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

 

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L. J. Mazzilli Acquired by Yankees

If L. J. Mazzilli’s last name sounds familiar, yes, he is the son of former major-leaguer Lee Mazzilli.

L. J. was recently acquired by the New York Yankees organization from the New York Mets.  Interestingly, his father also played for both organizations, too.

L. J. is in his sixth professional season after having been selected out of the University of Connecticut by the Mets in the fourth round of the 2013 MLB Draft.   Most recently, the infielder had played for Triple-A Las Vegas in the Mets organization.  His career slash line is .268/.338/.378.

The elder Mazzilli played 14 seasons in the majors, primarily with the Mets, but including a partial season with the Yankees in 1982.  He also managed the Baltimore Orioles in 2004-2005.

For more information about L. J. Mazzilli, follow the link below from the Hartford Courant:

http://www.courant.com/sports/baseball/hc-sp-mazzilli-yankees-20180410-story.html

 

Alex Cora beats brother Joey to managerial ranks

On Opening Day, Alex Cora began his inaugural season as the manager of the Boston Red Sox.  After playing 14 years in the majors, Alex got his first major-league managerial gig with the team he helped win a World Series championship in 2007.  Last season he was the bench coach for the World Series champion Houston Astros.

Alex’s brother, Joey, was an 11-year veteran of the big-leagues, having posted an all-star season with the Seattle Mariners in 1997.  Joey has pursued managerial jobs himself, having previously interviewed for a handful of major-league jobs.  He is currently the third-base coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates and still has hopes of eventually joining his brother in the managerial ranks.

Who know, one day we might see the Cora brothers at the helm of teams competing in the World Series.

For a recent story about the Cora brothers, follow the link below at mlb.com:

https://www.mlb.com/news/alex-cora-joey-cora-share-deep-bond/c-269895796

 

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:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/nationals-journal/wp/2018/03/03/kevin-long-is-the-nats-pitching-coach-son-jaron-is-a-pitcher-theyre-rooming-with-mom/?utm_term=.63a61679a9ab

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/

 

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:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/nationals/family-affair-bostons-tate-matheny-plays-vs-cards-and-dad/2018/03/02/d6ea5dbe-1e6f-11e8-98f5-ceecfa8741b6_story.html?utm_term=.bec25cfd8932

 

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