At Age 72, Hal Lanier is Still Living the Baseball Dream

For the better part of 40 years, Hal Lanier has been involved in baseball in one capacity or another.  He played for ten seasons in the big leagues with the Giants and Yankees.  He managed the Houston Astros from 1986 to 1988 and also in the minor leagues in the Cardinals organization.  He starting his 17th season as the manager of a team in one of the independent leagues.  Currently he with Ottawa of the Can-Am League.

Hal’s father, Max, played in the major leagues during 1938 to 1953, winning 108 games for the Cardinals and Giants.

Read more about Hal Lanier at the link below from the Ottawa Sun:

http://www.ottawasun.com/2015/05/06/ottawa-is-laniers-new-major-leagues

Jake Vander Wal Appreciates What His Father Has Taught Him

Jake Vander Wal is the son of one of the most productive pinch-hitters in baseball history, John Vander Wal.  Jake is completing his senior season at Forest Hills Central (MI) High School and will be attending Ohio State next year.

John played for eight major league teams during 1991-2004, becoming a pinch-hitting specialist with 129 career pinch-hits.

Jake says much of what he has learned about baseball can be attributed to his father’s influence and tutelage.  He hopes to one day play in the big leagues like his father.

Read more about Jake Vander Wal at the link below from highschoolsports.mlive.com:

http://highschoolsports.mlive.com/news/article/8821582363104561389/jake-vander-wal/

Manny Ramirez Jr. Seeks to Make his own Name in Baseball

Manny Ramirez Jr. is currently playing college baseball at the University of San Francisco.  Everyone is pegging him to be a chip off the old block, since his father Manny Sr. was a superstar in the big leagues during 1993 to 2011.  However, the younger Ramirez is looking to make his own name in the game. He figures to be a starter on the USF team in 2016 and expects to be selected in the Major League Draft.

Read more about Manny Ramirez Jr. at the link below from SportsEdge.com:

http://sportzedge.com/2015/05/05/manny-ramirez-jr-vows-to-make-own-baseball-name-for-himself/

Tyler Tumminia Has Baseball in Her Blood

Tyler Tumminia is named after Ty Cobb.  Her father, John, is a major league scout for the Chicago White Sox.  She completed the Major League Scout Development Program.  Her husband, Ben Cherington, is the general manager for the Boston Red Sox.   Easily, she has baseball in her blood.

Tumminia currently works for a sports entertainment consulting and management firm that has oversight of the operations of four minor league teams and a collegiate baseball league.  Some observers believe she could run a major league club.

Read more about Tyler Tumminia at the link below from the Boston Globe:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2015/05/04/tyler-tumminia-has-baseball-her-blood/oMo4IaqitzzLQbVSgTGZ5H/story.html

Yelich Brothers Break the Family Mold

Brothers Christian and Collin Yelich chose baseball over football, where their family had excelled.

Christian is currently an outfielder for the Florida Marlins, a Gold Glove Award winner in 2013.  Collin is playing catcher for Sam Houston State University.  They talk to each other every day and help each other out on baseball matters.

Regarding their family’s football heritage, their uncle, Chris Yelich, was on two Rose Bowl champions with UCLA. Their great-grandfather, Fred Gehrke, played for eleven seasons in the NFL.  He is credited with being the first to put a logo on football helmets and creating a face mask for helmets.

Read more about the Yelich brothers at the link below from The Houstonian:

http://houstonianonline.com/2015/04/27/its-in-his-blood/

J. D. Underwood Following in his Family’s Footsteps

J. D. Underwood, is a pitching prospect for the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, following in the footsteps of his father Tom Underwood, and his uncle Pat Underwood.  Tom Underwood died in 2002 of pancreatic cancer when J. D. was 18 years old.  J. D. keeps his father close through a tattoo that says, “Winners always win without their best stuff.”  Plus, he has a set of memories of his father being the most optimistic person he knew.

J. D. is entering his third professional season, after two seasons in rookie ball.  His father was an eleven-year pitcher with six different teams from 1974 to 1984.  Uncle Pat pitched in four seasons with Detroit from 1979 to 1983.

Read more about J. D. Underwood at the link below from mlive.com:

http://www.mlive.com/loons/index.ssf/2015/05/dodgers_prospect_jd_underwood.html

Kyle and Corey Seager May Be Baseball’s Next Great Duo

Major League Baseball’s history has plenty of brothers who made a name for themselves in the big leagues. Brothers’ names like DiMaggio, Ripken, Alou, Niekro, and Boyer fill the history books.

Kyle Seager, a third baseman who currently plays for the Seattle Mariners, is in his fifth big league season and has already made a name for himself as a slugger.  His younger brother, shortstop Corey Seager, is rapidly rising through the Los Angeles Dodgers organization and could make their big league roster sometime during the season.

By the way, the brothers happen to have another sibling, Justin, who is in his third season in the Mariners farm system, so there’s more to come with this family.

Read more about Kyle and Corey Seager at the link below from inningseater.sportsblog.com:

http://inningseaters.sportsblog.com/posts/2232228/corey-seager–kyle-seager–baseball-s-next-great-duo.html

High School Team Features Three Sons of Big-Leaguers

Northwest Christian High School in Arizona has a roster that features three sons of former major leaguers.

Shortstop A. J. Graffanino is the son of former major league infielder Tony Graffanino, who played for seven teams during his 13-year career.

Brothers Austin and Tyler Worrell are the sons of Tim Worrell, who pitched for 14 season in the majors.  Their uncle, Todd Worrell was also a major league pitcher.  Austin is a relief pitcher, while Tyler plays in the outfield for the high school team.

All three high schoolers say they have aspirations to play in the major leagues like their fathers.

Read more about Graffanino and the Worrell brothers at the link below from yourwestvalley.com:

http://www.yourwestvalley.com/topstory/article_7c42b712-e461-11e4-8549-fbbd460ac973.html

Griffin Morandini Flying the Family Flag

Griffin Morandini, son of former major leaguer Mickey Morandini, is carrying on the family name in baseball while playing high school baseball in the Garnet Valley school district in Indiana.

Mickey was an eleven year veteran of the major leagues from 1990 to 2000, mostly with the Philadelphia Phillies.  Now, Mickey is a coach for Triple-A Lehigh Valley in the Phillies organization.

Griffin is the middle son of Mickey.  His older brother (Jordan) is a sophomore at Valparaiso University, while his younger brother (Braydon) is in the eighth grade.

Read more about the Morandini family at the link below from gametimepa.com:

http://www.gametimepa.com/ci_27953873/baseball-garnet-valleys-morandini-carries-familiar-name

Cecchini Brothers Homer on the Same Day

Brothers Gavin and Garin Cecchini had a “family highlight” day on April 14, when they hit home runs for their respective minor league teams.  It was the second time this has occurred in their careers, the last time on August 12, 2014.

Garin plays third base for Triple-A Pawtucket of the Boston Red Sox organization, while the younger Gavin is a shortstop for  Double-A Binghampton of the New York Mets farm system. Both are top prospects within their respective organizations.

Read more about the Cecchini brothers at the link below from milb.com:

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20150414&content_id=118325216&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_milb&sid=milb&partnerId=ed-9111683-791679793

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