Vlad Guerrero Jr. a Chip Off the Old Block

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. looks and plays like his father and will soon join him in the ranks of professional baseball, when he is expected to sign with a major league organization as soon as he is eligible later in July.

Guerrero Sr. is a 16-year veteran of the big leagues, amassing 449 career home runs and compiling a .318 batting average.

Currently 16-years-old, Guerrero Jr. has been training to be a professional player since age seven.  He is being tutored by his uncle, Wilton Guerrero, who was also a major league player.

Read more about the Guerreros at the link below from baseballessential.com:

http://www.baseballessential.com/news/2015/03/18/vladimir-guerrero-jr-ready-to-follow-in-dads-footsteps-surpass-him/

Phillies’ Alonso is Brother of Eagles Running Back

Carlos Alonso plays in the Philadelphia Phillies organization as an infielder, in his sixth season after being drafted out of Delaware University in 2010.

His brother Kiko also plays in Philadelphia, but with the football Eagles.  He was the NFL’s defensive rookie of the year in 2013.

Ironically, as kids growing up, Kiko was the power-hitting first baseman, while Carlos was a standout linebacker.

Read more about the Alonso brother at the link below from philly.com:

http://articles.philly.com/2015-03-11/sports/59974926_1_chip-kelly-phillies-minor-league-camp-baseball-player

Roof Brothers On Opposing Sides

Shawn and Eric Roof grew up together in big league clubhouses with their father Gene, a major league player and coach.

Now they are on opposite sides of the diamond in a college setting.  Shawn is in his first season as an assistant coach at Indiana University, while Eric serves as an assistant with Eastern Michigan.  The two teams recently faced off in a game.

The Roof baseball family is quite extensive.  Father Gene is one of five brothers who played professionally, and he is currently a coach in the Detroit Tigers’ minor league system.  Shawn and Eric have a younger brother, Jonathan, who played in the Red Sox system in 2014.

Read more about Shawn and Eric Roof at the link below from The Elkhart Truth:

http://www.elkharttruth.com/sports/college-sports/indiana-university/2015/03/10/Indiana-baseball-ready-for-season-s-first-home-game.html

Narron Father and Son Share Spring Training Experience

Connor Narron signed with the Milwaukee Brewers as a free agent in 2014 and is in the spring training camp with the Brewers this year, as his father, Jerry Narron, serves as the bench coach for the Brewers’ big league team.  Connor grew up on the baseball field as he followed his father in his various major league jobs, including a stint as manager of the Cincinnati Reds.

The elder Narron takes time out to check on his son’s progress on the back diamonds of the training site at Maryvale.  Furthermore, they share off-the-field time at home, including cooking for each other.

Read more about Connor and Jerry Narron at the link below from the Journal Sentinel:

http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/sports/295790731.html

Querecuto Grew Up in Baseball Environment

Minor leaguer Juniel Querecuto is following in the family tradition with his pursuit of a major league position with the Tampa Bay Rays.  The native Venezuelan is in his fifth professional season in the Rays organization, starting with his Rookie League debut at age 17.

Juniel grew up around baseball in Venezuela, where his father, Juan Querecuto, played thirteen seasons in the Venezuela winter league and played five seasons in the Toronto Blue Jays organization.  Juniel looks to his father for advice as he tries to advance to Double A ball in 2015.

See related story about Juniel Querecuto at the link below from The Toronto Observer:

http://torontoobserver.ca/2015/03/12/rays-prospect-juniel-querecuto-follows-in-his-father-footsteps/

Steve Johnson and his Father Share Special Connection

Steve Johnson, a pitcher in the Baltimore Orioles organization, can look to his father as a mentor and advisor. Father Dave Johnson was a major league pitcher himself for the Orioles, posting his best season in 1990 with a 13-9 record. The senior Johnson can relate to Steve’s journey through the minor leagues and his biggest fan.

Steve made his major league debut in 2012, but has pitched in only 21 major league games so far. Steve is trying to make the Orioles pitching staff this spring.

Read more about Steve and Dave Johnson at the link below from The Toronto Observer:
http://torontoobserver.ca/2015/03/11/the-baseball-doesnt-fall-far-from-the-tree/

Bragan Family Sells Jacksonsville Suns Minor League Team

Peter Bragan, Jr. has decided to sell the Jacksonville Suns minor league team after the 2015 season. Bragan’s father, Peter Bragan, Sr., previously owned the club.

Other members of the Bragan family in professional baseball included Peter Bragan, Jr.’s uncles, Bobby Bragan, who played and managed in the major leagues; Jimmy Bragan, who played in the minor leagues, coached at the major league level, and coached at Mississippi State University; and Frank Bragan, a major league scout.

See the related story about the sale of the Jacksonville Suns at the link below from actionnewsjax.com:
http://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/sports/baseball/bragan-family-announces-new-owner-jacksonville-sun/nkRPb/

Tony Gwynn Jr. Eager to Get Back on the Field

Tony Gwynn Jr. is reporting to the Washington Nationals this spring and is looking to get back into the swing of baseball quickly. His father, Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn Sr., died from cancer during last season, and Gwynn Jr. had a rough time healing from the loss of his father.

One of Gwynn’s teammates with the Nationals is pitcher Stephen Strasburg, who played for Gwynn Sr. at San Diego State University. Strasburg notes that father and son are the spitting image of each other.

See story about Tony Gwynn, Jr. at the link below from The Washington Post:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/nationals/tony-gwynn-jr-reports-to-nationals-eager-to-get-back-to-life-on-diamond/2015/03/05/b3d421be-c348-11e4-9271-610273846239_story.html

Jeff McKnight Dies at Age 52

Former major league Jeff McKnight died at age 52 on March 1. He came from a baseball family, as his father, Jim, played parts of two seasons with the Chicago Cubs in the early 1960s. Jeff also had two brothers, Jack and Jim Jr., who played in the minor leagues.

Jeff saw action with the Orioles and Mets in the big leagues between 1989 and 1994.

Read more about Jeff McKnight at the link below from CBS New York:
http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2015/03/03/jeff-mcknight-former-mets-and-os-utility-man-dies-at-52/

Griffey Jr. Spends Time With Kids After Retirement

Ken Griffey, Jr. will be eligible for the Hall of Fame voting later this year, after a sterling 22-year major league career that began in 1989. He finished his career with 630 home runs, currently sixth on the all-time career home run list.

His children are now playing sports, and Griffey spends his time enjoying their games. His son, Trey, is a junior redshirt wide receiver for the University of Arizona, while his daughter, Taryn, is a freshman on the University of Arizona team.

Griffey is the son of Ken Griffey, Sr., who played 19 seasons in the big leagues.

Read more about Ken Griffey Jr. and his family at the link below from bleacherreport.com:
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2377389-life-after-the-trade-15-years-later-fatherhood-trumps-fame-for-ken-griffey-jr

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