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

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Kody Clemens Following Familiar Path

Kody Clemens completed an outstanding 2018 season at the University of Texas that ended in a berth to the College World Series. He was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the third round of the MLB Draft.

Kody’s pursuit of a major-league career is no odd occurrence, since his father, Roger, was a seven-time Cy Young Award winner during his 24-year big-league career.

Additionally, Kody’s brothers, Kacy and Koby, have also pursued pro baseball careers. Kacy is currently playing in the Toronto Blue Jays organization.

Read more about Kody Clemens’ first year in pro baseball from the Holland Sentinel:

http://www.hollandsentinel.com/sports/20180717/kody-clemens-follows-family-footsteps-to-pro-baseball

Greg Garcia Has Deep Baseball Bloodlines

St. Louis Cardinals infielder Greg Garcia is a third-generation baseball player.

His grandfather was Dave Garcia, who recently died after parts of eight decades in baseball as a player, coach, manager, and special assistant. His father, Dave Garcia Jr., played two minor-league seasons in the New York Yankees organization. Greg’s brother, Drew, played eight seasons in the minors, reaching the Triple-A level with the White Sox and Rockies.

In the early 2000s when Greg’s grandfather was a bench coach for the Rockies, Greg served as the team’s batboy.

For more information about Greg Garcia, follow the link below from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

https://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseball/professional/for-cardinals-infielder-greg-garcia-baseball-is-in-the-blood/article_91d27a8e-93be-58f6-9c75-e84ee876b417.html

Brothers Caleb and Corban Joseph Play Together for the Orioles

Caleb and Corban Joseph played together in the majors for the first time on June 19. Corban, who had been called up to the Orioles on June 15, had a pinch-hit appearance batting behind his brother, Corban, who holds a catching spot on the Orioles’ roster.

Corban previously made his major-league debut in 2013 with the Yankees, but had been in the minors until his recent call-up. Caleb is in his fifth season with the Orioles.

For more information about the Joseph brothers’ brief time together, follow the link below from the Baltimore Sun:

http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/orioles/blog/bs-sp-corban-and-caleb-joseph-separated-again-20180620-story.html

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

 

 

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