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Fourth-Generation Baseball Exec Katy Feeney Dies at 68

Katy Feeney died in early April, after spending four decades as an executive with Major League Baseball.  Most recently she was in charge of the MLB’s club relations and scheduling, having recently retired at the end of the 2016 season.  She was 68 years old.

Feeney represented the fourth generation of her family’s extensive background in baseball.  Her father was Charles “Chub” Feeney who served as the New York/San Francisco Giants general manager, the National League president from 1969 to 1986, and then a short term as president of the San Diego Padres in 1987 and 1988.

Chub Feeney was the grandson of Charles Stoneham, the owner of the New York Giants from 1919 to 1936, and the nephew of Horace Stoneham, who owned the Giants franchise from 1936 to 1976 and moved the club to San Francisco for the 1958 season.

Read more about Katy Feeney at the link below from Yahoo Sports:

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/pioneering-female-mlb-executive-katy-feeney-continued-her-familys-baseball-legacy-191744904.html

 

 

 

Nolan Arenado has a Baseball Brother Waiting in the Wings

Nolan Arenado had another MVP-type season in 2016 with the Colorado Rockies. For the second straight season, he’s led the National League in home runs and RBI, while being selected for his second all-start team.  He’s also become a complete player with his defensive skills at third base.

Nolan has a younger brother, Jonah, who is a 21-year-old prospect in the San Francisco Giants organization. In his third professional season this year, Jonah’s hitting  is drawing comparisons to his brother’s.  He is likely to advance to the Double-A level next year and projects to eventually join his big brother in the big-leagues.

To read more about the Arenado brothers, follow the link below from Knuckleball:

http://www.todaysknuckleball.com/nl/san-francisco-giants/baseball-bloodlines-for-nolan-arenado-its-a-family-affair/

“Spaceman” Bill Lee Owes Part of his ML Career to AAGPBL

Former major-league pitcher Bill Lee’s aunt, Annabelle Lee, had a big influence on his love of baseball.  She was a pitcher in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League over 70 years ago and started playing baseball with Lee when she finished her 11-year career.  He still wears Annabelle’s old glove while he still occasionally plays in a senior baseball league.

Lee gained notoriety as a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox from 1969 to 1978, before finishing his career with the Montreal Expos in 1982.  He finished with a 119-90 record and 3.62 ERA in 416 career games.

Read more about Bill Lee by following the link below from the Bradenton Herald:

http://www.bradenton.com/sports/article109327567.html

It’s a Family Affair for Griffey’s and Piazza’s Hall of Fame Weekend

Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza will be the latest additions to the Baseball Hall of Fame this weekend.  This was the first year Griffey was eligible for induction, while Piazza attained the pinnacle of his career in his fourth year. Both players were among the best of their respective positions during their careers.  Both have family ties in baseball.

Griffey is the son of Ken Griffey Sr., a major leaguer for 19 seasons and the owner of a .296 career batting average.  Griffey Sr. was a three-time all-star who played for the “Big Red Machine” years of the Cincinnati Reds.

Piazza is the godson of former Los Angeles Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda, also a Hall of Famer.  Lasorda and Piazza’s father had been long-time friends, and Lasorda opened the door for  Mike to be drafted by the Dodgers.

Below are several recent articles about Griffey and Piazza:

http://www.seattletimes.com/sports/mariners/ken-griffey-sr-on-sons-hall-of-fame-induction-hopefully-i-dont-break-down/

http://www.newyorkupstate.com/sports/2016/07/baseball_hall_of_fame_class_of_2016_meet_the_inductees.html

 

Preston Brothers Hope to Share Future in Astros Organization

 

Preston Tucker made his major league debut with the Houston Astros last year, sharing playing time in the outfield.  He is one of a group of young Astros players making the team a favorite for the playoffs again in 2016.

Preston’s younger brother, Kyle, was a first-round pick of the Astros in the 2015 MLB Draft and is starting his first professional season this year.

The brothers are hoping to play in the outfield together one day with the Astros.

Read more about the Preston brothers at the link below from kristv.com:

http://www.kristv.com/story/31591703/baseball-is-a-family-affair-for-the-tucker-brothers

Major League O’Neill Brothers Had Roots in Ireland

In the early 1900s there were four brothers from the O’Neill family that appeared in the major leagues.  Except for the Delahanty family with five brothers, the O’Neills had the most siblings to play in the big leagues.  Their roots had Irish beginnings, as two of the brothers, Mike and Jack, were born in Ireland.

Three of the O’Neills,(Mike, Jack, and Jim) had relatively brief careers.  Steve had the most extensive baseball career having played for 17 years (1911-1928) and managed for 14 seasons (1935-1954).

Read more about the O’Neill brothers at the link below from The 42:

http://www.the42.ie/oneill-brothers-baseball-2415492-Nov2015/

Anthony Renteria Has a Way to Go to Follow in Father’s Footsteps

Anthony Renteria has pursued his father’s profession by playing baseball at the college level, getting drafted by the San Diego Padres, and playing in the minors for a season.  But right now, he’s playing for an independent league team, and realization of his pursuit of a major league job seems far away at the moment.

Anthony’s father is Rick Renteria, a former major league infielder for five seasons, as well as coach and manager at the big league level.

Anthony became a coach for a Division III college team this past year, so he had opened the door for another way to follow in his father’s footsteps.

Read more about Anthony Renteria at the link below from the Rockford Register Star:

http://www.rrstar.com/article/20150628/SPORTS/150629460