Major League Baseball has had over 200 father-son combinations who both played in the big-leagues. But the sons of major-leaguers don’t always choose their father’s sport. Sometimes they don’t want the pressure of having to follow in their father’s baseball footsteps. Sometimes they want to make a name for themselves by trying to excel another sport.
This year’s college football season features several prominent sons of former major leaguers. Not surprising, they play in offensive skill positions on the gridiron. Below is a list of the more notable of these college players, their current teams, their father’s names and their father’s years in major-league baseball.
Shane Buechele, University of Texas QB, son of Steve Buechele (1985-1995)
Torii Hunter Jr., University of Notre Dame WR, son of Torii Hunter Sr. (1997-2015)
Trey Griffey, University of Arizona WR, son of Ken Griffey Jr. (1989-2010)
Pat Mahomes II, University of Texas Tech QB, son of Pat Mahomes Sr. (1992-2003)
Dante Pettis, University of Washington WR/KR, son of Gary Pettis (1982-1992)
Kenny Hill, Texas Christian University QB, son of Ken Hill (1988-2001)
Derek McLemore, University of Houston WR, son of Mark McLemore (1986-2004)
Brandon Johnson, University of Tennessee WR, son of Charles Johnson (1994 – 2005)
To read more about these football players, see the link below from bignewsnetwork.com:
Brothers Corey and Kyle Seager are both having great 2016 seasons. Corey, who appears to be a lock for National League Rookie of the Year, has been a key factor in the Dodgers’ quest for the NL West Division title. Kyle is having his best major-league season of his six-year major-leaguer career.
As of September 24, the brothers have been able to post similar numbers at the hash-line level: Corey with .370/.514/.884, while Kyle with .363/.508/.871. But Corey leads in batting average (.310 to .281) and runs scored (102 to 86), while Kyle leads in home runs (29 to 25) and RBI (96 to 70).
For more information about the talented Seager brothers, see the link below from the Seattle Times:
Rick Stowe is the home team clubhouse manager for the Cincinnati Reds. He was working for the Red at the time Ken Griffey Jr. was playing for the Reds.
What they have in common is being second-generation members of the Reds organization. Rick’s father, Bernie Stowe, was a long-time Reds equipment manager, while Griffey Jr.’s father also played with the Reds from 1973 to 1981.
To read more about the connection between Stowe and Griffey Jr, follow the link below from the Dayton Daily News:
Darren Baker got his first national exposure in baseball as a three-years-old, when he was a batboy for the San Francisco Giants. His father, Dusty Baker, was the manager of the Giants when they appeared in the 2002 World Series. In one of the games, Darren went out to pick up a bat at home plate, when a play was still in progress. An alert J. T. Snow, who was in the Giants’ on-deck circle, had to sweep up the young Baker at home plate to avoid a collision with a Giants runner heading for home plate.
Fast forward to today. Darren is a potential major league prospect, having played well in recent Area Code games for amateurs. He will be a high school senior for the 2017 season, and has already committed to the University of California.
Dusty is currently the manager of the Washington Nationals.
Read more about Darren Baker at the link below from USA Today High School Sports:
Mariano Rivera III, son of baseball’s all-time great closer, Mariano Rivera, wants to make his own path in professional baseball. The younger Rivera is currently a pitcher in the Washington Nationals organization at the Class A level.
He passed on an opportunity to play in the Yankees organization, when they drafted him while still in college. He doesn’t throw a cutter, the pitch that made his father famous. He doesn’t use his father’s legendary career as leverage to gain preferential treatment on his current minor league team.
He didn’t play Little League baseball and never made the varsity baseball team in high school. Instead, he came into his own while playing collegiate baseball. Of course, his goal is to one day wear a major-league uniform, and early indications are that he could make that happen despite not having grown up in the game.
Read more about Mariano Rivera III at the link below from abc7ny.com:
Jonathan Schoop has established himself in the big leagues with a solid season in 2016. The second baseman has been a key cog in the Baltimore Orioles’ fight for the AL East Division lead.
Jonathan and his brother Sharlon grew up in Curacao and dreamed of playing together in the big leagues. They came real close earlier this season when Sharlon, playing for the O’s Triple-A affiliate Norfolk, was on the cusp of being promoted to the big-league Orioles. Sharlon yet to play in the majors.
Read more about the Schoop brothers at the link below from the Baltimore Sun:
Peyton Glavine, son of Baseball Hall of Famer Tom Glavine, has verbally committed to Auburn University as part of their 2017 recruiting class.
He completed his junior season of high school baseball in Alpharetta, Georgia, with a 6-0 record and 0.80 ERA. He has been attracting attention from college scouts this summer by playing an extensive travel ball schedule.
A left-handed pitcher like his father, he currently throws his fastball in the mid-80s range.
To read more about Peyton Glavine, follow the link below from the Montgomery Advisor:
Ryan Ripken has one of the most famous last names in baseball, but he realizes he must make his own way in the sport. The son of Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr., Ripken is currently playing for the Class A Auburn Doubledays in his third season in pro ball.
However, his short career has been marred by injury and he’s still trying to establish himself. Growing up, he never thought of his dad as a superstar, but now recognizes the impact his dad had on the sport. Despite that, the younger Ripken understands he has to put in the hard work, to learn how to deal with the mental and physical stress of baseball’s grinding season.
Follow the link below from syracuse.com to read more about Ryan Ripken:
Benito Santiago Jr. is currently playing baseball at the University of Tennessee, after passing on the opportunity to play pro baseball in 2014 when he was selected in the MLB Draft by the San Francisco Giants in the 38th round.
His father, Benito, was a major-league player from 1986 to 2005, appearing with nine teams, but primarily with the San Diego Padres. Santiago Sr. was National League Rookie of the Year in 1986 and was a five-time All-Star.
When he was seven years old, Benito Jr. served as batboy for one of his father’s team, the Giants, so he got a good chance to experience professional baseball at a very early age. He plays catcher like his father, who was a Gold Glove winner at the position for three seasons.
For more information about Benito Santiago Jr., see the link below from The Barnstable Patriot:
Blaise Maris will be playing baseball for South Florida State College next year, after playing with High Point University in North Carolina.
Maris is the grandson of Roger Maris, iconic New York Yankee player from 1960 to 1966, who is most noted for breaking Babe Ruth’s single season record of 60 home runs in 1961. Altogether, the elder Maris played twelve major-league seasons, also playing for Cleveland, Kansas City, and St. Louis. He was American League MVP in 1960 and 1961.
Blaise never met his grandfather, but has read the stories and seen video clips of his slugging performances. He is certainly aware of his grandfather’s place in baseball history.
Blaise’s uncle, Kevin Maris, had brief minor league appearance in 1982 in the Cardinals organization.
Read more about the Maris family in the article below from Highlands Today: