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Tony Gwynn Jr. has hard shoes to fill
As we saw on the previous slides, some father and son duos from MLB history have each been able to enjoy very successful careers. That is the exception to the rule, not the norm. While conducting research for this project, I uncovered at least 20 father and son duos in MLB where a fairly wide gap exists between the levels reached by each individual.
One such example is Tony Gwynn, Sr. and his son, Tony Gwynn, Jr. While Tony Sr. is also a member of the MLB All-Century Team like Ken Griffey, Jr., the level of performance between Gwynn and his son is quite different. Tony Gwynn, Sr. is a member of the MLB Hall of Fame and enjoyed 11 seasons where he had a minimum of 500 official at-bats. He also had over 200 hits in a season five times.
This is Tony Gwynn Jr.'s seventh year in MLB. The most official at-bats he's ever had in a season was 393, and the most hits he's ever had is 106—the only time he broke the 100-hit barrier.
Sometimes it can be very difficult for a son to live up to what his dad was able to do in the MLB—and vice versa.
Other notable MLB father and son duos:
Cal Ripken, Sr. and his sons Cal Ripken, Jr. and Billy Ripken
Jerry Hairston, Sr. and his sons Scott Hairston and Jerry Hairston, Jr.
Gary Matthews, Sr. ("Sarge") and Gary Matthews, Jr.
Jesse Barfield and his son Josh Barfield
Yogi Berra and his son Dale Berra
Tony Perez and his son Eduardo Perez
Dave Duncan and his sons Shelley Duncan and Chris Duncan
Pete Rose, Sr. and Pete Rose, Jr.
Mel Stottlemyre and his sons Todd Stottlemyre and Mel Stottlemyre, Jr.
Ed Spiezio and his son Scott Spiezio
Gus Bell and his son Buddy Bell
Floyd Bannister and his son Brian Bannister
Jose Cruz, Sr. and Jose Cruz, Jr.
John Mayberry, Sr. and John Mayberry, Jr.
Sandy Alomar and his sons Roberto Alomar and Sandy Alomar, Jr.
Eric Young and Eric Young, Jr.