Umpire Hirschbeck to Return to Baseball After Death of Son

Major League umpire John Hirschbeck is planning to return to the field for the 2015 season after having sat out last season when his son Michael died from ALD (adrenoleukodystrophy). John previously lost son John Drew to the same illness.

Hirschbeck has a brother, Mark, who is also currently a major league umpire.

Read related story about John Hirschbeck at the link below from mprnews.org:

http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2015/01/after-death-of-two-sons-a-baseball-umpire-prepares-for-another-season/

Matt Carpenter’s Father Named National Baseball High School Coach of the Year

Matt Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals is certainly proud of his father, Rick, who was recently selected as one of twenty-one high school coaches across the country as 2014 National Coaches of the Year.

Rick Carpenter is in his eighth year as coach at Prosper (Texas) High School and his 34th year overall as a varsity coach.

Rick coached sons Matt and Tyler in high school. Tyler played briefly in the New York Mets organization. Matt is a two-time All-Star with the Cardinals.

See related story about Rick Carpenter at the link below from georgetowncollege.com:

http://www.georgetowncollege.edu/news/2015/01/alumnus-rick-carpenter-named-high-school-baseball-national-coach-year/

Joe Coleman Part of a Three-Generation Baseball Family

Former Major League pitcher Joe H. Coleman’s father and son also appeared in the big leagues, making them one of only five three-generation baseball families in baseball history.

Joseph Howard Coleman appeared in the big leagues from 1965 to 1979, mostly with the Washington Senators and Detroit Tigers. He won 142 games and made the All-Star team in 1972 for the Tigers.

His father, Joseph Patrick Coleman, was also a pitcher in the majors, from 1942 to 1955, including one All-Star season in 1948 with the Philadelphia A’s. He won 52 games during his career.

Casey Coleman is the son of Joseph Howard. He is still active in the big leagues, appearing with the Kansas City Royals for ten games in 2014. He began his major league career in 2010 with the Chicago Cubs.

See related review of Joe H. Coleman’s career at the link below from blessyouboys.com:

http://www.blessyouboys.com/2015/1/15/7549795/top-tigers-countdown-57-joe-coleman

Giambi Brothers Have High School Numbers Retired

Jason and Jeremy Giambi recently had their jersey numbers retired from South Hills High in West Covina, CA.

Both Giambi brothers went on to play major league baseball.

Jason was the American League MVP in 2000, while playing for the Oakland A’s. He was a five-time All-Star for the A’s and New York Yankees. He was a pinch-hitter for the Cleveland Indians in 2014 and has yet to sign a contract for the 2015 season.

Jeremy played for six seasons in the majors from 1998 to 2003, including playing with his brother for the A’s. He also played for the Royals, Phillies and Red Sox.

See related article about the Giambi brothers at the link below from USA Today:

http://usatodayhss.com/2015/giambi-brothers-have-numbers-retired-at-south-hills-high-school

HOFer Pedro Martinez Attributes Part of his Success to Strong Family Values

Pedro Martinez, a first-time ballot inductee of Baseball’s Hall of Fame for 2015, credits his strong family background in achieving his success in major league baseball. Pedro was a three-time Cy Young Award winner during his major league career from 1992 to 2009.

Pedro’s older brother, Ramon, was also a major league player from 1988 to 2001. They played as teammates for the Los Angeles Dodgers and on occasion faced each other as starting pitchers on opposing teams.

Pedro’s brother, Jesus, played in the minors from 1992-2001. Pedro’s cousin, Denny Bautista, also played in the big leagues.

See related story about Pedro Martinez at the link below from nesn.com:

http://nesn.com/2015/01/pedro-martinez-forever-shaped-by-dominican-roots-strong-family-values/

Biggio Elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame

Craig Biggio was recently elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame for 2015. He garnered 82.7% of the votes, passing the minimum 75% required for induction. This came after Biggio fell two votes short in 2014. He spent his entire career with the Houston Astros from 1988 to 2007.

Biggio has two sons, Cavan and Conor, who are currently playing baseball at the University of Notre Dame. Cavan was a 29th round pick out of high school by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2013.

See related story about Craig Biggio at the link below from nj.com:

http://www.nj.com/mets/index.ssf/2015/01/mlb_hall_of_fame_2015_houston_astros_legend_craig_biggio_is_in_the_hall_now_but_he_needed_seton_hall.html

Also search this MLB Baseball’s Relatives site for additional articles about the Biggio family.

Baseball Executive Hank Peters Dies at Age 90

Hank Peters, a long-time major league baseball executive, recently died at the age of 90. He is most remembered for his twelve seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, when they had ten consecutive winning seasons and a World Series title in 1983.

Hank’s son, Steve, was a minor league player in the St. Louis Cardinals organization from 1987-1988.

See related story about Peters at the link below from The New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/01/04/sports/baseball/ap-bbo-obit-peters.html?_r=0

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

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