Mesa Brothers Sign Pro Contracts With the Marlins

Brothers Victor Mesa Jr. and Victor Victor Mesa (no, that’s not a misspelling) recently signed contracts with the Miami Marlins as international players from Cuba.  They are the sons of Cuban baseball legend Victor Mesa Sr.  22-year-old Victor Victor and 17-year-old Victor Jr. are both outfielders.

Their acquisition comes as the Marlins’ first major splash in signing new players since the new ownership took over in late 2017.

The Mesa brothers follow in the footsteps of another major signing of Cuban brothers in 2016, when Yulieski Gurriel signed with the Houston Astros and his Lourdes Gurriel Jr. inked with the Toronto Blue Jays.  Their father was also a legendary player and manager from Cuba.

For more information about the signing of the Mesa brothers, follow the links below from the Miami Herald:

https://www.miamiherald.com/sports/mlb/miami-marlins/article220373645.html

https://www.miamiherald.com/sports/mlb/miami-marlins/article219400930.html

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David Bell Joins Ranks of Father-Son Managerial Combos

David Bell was recently named manager of the Cincinnati Reds, taking over for Jim Riggleman who was named interim manager during the 2018 season.

It’s Bell’s first job as a big-league manager.  He had previously been in the front office of the San Francisco Giants, while also having served as a minor-league manager in the Reds system.

Bell is part of one of the rare three-generation players in major-league history.  His grandfather, Gus, played with the Reds from 1953 to 1961, while his father, Buddy, played with them from 1985-1988.

With David’s appointment with the Reds, he and his father now become one of only a handful of father-son combos to both manage in the big leagues.  Buddy had three stints as a major-league manager during 1996 and 2007, including Detroit, Colorado, and Kansas City.

Other father-sons to manage at the major-league level include: Bob and Aaron Boone, Connie and Earle Mack, George and Dick Sisler, and Bob and Joel Skinner.

For more information about David Bell, follow the links below:

http://kdhnews.com/sports/baseball/family-affair-rebuilding-reds-pick-david-bell-to-lead-them/article_3b53c7e1-ad72-5904-86c5-83d0bd98b51f.html

https://www.tampabay.com/ap/sports/family-affair-rebuilding-reds-pick-david-bell-to-lead-them-ap_sports87ea2c54c635406a85f08fe7d98d245d

 

Vlad Guerrero Jr. is Minor League Player of the Year

His father was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this year.  Now Vlad Guerrero Jr. is making a name for himself, as he was named the USA Today Minor League Player of the Year.

Despite missing five weeks of the season due to a knee injury, Guerrero excelled at the Double-A and Triple-A levels.  He had an incredible slash line of .381/.471/.636 at all levels.

There’s a good chance the 19-year-old hitting star will be playing with the Toronto Blue Jays next spring.

For more information about Guerrero Jr.’s season, follow the link below from USA Today:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2018/09/05/vladimir-guerrero-jr-blue-jays-minor-league-player-year/1197952002/

Brandon Bonilla Following Dad’s Footsteps, But as a Pitcher

Brandon Bonilla is pursuing a professional baseball career like his all-star infielder/outfielder dad, Bobby Bonilla, but his aspirations are to be a major-league pitcher.

Bobby Bonilla played sixteen years in the majors and was selected to six all-star teams.  He was a member of the 1997 Florida Marlins that defeated the Cleveland Indians in the World Series.  His career totals included 287 home runs, 1173 RBI, and a .279 batting average.

Brandon is currently in his second year of pro ball in the Baltimore Orioles organization, after being drafted in the 13th round of the 2016 MLB Draft.  Last season he posted a 1.93 ERA in 13 games.  He is currently playing with Aberdeen.

For more information about Brandon Bonilla’s career, follow the link below from the Cecil Daily:

https://www.cecildaily.com/sports/pros/ironbirds-brandon-bonilla-carving-own-path-to-major-leagues/article_c61e26fc-25a1-50fa-9acd-d95d1b8f1fb3.html

 

 

Toby Gardenhire Following in His Father’s Managerial Footsteps

Toby Gardenhire is currently the manager of Cedar Rapids, the Minnesota Twins’ Class A affiliate.  He has a love affair with the Twins organization, since his father, Ron, was the manager of the major-league Twins for thirteen seasons. Ron is currently in his first season as manager of the Detroit Tigers.

Toby also played in the Twins organization, reaching the Triple-A level, but falling short of a major-league promotion.  Having grown up around the game with his father, Toby always wanted to have a career in coaching and managing like his dad.

For more  information about Toby Gardenhire’s career, follow the link below from the Post Bulletin:

http://www.postbulletin.com/sports/localsports/baseball-gardenhire-follows-in-father-s-footsteps/article_66c35242-847d-11e8-9d0f-3f37785dd5f2.html

Carlos Baerga Jr. Had the Best Baseball Mentor — His Dad

Carlos Baerga Jr. is in his second professional season in the Atlanta Braves organization after playing college baseball at the University of Northwestrn Ohio.

His father is former major-leaguer Carlos Baerga Sr., a fourteen-year veteran during 1990 to 2005.  The senior Baerga was a three-time all-star with the Cleveland Indians.

Carlos Jr. had the benefit of being able to travel with his dad while dad was still in the majors playing.  As he grew older, his dad was able to spend time coaching him, including his years in college.

To read more about Carlos Baerga Jr., follow the link below from the Martinsville Bulletin:

https://www.martinsvillebulletin.com/sports/like-father-like-son-danville-braves-baerga-jr-following-in/article_f492887a-92d0-11e8-996b-33012a5bbfb6.html

Bo Bichette Aims to Attain Star Status Like his Father

Bo Bichette, the son of former MLB all-star Dante Bichette, is making his early bid for all-star status himself.  The younger Bichette got the starting nod at shortstop for the USA team during last week’s MLB Future Stars game.  Dante was a four-time all-star with the Colorado Rockies.

Playing for the Toronto Blue Jays’ Double-A New Hampshire club, Bo currently leads the Eastern League in hits and stolen bases.  He teams with Vlad Guerrero Jr. and Cavan Biggio, sons of two Hall of Fame player, to form a potent offense for New Hampshire.

Read more about Bo Bichette’s success in the Blue Jays organization by following the link below from the Toronto Sun:

Jays prospect Bichette driven to be all-star material