Ranking the Top 10 Father-Son Duos in MLB History

Joel Reuter@JoelReuterBRFeatured ColumnistJune 15, 2014

Ranking the Top 10 Father-Son Duos in MLB History

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    There is something to be said for having good genes when it comes to being a baseball player, as there has been no shortage of father-son combinations in Major League Baseball.

    More times than not, one member of the family is far more productive than the other, but there have been a handful of cases where both father and son were big league stars.

    Here on Father's Day, we take a look back at the 10 greatest father-son duos in MLB history. We also provide a lengthy roster of honorable mentions and a peek at who could be challenging for a spot on this list in the years to come.

    We ranked the duos on the balanced production of both father and son, so while guys like Tony Gwynn, George Sisler, Yogi Berra and Tony Perez had Hall of Fame careers and sons who reached the majors, they don't crack the list with the sons falling well short of the fathers' numbers.

    *All stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference, unless otherwise noted.

Honorable Mentions

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    • Tony Armas and Tony Armas Jr.
    • Jim Bagby and Jim Bagby Jr.
    • Floyd Bannister and Brian Bannister
    • Yogi Berra and Dale Berra
    • Jeff Burroughs and Sean Burroughs
    • Doug Drabek and Kyle Drabek
    • Tom Gordon and Dee Gordon
    • Tom Grieve and Ben Grieve
    • Tony Gwynn and Tony Gwynn Jr.
    • Randy Hundley and Todd Hundley
    • Fred Kendall and Jason Kendall
    • Dave LaRoche and Adam/Andy LaRoche
    • Vern Law and Vance Law
    • Gary Matthews and Gary Matthews Jr. 
    • John Mayberry and John Mayberry Jr.
    • Hal McRae and Brian McRae
    • Tony Perez and Eduardo Perez
    • Jeff Russell and James Russell
    • George Sisler and Dave/Dick Sisler
    • Steve Swisher and Nick Swisher
    • Andy Van Slyke and Scott Van Slyke
    • Eric Young and Eric Young Jr. 
    • Tom Walker and Neil Walker
    • Gary Ward and Daryle Ward
    • Maury Wills and Bump Wills
    • Clyde Wright and Jaret Wright

10. Ray Boone, Bob Boone, Bret Boone and Aaron Boone

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    3B/SS Ray Boone (1948-1960)


    The first in what would be three generations of Boones, Ray Boone spent the bulk of his career with the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers. He was a two-time All-Star, topped the 20 home run mark four different times and led the American League in RBI in 1955 with 116.

    C Bob Boone (1972-1990)


    One of the best defensive catchers in baseball history, Bob Boone won seven Gold Glove awards over the course of his 19-year career. He won a World Series with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1980 and earned MVP consideration in both 1978 and 1982.

    2B Bret Boone (1992-2005)


    A late bloomer of sorts, Bret Boone turned into one of the best offensive second basemen in the game during the second half of his 14-year career. He finished third in AL MVP voting in 2001, when he posted a .950 OPS with 37 home runs and an AL-high 141 RBI. He ranks in the top 15 all-time among second basemen in home runs (252, seventh) and RBI (1,021, 14th).

    3B Aaron Boone (1997-2009)


    Though not quite as prolific offensively as his brother, Aaron Boone brought a good mix of power and speed to the Cincinnati Reds lineup in his prime. He turned in back-to-back 20-20 seasons in 2002 (26 HR, 32 SB) and 2003 (24 HR, 23 SB), making his lone All-Star appearance in '03. His enduring legacy will be his walk-off home run for the New York Yankees in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS against the rival Boston Red Sox.

9. Gus Bell, Buddy Bell, David Bell and Mike Bell

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    OF Gus Bell (1950-1964)


    A staple in the middle of the Cincinnati Reds lineup throughout the 1950s, Gus Bell made four All-Star teams in five years from 1953 to 1957. He topped 100 RBI four different times and had a career-high 30 home runs in 1953 when he finished 20th in the NL MVP voting.

    3B Buddy Bell (1972-1989)


    The best of the Bell family, Buddy Bell ranks 11th all-time among third basemen with a 66.1 WAR. His numbers were never eye-popping, as he topped 20 home runs and 100 RBI just once apiece, but he was a consistent offensive producer and one of the better defensive third basemen of his era. His 2,405 games are the fourth-most among players with zero postseason appearances.

