Anthony Renteria Has a Way to Go to Follow in Father’s Footsteps

Anthony Renteria has pursued his father’s profession by playing baseball at the college level, getting drafted by the San Diego Padres, and playing in the minors for a season.  But right now, he’s playing for an independent league team, and realization of his pursuit of a major league job seems far away at the moment.

Anthony’s father is Rick Renteria, a former major league infielder for five seasons, as well as coach and manager at the big league level.

Anthony became a coach for a Division III college team this past year, so he had opened the door for another way to follow in his father’s footsteps.

Read more about Anthony Renteria at the link below from the Rockford Register Star:

http://www.rrstar.com/article/20150628/SPORTS/150629460

Logan Moore’s Dream is to Reach the Majors Like his Father

Logan Moore is toiling away in the minor league, trying to make it as a catcher in the big leagues.  His current path to the Show is bringing him closer to his dream, as he was recently promoted to the Triple-A level of the Philadelphia Phillies organization.

Logan’s father, Brad, pitched briefly in the majors for the Phillies in 1988 and 1990, and knows what it’s like to realize his dream.  His advice to his son is to try to stay on an even keel throughout the long season.

Read more about Logan Moore at the link below from Reporter-Herald:

http://www.reporterherald.com/sports/preps/ci_28368004/former-mountain-view-baseball-player-logan-moore-chasing

Tom Kotchman Excels as a Scout and a Manager

Tom Kotchman is a baseball lifer, but at age 35, he decided he wanted to spend more time with his children.  So he convinced the Angles organization to give him a hybrid role as a scout during the fall through the spring and manager of a short-season rookie minor league team that helped split up the time he spent working during the year.

Now 60 years old, he’s still doing that today in the Boston Red Sox organization.

Tom’s son, Casey, has played professional baseball since 2001, including ten seasons in the big leagues.  He is currently playing at the Triple-A level in the Royals organization.

Read more about Tom Kotchman at the link below from news-press.com:

http://www.news-press.com/story/sports/2015/06/23/tom-kotchman-boston-red-sox-manager-scout-angels-casey-kotchman-gcl-gulf-coast-league/29179455/

This Pederson Still Has a Goal to Reach the Majors

Joc Pederson has been one of the brightest young stars of Major League Baseball this season.  He made the All-Star team in his first full season with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

His brother, Tyger, spent one season in the Dodgers organization, but now is playing professional independent league ball.   However, his sights are still set on getting to the big leagues, and he continues to put in the hard work required to get there.

Read more about Tyger Pederson at the link below from marinij.com:

http://www.marinij.com/sports/20150622/pacifics-notebook-its-all-in-the-family-for-utilityman-pederson

Francona Shares Special Bond With His Father

Terry Francona is in his third season as the manager of the Cleveland Indians, a team his father once played for.  Terry recalls that his father, Tito, was away from home a lot as a major league player. But the elder Francona always found time to stay in touch with his son.

Tito Francona played for fifteen seasons in the majors, mostly with the Indians.  He was named an All-Star in 1961 and compiled a .272 career batting average.

Read more about Terry and Tito Francona at the link below from cleveland.com:

http://www.cleveland.com/tribe/index.ssf/2015/06/terry_francona_shares_fathers.html

Mark Leiter Jr. Looks to Father for Advice

In only his third year of pro baseball, Mark Leiter Jr. was recently promoted to Double-A Reading in the Philadelphia Phillies organization.  He is the son of Mark Leiter, an eleven-year veteran of the majors between 1999 and 2001.  The elder Leiter pitched for eight big league teams, compiling 65 career wins.  Mark Jr.’s uncle, Al Leiter, was also a major league pitcher.

Mark Jr. calls his father after every start to recap his performance and get the benefit of his father’s experience.

Read more about Mark Leiter Jr. at the link below from philly.com:

http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/phillies/minor_leagues/20150621_Leiter_leans_on_his_father_for_advice.html

Paul Sewald Happy to See Brother Drafted

Paul Sewald is a pitcher in his fourth season in the New York Mets organization.  He is currently playing for Binghamton, a Double-A affiliate of the Mets.  He was elated when his younger brother, Johnny, joined him in the professional ranks.

Johnny, was recently selected in the 14th round of the 2015 MLB Draft by the Houston Astros and is currently an outfielder for Tri-City of the New York–Penn League.

Both brothers played for Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, with Paul’s teams collecting three state titles and Johnny’s teams compiling four state championships.  However, they never played on the same team in high school.

Read more about the Sewald brothers at the link below from Press & Sun-Bulletin:

http://www.pressconnects.com/story/sports/2015/06/12/mets-notes-sewald-eye-draft/71158794/

Gretzky’s Son Trevor Continues Pursuit of Baseball Career

Trevor Gretzky decided not to follow his father’s career in hockey, when he was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2011.  Now in his fourth professional season at age 22, he still finds himself  at the Class A level in the Los Angeles Angels organization.

Trevor is playing full time at Burlington in the Midwest League this season, hoping to develop some consistency that will allow him to progress to the next level.

Wayne Gretzky has been a huge baseball fan, and encouraged his son to pursue a career in baseball.

Read more about Trevor Gretzky at the link below from the Orange County Register:

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/trevor-667496-gretzky-baseball.html

First Black Latino ML Player, Minoso, Dies

Minnie Minoso was the first black Latino major leaguer in 1949, when he made debut with the Cleveland Indians.  He was to future Latino baseball players what Jackie Robinson was to future African-American baseball players.  Minoso helped pave the way for many Latino stars who followed him, including Roberto Clemente, Luis Tiant, Orlando Cepeda, Tony Perez, Juan Marichal and many more. Minoso died on March 1 at age 89.

Minoso’s son, Orestes Jr., played for six seasons in the minors in the Royals and White Sox organizations and the Mexican League.

See related stories about Minnie Minoso at the link below from npr.com and the Chicago Tribune:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/03/01/390041635/minnie-mi-oso-major-league-baseballs-first-black-latino-star-dies

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-wp-blm-news-bc-minoso-obit02-20150302-story.html

Torii Hunter Jr. to Play Baseball for Notre Dame

Major Leaguer Torii Hunter’s son is set to be on the diamond for Notre Dame this spring. Torii Hunter Jr. had accepted a scholarship to play football for the Irish, but also has a baseball background from high school. Hunter Jr. is expected to get a shot to play in the outfield. He had been a 36th round draft choice of the Detroit Tigers in 2013.

Read more about Torii Hunter Jr. at the link below from mlb.com:
http://m.mlb.com/news/article/109307038/torii-hunter-jr-set-to-play-baseball-and-football-for-notre-dame