Another Kessinger Destined For Shortstop

His last name is certainly familiar to major league baseball circles, and he will also be following a family tradition at Ole Miss, where his father, grandfather and uncle also played college baseball.

Grae Kessinger verbally committed to Ole Miss after his sophomore season in high school. His grandfather Don was an All-American shortstop at Ole Miss and went on to a 16-year career in the big leagues, including six All-Star selections. His father Kevin also played for Ole Miss, followed by a brief minor league career in the Cubs organization. His uncle Keith was also a shortstop who played alongside Kevin at Ole Miss and wound up reaching the big leagues for the Reds in 1993.

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Third Generation Ripken Will Get Opportunity In The Pros

Ryan Ripken, son of baseball legend Cal Ripken Jr. and grandson of former Major League manager Cal Ripken Sr., was drafted in the 15th round of the 2014 MLB Draft by the Washington Nationals.

Ryan will have some big shoes to fill in his attempt to reach the big leagues. His father is a Hall of Famer, and his grandfather was a long-time Baltimore Oriole organization man in various capacities.

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Yaz Has Ties On Both Sides of Bosox-Orioles Game

Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski recently attended a spring training game between the Red Sox and Orioles. While his allegiances are to his former Red Sox team, he also now pulls for his grandson, Mike, who played in the game for the Orioles that day. Mike, a graduate of Vanderbilt University, was drafted by the Orioles in the 14th round of the 2013 MLB Draft and expects to start the season at the Class A level in the Orioles organization.

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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.

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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.)

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Corey Littrell Follows Family Tradition

Corey Littrell was a 5th-round draft pick in the 2013 MLB draft out of the University of Kentucky. His experience in the SEC has given him confidence to play professional baseball, as well as having a father and grandfather who played professional baseball. Grandfather Jack Littrell played parts of four seasons in the Majors from 1952-1957. His father, an 11th round draft pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers, pitched in minor league baseball during 1977 to 1980.

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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:

Valentin Brothers Coached by Father in Puerto Rico

Jose and Javier Valentin were both Major Leaguers. Jose played from 1992 to 2007 and amassed 249 home runs and 816 RBI. Javier was a catcher from 1997 to 2008 with a .258 batting average.

Their father, Jose Valentin Sr., was involved in their baseball development growing up in Puerto Rico as an official and manager with the Junior League World Series in 1983 and 1989. Now in 2013, Jose Sr. is back with his grandson in the World Series event.

See attached link about the Valentin family in The News-Herald: