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.

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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.

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.

Ozney Guillen follows his father in managerial ranks

Ozney Guillen is in his first year as a professional baseball manager, after playing in the independent leagues and Venezuelan winter leagues for five seaaons.  He is currently the manager of the Tri-City ValleyCats in the Houston Astros organization.

His father, Ozzie Guillen, was the American League Rookie of the Year in 1985 and a three-time all-star for the Chicago White Sox.  He managed the White Sox for eight seasons, including a World Series title in 2005.  He also managed the Miami Marlins for a season. 

Click here to read more about Ozney Guillen from the Daily Gazette.

Clemens Brothers Face Each Other in Minors

Kacy and Kody Clements have big shoes to fill, since their father, Roger, is one of the all-time great pitchers in major league baseball.

The brothers aren’t close to the big leagues yet, but they’re trying to make their way in the Class A Florida State League and recently played against each other.

Kacy currently plays first base for Dunedin, an affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, while Kody plays second for Lakeland in the Detroit Tigers organization. 

Their older brother Koby played in the minors from 2005 to 2012, reaching the Triple-A level in the Houston Astros organization in 2011.

Click here to read more about the Clemens brothers.

Ronald Acuna Jr.’s family steep in baseball bloodlines

Atlanta Braves all-star outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. is one of the main reasons for the Braves’ success last year and this season. He was the National League Rookie of the Year last season with a slash line of .293/.366/.552, to go along with 26 HRs and 64 RBIs in 111 games.

Both of his parents are related to current and former professional baseball players.

His father, Ronald Sr., played in eight minor-league seasons, primarily with the Mets organization.

He is the cousin of major-leaguers Vicente Campos, Alcides Escobar, Edwin Escobar, and Kelvim Escobar and the nephew of former major-leaguer Jose Escobar.

Ronald Jr.’s grandfather played in various international leagues.

To read more about Ronald Acuna Jr., click on the link below from Heavy.com: https://heavy.com/sports/2019/07/ronald-acuna-nationality-where-from-dad-family/

Gurriel brothers oppose each other with legendary father in attendance

Brothers Yuli and Lourdes Jr. Gurriel played against each other on Father’s Day weekend in Houston. It wasn’t the first time the brothers opposed each other, but it was special this time because their father, Lourdes Gurriel Sr. attended the games between the Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays.

Yuli is in his his fourth major-league season with the Astros, while Lourdes Jr. is in his second with the Blue Jays. The brothers defected from Cuba in 2016 in order to be able to play pro baseball in the United States.

Lourdes Gurriel Sr. is one of the all-time best players from Cuba, having garnered over 20 medals for Team Cuba in international play.

For more information about the Gurriel family, click on this link from lavidabaseball.com.