Jean Faut, Former Women’s Leauge Star, Was Wife of Minor Leaguer

Jean Faut, now 90 years of age, was one the stars of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League of the 1940s and early 1950s.  She was the league’s Player of the Year in two out of the ten seasons the award was given.  A pitcher, she tossed two no-hitters and two of the five perfect games thrown in the history of the league.

She was married to Karl Winsch, who pitched for three seasons in the Philadelphia Phillies organization in the early 1940s.  He won 15 out of his 35 career decisions.

Read more about Jean Faut at the link below from Sports Illustrated:

http://www.si.com/mlb/2015/07/14/jean-faut-all-american-girls-baseball-league

Boxberger Father and Son Were Both First-Round Picks

Brad Boxberger currently pitches for the Tampa Bay Rays, in his fourth major league season.  He was selected by the Cincinnati Red organization in the first round of the 2009 MLB Draft.  He was selected to play in the American League All-Star Game in 2015.

Brad’s father, Rod, was also a first-round pick as a pitcher from the University of Southern California, in the 1978 MLB Draft by the Houston Astros.  Rod pitched for six seasons in the minors with the Astros, Yankees, and Angels organizations.

Read more about Brad Boxberger at the link below from the Tampa Tribune:

http://www.tbo.com/sports/rays/baseball-career-works-out-just-fine-20150713/

Mike Bryant Still Pitching to his Major League Son

Mike Bryant pitched to his son, Kris, in the MLB Home Run Derby event associated with the 2015 MLB All-Star Game in July.  It was not unusual, however, since Mike coached his son on various teams as Kris was growing up.  Kris is the rookie sensation for the Chicago Cubs this season and is in the running for Rookie of the Year honors.

Mike has professional baseball experience himself, having played in the Boston Red Sox organization in 1980-1981, after being selected in the 9th round in the 1980 MLB Draft.

Read more about Mike Bryant at the link below from heavy.com:

http://heavy.com/sports/2015/07/kris-bryant-dad-mike-pitcher-home-run-derby-mlb-baseball/

Nola Brothers Dream of Facing Each Other in the Big Leagues

Aaron Nola made his major league debut as a pitcher with the Philadelphia Phillies this season.  He seems to have secured himself a position in the starting rotation of the future for the Phillies.

Aaron’s older brother, Austin, is currently playing shortstop for Triple-A New Orleans in the Miami Marlins organization.

The brother had previously played one season together with LSU, but now they have hopes to eventually face each other in the big leagues.

Read more about Aaron and Austin Nola at the links below from several sources:

http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/phillies/20150719_Aaron_Nola_and_his_brother__Austin__dream_of_facing_each_other_in_major_leagues.html

http://www.csnphilly.com/baseball-philadelphia-phillies/aaron-nolas-journey-majors-family-affair

http://theadvocate.com/news/12954874-75/aaron-and-austin-nola-are

Charlie Frazier Still Helping Out His Little Brother

Charlie Frazier was on a track for a major league career, when he was beset with shoulder injuries.  He played six seasons in the Marlins organization before having to give up the game in 2004.

For the second consecutive year, Charlie has pitched to his little brother, Todd Frazier, in the MLB Home Run Derby event associated with the annual MLB All-Star Game.  Todd currently plays for the Cincinnati Reds and is one of the best sluggers in the game today.

Read more about Charlie Frazier at the link below from heavy.com:

http://heavy.com/sports/2015/07/tood-frazier-brother-charlie-home-run-derby-baseball-pitcher-mlb-all-star/

Billy Gardner Jr. Learned a Lot From His Father

Billy Gardner Jr. manages the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs in the Washington Nationals organization.  In his first year at the Triple-A level in 2014, he earned Manager of the Year honors for the International League.  He is in his 20th season as a minor league manager.

Gardner’s baseball bloodlines include his father, former major league player and manager, Billy Gardner Sr.  The senior Gardner is the former manager of the Kansas City Royals and Minnesota Twins in the 1980s.  He played for ten major league seasons during 1954 to 1963 and was a member of the 1961 New York Yankees World Series championship team.

The junior Gardner says he has learned a lot from his father over the years, which has helped him in his own managerial career.

Read more about Billy Gardner Jr. at the link below from syracuse.com:

http://www.syracuse.com/chiefs/index.ssf/2015/07/father_of_syracuse_chiefs_manager_billy_gardner_jr_now_sits_back_and_lets_son_ca.html

16-Year-Old Vlad Guerrero Jr. Signs With the Blue Jays

During the international player signing period in July, 16-year-old Vladimor Guerrero Jr. was inked to a deal with the Toronot Blue Jays organization that includes a $4.1M bonus.

Guerrero Jr. is the son of Vladimir Guerrero, who starred in the big leagues for 16 seasons, primarily with the Expos and Angels organizations.  He hit 449 career home runs to go along with a .318 batting average, and was the American League MVP in 2004.

Read more about Guerrero Jr. at the links below:

http://www.outsidepitchmlb.com/the-toronto-blue-jays-may-have-found-their-future-star-in-vladimir-guerrero-jr/31157

http://saywhatjaystalk.sportsblog.com/posts/2808207/vladdy-guerrero-jr–like-father-like-son–jays-fans-certainly-hope-so.html

Andy MacPhail Continues Family Tradition of Baseball Executives

Andy MacPhail was recently named the president of the Philadelphia Phillies, continuing the tradition of there being a MacPhail family member as an executive in Major League Baseball.  This is not Andy’s first job in baseball, however.  He has held similar posts with the Baltimore Orioles, Chicago Cubs, and Minnesota Twins organizations.  He has also worked in the Astros organization.

Andy’s father, Lee MacPhail, was the American League President after serving as GM for the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles.

Andy’s grandfather, Larry MacPhail, was GM for the Cincinnati Reds, president of the Brooklyn Dodgers, and part-owner and GM for the New York Yankees.

Lee and Larry MacPhail are both members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Read more about Andy MacPhail’s career at the link below from philly.com:

http://articles.philly.com/2015-07-06/sports/64115136_1_andy-macphail-chicago-cubs-dickinson-college

Son of Fernando Tatis is International Prospect

Fernando Tatis played in the major leagues for eleven seasons for five different clubs during 1997 to 2010. He compiled a .265 batting average, while hitting 113 home runs and driving in 448 runs.

His son, Fernando Jr., was recently signed by the Chicago White Sox as an international prospect from the Dominican Republic.

Read more about Fernando Tatis Jr. at the link below from m.whitesox.mlb.com:

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/134059696/white-sox-sign-fernando-tatis-jr

Sons of Baseball Scout Gary Also Pursued Baseball Careers

Gary Hughes was a long-time major league scout for several clubs in the major leagues, going back to 1966 when became a part-time scout for the San Francisco Giants.  He went on to became assistant GM and director of scouting for the Florida Marlins in 1991 as an expansion club.

His sons, Michael and Sam, also found careers in baseball.  Michael has been the visiting clubhouse manager for the Marlins for 20+ years, while Sam has advanced to national cross-checker in the Cubs organization.

Read more about Gary Hughes at the link below from marinij.com:

http://www.marinij.com/sports/20150701/former-mc-baseball-coachs-scouting-career-paved-way-for-sons-jobs-with-mlb

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