Bellingers familiar with October play

Cody Bellinger was recently named the Most Valuable Player for the National League.  It’s his second league award in his three years in the majors, as he was the Rookie of the Year in 2017.  He has already played in two World Series with the Dodgers.

Cody’s father, Clay, is also no stranger to World Series play.  He appeared in the Fall Classic with the New York Yankees in 1999, 2000, and 2001.

Click here to read more about the Bellingers in the New York Post.

Jim Crane’s executive team now includes son Jared

Jim Crane, owner of the Houston Astros, recently named his son, Jared, as team president for business operations.  Jared replaces Reid Ryan, who will become an executive advisor to Crane.  Crane says the move is part of his succession plan for the organization.

Reid Ryan is the son of Nolan Ryan, who had been an advisor for the Astros for the last years.  The elder Ryan is ending his relationship with the Astros.

Click here to read more from the Houston Chronicle about the Astros’ organizational move.

Mesa brothers make progress in first year of minors

A year ago Victor Victor Mesa and his brother Victor Mesa Jr. were signed by the Miami Marlins organization. They came from Cuba where their father Victor Mesa Sr. was a long-time player for the Cuban national team which won an Olympic Gold Medal in 1992.

22-year-old Victor Victor played with Class A Jupiter and Class A Jacksonville this season, hitting a combined .235/.274/.263 with 29 RBI.

17-year-old Victor Jr. played in the Gulf Coast League rookie league, where he posted a slash line of .284/.366/.398 with one HR and 24 RBI.

Click here and here to read more about the Mesa brothers.

Chris Duncan dies at age 38

Former major league player Chris Duncan died on September 6, 2019, at age 38.  He had played five seasons in the big leagues for the St. Louis Cardinals from 2005 to 2009. His 22 home runs in 2006 helped the Cardinals win the NL pennant and go on to defeat the Detroit Tigers in the World Series.

Most recently Duncan had been a sports radio host on a local St. Louis station.

Duncan is the son of Dave Duncan, a former major-league player and a long-time coach for the Oakland A’s and St. Louis Cardinals.  Chris’s brother, Shelley, is also a former major-league player from 2007 to 2013 with the Yankees, Indians, and Rays.

To read more about Chris Duncan, click here for a recent article from the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette.

Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman to retire after 2019 season

Marty Brennaman is slated to retire as the Cincinnati Reds’ radio  broadcaster after 47 years in the booth.  He was recognized as a major contributor to the game of baseball when he received the the Ford C. Frick Award in ceremonies at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000.

His son, Thom Brennaman, is also a Reds broadcaster on the TV side and occasionally shares the radio booth with his father. Thom has been in the broadcast booth for over 30 years.

The Brennamans are one of only a handful of father-son broadcasters to have worked in the majors.  Others include Harry, Skip, and Chip Caray; Jack and Joe Buck; Harry and Todd Kalas; and Sid and Chad Hartman.

For more information about Marty Brennaman, click here for a recent article in cincinnati.com.

Ronald Acuna Jr. has extended baseball family

Atlanta Braves sensation Ronald Acuna Jr. knows baseball. He also knows family, especially his baseball family, which is one of the most extensive in professional baseball.  Ronald got to see most of them play in the Venezuelan Winter League while he was growing up.

He is the son of Ronald Acuna Sr., who played in the minors from 1999 to 2006.  His grandfather, Romualdo Blanco, also played in the minors from 1971 to 1977.

Four members of the Escobar family who played in the majors are related to Ronald Jr.:  Alcides, Kelvim, and Edwin are cousins, while Jose is his uncle.  Major-leaguer Vicente Campos is also a cousin.

Click here to read more about Ronald Acuna Jr. and his family from yahoo.com.

Grilli father-son duo share MLB player experience with Tigers

Pitcher Steve Grilli had a relatively short major-league career, consisting of 70 games spread over four seasons, including three with Detroit and one with Toronto during 1975 to 1979.

Steve’s son, Jason, had a pitching career that spanned 15 years from 2000 to 2017.  Jason played for nine different major-league teams, including the 2006 season with Detroit when they appeared in the World Series.  He made an all-star appearance with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2013.

Click here to read more about the Grillis at mlive.com.