Culberson Evaluates 2014 Season

Charlie Culberson played in his third big league season in 2014 with the Colorado Rockies. He was used in a utility role for the first time in his professional career. For the Rockies, the infielder appeared in 95 games, getting three home runs and 27 RBI.

Charlie is a third generation professional player. His father, Charlie Sr., played in the minor leagues from 1984 to 1988 in the Giants and Royals organizations. His grandfather, Leon, was a major league player from 1943 to 1948 for the Boston Red Sox.

See below link for a story about Charlie Culberson from the Calhoun Times:

http://www.northwestgeorgianews.com/calhoun_times/sports/local/mlb-culberson-reflects-on-up-and-down-looks-forward-to/article_05fc3bca-8181-11e4-8365-cb78e7ad7c30.html

Notre Dame Athletes Have Influential Fathers

The rich history of athletics at the University of Notre Dame currently includes several sons of major league players.

Torii Hunter Jr., son of current major leaguer Torii Hunter, is playing football there, while he was also a draft pick in last summer’s Major League Baseball Draft,

Craig Biggio’s sons, Conor and Cavan, are following their father’s footsteps in baseball at Notre Dame, even though their former major league father attended Seton Hall University.

See related story about the Biggios and Hunter at the link below from the official website of Notre Dame:

http://www.und.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/112114aaa.html

Bavasi Set To Lead Major League Scouting Bureau

Bill Bavasi, currently vice president of scouting, player development and international operations for the Cincinnati Reds, is taking a new job as the director of the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau.

Bill is the son of Buzzie Bavasi, former general manager in the Dodgers and Padres organizations. Bill’s brother Peter had been general manager of the Padres and Blue Jays, in addition to president of the Blue Jays and Indians organizations.

See related story about Bill Bavasi at the link below from m.reds.mlb.com:

http://m.reds.mlb.com/news/article/102182108/bill-bavasi-to-be-named-director-of-mlb-scouting-bureau

Kotchman a Long-Time Manager and Scout

Tom Kotchman has been toiling in the minor leagues for over 35 years as a manager and scout for several major league organizations. He has won over 1,700 games as a manager, mostly in the rookie leagues. He has no thoughts of retiring though. His son, Casey, was a major league player for ten seasons.

See related story about Tom Kotchman at the link below from Sports Illustrated:

http://www.si.com/mlb/2014/11/11/Tom-Kotchman-Red-Sox-Scout-Minor-League-Manager

Preston Mattingly Switches To Basketball

Preston Mattingly, son of Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, is now trying his hand at basketball, after a six-year stint in professional basketball. The younger Mattingly is a sophomore at Lamar University and is playing on the varsity basketball team.

See related story about Preston Mattingly at the link below from indystar.com:

http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/college/indiana/2014/11/21/ius-unlikely-opponent-former-mlb-player-mattingly/19366611/

Rogers Twins Meet Up in Arizona Fall League

Twin brothers Taylor and Tyler Rogers are roommates in the Arizona Fall League, but play on opposing teams in the prestigious league for up-and- coming major league prospects.

Taylor is a third-year professional in the Minnesota Twins organization, after being drafted in the 11th round of the 2012 MLB Draft. Tyler is a pitcher in the San Francisco Giants organization, having been drafted in the 10th round of the 2013 MLB Draft.

See related story about the Rogers brothers at the link below from m.twins.mlb.com:

http://m.twins.mlb.com/news/article/101074586/rogers-twins-reconnect-in-arizona-fall-league

Kody Clemens To Join His Brother at University of Texas

Kody Clemens recently signed with the University of Texas to play baseball. The son of former major leaguer Roger Clemens, Kody will joining his brother Kacy who plays at Texas. Their older brother, Koby, previously played professional baseball as well.

See the story below about Kody Clemens from abc13.com:

http://abc13.com/sports/roger-clemens-takes-over-the-abc-13-microphone/392398/

Hernandez Brothers Escaped Cuba To Realize Dream

ESPN recently produced a documentary as part of its 30-for-30 Series, highlighting the dangerous journey of Livan and Orlando Hernandez to leave Cuba as refugees in order to play major league baseball in the United States.

The following link from Bleacher Report gives an overview of the documentary:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2251415-espn-30-for-30-brothers-in-exile-tv-schedule-and-documentary-preview

Corey Seager Thanks Brothers For Baseball Success

20-year-old Corey Seager is a top prospect of the Los Angeles Dodgers, playing in the prestigious Arizona Fall League this year. His oldest brother, Kyle, is currently an All-Star third baseman with the Seattle Mariners. His 22-year-old brother, Justin, also plays professional baseball in the Mariners organization.

Corey attributes his maturity and baseball sense to being able to watch and learn from his older brothers while growing up.

See below link for a story about the Seager brothers from truebluela.com:

http://www.truebluela.com/2014/10/18/6999993/corey-seager-dodgers-brothers-arizona-fall-league

Marco Gonzales Achieves What His Father Didn’t

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Marco Gonzales made his major league debut in 2014, achieving a dream that eluded his father. Marco’s father is Frank Gonzales, currently a minor league pitching coach in the Colorado Rockies organization. Frank toiled for ten seasons in the minor, after being selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 16th round of the 1989 draft. However, he never reached the big leagues.

Marco used to attend his father’s minor league games. His mother estimates that Marco attended between 700 and 800 games before he entered kindergarten.

See story about Marco and Frank Gonzales at the link below from The New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/17/sports/baseball/cardinals-pitcher-marco-gonzales-gives-family-an-october-surprise.html

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