It’s a Family Affair
Yes, I have heard of Bryce Harper, the number one pick in the MLB Draft, but I admit to not being an aficionado of amateur baseball and I am not familiar with most of the players who were selected. I do love the baseball draft however because I always look forward to seeing what relatives have been chosen by the various teams. I always hope that these players make it to the majors and not end up like Josh Papelbon younger brother of Jonathan Papelbon simply hoping to hang on with the deadbeat Brockton Rox.
As usual I was not picked up by any team despite the fact my father was named H.R. Chuck. Apparently teams discovered that his full name was not Home Run Chuck but actually Henry Raymond Chuck.
Here is a relatively short list of draftees.
- Houston selected Delino DeShields Jr. with the eighth overall pick.
- Cam Bedrosian, son of former Cy Young Award winner Steve Bedrosian was a first-round draftee by the Angels.
- Kellen Sweeney, younger brother of outfielder Ryan Sweeney, was drafted in the second round by Toronto.
- Cory Vaughn, son of Greg Vaughn, was selected by the Mets in the fourth round.
- Connor Narron, son of former Texas manager Jerry Narron, was chosen in the fifth round by Baltimore.
- Drew Cisco, drafted by Cincinnati in the sixth round, is the grandson of Galen Cisco.
- The Tigers in the eighth round chose Patrick Leyland, son of Detroit manager Jim Leyland.
- Benjamin Gamel, brother of Mat Gamel, was taken in the ninth round by the Yankees.
- Former Dodger and Angel Reggie Williams saw his younger son, JaDamion Williams, go to Minnesota and older son, Reggie Williams Jr., to the Cardinals both in the 10th round.
- Dillon Moyer, son of Jaime Moyer, was selected in the 22nd round by Minnesota.
- Mark Tracy, son of Colorado manager Jim Tracy, went to the Rockies in the 22nd round.
- Ozney Guillen, son of Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen, was taken by the White Sox in the 22nd round.
- Brett Bochy, son of Francisco manager Bruce Bochy was a 30th round selection of the Giants.
- Benito Santiago Jr., son of five-time All-Star Benito Santiago, was taken by the Cubs in the 31st round.
- With their 32nd-round selection, the Dodgers picked Devon Ethier, the younger brother of Andre Ethier.
- Andy Fermin, son of former infielder Felix Fermin, went to the Blue Jays after being taken in the 32nd round.
- The Dodgers also picked right-handed pitcher Chad Wallach, the 18-year-old son of former Dodger and current Triple-A Albuquerque manager Tim Wallach.
- And finally the Dodgers selected USC first baseman Beau Brett, nephew of Hall of Famer George Brett, with their 35th-round pick.
- Also in the 35th round, Andrew Benes, son of former top overall pick Andy Benes and nephew of former first-round draftee Alan Benes was taken by the Cardinals.
- Jake May, the grandson of Lee May, was taken in the 39th round by the Reds.
- Detroit chose Benjamin Verlander, younger brother of Justin Verlander, in the 46th round.
- In round 47, Toronto chose pitcher Gabriel Romero, younger brother of Ricky Romero.
- In the 50th round, the Royals chose Joseph Jackson, whom they identifed as the great-great grandnephew of all-time great “Shoeless” Joe Jackson.
Quickies from Yesterday
Yankees 4, Orioles 2, CC Sabathia has just four wins in his last 10 starts with all four against the Orioles. He is now 13-1 against the Birds. Mariano Rivera earns save #14.
White Sox 15, Tigers 3, Rick Porcello is now 4-6 with a 6.09 ERA.
Twins 6, Royals 2, Carl Pavano is now 6-6.
Rays 10, Blue Jays 1, David Price became the first nine-game winner in the AL and is 3-0 against the Rays this season. Dioner Navarro, Ben Zobrist and Carlos Pena all homered.
Indians 11, Red Sox 0, Revenge is sweet as former Red Sox pitcher Justin Masterson punished his old employers for exiling him to Cleveland by recording his first major league shutout. Travis Hafner hit a grand slam.
