Children of Major Leaguers often get a unique experience and view of the game of baseball from an early age while also being blessed with some choice genes and skill sets that make them all the more prepared to pursue the national pastime as their career of choice.
While plenty of kids of former big leaguers have failed to reach The Show despite giving it their best down on the farm, others have put together lengthy and successful careers as second generation players.
Six father-son tandems (Jim Bagby and Jim Bagby; Earl Averill and Earl Averill Jr.; Tito Francona and Terry Francona; Buddy Bell and David Bell; Dave Duncan and Shelley Duncan; and Cam Carreon and Mark Carreon) have had the privilege of representing the Cleveland Indians organization on the field during their respective careers.
When thinking of incredible, insurmountable comebacks in the history of Major League Baseball, many fans (and especially Tribe fans) will look to August 5 of 2001, when the 61-48 Indians rallied back from two separate twelve-run deficits to shock the 80-30 Seattle Mariners with a stunning 15-14 extra inning walk-off win at Jacobs Field.
The unbelievable end results were heightened by the fact that both teams were very much in the playoff race and were destined to meet again in October, when the Mariners knocked off the Indians in five games in the American League Division Series after winning a Major League record 116 games (a record which still stands today).
Prior to that Herculean effort against the Mariners, the Indians’ largest home comeback at their gem at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario came on May 7, 1999, when the team used an 18-run barrage over its final three innings at the plate to stun the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 20-11. They accomplished it without Hall of Famer Jim Thome in the lineup, nor Hall worthy (in some eyes) Omar Vizquel, who was out of the lineup nursing a sore quad that had pestered him since mid-April.
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Before players could even comfortably settle into their Arizona homes for the spring, the Cleveland Indians received some unpleasant news at their Goodyear camp when it was announced that a right calf strain would sideline three-time All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor for a seven- to nine-week period, putting his status for Opening Day up in the air.
Getting Lindor back in time for the start of the season, after he injured the calf preparing for the coming year, is far less important than making sure that he is in good health at the end of the campaign for the club’s presumed fourth straight postseason under manager Terry Francona. So while the team has used caution with one of the more significant players on the roster, Lindor is champing at the bit to return to the field, working his way back slowly this week through inclusion in some activities on the minor league side of camp (where he hit a home run in a game against the Cincinnati Reds).