Hank Steinbrenner dies at age 63

Hank Steinbrenner, son of George Steinbrenner, died on April 14 at age 63. He and his brother Hal followed in their father’s footsteps as partnership owners of the the New York Yankees, along with other family members.

Hank shared in the responsibility of overseeing and directing the team’s on- and off-field strategies, while Hal was the managing general partner.

George was the owner of the Yankees from 1973 to 2010.

Click here for Hank’s obituary in the New York Times.

Terry Kennedy outperformed his father Bob as major league player

Former major league catcher Terry Kennedy was a four-time all-star and had two World Series appearances (1984 Padres and 1989 Giants), although both were in losing situations. He finished with a career slash line of .261/.314/.386, 113 home runs and 638 RBIs.

Terry’s father, Bob, played in the majors from 1939 to 1957. Bob was never an all-star but did play for 1948 World Series winner Cleveland Indians. He went on to manage briefly for the Cubs and A’s and served in the front offices of the Cubs, Cardinals, Mariners, Astros, and Giants organizations.

Terry was a minor-league manager for 12 seasons, most recently in the Padres organization in 2012.

Click here for an article in Sports Illustrated about the Kennedys.

Henry Aaron carried the weight on list of brothers with most all-time home runs.

If you’ve followed baseball during the past 50 years, you know Henry Aaron was the all-time home run king until Barry Bonds broke his record in 2007. For many fans, Aaron is still considered the career leader, because of the suspicion that Bonds’s numbers were influenced by the use of PEDs.

Aaron’s brother, Tommie, played in the majors from 1962 to 1971 as Henry’s teammate with the Braves. However, he manged to hit only 13 career home runs in 437 games, while Henry hammered out 755. Together they hold the record for brother combos.

The next closest set of brothers was Eddie and Rich Murray, who combined for 508.

Father-son combo Barry and Bobby Bonds amassed 1,094 home runs between them, with Bobby accumulating 332.

Ken Griffey Jr. and his father, Ken Griffey Sr. combined for 782, of course with Junior carrying the load with 630.

For more information about the Aaron brothers, click here for an article from Sportscasting.com.

Corey Seager on a path to become one of Dodgers’ best shortstops

Corey Seager’s major-league career started with a bang, earning National League Rookie of the Year honors in 2016. He followed up with another all-star season in 2017.

After being sidelined for most of 2018 with elbow and hip surgeries, he rebounded last season to lead the National League with 44 doubles and hit a personal-best 87 RBIs.

One of the few positions the Dodgers organization haven’t been flush with all-stars during their long history has been shortstop. Pee Wee Reese, Maury Wills, and Bill Russell are the names that come to mind first when Dodgers fans think about their stars at shortstop, but the list stops after them. Seager aims to be the next Dodgers superstar at the position.

Seager is the brother of Kyle Seager, a third baseman who has played nine major-league seasons with the Seattle Mariners. Their brother, Justin, was a 12th-round pick of the Mariners in 2013, and he played five minor-league seasons.

To read more about Seager’s Dodgers’ career, click here.

There’s no confusing which Wander Franco is the best

Wander Franco comes from a baseball family, but it has sometimes been confusing identifying him, relative to his two brothers, also named Wander Franco.

However, Tampa Bay Rays fans surely know which Wander Franco will be the next star in their future. Wander Samuel Franco is currently the No. 1 rated prospect in baseball after playing only two seasons in the Rays organization. The 19-year-old shortstop may be only a couple of seasons away from getting his chance in the big leagues.

Wander’s brother, Wander Javier Franco, is a seven-year veteran of the minors, last playing for the San Francisco Giants organization in 2018 and playing in the independent leagues last season.

Their other brother, Wander Alexander Franco, is currently in the Giants minor-league system, after beginning his career with the Houston Astros organization.

The family ties for the three brothers doesn’t end there. They are the nephews of former major league brothers Willy and Erick Aybar.

For more information about Wander’s career and projections, click here.

Mike Yastrzemski’s major-league career is no fluke

Often times legacies of major-league players get a token opportunity to be drafted by a major-league team, out of respect for their fathers or grandfathers.

Mike Yastrzemski is the grandson of Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski. In his case, his first major-league season in 2019 proved his ascent to the majors was not a gratuitous gesture. His debut season with San Francisco included a slash line of .272/.334/.518 to go along with 21 home runs and 55 RBIs in 107 games. He figures to be a regular again for the Giants in 2020.

Click here to read more about Mike Yastrzemski’s numbers from last season.

Braden and Hunter Bishop are opponents for the first time

During Spring Training this year, brothers Braden and Hunter Bishop competed against each for the first time in their lives.

Braden made his major-league debut with Seattle in 2019, while Hunter played his first pro season in the San Francisco Giants organization last season after being a first-round draft pick out of Arizona State.

Click here to read more about the Bishop brothers.