List of second-generation Major League Baseball players

Dozens of father-and-son combinations have played or managed in Major League Baseball (MLB).

Ken Griffey Sr. (left) and Ken Griffey Jr. were teammates on the Seattle Mariners in 1990.

The first was Jack Doscher, son of Herm Doscher, who made his debut in 1903.

Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr. became the first father-and-son duo to play in MLB at the same time, in 1989 when Ken Jr. was called up by the Seattle Mariners while Ken Sr. was playing with the Cincinnati Reds. They became Mariner teammates in 1990. In Ken Sr.'s first game as a Mariner, on August 31, 1990, the pair hit back-to-back singles in the first inning and both scored.[1] On September 14, in the top of the first off California Angels pitcher Kirk McCaskill, the pair hit back-to-back home runs, the only father-son duo to do so.[2] They played 51 games together before Ken Sr. retired in June 1991.

In 2001, Tim Raines and Tim Raines Jr. played as teammates with the Baltimore Orioles.

Cecil and Prince Fielder are the only father-son combination each to hit 50 or more home runs in any season. Cecil Fielder hit 51 homers in 1990; 17 years later, his son Prince, hit 50. Both Prince and Cecil hit exactly 319 home runs in their careers.

Six families have had a father and son serve as managers:

Third-generation familiesEdit

In 1992, Bret Boone became the first third-generation MLB player.

There are 5 third-generation MLB-player families:

In addition to the pairs listed above, there have been 21 other pairs of grandfathers and grandsons who played Major League Baseball. Two of the grandsons are well-known current players: Rick Porcello's maternal grandfather was Sam Dente, and Mike Yastrzemski's paternal grandfather is Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski.

There are third-generation families affiliated with MLB in roles other than team player:

Potential four-generation familiesEdit

As of 2020, there has never been a fourth-generation major league player. However, two potential fourth-generation players have been drafted and/or signed to minor-league contracts.

In 2017, Jake Boone was selected by the Washington Nationals in the 38th round of the 2017 MLB Draft, but did not sign.[4] Jake's father is Bret Boone; his grandfather is Bob Boone; and his great-grandfather was the late Ray Boone. (Also, Aaron Boone is his uncle.) Jake played college baseball at Princeton University for three seasons before signing a free-agent contract with the Nationals in July 2020. He was unable to play professional ball immediately after signing his contract because Minor League Baseball canceled its 2020 season.[5][6]

Luke Bell was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 34th round of the 2019 MLB Draft. His father Mike Bell was a 13-season minor leaguer who played briefly for the Cincinnati Reds in 2000 and was the vice president of player development for the Diamondbacks before his death in March 2021.[7] Luke Bell's uncle is David Bell; his grandfather is Buddy Bell; and his great-grandfather was the late Gus Bell. Luke Bell opted not to play Minor League Baseball in 2019 after he was drafted, and in 2020 he made 5 appearances as a pitcher for Chandler-Gilbert Community College before the season was cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are three known cases of a great-grandson following in his great-grandfather's footsteps to play Major League Baseball. Bill Wilkinson played for the Seattle Mariners from 1985 to 1988; his great-grandfather, Jim Bluejacket played for Brooklyn in the Federal League in 1914-15 and for the Cincinnati Reds in 1916. More recently, Drew Pomeranz and his brother Stu Pomeranz, who played briefly in 2012, both followed in the footsteps of their great-grandfather Garland Buckeye who was a regular starting pitcher for the Cleveland Indians for three years in the mid-1920s and also appeared in one game each with two other teams.

The MacPhail family is the first family known to have four generations affiliated with Major League Baseball in roles other than as players. Larry[8][circular reference] was the general manager of the Reds and Dodgers as well as the president, general manager, and co-owner of the Yankees. Larry's son, Lee[9][circular reference], was president and general manager of the Orioles, executive vice president and general manager of the Yankees, and president of the American League. Larry and Lee are also the only father-and-son duo to have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame[10][circular reference]. The MacPhails became baseball's first three-generation family when Lee MacPhail III became an executive with the Reading Phillies of the Eastern League. Lee II's other son, Andy[11][circular reference], is the president of the Phillies and was previously general manager of the Twins, president and chief executive officer of the Cubs, and president of baseball operations for the Orioles. The family became baseball's first four-generation family with Lee MacPhail III's son, Lee MacPhail IV, who has served as director of scouting for the Indians, Expos, Nationals, and Orioles.

