Bobby and Barry Bonds and MLB's 10 Greatest Father-Son Combos of All Time
Almost every boy can think back to a time when he was young and played catch with his father in the yard or at the local baseball field. For many children, this helped spark an interest in baseball.
Some children were lucky enough to have their first catch with fathers who were also Major League Baseball players. Learning from someone who had a major league pedigree certainly helped these youngsters develop into good baseball players.
There were a number who would go on to follow in their father's footsteps and reach the big leagues. Amongst the long list of father-son combinations to play in the major leagues, a few stand out a bit more than others.
Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr.
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On September 14th, 1990, Ken Griffey Sr. hit a home run. His son, Ken Griffey Jr. stepped up to the plate next and followed up his father with his own long ball. The two became the first father and son to hit a home run in the same game.
Griffey Sr. had a 19-year major league career and had a .296 batting average. The three-time All-Star won two World Series titles while he was a member of the Cincinnati Reds in the mid-70s.
Griffey Jr. picked up a thing or two from his father, and he was a star as soon as he reached the major leagues at age 19. There was a four-year period in the late 90s when Junior was arguable the best offensive player in all of baseball.
Junior will eventually be enshrined in the Hall of Fame, and his 630 career home runs allow him to rank sixth in MLB history.
Cecil and Prince Fielder
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Things have not been as rosy for Cecil Fielder and his son Prince as they look in the picture to the left. The relationship between the two has been strained for years. However, they are one of the best father-son combinations in MLB history.
Cecil Fielder was a feared power hitter during his career in the majors. He broke the 30-home run mark six times in his career, and he slugged 51 home runs in 1990 when he finished second in the AL MVP voting.
Prince has also emerged as an outstanding slugger during his career in the bigs. Prince's career high of 50 come runs in 2007 is just one shy of his father's mark. This made them the only father and son who are both in the 50-home run club.
The duo has combined for 559 home runs, and that number should continue to increase as Prince continues to dominate major league pitching.
Bobby and Barry Bonds
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Bobby Bonds certainly taught his son Barry a lot about baseball. Bobby was a three-time All-Star and a three-time Gold Glove winner. The elder Bonds is a member of the 300-home run, 300-stolen base club.
Barry Bonds had an incredible career, and his list of accomplishments is too long to repeat. The seven-time MVP was the most feared hitter in baseball in the 2000s. He's the MLB's all-time home run king with 762 career home runs.
Barry was also intentionally walked 688 times during his career, more than anyone else in baseball history.
They are the only father-son combination that has more than 1,000 home runs. Bobby and Barry also have a combined 975 stolen bases.
Ray, Bob, Brett and Aaron Boone
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The Boone family has been involved in baseball for a long time. Three generations of the family have played in the big leagues.
Ray Boone was the first to reach the majors. He had a 13-year career that began in the late 1940s, and he was a two-time All-Star.
Bob Boone, Ray's son was the next to play in the majors. He was one of the better defensive catchers of his era, and he has seven Gold Gloves from his nine-year career.
Two of Bob's sons played in the majors as well. Both Bret and Aaron Boone had lengthy major league careers. Bret played 14 years in the majors, and the best season of his career came in 2001 when he hit 37 home runs and drove in 141 runners.
Aaron Boone may be the most well-known member of the Boone family because of what he did on October 16, 2003. Aaron hit a walk-off home run against the Boston Red Sox during the bottom of the 11th in Game 7 of the ALCS to keep the Curse of the Bambino alive.
Felipe and Moises Alou
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The Alou family is incredibly talented and full of baseball players. Brothers Felipe, Matty and Jesus all had long major league careers. Felipe's son, Moises, also had a successful major league career.
Felipe was a career .286 hitter, and he hit more than 200 home runs during his career. He was also selected to three All-Star Games. Felipe also served as a manager for 14 years and finished his career with a winning record.
From 1992 to 1996, Felipe was able to manage his son Moises in Montreal. He would get the chance to manage him once again during both the 2005 and 2006 seasons with the San Francisco Giants.
Moises spent 17 years in the major leagues and was a six-time All-Star. During his career, he was a .303 hitter, and he slugged 332 home runs.
Sandy Alomar Sr., Sandy Alomar Jr. and Roberto Alomar
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Sandy Alomar Sr. was praised for his defense at second base during his time in the major leagues. Despite being a light hitter, his defensive abilities allowed Sandy Sr. to play for 15 years. He taught his sons, Sandy Jr. and Roberto a thing or two about defense as well.
Sandy Jr. was a catcher, and he was a top-rated prospect. He shined in his first year in the majors in 1990. Sandy Jr. won the American League Rookie of the Year award as well as a Gold Glove.
The best baseball member in the Alomar family was Sandy Jr.'s younger brother. Roberto Alomar is considered to be one of the best second basemen in MLB history, and he's a Hall of Famer.
Roberto followed in his father's footsteps as a defensive wizard as he won 10 Gold Gloves during his career. He also managed to appear in 12 All-Star Games during his time in the majors.
Tony Gwynn and Tony Gwynn Jr.
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Few players in the major leagues over the past few decades were as consistent as Tony Gwynn. The lowest that Gwynn hit during a full season in his 20-year career was .309.
Tony was selected as an All-Star 15 times during his career, and he won five Gold Gloves and seven Silver Sluggers. He was a no-doubt Hall of Famer, and he received 97.6 percent of the vote the first year that he was eligible.
Even with all of his success, Tony never pushed his son, Tony Jr. to play baseball. He just naturally fell in love with the game. Tony Jr. has been in the major leagues 2006, and he has seen pretty consistent playing time since the 2009 season.
The younger Gwynn is a .248 career hitter through his first 1,402 at-bats.
Mel and Todd Stottlemyre
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Mel Stottlemyre was solid pitcher for the New York Yankees in the 1960s and 1970s. He won 164 during his 11-year career and posted a 2.97 ERA. He was chosen to play in five All-Star Games.
Following his major league career, Stottlemyre became a pitching coach. Before he worked with major leaguers, Stottlemyre taught his sons Todd and Mel Jr. how to pitch.
Todd had a 14-year career in the major leagues. With his 138 wins, Stottlemyer and his father combined for more than 300 total wins. They were the first father and son to each win 100 games.
Mel Jr. did not have as successful or long of a major league career as his father or brother. Mel Jr. made just 13 appearances in the majors.
Tony and Eduardo Perez
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The Big Red Machine was one of the most dominant teams in baseball in the 1970s. One of the best players on that team was Tony Perez.
Perez was a power-hitting first baseman in the middle of the Cincinnati Reds' lineup, and he hit 379 home runs during his career. He was selected to play in seven All-Star Games, and in 2000, Perez was elected to the MLB Hall of Fame.
Tony's son, Eduardo, was also a first baseman like his father. However, he did not have the same success that his dad did. While Eduardo did play in the majors for 13 years, he hit only 79 home runs and was a .247 hitter.
Yogi and Dale Berra
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Yogi Berra is one of baseball's all-time greats. He was one of the top catchers in MLB history, and he was known for his outstanding personality. Berra was one of the best characters in baseball and has a number of memorable quotes.
During his 19-year major league career Berra won three American League MVP awards, and he went to an All-Star Game in 15 season. He ended his career with a .285 batting average, 358 home runs and he caught 49 percent of potential base stealers. Once his playing career was over, Yogi went on to manage both the New York Mets and the New York Yankees.
Berra's son, Dale, followed in his footsteps and also became a major league ballplayer. Dale played both shortstop and third base during his 11-year career. He was a career .236 hitter, and he had two years in which he hit 10 home runs.