Third-Generation Francona Works in the Angels’ Front-Office

Nick Francona, son of Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona and grandson of former Major Leaguer Tito Francona, is currently working for the Los Angeles Angels organization in the advance scouting department.

Nick was drafted by the Boston Red Sox out of high school in 2010, but chose to play college baseball. A shoulder injury in college prevented him from pursuing a professional baseball career. He wound up serving in the Marines Corps for 3 1/2 years, doing a tour of duty in Afghanistan, where he held a rank of captain.

Now he is pursuing a baseball career in a front-office capacity.

See related story about Nick Francona in the link below from The Redlands Daily Facts:
http://www.redlandsdailyfacts.com/sports/20140225/angels-newest-front-office-employee-francona-has-baseball-in-his-blood-marine-corps-stint-in-his-past

Jarred Cosart Comes From Baseball Family

Houston Astros pitcher Jarred Cosart made his Major League debut in his hometown of Houston in 2013. His maternal grandfather, Ed Donnelly, played in the majors for the Chicago Cubs in nine games in 1959.

Jarred has two brothers, Jake and Jansen, who are currently playing college baseball at Seminole State College (Fla.)

See story about Jarred at the link below from Astros.com:
http://houston.astros.mlb.com/news/article/hou/houston-astros-jarred-cosart-all-about-enjoying-holiday-season?ymd=20131223&content_id=66119612&vkey=news_hou

Scott Hairston Pays Tribute to Grandfather at Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

Scott Hairston and other members of the Washington Nationals recently attended an event at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Scott’s grandfather, Sam Hairston, is featured in the Museum in a photo as an Indianapolis Clowns player. The Hairstons are one of only four families to have three generations of players in the Major Leagues.

See attached story in the Washington Post about Scott’s visit:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/nationals-journal/wp/2013/08/24/nationals-visit-the-negro-leagues-baseball-museum/

Trey Griffey Chooses Football Career

Trey Griffey, the son of Ken Griffey Jr. and grandson of Ken Griffey Sr., is not following his family’s footsteps regarding the sport he is pursuing. Trey is a redshirt freshman football player at the University of Arizona, while his father and grandfather were All-Stars in the Major Leagues.

My book, Family Ties: A Comprehensive Collection of Facts and Trivia About Baseballs Relatives, has a chapter devoted to Major League Baseball players whose relatives choose other professional sports.

See attached link for an article about Trey Griffey in the Tucson Citizen:
http://tucsoncitizen.com/wildcatreport/2013/08/13/arizona-receiver-trey-griffey-famous-dad-just-like-a-normal-parent/

Mike Bell Now Teaching the Diamondbacks’ Way

Mike Bell learned baseball from his dad, Buddy, a former Major League player and manager. Mike recalls going to work with his father and hanging out with his big league teammates. Mike’s grandfather, Gus, was also a Major League player from 1950 to 1964. Mike briefly played for the Cincinnati Reds in 2000. His brother, David, played for twelve seasons with six different big league clubs. The Bells are one of only four three-generation families in Major League Baseball history.

Now the director of player development for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Mike is now overseeing players who are trying to get to “The Show”.

See link below for a story about Mike in the South Bend Tribune:
http://www.southbendtribune.com/sports/professional/article_9a714462-f8fc-11e2-80b1-001a4bcf6878.html

The Amaro Family Baseball Legacy Continues

Andrew Amaro is currently playing baseball at the University of Maryland. He was drafted out of high school by the Philadelphia Phillies as a 40th round pick in 2009, but chose to attend college first. He comes from a long line of family members who were involved in professional baseball.

His grandfather, Ruben Amaro Sr., played in the Majors for eleven seasons during 1958-1969. Andrew’s father David played college ball at Duke and then later in the Cubs organization. Andrew’s uncle, Ruben Jr., is currently the General Manager for the Philadelphia Phillies, and also a former Major Leaguer. Andrew’s brother, Robert, plays collegiately at the University of Virginia.

Andrew would love nothing more than to be a third-generation Amaro to play in the big leagues.

See attached article in Star News Online about Andrew Amaro:
http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20130712/ARTICLES/130719854/1005?Title=Sharks-Amaro-living-a-rich-baseball-history