Category: baseball father

Cody Bellinger Gets Promoted by Dodgers

Cody Bellinger, one of the top-rated prospects in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, was called up by the big-league club on April 26.  He is slated to fill an outfield spot initially, although he has primarily been a first-baseman in the minors.  He was a fourth-round pick of the Dodgers in the 2013 MLB Draft.

He is the son of Clay Bellinger, who played in four major-league seasons from 1999 to 2002.  He appeared in the 2000 and 2001 World Series with the New York Yankees.

For more information about Cody Bellinger’s career, see the link below from USA Today:

Tyler Coolbaugh Benefits From Major League Coaching

Tyler Coolbaugh is having a good season as a senior at Angelo State University.  He’s had an advantage over other players since his father, Scott Coolbaugh, is the hitting coach for the Baltimore Orioles.  Tyler spent last summer with his father and was able to get hitting advice from him while often taking batting practice with the Orioles team.

Tyler had also previously played college baseball at the University of Oklahoma.

Scott Coolbaugh played in the majors from 1989 to 1994 with Texas, San Diego, and St. Louis.  He has been on the Orioles coaching staff since the 2015 season and previously was hitting coach for the Texas Rangers.

Tyler’s uncle, Mike Coolbaugh, briefly played in the majors in 2001 and 2002.

For more information about Tyler Coolbaugh’s season at Angelo State, follow the link below from the Standard-Times:

Griffin Conine a Standout at Duke

Griffin Conine, the son of former major-leaguer Jeff Conine, is having a breakout season at Duke University.  The sophomore outfielder is leading the Blue Devils diamond squad in almost every offensive category this year, after playing sparingly as a freshman.

Conine was drafted out of high school by the Miami Marlins in 2015, but elected to attend Duke.  He attributes his summer league season last year with providing him with a new level of confidence.  He will play in the highly-touted Cape Cod League this summer, where he will continue to hone his skills.

Jeff Conine played 17 seasons in the majors during 1990 to 2007.  He was a member of the Florida Marlins’ two World Series championship teams in 1997 and 2003.  During his career he hit .285, with 1,982 hits, 214 home runs, and 1,071 RBI.

For more information about Griffin Conine, follow the link below from The Chronicle:


Mark Leiter’s Son Gets Big-League Promotion

Mark Leiter Jr. was called up by the Philadelphia Phillies on April 18 from their Triple-A affiliate Lehigh Valley.  He is in his fifth pro season after being selected by the Phillies in the 22nd round of the 2013 MLB Draft.

Mark Jr. is the son of former major-league pitcher Mark Leiter Sr. and the nephew of former major-league pitcher Al Leiter.

Mark Sr. pitched for eleven seasons in the majors, with eight different teams.  For his career, he posted a 65-73 record with a 4.57 ERA and 892 strikeouts in 335 appearances.

Al Leiter won 162 career games and played for two World Series championship teams, Toronto in 1993 and Florida in 1997.

For more information about Mark Leiter Jr., follow the link below from Asbury Park Press:


Ruben Amaro Sr. Dies at 81

Ruben Amaro Sr., a long-time member of the Philadelphia Phillies organization, died on March 31 at age 81.

After making his major-league debut with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1958, he was an infielder for the Phillies from 1960 to 1965 and then played four more major-league seasons, including three with the New York Yankees.  He remained in baseball as a major-league coach; minor-league manager, coach and instructor; as well as a scout and executive, spending six decades in the game.

Amaro Sr.’s son, Ruben Amaro Jr., is currently a coach for the Boston Red Sox, after serving as general manager for the Philadelphia Phillies from 2008 to 2015.  Amaro Jr. also had an eight-year major-league playing career from 1991 to 1998, including five seasons with the Phillies.

Amaro Sr.’s son, David Amaro, was drafted by the Chicago Cubs out of Duke University in 1984, but appeared in only one professional season.  His son, Luis Amaro, played one minor-league season in the Phillies organization in 2011.

Amaro Sr.’s father was Santos Amaro, a baseball star in the Cuban and Mexican professional leagues, being inducted into the halls of fame of both countries.

Read more about Ruben Amaro Sr.’s career at the link below from

Brock Stassi Joins Brother as Major Leaguer

Brock Stassi made his major-league debut on April 3 with the Philadelphia Phillies against the Cincinnati Reds.  Stassi walked in his only at-bat as a pinch-hitter.

He is the brother of Max Stassi, a catcher who has played parts of four seasons with the Houston Astros from 2013 to 2016.  Max was a fourth-round draft pick of the Oakland A’s in 2009, while Brock was more of a long-shot at reaching the majors, since he was the 33rd round selection of the Phillies in the 2011 MLB Draft, signing for a $1,000 bonus.

The brothers’ father, Jim Stassi, played two minor-league seasons (1982-1983) as catcher in the San Francisco Giants organization.  Their great-uncle, Sam Stassi, had a brief minor-league career during 1946-1950, while another great-uncle, outfielder Myril Hoag, played with the New York Yankees from 1931 to 1938 and then spent six more seasons with various clubs, earning an all-star selection for the St. Louis Browns in 1939.  Hoag was a member of three Yankee World Series champion teams.

Read more about Brock Stassi at the link below from

Third-Generation Ballplayer, Jacob May, Makes Major League Debut

Jacob May made his major-league debut with the Chicago White Sox on April 4 against the Detroit Tigers, getting one RBI in four at-bats.  He was a third-round pick of the White Sox out of Coastal Carolina University in the 2013 MLB Draft.

May is the son of Lee May Jr., currently a minor-league coach in the Boston Red Sox organization.  Lee Jr. played eight minor-seasons with the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals, reaching the Triple-A level but never appearing in a big league game.

Jacob is the grandson of Lee May Sr., a three-time all-star and veteran of 18 major-league seasons.  Lee Sr. slammed 344 HR and 1,244 RBI during his career.

Jacob’s great-uncle, Carlos May, also had a major-league career consisting of ten seasons (1968-1977), primarily playing for the Chicago White Sox.  He was a two-time all-star with the White Sox.

Read more about Jacob May by following the link below from the Chicago Tribune: