Snitker father-son duo are in opposing dugouts

Manager Brian Snitker is starting his fourth season with the Atlanta Braves.  He was named the National League Manager of the Year for leading the Braves to a first-place finish in the NL East.  He has been instrumental in helping the Braves make a dramatic turnaround from their 5th-place finish in 2016.

Snitker’s son Troy, who grew up with his Dad in the Braves organization, is now the assistant hitting coach for the Houston Astros.  He played two seasons in the Braves minor-league system before turning to coaching.

The father-son duo’s teams won’t get a chance to face each other during the regular season, but are hoping to see each other in the World Series.

Click here to read more about the Snitkers.

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Well-respected Stottlemyre family loses its patriarch

Former major-league player and pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Sr. died at age 77 back in January.  He pitched for the New York Yankees from 1964 to 1974, earning five all-star selections and finishing with a 164-139 win-loss record.  He later became a respected as pitching coach for the New York  Mets, Houston Astros, New York Yankees, and Seattle Mariners.  He was honored with a plaque in Monument Park of Yankee Stadium.

Mel Sr. is the father of Todd Stottlemyre, a former major-league pitcher from 1998 to 2002.  He posted eight seasons with double-digit wins with the Blue Jays, A’s and Cardinals.

Son Mel Stottlemyre Jr. had a brief appearance with the Kansas City Royals in 1990 and then followed his father’s footsteps as a pitching coach.  He previously worked in the Diamondbacks and Mariners organization and currently is on the coaching staff of the Marlins.

Click here and here to read more about Mel Stottlemyre Sr.’s career.

Jeremy Farrell extends family reach in pro baseball

Jeremy Farrell was named the minor-league field coordinator for the Chicago Cubs over the winter.  He is one of three sons of former major-league manager John Farrell to also choose a career in baseball.

John Farrell is now serving as a scout in the Cincinnati Reds organization, but he is best-known for leading the Boston Red Sox to a World Series championship in 2013 and two other AL East Division titles.

Jeremy’s brother Shane is a scout in the Cubs organization, while brother Luke pitched briefly for the Cubs last season and is currently playing in the Texas Rangers organization.

Click here to read more about the Farrell family.

Ozney Guillen lands managerial job in Astros system; follows dad’s footsteps

Ozney Guillen was recently named the manager of the Tri-City ValleyCats, ths short-season affiliate of the Houston Astros.  It’s his first job as a manager, as he follows in his father’s footsteps in the dugout.

Ozney is the son of Ozzie Guillen, former major-league player (1985-2000) and manager (2004 to 2012).  Ozzie managed the Chicago White Sox for eight seasons, capturing a World Series ring in 2005.  He spent one season at the helm of the Miami Marlins.

To read more about Ozney Guillen, click here to read a piece from the Houston Chronicle

Former major leaguer Gozzo has two sons following his path

Mauro “Goose” Gozzo was recently named manager of the Atlantic League New Britain Bees, an independent professional team.  He had pitched in parts of six seasons in the majors from 1989 to 1994 and played a total of 12 seasons in the minors.

Gozzo coached his two sons, Sal and Paul, starting at early ages and eventually on nationally competitive teams; and now they are currently playing college baseball.  Sal is a shortstop at Tulane University while Paul plays for the University of Connecticut.

To read more about the Gozzo family, click on the link below from myrecordjournal.com:  http:www.myrecordjournal.com/Sports/Wallingford-Sports/Wallingford-s-Mauro-Gozzo-named-manager-of-New-Britain-Bees.html

Trei Cruz aims to be a third-generation MLer

Trei Cruz is currently playing baseball for Rice University, where his father also played. Jose Cruz Jr. was a first-round pick of the Seattle Mariners out of Rice in the 1995 MLB Draft. Trei’s father went on to play 12 major-league season for nine different clubs.

Trei’s grandfather, Jose Cruz Sr., was a major-leaguer for 19 seasons, primarily with the Houston Astros. Trei’s great-uncles, Tommy and Hector, also briefly play in the majors, too.

If Trei manages to get to the big leagues someday, his family will become only the fifth three-generation family to play.

For more information about Trei Cruz, follow the link below from The Rice Thresher:

http://www.ricethresher.org/article/2019/02/baseball-preview-trei-cruz-carries-on-family-legacy

David Bell extends the family legacy as new Reds manager

David Bell is one of only a handful of three-generation families to play major-league baseball. His father, Buddy, was a big-league player and manager for a total of 27 years. His grandfather, Gus, was a major-league player for 15 seasons, including nine with the Cincinnati Reds. His brother, Mike, spent part of one season with the Reds.

A native of Cincinnati, David is the new manager of the Reds for the 2019 season. He takes over a team that hasn’t had a winning season since 2013.

For more information about David Bell, follow the link below from The Athletic:

https://theathletic.com/812250/2019/02/13/making-gus-proud-reds-manager-david-bell-adds-to-familys-rich-baseball-legacy/