Brothers-in-law Javy Baez and Jose Berrios face each other in friendly competition

The Chigaco Cubs’ Javier Baez and Minnesota Twins’ Jose Berrios represented their respective teams and leagues in the recent MLB All-Star Game, and they faced each other in the third inning. They happen to be brothers-in-law.

Pitcher Berrios got the best of batter Baez, by inducing him to fly out to left field, as Berrios threw one scoreless inning in the American League’s 4-3 victory.

Other brothers-in-law currently in the majors include Manny Machado and Yonder Alonso, Brandon Crawford and Gerrit Cole, and Neil Walker and Don Kelly.

Some of the players related by marriage from the past include Carlton Fisk and Rick Miller, Jim Lonborg and Mel Queen, and Gene Mauch and Roy Smalley Jr. There are many other examples.

For more info about Baez and Berrios, click on this link from the Minneapolis Star Tribune: http://www.startribune.com/twins-pitcher-jose-berrios-gets-the-better-of-brother-in-law-javy-baez-in-all-star-game/512512732/

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Kevin Cron continues the family baseball legacy

Kevin Cron made his major-league debut for the Arizona Diamondbacks on May 24. He had hit 21 home runs and 62 RBIs prior to his call-up. He is in his sixth pro season after being drafted out of TCU in 2014.

Kevin is the son of Chris Cron, currently a minor-league manager and a former major-league player in 1991 and 1992.

Kevin is the brother of C.J. Cron, who is in his sixth major-league season and currently playing for the Minnesota Twins

For more information about Kevin Cron, follow the link below: https://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/mlb/diamondbacks/2019/05/24/big-hug-started-cry-diamondbacks-1-b-kevin-cron-gets-big-league-call-up-news-father/1230630001/

Nevin father-son duo were first-round picks

Tyler Nevin is in his fifth pro season in the Colorado Rockies organization, playing for Double-A Hartford this season.  He was a first-round pick (38th overall) of the Rockies in 2015 MLB Draft.

Tyler’s father, Phil, was the first overall pick of the 1992 MLB Draft by the Houston Astros.  He went on play 12 seasons in the majors, including an all-star selection in 2001 with the San Diego Padres.  He has managed at the Triple-A level in both the Detroit and Arizona organizations and currently is a coach for the New York Yankees.

The Nevins are the ninth father-son pair to both be selected in the first round of the draft.

To read more about the Nevins, click here to retrieve an article from the Hartford Courant.

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

 

 

 

Bryan Harper Seeks to Join “Little Brother” with the Nats

Bryce Harper will be entering his seventh season with the Washington Nationals in a short career that already includes a Rookie of the Year and MVP awards.  He’s looking to bounce back from an injury-riddled year to lead the Nationals franchise to their first-ever World Series in 2018.

His older brother, 28-year-old Bryan, is in spring training camp this year with the Nationals, and is looking for a spot on the major-league roster as a relief pitcher.  Last year he had a 2.18 ERA in 40 games split across Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse.

For more information about Bryan Harper, follow the links below:

https://www.heraldmailmedia.com/sports/spring-training-becomes-family-affair-to-brothers-harper/article_fd6b11f8-2280-11e8-87d8-4b52c2bc7095.html

https://wtop.com/washington-nationals/2018/03/bryan-harper-looking-to-join-brother-bryce-on-nats-roster/

 

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.

To read more about Dante Pettis, follow the link below from newsday.com:

https://www.newsday.com/sports/football/dante-pettis-son-of-gold-glove-cf-gary-should-catch-on-in-nfl-1.17056097

 

Vlad Guerrero Jr. Pulling for his Dad to get Hall of Fame election

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is making a name for himself as one of the top prospects in all of baseball.  The 18-year-old just finished his second pro season in the Toronto Blue Jays organization, compiling a .323 batting average, 13 home runs, and 76 RBI.

He is the son of Vladimir Guerrero Sr., who is on the Hall of Fame ballot for the second time this year.  In the 2017 voting , he garnered 71.7 % of the votes, and seems to be a sure bet to be inducted in 2018.  Guerrero Sr. played 16 seasons in the majors, primarily with the Montreal Expos and California Angels.  He banged 449 home runs and 1, 496 RBI during his career that spanned 1996 to 2011.

Vlad Jr. authored a piece for the Players Tribune, calling for votes for his father into the Hall.  The link to the article follows:

https://www.theplayerstribune.com/vladimir-guerrero-jr-dad-hall-of-fame/