Keith Hernandez’s New Memoir Discusses Relationship with Father

Former major-league player Keith Hernandez’s new book, I’m Keith Hernandez: A Memoir (Little, Brown and Company, 2018) was recently released. One of the topics he discusses is his relationship with his father, John, who also played professional baseball for six seasons during 1941-1949, reaching the Double-AA level with several organizations.

Keith played 17 seasons in the major-leagues with the Cardinals, Mets, and Indians organizations.  He was the National League MVP in 1979 and was the winner of 11 Gold Glove Awards at first base.

Keith’s brother, Gary, played in the Cardinals and Angels organizations from 1972-1975.

For more information about Keith Hernandez’s new book, click on the link below from the New York Post:

https://nypost.com/2018/05/01/mets-legend-keith-hernandez-isnt-ashamed-he-cried/

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Baseball Roots Run Deep for Ronald Acuna Jr.

Atlanta Braves rookie sensation Ronald Acuna Jr. finally got the big-leagues on April 25 after a lot of hype during spring training. The Braves top prospect in 2017, he was named the Minor League Player of the Year by Baseball America.

Acuna’s family is no stranger to baseball diamonds.  His father, Ronald Sr., played eight minor-league seasons from 1999 to 2006, mostly as an outfielder in the Mets organizations.  His grandfather, Romualdo Blanco, played in the minors from 1971 to 1977 in the Mets and Padres organizations.

Ronald Jr.’s younger brother Luisangel is a top prospect in Venezuela and will be eligible for the international signing period later this summer.

He has four major-league cousins: Vicente Campos (currently with the Los Angeles Angels organization), Alcides Escobar (currently with the Kansas City Royals), Edwin Escobar (last played with Arizona in 2016), and Kelvim Escobar (last played with the Angels in 2009).  His uncle, Jose Escobar, played with the Cleveland Indians in 1991.

For more information about Ronald Acuna Jr. and his father, click on the links below from mlb.com:

https://www.mlb.com/braves/news/5-things-you-need-to-know-about-ronald-acuna/c-273788768

https://www.mlb.com/news/jose-reyes-played-with-ronald-acunas-father/c-274934382

 

 

 

Baseball HOFer Barry Larkin Has Son With NBA Celtics

Barry Larkin is synonymous with Cincinnati Reds major-league baseball.  The 19-year former player was an 11-time all-star and winner of multiple Silver Slugger and Gold Glove Awards.  He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012.

Larkin didn’t push his son Shane to follow in his footsteps, and ultimately Shane chose basketball as his career profession.  He is currently in his fourth NBA season as a backup point guard with the Boston Celtics.

For more information about Barry and Shane Larkin, click on the link below from the Boston Globe:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2018/05/06/baseball-great-barry-larkin-impressed-his-nba-playing-son/mUHsr339z3F8ru8YmIeY3I/story.html

Rafael Palmeiro Teams Up With Son Patrick to Play on Independent Team

53-year-old former major-league player Rafael Palmeiro wanted to play again, so he joined his son Patrick in signing with the Cleburn Railroaders in the American Association independent league.  Four months ago, Palmeiro indicated he would like to make a comeback in the majors, but there was no interest by MLB teams.

Palmeiro’s 20-year major-league career included 3,020 hits, 569 home runs, and 1,835 RBI, one of only six members of the 500-homer, 3,000-hit club.

This isn’t the first time Palmeiro has played in an independent league game with Patrick.  They joined up to play a game for the Sugar Land Skeeters in 2015.

Son Patrick played in the Chicago White Sox organization from 2012 to 2014 and has played in independent leagues since then.

Palmeiro’s son, Preston, currently plays in the Baltimore Orioles organization.

For more information about Palmeiro’s attempted comeback, follow the links below:

https://sports.yahoo.com/rafael-palmeiro-officially-back-pro-baseball-age-53-play-son-161836737.html

https://sportsday.dallasnews.com/texas-rangers/rangers/2018/05/19/former-ranger-rafael-palmeiro-wasnt-surprised-hitless-debut-thecleburne-railroaders?f=r

State College of Florida Has Three Players with MLB Ties

Three members of the State College of Florida Manatees team have family ties in the major-leagues.

Jaren Shelby is the son of John Shelby, former outfielder for 11 seasons, primarily playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Baltimore Orioles.  Jaren’s cousin, Josh Harrison, is currently playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Brock Bell is the son of Jay Bell, former infielder for 18 seasons, primarily playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Arizona Diamondbacks.  Brock’s brother, Brantley, is currently an infielder in the Cincinnati Reds farm system.

Rougie Odor is the nephew of current Texas Ranger shortstop Rougned Odor.  His father, Rouglas Odor, played in the minors and is currently a minor-league coach.

To read more about these three college players, follow the link below from the Bradenton Herald:

http://www.bradenton.com/sports/article209237439.html

Blue Jays Farm Team’s Infield Features 3 Sons of Former MLB All-Stars

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Double-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, has an infield with players whose last names are Bichette, Biggio, and Guerrero.  if they sound familiar, they just happen to be the sons of three former major-league all-stars.

Shortstop Bo Bichette (son of Dante Bichette), second basemen Cavan Biggio (son of Craig Biggio), and third baseman Vlad Guerrero Jr. (son of Vladimir Guerrero Sr.) are making a name for themselves in the Blue Jays organization.

For information about these three up-and-coming players, follow the link below from the New York Times:

There’s Another Gardenhire Filling Out Lineup Cards

Toby Gardenhire is the first-year manager for the Cedar Rapids Kernals, the Class A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins.  It is his first season as a minor-league manager.

His father, Ron, was formerly the manager of the Twins from 2002 to 2014.  Currently, he is in his first season as the skipper of the Detroit Tigers.

Toby spent seven seasons playing in the Twins farm system, reaching the Triple-A level before retiring.  He also spent five years as head coach for a Division III college program.

For more information about Toby Gardenhire, follow the link below from The Gazette:

http://www.thegazette.com/subject/sports/minor-league/another-gardenhire-takes-his-shot-at-professional-baseball-managing-20180403