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.

For more information about Tate Matheny, follow the link below from the Washington Post:


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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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.

For more information about A.J. Graffanino, follow the link below from The Seattle Times:



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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Will Top Prospect Vlad Guerrero Jr. be the First to Join His Father in the Hall?

Contributed by Richard Cuicchi

In many respects, it’s ridiculous to predict the Hall of Fame career of a player who has played less than 200 minor league games. Yet it’s tempting to do so when the player is rated the top hitting prospect in the minors, and he also has the baseball bloodlines of a Hall of Famer.

While his father played major-league baseball during 1996 to 2011 and was recently elected to the 2018 class of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Vlad Guerrero Jr. is just starting to blaze his own trail in professional baseball as an 18-year-old.

Guerrero Jr. just completed his second season in the Toronto Blue Jays organization, after collecting a $3.9 million bonus during the international signing process in 2016.  He began this year at Single-A Lansing and then got a mid-season promotion to High-A Dunedin.  Between the two teams, he managed to hit 13 home runs and drive in 76 runs, while hitting for a .323 average.

He was recently named the top hitting prospect in the minor leagues, attaining a rating of 80 (out of a possible 80) by baseball analysts at MLB Pipeline. It is the first time a prospect has ever received that rating in the hit tools category.  Guerrero Jr. is the third overall top prospect in all of Major League Baseball and the top-rated prospect in the Blue Jays organization.  While he still requires some maturing, it’s not out of the question he could be playing in the big leagues in 2019.

He is being compared to current major-leaguer Miguel Cabrera, who began his major-league career in 2003 at age 20, went on to win two MVP Awards, and is a cinch as a future Hall of Famer.

Guerrero Sr. garnered 92.9% of the vote in his second season of eligibility for the Hall of Fame. He will be first player to go in as an Angels player, even though his career also included significant time with the Montreal Expos.  He is the third Dominican player to be elected, following pitchers Juan Marichal and Pedro Martinez.

Guerrero Sr. was a five-tool talent, finishing his career with a .318/.379/.533 slash line. With a reputation as an unconventional hitter, he collected 449 home runs, 1,596 RBI, and 1,328 runs scored.  His career accomplishments included nine All-Star selections and eight Silver Slugger Awards.  In his first year with the Angels in 2004, he was the American League’s Most Valuable Player, leading the Angels to a first-place finish in the AL West.  He made his only World Series appearance with the Texas Rangers in 2010.

Guerrero Jr. continues the family tradition in professional baseball. In addition to his father, uncles Wilton and Julio played pro ball.  Wilton was a major-leaguer from 1996 to 2004 with four teams, while Julio played in the minors with the Red Sox organization.  He also has two cousins, Gabriel and Gregory, who are currently in the minors.

Guerrero Jr. is one of several sons of former major leaguers currently in the Blue Jays organization. Second baseman Cavan Biggio is the son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio.  First baseman Kacy Clemens is the son of seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens, while shortstop Bo Bichette is the son of Dante Bichette, a four-time all-star.

In addition to Biggio, there are several other Hall of Famers with sons or grandsons currently toiling away in the minors or in college. They include Cal Ripken Jr., Ivan Rodriguez, Tom Glavine, Carl Yastrzemski, and Harmon Killebrew.  Then there’s also Mariano Rivera, a sure-fire lock to be elected to the Hall in 2019, with a son currently in the minors.

So, what are the odds of Guerrero Jr. getting into the Hall? The reality is there has never been a father-son player combination in the Hall.  Not even prolific duos like the Griffeys (Ken Sr. and Ken Jr.) and the Alous (Felipe and Moises).  Lee and Larry MacPhail, baseball executives from the 1930s to 1960s, are the only father and son currently in the Hall of Fame.

We’ll have to check back in about 25 years from now to see if the Guerreros are actually the first players. (Although it probably won’t be me doing the checking.)