KeyEdit

Italic Managed his son(s)
Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
* Player is active

List of playersEdit

Father Positions Son(s) Positions
Bobby Adams Infielder Mike Adams Outfielder
Sandy Alomar Sr. Second baseman / Coach Roberto Alomar Second baseman
Sandy Alomar Jr. Catcher
Felipe Alou Outfielder / Manager Moisés Alou Outfielder
Rubén Amaro Sr. Infielder Rubén Amaro Jr. Outfielder / General manager
Tony Armas Outfielder Tony Armas Jr. Pitcher
Earl Averill Earl Averill Jr. Catcher
Mike Bacsik Pitcher Mike Bacsik Pitcher
Jim Bagby Sr. Jim Bagby Jr.
Floyd Bannister Brian Bannister
Jesse Barfield Outfielder Josh Barfield Second baseman
Clyde Barnhart Vic Barnhart Infielder
Charlie Beamon Pitcher Charlie Beamon Jr. First baseman / Designated hitter
Steve Bedrosian Cam Bedrosian* Pitcher
Gus Bell Outfielder Buddy Bell Third baseman / Manager
Buddy Bell Third baseman / Manager David Bell Infielder / Manager
Mike Bell Infielder
Clay Bellinger Utility player Cody Bellinger* Outfielder / First baseman
Dave Bennett Pitcher Erik Bennett Pitcher
Yogi Berra Catcher / Manager Dale Berra Infielder
Charlie Berry Second baseman Charlie Berry Catcher / Umpire
Joe Berry Catcher Joe Berry Infielder
Dante Bichette Outfielder Bo Bichette* Shortstop
Craig Biggio Catcher / Outfielder / Second baseman Cavan Biggio* Infielder / Outfielder
Bruce Bochy Catcher / Manager Brett Bochy Pitcher
Bobby Bonds Outfielder Barry Bonds Outfielder
Ray Boone Infielder Bob Boone Catcher / Manager
Bob Boone Catcher / Manager Aaron Boone Third baseman / Manager
Bret Boone Second baseman
Pedro Borbón Pitcher Pedro Borbón Jr. Pitcher
Chris Bourjos Outfielder Peter Bourjos Outfielder
Mickey Brantley Michael Brantley*
Fred Brickell Fritz Brickell Infielder
Earle Brucker Sr. Catcher Earle Brucker Jr. Catcher / Manager
Mike Brumley Mike Brumley Infielder / Outfielder
Don Buford Outfielder Damon Buford Outfielder
Jeff Burroughs Sean Burroughs Third baseman
Sal Butera Catcher Drew Butera* Catcher
Mike Cameron Outfielder Daz Cameron* Outfielder
Dolph Camilli First baseman Doug Camilli Catcher
Al Campanis Second baseman / general manager Jim Campanis
José Canó Pitcher Robinson Canó* Second baseman
Cam Carreon Catcher Mark Carreon Outfielder
Terry Clark Pitcher Matt Clark* First baseman
Joe Coleman Joe Coleman Pitcher
Joe Coleman Casey Coleman*
Eddie Collins Second baseman Eddie Collins Jr. Outfielder
Ed Connolly Catcher Ed Connolly Pitcher
Jimmy Cooney Shortstop Jimmy Cooney Shortstop
Johnny Cooney Pitcher / Outfielder
Mardie Cornejo Pitcher Nate Cornejo Pitcher
Red Corriden Shortstop / Manager John Corriden Infielder
Chris Cron First baseman C. J. Cron* First baseman
Kevin Cron*
Ed Crosby Infielder Bobby Crosby Shortstop
Bill Crouch Pitcher Bill Crouch Pitcher
José Cruz Outfielder José Cruz Jr. Outfielder
Mike Darr Pitcher Mike Darr
Jerry DaVanon Infielder Jeff DaVanon
