For Alex Avila, baseball is the family business – Chicago Tribune

During his tenure as Tigers general manager, Al Avila has called many players to tell them that they had been traded.

For one of them, he had a special message.

“At the end of the call he was the one guy where I said, “I love you,'” Avila said with a hearty laugh.

That’s because the player he had reached on the phone soon after the Tigers had landed in New York on the eve of the July 31 trade deadline to tell him he was headed to the Cubs was his son, Alex.


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