Ryan Garvey Is Following In His Father’s Footsteps

Ryan Garvey is finding himself playing for minor league teams his father played for as an aspiring prospect in the 1960s. His father was Steve Garvey, the 19-year major leaguer and ten-time all-star.

In his third professional season, 21-year-old Ryan was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 33rd round of the 2012 MLB Draft and is now playing in the Rockies’ organization in Class A. Ryan says its not enough to just have played in the minors. He has set his sights on getting to the big-leagues like his father.

See the related story about Ryan Garvey at the link below from swxrightnow.com:

http://www.swxrightnow.com/story/25979149/ryan-garvey-following-in-a-fathers-footsteps

Tony Gwynn Jr. Is Moving Forward From His Father’s Death

The past few weeks have been very emotional for Tony Gwynn Jr., the son of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn who died from oral cancer on June 16. Tony Jr. has been re-activated by the Philadelphia Phillies from the bereavement list, but is still struggling with keeping his focus on the game. His loss has taken its toll on him on the field where he is also struggling at the plate. However, he has been gratified by the standing ovations he has received at many ballparks who have paid tribute to his father.

See the related story about Tony Gwynn Jr. at the link below from sportsonearth.com:

http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/83570712/tony-gwynn-jr-mouth-cancer-son-philadelphia-phillies-padres#!beq1TI

Brody Weiss Making A Name For Himself

Brody Weiss is the son of Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss. Brody is currently playing for the University of California, Santa Barbara, after passing up an opportunity to sign professionally in 2013. He was drafted by his father’s team that year, but decided attending college was his better option.

Brody has encountered the difficulties, as well as the perks, of growing up as the son of a major leaguer. He knows he has a good source of advice from his father. However, he isn’t one to solely rely on his father’s career to carry him–he knows he has to make his own way.

See related story about Brody Weiss at the link below from LaCrossTribune.com:

http://lacrossetribune.com/sports/baseball/loggers/loggers-brody-weiss-making-a-name-for-himself/article_c4da0555-63a9-5a52-9288-72ca3e437d5c.html

Twins Embrace Vavra Baseball Family

Joe Vavra is currently the third base coach for the Minnesota Twins. He has two sons who have recently joined the Twins organization after being drafted out of college. Tanner was the Twins’ 30th round pick in the 2013 MLB Draft out of Valparaiso University and is currently a second baseman for Cedar Rapids in the Midwest League. Trey, a 33rd round pick of the Twins out of Florida Southern College in the 2014 MLB Draft, is a first baseman with Elizabethton in the Appalachian Rookie League.

Joe insists he did not try to influence the Twins in selecting his sons, that they earned their shots on their own merits.

See the related story about the Vavra family at the link below from msn.foxsports.com:

http://msn.foxsports.com/north/story/for-vavras-baseball-is-a-twins-family-affair-062514

Upton Brothers Hit Home Runs To Tie ML Record

On June 24, brothers B. J. and Justin Upton each hit home runs for the Atlanta Braves against the Houston Astros. It was their fourth time as brothers to homer in the same game, tying a major league record. The Braves won, 3-2.

See the related story about the Uptons’ record at the link below from the Modesto Bee:

http://www.modbee.com/2014/06/24/3408280/upton-brothers-both-hit-hrs-braves.html

Jorge Posada Sr. Inducted Into Scouts Hall Of Fame

Jorge Posada Sr, a 40-year veteran of major league scouting, was inducted into the Professional Baseball Hall of Fame. He is the father of Jorge Posada Jr., who played 17 seasons with the New York Yankees.

See the related story about Jorge Posada Sr. at the link below from naplesnews.com:

http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2014/jun/23/pro-baseball-jorge-posada-sr-to-be-inducted-into/

Long Father and Son Share Baseball Franchise

Kevin Long, the hitting coach for the New York Yankees, gets to keep close tabs on his son Jaron, who is currently a pitcher in the Yankees organization. Jaron was not drafted out of college in 2013, but has found his way onto the Class A Tampa club in the Yankees system where his father has been working since 2004.

Jaron has lived a baseball life since following his dad at baseball stadiums throughout his minor league career. He later got to hang around Yankees pitchers Andy Pettitte and David Robertson as a result of his father’s big league job. Considered somewhat of a long-shot, Jaron has the advantage of getting support from his father.

See the related story about Jaron and Kevin Long at the link below from the New York Daily New:

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.

See the related profile of Grae Kessinger at the link below from nwaonline.com:

http://www.nwaonline.com/news/2014/jun/21/baseball-kessinger-carries-on-family-s-/?sports

Casey Gillaspie Joins The Family Business

Casey Gillaspie, the first round pick of the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2014 MLB Draft, is following in the footsteps of bother his father and brother. His brother Connor is currently in his fifth major league season as the third baseman for the Chicago White Sox. His father Mark played in the minor leagues from 1981 to 1988, reaching the Triple-A level with the Padres organization before retiring. Casey’s current manager for the Hudson Valley Renegades, Tim Parenton, was a teammate at Mississippi State University with Casey’s father.

Casey says his route to professional baseball has been made easier by having his father and brother go through it previously. They provided advice and counsel throughout his amateur career.

See the related story about Casey Gillaspie at the link below from recordonline.com:

http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140621/SPORTS14/406220320/-1/SPORTS

Baseball Continues To Link the Gomes Brothers

Jonny Gomes and his older brother Joey briefly played together in the Tampa Bay Rays organization; and although Jonny went on to play in the major leagues, Joey continues to be an integral part of is brother’s support system. Jonny is currently playing with the Boston Red Sox in his twelfth major league season.

Joey is the general manager and head coach of a team in the Golden State Collegiate Baseball League and works with the baseball development of young kids. Jonny credits his brother with paving the way for him to enjoy a major league career. They still talk baseball every chance they get.

See the related story about Joey and Jonny Gomes at the link below from the Providence Journal:

http://www.providencejournal.com/sports/red-sox/content/20140619-baseball-continues-to-bond-gomes-brothers.ece

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