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:

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.

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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.

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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.

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Williams Brothers Follow in Father’s Managerial Footsteps

Brady and Shawn Williams are currently managing in the minor leagues, after brief careers as players.  They are the sons of Jimy Williams, who had a twelve-year career as the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, Boston Red Sox, and Houston Astros.

34-year-old Brady is in his sixth season as a manager in the Tampa Bay Rays organization, while 30-year-old Shawn is in his first season in the Philadelphia Phillies system.

Both of the brothers got a chance to see what major league baseball was about when they mingled with the players of their father’s teams as younsters, and they got a first-hand view of how their father dealt with the players.  There are similarities in their managerial styles/.

Read more about Brady and Shawn Williams at the link below from the Montgomery Advisor:

John Stewart III is a Third-Generation Baseball Family Member

John Stewart III got the thrill of a lifetime when he was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 40th round of the 2015 MLB Draft.  He follows his father and grandfather in pursuit of his baseball dream.

John Stewart Sr. had a brief career in the San Francisco Giants organization, but later served the Cincinnati Reds as a scout for eighteen years.  John Jr.  is currently a scout for the Atlanta Braves and believes his son has the make-up to be a major league catcher.

However, John III will forgo signing a professional contract right now, in order to attend college at Marshall University and gain experience at a higher level. He’s hoping the pro career will come later.

Read more about John Stewart III at the link below from Manchester Newspapers:

Baseball Runs Deep in T. J. Williams’ Family

T. J. (Tyler) Williams is one of several family members who have baseball in their blood.  Tyler is a 24-year-old infielder in the Chicago White Sox organization, where his father Kenny is currently an executive vice president and former major league player for six seasons during 1986 to 1991.

T. J. has three brothers who have a connection to professional baseball.  Brother Dedrick played college baseball at Wichita State University and was formerly a scout for the White Sox.  Brother Kenny Jr. is currently a scout in the Diamondbacks organization, while brother Kyle was drafted by the White Sox, but chose to play in the NFL instead.

T. J. says his father has prepared him well for the ups and downs of professional baseball, as he tries to make the most of his opportunity to advance through the minors.

Read more about T. J. Williams at the link below from The Chronicle (Winston-Salem, NC):

Cam Gibson Has Always Had the Tigers in his Blood

Cam Gibson was recently drafted following his junior season at Michigan State University by the Detroit Tigers in the fifth round of the 2015 MLB Draft.  It was particularly special to him since his father, Kirk Gibson, was a legendary player for the Tigers for twelve seasons.

However, Cam says he has always been a Tiger, and not just because of his father’s exploits with the big league club.

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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.

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Tyler Stieb Trying to Live up to Family Legacy

Tyler Stieb played his junior season for Cal State Fullerton this year, which made it to the College World Series.  It was a dream of his to go to the CWS.

His father, Steven had played in the 1977 CWS with Southern Illinois University and later played professionally in the Atlanta Braves organization.  His uncle, Dave Stieb, was an All-Star major league pitcher for 16 seasons, primarily with the Toronto Blue Jays,  compiling 176 career wins and finishing in the top five for Cy Young Award twice.

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