Bartolo Colon Faced Two Generations of Bellingers

On July 24, Minnesota Twins 44-year-old pitcher Bartolo Colon faced 22-year-old Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers.  What was unique about that situation was that Colon had previously pitched against Cody’s father, Clay, on September 18, 2000.  Colon, then with the Cleveland Indians, faced the elder Bellinger, then a 31-year-old infielder with the New York Yankees.

In a somewhat similar situation in baseball history, Boston Red Sox rookie Ted Williams hit a home run off Thornton Lee of the Chicago White Sox on September 17, 1939.  In his final major-league season, Williams homered off Thornton’s son, Don, who was pitching for the Washington Senators in the opening game of a twin bill on September 2, 1960.

For more information about Colon’s game against Cody Bellinger, follow the link below from Yahoo Sports:

https://sports.yahoo.com/bartolo-colon-now-pitched-cody-bellinger-codys-father-181334364.html

 

 

Tyler Osik Puts Pro Career on Hold

Tyler Osik was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 40th round of the 2017 MLB Draft.  However, he chose not to sign at this time, instead deciding to continue his collegiate career at Division I Central Florida.  Most recently, he played for Chipola College.

Tyler has worn the Pirates uniform before, when his father, Keith Osik, was a catcher for the big-league Pirates.  Keith spent 10 major-league seasons from 1996 to 2001.

Tyler is aiming to get another chance at pro baseball.

For more information about Tyler Osik, follow the link below from Riverhead News-Review:

https://riverheadnewsreview.timesreview.com/2017/07/81754/baseball-hard-work-transforms-swr-grad-tyler-osik-into-pro-prospect/

 

Luke Farrell Pitches in MLB Debut With MLB Father in Attendance

Normally, you’d find John Farrell in the dugout of the Boston Red Sox as its manager.  However, on July 1, he missed the Red Sox game to attend the major-league pitching debut of his son, Luke Farrell, with the Kansas City Royals.

Luke was a 6th-round pick of the Royals in 2013 and had advanced to Triple-A this season before his call-up.

The Farrell family has other relatives in its family tree.  Luke’s grandfather, Thomas, played  in the Cleveland Indians organization in 1953-1954.

Luke also has two other brothers who pursued baseball careers.  Jeremy was infielder in the Pirates and White Sox organizations from 2008 to 2015.  He is currently a minor-league coach in the Cubs organization.  Shane was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2011, but did not sign.  He is currently a scout in the Cubs organization.

For more information about Luke Farrell, follow the link below from The Kansas City Star:

http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article159230639.html

Kacy Clemens Starts His Pro Career

Kacy Clemens has one of the most famous fathers in baseball, Roger Clemens, the seven-time Cy Young Award winner.  However, Kacy looks forward to making his own name in baseball.

Kacy was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 8th round of the 2017 MLB Draft, after his college career at the University of Texas.  He had also been drafted in 2013 by the Houston Astros.  Kacy started his professional career in the Blue Jays organization as a rookie with Vancouver in the Northwest League.

Kacy has two brothers, Kody (drafted by Astros in 2015) and Koby (pro career from 2005-2014), who also played baseball.

For more information about Kacy Clemens, follow the link below from The Province:

http://theprovince.com/sports/baseball/kacy-clemens-proud-of-pop-but-aims-to-make-a-name-for-himself-with-cs

 

Vlad Guerrero Jr. Projected to Join His Father in Major League Ranks

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was signed as a 17-year-old by the Toronto Blue Jays last year, as one of the top international prospects.  Now he is on a path to eventually join his father, Vladimir Guerrero Sr.,  as a major-leaguer.  At 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, he’s already showing a talent reminiscent of his father’s.

Vlad Jr. was coached by his father and uncle, Wilton Guerrero, who also played in the majors.

To read more about Vlad Guerrero Jr.’s career, follow the link below from thestar.com:

https://www.thestar.com/sports/baseball/2017/06/25/vlad-the-dad-sees-guerrero-jr-ahead-of-him-on-the-learning-curve-griffin.html

Satchel McElroy is Namesake of his Grandpa’s Famous Teammate

Satchel McElroy comes from a baseball family.  He’s even named after one of the most legendary players in baseball history.

McElroy is currently in his second pro season in the Cincinnati Reds organization after having been selected in the 21st round by them in the 2015 MLB Draft.

He is the son of Chuck McElroy, a former major-league pitcher from 1989 to 2001 for nine teams.  Chuck appeared in 654 games, primarily as a middle reliever.  He compiled a 38-30 record and 3.90 ERA.

Satchel’s grandfather, Sylvester Cooper, played in the Negro Leagues and was a teammate of Satchel Paige, for whom the younger McElroy is named.

Satchel’s uncle is Cecil Cooper, a 17-year veteran of the major-leagues, and former manager of the Houston Astros.

For more information about Satchel McElroy, follow the link below from milb.com:

https://www.milb.com/milb/news/satchel-mcelroy-carries-on-a-proud-baseball-tradition/c-238063806/t-185364810

Gavin Sheets Coached by his Father, Former MLB Player

Gavin Sheets was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the second round of the 2017 MLB Draft.  He was a junior first baseman at Wake Forest during the 2017 season.

He was coached in high school by his father, Larry Sheets, a veteran of eight major-league seasons, primarily with the Baltimore Orioles.  Larry’s best season was 1987 when he hit 31 HR and 94 RBI, while batting .316.

For more information about the father-son relationship of Gavin and Larry Sheets, follow the link below from pressboxonline.com:

https://www.pressboxonline.com/2017/07/05/gilman-alum-gavin-sheets-hopes-to-follow-in-fathers-footsteps-into-major-leagues