Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Family affair

What an electric night for the Kelly family, Casey throwing six scoreless innings in his major league debut on Monday, the same day that his dad, Pat, looking on at Petco Park, celebrated his 57th birthday. Casey's brother, Chris, had to be thrilled too. Beyond the blood connection, the brothers are both Padres. Chris scouts amateur players in the Florida panhandle and Georgia. "He's doing a good job for us," Josh Byrnes said. Pat Kelly played pro ball for 13 years as a catcher and has managed for 22 years in the minor leagues. He directed Padres affiliates in Single-A, Double-A and Triple-A. If Casey and Chris have strong instincts for baseball, it's not hard to figure out the nature and nurture angles.

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