Rangers 12, Mariners 2, Josh Hamilton had a homer and three RBI. Ian Snell is now 0-5.
Angels 7, A’s 1, Joe Saunders allowed seven hits, struck out two and walked one in his fourth career complete game.
Cubs 9, Brewers 4, Derrek Lee hit his 300th homer and Marlon Byrd and Geovany Soto each hit a pair. Carlos Zambrano (2-4) earned his first win since returning to the rotation but walked five and hit one in five innings.
Nationals 7, Pirates 5, Tuesday night the Nats had a standing-room-only crowd of 40,315. Last night, only 18,876 fans came to Nationals Park. Adam Dunn hit his 12th.
Reds 6, Giants 3, Orlando Cabrera had four hits, a single and three doubles. Buster Posey hit his first career homer for the Giants.
Dodgers 4, Cardinals 3, Manny B Manny hit a two-run homer and Blake DeWitt had two RBI as the Dodgers completed a three-game sweep. Clayton Kershaw (6-3) struck out 10 in seven innings.
Astros 6, Rockies 2 (10), For the second straight game, Carlos Lee delivered the game-winning hit for the Astros, this on was a grand slam with two outs in the 10th.
Diamondbacks 2, Braves 1, Gerardo Parra hit an inside-the-park home run when Atlanta outfielders Nate McLouth and Jason Heyward collided in the 8th inning. Parra now has one homer on the season.
Marlins at Phillies, Postponed, no make-up has been scheduled.
Padres at Mets, Postponed, twin bill scheduled for today.
On this date
In 1966, Sonny Siebert of the Indians pitched a no-hitter against the Washington Senators.
In 1997, Kevin Brown of the Florida Marlins threw a no-hitter against the San Francisco Giants and missed a perfect game by hitting a batter in the 8th inning.
Tigers (Max Scherzer) at White Sox (John Danks), 2:05
Angels (Ervin Santana) at A’s (Trevor Cahill), 3:35
Yankees (A.J. Burnett) at Orioles (Jake Arrieta), 7:05
Red Sox (Jon Lester) at Indians (Mitch Talbot), 7:05
Blue Jays (Brett Cecil) at Rays (Wade Davis), 7:10
Mariners (Ryan Rowland-Smith) at Rangers (Tommy Hunter), 8:05
Royals (Bruce Chen) at Twins (Scott Baker), 8:10
Giants (Todd Wellemeyer) at Reds (Mike Leake), 12:35
Padres (Mat Latos and Jon Garland) at Mets (Johan Santana and Jonathon Niese), DH, 1:10 and 7:10
Cubs (Ryan Dempster) at Brewers (David Bush), 2:10
Astros (Roy Oswalt) at Rockies (Jhoulys Chacin), 3:10
Braves (Tommy Hanson) at Diamondbacks (Dontrelle Willis), 3:40
Pirates (Zach Duke) at Nationals (Livan Hernandez), 7:05
Marlins (Josh Johnson) at Phillies (Roy Halladay), 7:05
The Strasburg Report
Tonight, Stephen Strasburg will appear on Late Show with David Letterman and read the Top Ten List. Also appearing will be Harry Connick Jr., actor Jaden Smith and musical act Peter Wolf.
In addition, TBS is adding the Washington Nationals at Cleveland Indians game at 1 p.m. (ET). The Nationals probable starter is scheduled to be Strasburg and TBS will also add two super slo-mo cameras for the telecast; a centerfield camera and a right field line camera. Dick Stockton (play-by-play), Buck Martinez (analyst) and Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley (analyst) will call the action. TBS had previously scheduled and announced the Philadelphia Phillies at Boston Red Sox.
I bet this sells for plenty
Lelands.com is auctioning the 34-inch, 32-ounce bat black Mizuno bat that Pete Rose used for his final hit. Rose said he used the bat for his last hit, number 4,256, a single off San Francisco’s Greg Minton on Aug. 14, 1986.