The son of a former "All American Girls Professional Baseball League" star has been named manager of a minor league affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Casey Candaele will lead the Dunedin (Fla.) Blue Jays in 2018, joining the organization from the Seattle Mariners, where he was the team's First Base Coach the past two seasons.
It is Candaele's first job as a manager in the pros. His coaching career follows 18 years as a professional player, including nine in the Major Leagues.
Candaele's mother, Helen Callaghan, is considered one of the greats of the former AAGPBL -- the organization featured in the film "A League of Their Own." Callahan's best season came in 1945, when she batted .299 for the Fort Wayne Daisies to lead the league in hitting.
One of Candale's brothers, Kelly Candaele, produced a PBS documentary on the AAGPBL. The documentary inspired filmmaker Penny Marshall to develop "A League of Their Own."