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Sunday, April 26, 2020

Let’s build a roster using the sons of ex-players

Families have bonded over baseball since it became our national pastime. Whether it’s early childhood hitting lessons in the backyard, a trip to the ballpark imprinting a permanent love for the sport or the nightly experience of watching a game together, baseball creates memories that can last a lifetime.

From Ken Griffey Sr. and Jr. to Bobby and Barry Bonds, multi-generation families have been a crucial part of MLB’s history. Now, a trio of baseball sons of superstar dads—Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Cavan Biggio and Bo Bichette—are the core of the Blue Jays’ present and future. But these “Baby Blue Jays” are hardly the only ones impacting the game.

It left us wondering: What is the best 2020 roster composed exclusively of active players whose fathers made it to The Show?

The criteria for this “All-MLB-Sons Team” was simple: For a player to be eligible, his father must have played in MLB, whether it was one game or a Hall of Fame career.

Interesting line-up- which ones could you assemble using players that were all contemporaries?

 

QLE Posted: April 26, 2020 at 01:34 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: fathers and sons, teams

Monday, March 02, 2020

‘We keep pushing forward’: The story behind Tim Anderson’s promise

One day his daughters will be ready for his story. They’ll be old enough. Wise enough. Courageous enough. The people they know and love, even those they only sense, will fit into their places. One day. Though, the truth is, Tim Anderson Jr. is still sorting through some of that himself.

He has time. They’re so young. He is, too, just 26. The story’s still gathering characters, scenery, meaning.

One day they’ll laugh and cry in all the places their dad laughed and cried, and they’ll understand why he is him, and then why he believes in them with all he has. They will be beautiful and strong and smart like their mother, and when their dad and mom teach them about beauty and strength and intelligence, those lessons will be about compassion and forgiveness, too. And loss. And loneliness. And dignity. And getting by, best they can. The mistakes people make simply because they are people, then maybe make them again, well, then other people decide to turn their backs or come closer.

See, just as right and wrong get blurry in the moment, so does judgment in the aftermath, in the years spent living with the consequences, in the decisions to love. Or not. That makes the man. That makes us all.

 

QLE Posted: March 02, 2020 at 12:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fathers and sons, tim anderson

Monday, February 17, 2020

Jacob’s Ladder; Stallings’ persistence pays off for Pirates

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — The son’s stay in town has outlasted the father’s. The irony isn’t lost on Jacob Stallings.

It wasn’t necessarily supposed to be this way. Stallings was still a catching prospect — and not necessarily a young one — in the Pirates’ organization four years ago when his dad Kevin left a successful run as the men’s basketball coach at Vanderbilt to take on the same job at the University of Pittsburgh.

The marriage between the elder Stallings and the Panthers lasted all of two nightmarish seasons. By the spring of 2018, Pitt moved on. It seemed the younger Stallings might meet the same fate. Pittsburgh designated for him assignment several times as he pogoed between the minors and the majors after making his debut in 2016. The odds of him ever sticking in Pittsburgh seeming to grow more and more remote as his mid-20s turned into his late-20s.

Yet rather than worry about it, Stallings buried himself in the game. When he spent the first half of 2019 as the third catcher while Elias Diaz and Francisco Cervelli battled with injuries, Stallings won over members of the starting rotation with his willingness to do whatever, whenever on the off chance the two might find themselves working together when it mattered.

Or, Two Men In Another Town

 

QLE Posted: February 17, 2020 at 12:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: college baseball, fathers and sons, jacob stallings, pittsburgh

Monday, February 03, 2020

At least one team in Detroit knows how to draft a Super Bowl-winning QB

At least one Detroit pro sports team knows how to find a Super Bowl-winning quarterback.

Unfortunately for Detroit Lions fans, that team is the Detroit Tigers.

Well before Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was raising the Lombardi Trophy following a 31-20 victory in Super Bowl LIV over the San Francisco 49ers, he was the 37th-round pick of the Tigers in the 2014 MLB draft.

Now, less than six years later, Mahomes has more Super Bowl victories than the Lions

and, in fact, more playoff victories than the Tigers. (Mahomes’ Chiefs have four playoff wins over the past two seasons, including the three needed for this season’s title. The Tigers haven’t won a playoff game since the 2013 ALCS against Boston.)

Who says the Tigers don’t draft well?


Saturday, February 01, 2020

Dusty Baker’s son Darren cherished dad being in the stands

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Darren Baker doesn’t see anyone better to lead the Houston Astros back to respectability than his dad.

A college second baseman at the University of California, he insists that comes from a baseball player’s perspective and not just as a proud son.

Dusty Baker was formally introduced as Houston’s new manager Thursday, the same day Darren represented Cal at Bay Area baseball media day. The Astros are trying to move forward from a sign-stealing scandal that led to Major League Baseball’s suspensions and then Houston’s firings of general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch.

“I think it’s a perfect fit. Who else to steer a ship or right a ship than my dad?” Darren said. “I don’t just say that because it’s my dad, I genuinely believe it. Too much integrity — he’s the greatest man I’ve ever met, on and off the field. I think it’s a match made in heaven, I think it’s fate. Seeing him in an Astros jersey, it’s going to be a crazy experience.”

Some of you were pondering Darren Baker’s whereabouts in a couple of earlier threads- I hope this answers it for you.

 

QLE Posted: February 01, 2020 at 01:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dusty baker, fathers and sons, where are they now

Saturday, December 28, 2019

LHP Ryu gives Blue Jays ace to pair with talented young core

TORONTO (AP) — Hyun-Jin Ryu is the ace the Toronto Blue Jays needed to pair with a lineup flush with “baseball royalty.”

That’s the view agent Scott Boras has of the four-year, $80 million deal that brought the Korean left-hander north of the border.

Ryu agreed to join the Jays last weekend, then flew in from Korea for an introductory news conference Friday, greeting a live television audience with a wide smile and a few words in each of his new home country’s official languages.

“Hello, Canada,” Ryu said. “Bonjour. I’m happy to be here and I’m going to make the Toronto Blue Jays proud.”

Note to self: Check in in a few years’ time, so see how things developed for this team.

QLE Posted: December 28, 2019 at 02:03 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, fathers and sons, hyun-jin ryu, youth

 

 

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