose each other for the first time on September 24, when the Astros and Blue Jays face off.  They are separated in age by almost nine years.

For more information about the Gurriel brothers, follow the links below from cbc.ca and the Toronto Sun:

https://www.cbc.ca/sports/baseball/mlb/mlb-toronto-blue-jays-houston-astros-gurriel-brothers-1.4835341

Blue Jays Gurriel living up to the family reputation

 

 

Brothers Alex and Joey Cora On Opposite Sides of the Diamond

Alex Cora can enjoy his first season as manager of the Boston Red Sox, now that he has a comfortable lead over the New York Yankees, heading into the final weeks of the season.

His older brother Joey, in his second season as a coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates, admires his brother’s accomplishments and fully understand the pressures of managing for a high-profile team like the Red Sox.

Both of the brothers had major-league playing careers.  Alex played 14 seasons, primarily with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox, with whom he got a World Series ring in 2007.  Joey played  11 seasons in the big-leagues, including one all-star season with Seattle in 1997.

The brothers didn’t face each other this season, but look forward to future competitions.

To read more information about the Cora brothers, follow the link below from masslive.com:

https://www.masslive.com/redsox/index.ssf/2018/09/alex_cora_boston_red_sox_joey_cora_manager_of_year_world_series.html

Vlad Guerrero Jr. is Minor League Player of the Year

His father was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this year.  Now Vlad Guerrero Jr. is making a name for himself, as he was named the USA Today Minor League Player of the Year.

Despite missing five weeks of the season due to a knee injury, Guerrero excelled at the Double-A and Triple-A levels.  He had an incredible slash line of .381/.471/.636 at all levels.

There’s a good chance the 19-year-old hitting star will be playing with the Toronto Blue Jays next spring.

For more information about Guerrero Jr.’s season, follow the link below from USA Today:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2018/09/05/vladimir-guerrero-jr-blue-jays-minor-league-player-year/1197952002/

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