    3B David Bell (1995-2006)


    A utility player for the St. Louis Cardinals early in his career, David Bell joined the Seattle Mariners when they traded Joey Cora at the deadline in 1998 and settled in as the everyday third baseman the following season. He was never a star, but from 1999 to 2002 he averaged a .260/.322/.416 line with 17 home runs and 66 RBI as a serviceable regular.

    3B Mike Bell (2000)


    The No. 30 pick in the 1993 draft by the Texas Rangers, Mike Bell played 13 minor league seasons, hitting .265/.331/.427 with 1,196 hits and 135 home runs. His only big league action came in 2000, when he hit a pair of home runs over a 19-game stint.

8. Dizzy Trout and Steve Trout

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    RHP Dizzy Trout (1939-1952, 1957)


    The Detroit Tigers' No. 2 starter during the 1940s behind Hall of Famer Hal Newhouser, Paul "Dizzy" Trout was one of the best pitchers of the decade. He ranked fourth in wins (129) and fifth in strikeouts (930), complete games (132) and shutouts (27), and he helped the team to the 1945 World Series title.

    LHP Steve Trout (1978-1989)


    Steve Trout was originally a member of the Chicago White Sox, but they traded him to the crosstown Cubs in 1983, and he enjoyed the best season of his career the following year. He finished 13-7 with a 3.41 ERA in 190 innings, helping the Cubs to their first postseason berth since 1945 in the process. He was a serviceable starter throughout his career, but that season was by far his best.

7. Sandy Alomar, Roberto Alomar and Sandy Alomar Jr.

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    SS/2B Sandy Alomar (1964-1978)


    A versatile infielder who played for six different teams over his 15-year career, Sandy Alomar never did much with the bat, but he was a plus defender up the middle. He made the AL All-Star team in 1970 while playing for the Angels, hitting .251/.302/.293 and stealing 35 bases. The following season, he had a career-best 5.2 WAR.

    C Sandy Alomar Jr. (1988-2007)


    A staple behind the plate for the great Cleveland Indians teams of the 1990s, Sandy Alomar Jr. won AL Rookie of the Year honors in 1990 and also made the first of what would be six All-Star appearances that season. His home run in the 1997 All-Star Game won him MVP honors, and he had his best all-around numbers that year as he hit .324/.354/.545 with 37 doubles and 21 home runs to finish 14th in AL MVP voting.

    2B Roberto Alomar (1988-2004)


    One of the best second basemen to ever play the game on both sides of the ball, Roberto Alomar was enshrined in the Hall of Fame in 2011. He ranks among the all-time leaders at the position in hits (seventh), doubles (sixth), RBI (10th), runs (eighth) and steals (fifth) while also taking home 10 Gold Glove awards and making 12 All-Star Game appearances. He also won a pair of World Series rings with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1992 and 1993.

6. Cecil Fielder and Prince Fielder

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    1B/DH Cecil Fielder (1985-1998)


    In 1990, Cecil Fielder became the first player since George Foster in 1977 to hit 50 home runs in a season, as he led the AL with 51 long balls and 132 RBI to finish second in AL MVP voting. That began a seven-year stretch where he averaged 37 home runs and 114 RBI, as he became one of the most feared sluggers in the game. He also made an impact down the stretch for the 1996 World Series-winning New York Yankees after being acquired at the deadline that year.

    1B Prince Fielder (2005-Present)


    Prince Fielder launched 230 home runs during his seven seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers, including an NL-best 50 back in 2007, before leaving for Detroit on a huge nine-year, $214 million deal. After two decent seasons in Detroit protecting two-time reigning AL MVP Miguel Cabrera in the order, the Tigers shipped him to Texas this offseason. Following a slow start he was lost for the year to neck surgery.

    Still just 30 years old, he should surpass his father statistically across the board within the next couple seasons.

5. Jose Cruz and Jose Cruz Jr.

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    OF Jose Cruz (1970-1988)


    One of the first great Puerto Rican-born players in MLB, Jose Cruz spent 13 of his 19 big league seasons with the Houston Astros. A two-time All-Star, Cruz is among the franchise leaders in WAR (51.2, third), batting average (.292, sixth), hits (1,937, third), RBI (942, fourth), runs (871, fifth) and total bases (2,846, fourth). The Astros retired his No. 25 in 1992.

