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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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

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

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/