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

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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

 

 

 

State College of Florida Has Three Players with MLB Ties

Three members of the State College of Florida Manatees team have family ties in the major-leagues.

Jaren Shelby is the son of John Shelby, former outfielder for 11 seasons, primarily playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Baltimore Orioles.  Jaren’s cousin, Josh Harrison, is currently playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Brock Bell is the son of Jay Bell, former infielder for 18 seasons, primarily playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Arizona Diamondbacks.  Brock’s brother, Brantley, is currently an infielder in the Cincinnati Reds farm system.

Rougie Odor is the nephew of current Texas Ranger shortstop Rougned Odor.  His father, Rouglas Odor, played in the minors and is currently a minor-league coach.

To read more about these three college players, follow the link below from the Bradenton Herald:

http://www.bradenton.com/sports/article209237439.html

Alex Cora beats brother Joey to managerial ranks

On Opening Day, Alex Cora began his inaugural season as the manager of the Boston Red Sox.  After playing 14 years in the majors, Alex got his first major-league managerial gig with the team he helped win a World Series championship in 2007.  Last season he was the bench coach for the World Series champion Houston Astros.

Alex’s brother, Joey, was an 11-year veteran of the big-leagues, having posted an all-star season with the Seattle Mariners in 1997.  Joey has pursued managerial jobs himself, having previously interviewed for a handful of major-league jobs.  He is currently the third-base coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates and still has hopes of eventually joining his brother in the managerial ranks.

Who know, one day we might see the Cora brothers at the helm of teams competing in the World Series.

For a recent story about the Cora brothers, follow the link below at mlb.com:

https://www.mlb.com/news/alex-cora-joey-cora-share-deep-bond/c-269895796