    OF Jose Cruz Jr. (1997-2008)


    Jose Cruz was one of the top prospects in baseball while coming up through the Seattle Mariners system after being taken with the No. 3 pick in the 1995 draft, but Seattle traded him to the Toronto Blue Jays midway through his rookie season. He never quite reached the superstar level many expected him to, but he brought a terrific mix of power and speed throughout his career, including a 30-30 campaign in 2001.

4. Mel Stottlemyre and Todd Stottlemyre

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    RHP Mel Stottlemyre (1964-1974)


    The elder of what would be the winningest father-son pitching combination in baseball history, Mel Stottlemyre spent all 11 of his seasons in the big leagues as a member of the New York Yankees. A five-time All-Star, he won 20 games three different times and led the league in complete games twice. He went on to become a solid pitching coach once he retired, serving in that role for some very good Yankees teams from 1996 to 2005.

    RHP Todd Stottlemyre (1988-2002)


    Todd Stottlemyre was a member of the Toronto Blue Jays rotation during their back-to-back World Series titles in 1992 and 1993. But he actually had the best season of his career with the team in 1991, when he went 15-8 with a 3.78 ERA. His 118 wins during the 1990s rank as the 18th-most for the decade.

3. Felipe Alou and Moises Alou

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    OF Felipe Alou (1958-1974)


    A 5.0-WAR player or better five different times, Felipe Alou not only had a son who turned into a big league star, but he also played alongside his brothers Jesus and Matty during his 17-year playing career. His best season came in 1966, as a member of the Atlanta Braves, when he hit .327/.361/.533 with 31 home runs and 74 RBI. He also had NL bests in hits (218) and runs (122) that year.

    OF Moises Alou (1990-2008)


    Despite suffering a severe ankle injury in his second full big league season, Moises Alou still quietly turned into one of the more productive hitters of the steroid era. He was a six-time All-Star, and he topped 30 home runs three times and 100 RBI five different times while playing for seven different teams during his 17-year career.

2. Ken Griffey and Ken Griffey Jr.

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    OF Ken Griffey (1973-1991)


    One of the lesser heralded members of the Big Red Machine, Ken Griffey actually led the team in hitting during the 1976 season. He finished that year with a .336/.401/.450 line and added 111 runs scored with 34 stolen bases to finish eighth in NL MVP voting. He wrapped up his 19-year career with the Seattle Mariners, where he played alongside his son. They made history on Sept. 14, 1990, when they hit back-to-back home runs.

    OF Ken Griffey Jr. (1989-2010)


    Were it not for a number of injuries costing him a good chunk of the prime of his career, Ken Griffey Jr. may very well have retired as the all-time home run leader. As it stands, he's still one of the best to ever play the game and was the face of MLB during the 1990s. A 13-time All-Star, Griffey ranks sixth in career home runs and 15th in career RBI. He should be a shoo-in to earn Hall of Fame enshrinement the first time he's eligible in 2016.

1. Bobby Bonds and Barry Bonds

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    OF Bobby Bonds (1968-1981)


    Few players have brought the mix of power and speed to the game that Bobby Bonds did, as he was just the second player to join the 300-300 club and is one of just eight guys to ever accomplish that feat. He had five 30-30 seasons, nearly establishing the 40-40 club in 1973 when he had 39 home runs and 43 steals while leading the NL in runs (131) and total bases (341).

    He managed to stick on the Hall of Fame ballot for 11 years, though he never received more than 10.6 percent of the vote.

    OF Barry Bonds (1986-2007)


    While he is certainly a controversial figure, from a purely statistical standpoint Barry Bonds is obviously one of the best to ever play the game. The all-time home run king was a 14-time All-Star and seven-time MVP winner. His 1.051 OPS is fourth-best all-time, and his 162.4 career WAR trails only Babe Ruth (163.0). He and his father hold the father-son record for home runs, RBI and steals.

Who's Next?

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    • Steve Bedrosian and Cam Bedrosian
    • Dante Bichette and Dante Bichette Jr.
    • Craig Biggio and Cavan Biggio
    • Mike Cameron and Dazmon Cameron
    • Delino DeShields and Delino DeShields Jr.
    • Lenny Dykstra and Luke Dykstra
    • Tom Gordon and Nick Gordon (brother of Dee Gordon)
    • Raul Mondesi and Raul Adalberto Mondesi
    • Cal Ripken and Ryan Ripken