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Baseball has a way of bringing a family closer together.
Sometimes it can be as close as the other dugout.
A unique situation takes place for members of the Abraham family on June 2 as brothers Jim and Josh of Starkville will coach on opposite sides at the Mississippi High School Class 4A-6A All-Star baseball game.
Josh will coach the Class 4A-6A North All-Stars, while Jim will lead the Class 4A-6A South team.
"It will be great for both of us," Jim said. "My parents will be there supporting on both sides so it will be a great experience. We're going to have a chance to coach with and against some of the best baseball players in the state of Mississippi. It will be neat to be on the opposite side to see if we can get after each other one time."
Josh calls it an honor to coach in the All-Star game and thanked the coaches who voted on him.
To be able to share the experience with his brother just adds to the anticipation.
"We're excited about it and looking forward to it," Josh said. "Coaches enjoy getting the opportunity to coach in this game. It's going to be fun for me and my family and everybody that enjoys baseball."
Josh's and Jim's parents, Jimmy and Patti Abraham, still live in Starkville.
As father and mother, they are proud of what their sons have accomplished. They don't necessarily like to see them coach against each other, but Jimmy says the All-Star Game is different.
"It's going to be a fun event watching them coach some of the best baseball players in the state of Mississippi," Jimmy said. "They have done a great job of not only coaching these young adults, but hopefully helping them in many other ways that will prepare them for what they do when they leave high school."
It's far from a sibling rivalry for Jim and Josh as the brothers love and respect each other.
They feel the same way about the game of baseball.
Because of that fact Josh said their relationship is unlike any other.
"We share the passion for what we do," Josh said. "Baseball is our life and at this point, it's an honor to be able to coach a game against or with him, against him in this case, and it's really nice to be able to enjoy the 4A, 5A and 6A North players on my team and the 4A, 5A, 6A South players on his team. It's going to be a fun experience."
Jim calls Josh "one of my biggest supporters" and is also glad to have shared the game of baseball with him over the years.
"We have a common bond with the game and that's been neat the past few years," Jim said. "Both of my brothers support me 100 percent and I support them 100 percent. My family is kind of neat to have your brother in the same profession because he can understand what you are going through so it's pretty special to me."
Josh is in his fourth season as the head coach at Warren Central, while Jim has spent the same number of years as the leader at Quitman.
Quitman will finish third in its division by losing out on a tiebreaker and will miss out on the postseason, while Warren Central looks forward to a playoff appearance.
"Everything has been going real well," Josh said. "Our kids play really hard and compete at the highest level. I'm proud of the success and looking forward to the playoffs."
Both played for coach Danny Carlisle at Starkville High School and expressed their appreciation for his influence. Carlisle is retiring after 35 years of service to the Yellowjackets and 29 as head coach.
"He's meant a lot to me and my brother and I wish him the best as he pursues retirement," Jim said.
After their SHS careers, the Abraham brothers went on to letter one season at Mississippi State (Jim in 1999 and Josh in 2002).View more articles in: