Baseball HOFer Barry Larkin Has Son With NBA Celtics

Barry Larkin is synonymous with Cincinnati Reds major-league baseball.  The 19-year former player was an 11-time all-star and winner of multiple Silver Slugger and Gold Glove Awards.  He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012.

Larkin didn’t push his son Shane to follow in his footsteps, and ultimately Shane chose basketball as his career profession.  He is currently in his fourth NBA season as a backup point guard with the Boston Celtics.

For more information about Barry and Shane Larkin, click on the link below from the Boston Globe:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2018/05/06/baseball-great-barry-larkin-impressed-his-nba-playing-son/mUHsr339z3F8ru8YmIeY3I/story.html

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Rafael Palmeiro Teams Up With Son Patrick to Play on Independent Team

53-year-old former major-league player Rafael Palmeiro wanted to play again, so he joined his son Patrick in signing with the Cleburn Railroaders in the American Association independent league.  Four months ago, Palmeiro indicated he would like to make a comeback in the majors, but there was no interest by MLB teams.

Palmeiro’s 20-year major-league career included 3,020 hits, 569 home runs, and 1,835 RBI, one of only six members of the 500-homer, 3,000-hit club.

This isn’t the first time Palmeiro has played in an independent league game with Patrick.  They joined up to play a game for the Sugar Land Skeeters in 2015.

Son Patrick played in the Chicago White Sox organization from 2012 to 2014 and has played in independent leagues since then.

Palmeiro’s son, Preston, currently plays in the Baltimore Orioles organization.

For more information about Palmeiro’s attempted comeback, follow the links below:

https://sports.yahoo.com/rafael-palmeiro-officially-back-pro-baseball-age-53-play-son-161836737.html

https://sportsday.dallasnews.com/texas-rangers/rangers/2018/05/19/former-ranger-rafael-palmeiro-wasnt-surprised-hitless-debut-thecleburne-railroaders?f=r

State College of Florida Has Three Players with MLB Ties

Three members of the State College of Florida Manatees team have family ties in the major-leagues.

Jaren Shelby is the son of John Shelby, former outfielder for 11 seasons, primarily playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Baltimore Orioles.  Jaren’s cousin, Josh Harrison, is currently playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Brock Bell is the son of Jay Bell, former infielder for 18 seasons, primarily playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Arizona Diamondbacks.  Brock’s brother, Brantley, is currently an infielder in the Cincinnati Reds farm system.

Rougie Odor is the nephew of current Texas Ranger shortstop Rougned Odor.  His father, Rouglas Odor, played in the minors and is currently a minor-league coach.

To read more about these three college players, follow the link below from the Bradenton Herald:

http://www.bradenton.com/sports/article209237439.html

Blue Jays Farm Team’s Infield Features 3 Sons of Former MLB All-Stars

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Double-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, has an infield with players whose last names are Bichette, Biggio, and Guerrero.  if they sound familiar, they just happen to be the sons of three former major-league all-stars.

Shortstop Bo Bichette (son of Dante Bichette), second basemen Cavan Biggio (son of Craig Biggio), and third baseman Vlad Guerrero Jr. (son of Vladimir Guerrero Sr.) are making a name for themselves in the Blue Jays organization.

For information about these three up-and-coming players, follow the link below from the New York Times:

Josh Fuentes Shares Third Base Position with Cousin

Josh Fuentes grew up playing whiffle ball with his cousin Nolan Arenado, who is the all-star third baseman for the Colorado Rockies.  Fuentes is playing in the Rockies’ farm system and his current position is also third base.

25-year-old Fuentes is in his first season at the Triple-A level with Albuquerque.  Last year he hit .307, with 15 home runs and 72 RBI with Double-A Hartford.

Arenado is currently in his sixth season with the Rockies, where he has been a Gold Glove third baseman in each of his prior seasons.  He led the National League in home runs in 2015 and 2016 and has been in the top 10 of the MVP Award voting for the past three seasons.

For more information about Josh Fuentes, follow the link below from KRQE.com:

http://www.krqe.com/sports/local-sports/isotopes-infielder-josh-fuentes-has-a-colorado-rockies-family-tie/1102321900

 

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

 

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