Family lineage has perpetuated the sport of baseball for as long as it has been played. In a similar vein as, say, the Biblical book of Genesis, there are a list of “begats” scattered throughout the years:
- Cecil Fielder begat Prince
- Tony Perez begat Eduardo
- Bobby Bonds begat Barry
- Sandy Alomar begat Roberto & Sandy Jr.
- Bob Boone begat Bret & Aaron
- Ken Griffey begat Ken Griffey Jr
- Sal Butera begat Drew (here in Twins Territory)
In the current era, however, there are perhaps more baseball-playing sons of former major leaguers than ever before. Even more notable? How many of those youngsters might be on career arcs to eclipse “the old man”.
Toronto seems to be cornering the market on such players, what with Cavan (of Craig) Biggio, Bo (of Dante) Bichette, and Vlad Guerrero, Jr. suiting up for them on a nightly basis. While the formers of that list may struggle to eclipse Pops, the latter seems almost a carbon copy of his slugging Daddy-o.
The O.G. Fernando Tatis was a solid ballplayer, but the new-and-improved model looks to be perhaps a generational talent, seemingly leading San Diego back into contention almost single-handedly.
Over on the other coast, Ke’Bryan Hayes is establishing a name for himself as one of the game’s top rookies despite playing on a poor Pittsburgh squad. Father Charlie was a career 10.5 WAR player—solid, though not spectacular.
- The Vlads Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
- Bo Bichette gets into one like the old man used to Photo by Joshua Bessex/Getty Images
- Craig & Cavan Biggio Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images
- Fernando Tatis Jr. bat-flipping his way to trying to surpass his namesake father Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images
- Clay Bellinger and young son Cody Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images
- Ke’Bryan Hayes living up to the family name Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
Right here in Minnesota, Nick Gordon is famously (one of) the son(s) of the guy Stephen King wrote a book about, and Luke Farrell’s elder John was also an MLB resident.
It seems safe to say that baseball is experiencing a bloodline blowout!
In the world of cinema, one of the most iconic father/son pairings is George & Marty McFly (famously, writer Bob Gale got the idea for the film while paging through his Dad’s yearbook and thinking “would I have been friends with him in high school?”). In that spirit, I’ll close with a similar question...
Which father/son combo would you love to have seen share the diamond together in their primes?
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