Hand reflects on All-Star grandson

San Diego Padres reliever Brad Hand, the grandson of long-time Hampton baseball coach Bill Hand, recently pitched in the All-Star game and avoided being traded at the MLB deadline on Monday. (MLB photo)

HAMPTON – Long-time Hampton-Dumont baseball coach Bill Hand has been keeping some late nights recently.

The man who spent 22 years coaching the Bulldogs and was responsible for starting several girls sports at Hampton for a grand total of 32 years, including their basketball program, needs to keep a late schedule since his grandson, Brad Hand, is pitching on the West coast for the San Diego Padres.

And Brad Hand has been successful at his craft since he was traded from Miami in 2016.

“That was great, surprisingly great two years,” Bill Hand said of Brad. “They are talking about trading him, but the price is steep. Most teams are asking about a trade with him, but for the asking price..."

...Brad Hand isn’t the only major leaguer with ties to Hampton. Recently, Mike Morin, son of Hampton native Leatha Scalise Cline (Hampton, Class of 1980), saw some action, although he had been sent down to Triple-A Salt Lake City with the Los Angeles Angels organization.

“I just talked with Mike Morin’s step-(grandpa) for coffee this morning,” Bill Hand said last week. “He is rehabbing in Salt Lake City.”

The story runs in its entirety in the Aug. 2 print and online versions of the Hampton Chronicle.