Draft highlights game’s heritage

Baseball lineage was on full display at last week’s MLB Draft, where a number of prospects with Major League bloodlines heard their names called. Even if none of them are able to match the Griffeys’ feat of playing together, they’re on their way to joining the long list of families with multiple generations of Major Leaguers.

Aside from inheriting their fathers’ athletic ability and growing up around Major League clubhouses, these players benefitted in other ways from their upbringings. Playing catch with Dad involved much more than just father-son bonding and practice throwing and catching, as their fathers could pass on their own baseball wisdom and coaching. As youngsters, they also got a first-hand tutorial on how the game is played from watching their fathers in action on the field.

A trio of Texan prospects with potential Hall of Fame fathers went in this year’s Draft. Roger Clemens’ son, Kacy, was picked by his hometown Astros. The Phillies took another promising Houston-area product with a Major League pedigree in Craig Biggio’s son, Cavan. And the Yankees drafted Josh Pettitte on the very same day his famous father won his 250th game.

Two other active players saw their sons drafted. Torri Hunter Jr. was drafted by the his father’s club, the Tigers. Meanwhile, as free agent Jamie Moyer plots his return to the mound at age 50, his son, Dillon, was picked by the Dodgers.

Former Major League shortstop and current Rockies manager Walt Weiss saw his organization draft his son, Brodie. According to the elder Weiss, Brodie’s mother will handle the negotiations with the club. Elsewhere, catcher Chad Wallach, son of former third baseman and current Dodgers coach Tim Wallach went in the fifth round to the Marlins.

It will be fascinating to watch these young players mature and develop, regardless of the paths they take. It’s yet another reminder of how the game is passed down from one generation to the next.

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