Kevin Long and Son Jaron Suit Up for the Same Team

Kevin Long is the new hitting coach for the Washington Nationals after having served in similar capacities for the New York Yankees and New York Mets.

On the Nationals spring training roster is Kevin’s son, Jaron, a pitcher in his sixth professional season.  A right-handed starter, Jaron split the 2017 season between Triple-A Syracuse and Double-A Harrisburg.  He began his pro career in 2012 in the Yankees organization after attending Ohio State University.

For more information about Kevin and Jaron Long, follow the link below from The Washington Post:


Tate Matheny Plays Against His Father’s Team

In a recent spring training game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox, minor-leaguer Tate Matheny was inserted into the lead-off spot of the Red Sox lineup, while his father, Mike Matheny, is the manager of the Cardinals.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora decided to use Tate, so that his father could see him play, something not possible during the regular season.  Tate will likely start the season at the Double-A level in the Red Sox organization.

Tate played all nine innings and managed to get in five at-bats, including three walks, a strikeout, and a groundout.  He was able to score one of the Red Sox runs in their 9-6 win.

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Dante Pettis Will Catch Passes in the NFL — Not Fly Balls in MLB Like His Father

Dante Pettis is the son of former major-league player and current Houston Astros coach Gary Pettis.  But he chose to play football rather than follow in his father’s footsteps in baseball.  He is a wide-receiver from the University of Washington and is projected to be a second or third-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.

He grew up playing all the major sports, but by his sophomore season in high school had decided to concentrate on football.  He had his father’s full endorsement in his career decision, which hopefully pay off for him following the draft.

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Fernando Tatis Jr. Aims to Break Into Padres Lineup

Fernando Tatis Jr. has fond memories of hanging out with this father in major-league ballparks.  Now he is vying for a spot on the San Diego Padres roster this spring, although the 20-year-old has completed only two pro seasons.  He will likely start the season at Double-A, but he could easily earn a promotion later in the year.

Fernando Tatis Sr. had an 11-year career split among the Texas Rangers, St. Louis Cardinals, Montreal Expos, Baltimore Orioles, and New York Mets.  The third baseman’s best season came in 1999 when he hit 34 home runs and 107 RBI for the St. Louis Cardinals.

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Hal Steinbrenner Has High Hopes for 2018

Hal Steinbrenner took over the reigns of the New York Yankees organization as it managing partner after the 2007 season, when after his father, George, stepped down from the day-to-day control of the team.   Hal’s brother, Hank, is also a partner in the organization.

Hal is looking forward to another successful season after coming within one game of getting to the World Series last year.  The Yankees have a new manager in Aaron Boone and also added National League home run champion Giancarlo Stanton to an already potent lineup during the off-season.

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A.J. Graffanino Takes Aim at Major Leagues

University of Washington junior shortstop A.J. Graffanino is hoping to help the Huskies play in their first-ever College World Series this season, but his longer-term sights are set on playing in the Major Leagues, like his father Tony did for 13 seasons.

A.J. was selected out of high school by the Cleveland Indians in the 26th round of the 2015 MLB Draft.  However, he chose to attend the University of Washington instead.  He was an All-Pac-12 honorable mention selection last year.

Tony Graffanino played for seven different big-league clubs during 1996 and 2009.  He served primarily as a reserve infielder during his career.  He played for the Atlanta Braves in 1997 and 1998, when they lost the NLCS to Florida and San Diego.

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Tito Francona Dies at Age 84

John Patsy “Tito” Francona, father of current Cleveland Indians manager, Terry Francona, died on February 13, 2018He was 84.

Tito was a major-league outfielder and first baseman from 1956 to 1970, playing for nine different clubs, but primarily with the Cleveland Indians, where he finished fifth in the American League MVP voting in 1959 and had an all-star season in 1961.  During his career, he compiled a .272 batting average, 125 home runs, and 656 RBI.

Terry Francona will be starting his sixth season with the Indians in 2018.  Prior to that, he managed the Boston Red Sox from 2004 to 2011, which included two World Series championships.  A first baseman /outfielder like his father, Terry also played in the big leagues from 1981 to 1990 for five teams, including five seasons with the Montreal Expos.

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