Ron Davis Pitcher Ike Davis First baseman
Iván DeJesús Shortstop Iván DeJesús Jr.* Second baseman
Delino DeShields Second baseman Delino DeShields Jr.* Outfielder
Steve Dillard Infielder Tim Dillard Pitcher
Herm Doscher Third baseman Jack Doscher
Doug Drabek Pitcher Kyle Drabek
Dave Duncan Catcher Chris Duncan Outfielder
Shelley Duncan First baseman / Outfielder
Dick Ellsworth Pitcher Steve Ellsworth Pitcher
Jim Eschen Outfielder Larry Eschen Shortstop
Bill Fahey Catcher Brandon Fahey Infielder
John Farrell Pitcher / Manager Luke Farrell* Pitcher
Cecil Fielder First baseman Prince Fielder First baseman
Bien Figueroa Infielder Cole Figueroa Infielder
Tom Fletcher Pitcher Darrin Fletcher Catcher
Tito Francona Outfielder / First baseman Terry Francona First baseman / Manager
Len Gabrielson First baseman Len Gabrielson Outfielder
Charlie Ganzel Catcher Babe Ganzel
Larry Gilbert Outfielder Charlie Gilbert
Tookie Gilbert First baseman
Tom Gordon Pitcher Dee Strange-Gordon* Second baseman
Nick Gordon*
Peaches Graham Catcher Jack Graham First baseman / Outfielder
Fred Green Pitcher Gary Green Shortstop
Tom Grieve Outfielder Ben Grieve Outfielder
Ken Griffey Sr. Ken Griffey Jr.
Steve Grilli Pitcher Jason Grilli Pitcher
Ray Grimes First baseman Oscar Grimes Infielder
Ross Grimsley Pitcher Ross Grimsley Pitcher
Vladimir Guerrero Outfielder Vladimir Guerrero Jr.* Third baseman
Tony Gwynn Tony Gwynn Jr. Outfielder
Sam Hairston Catcher Jerry Hairston Sr.
Johnny Hairston Catcher / Outfielder
Jerry Hairston Sr. Outfielder Jerry Hairston Jr. Outfielder
Scott Hairston
Larry Haney Catcher Chris Haney Pitcher
Bryan Harvey Pitcher Hunter Harvey*
Charlie Hayes Third baseman Ke'Bryan Hayes* Third baseman
Jim Hegan Catcher Mike Hegan First baseman
Ken Heintzelman Pitcher Tom Heintzelman Second baseman
Clarence Heise Jim Heise Pitcher
Fernando Hernández Jonathan Hernández*
Wally Hood Outfielder Wally Hood
Bruce Howard Pitcher David Howard Shortstop
Tim Hulett Infielder Tug Hulett Infielder
Randy Hundley Catcher Todd Hundley Catcher
Pat Jacquez Pitcher Tom Jacquez Pitcher
Julián Javier Second baseman Stan Javier Outfielder
Johnny Jeter Outfielder Shawn Jeter
Dave Johnson Pitcher Steve Johnson Pitcher
Ernie Johnson Shortstop Don Johnson Second baseman
Rankin Johnson Sr. Pitcher Rankin Johnson Jr. Pitcher
Ron Johnson First baseman Chris Johnson Third baseman
Pat Kelly Catcher Casey Kelly* Pitcher
Fred Kendall Catcher Jason Kendall Catcher
Bob Kennedy Third baseman / Outfielder Terry Kennedy
Marty Keough Outfielder Matt Keough Pitcher
Don Kessinger Shortstop Keith Kessinger Shortstop
Lew Krausse Sr. Pitcher Lew Krausse Jr. Pitcher
Bill Kunkel Jeff Kunkel Shortstop
Joe Landrum Bill Landrum Pitcher
Max Lanier Hal Lanier Infielder / Manager
Dave LaRoche Adam LaRoche First baseman
Andy LaRoche Third baseman
Vernon Law Vance Law Infielder
Bill Laxton Brett Laxton Pitcher
Thornton Lee Don Lee
Mark Leiter Mark Leiter Jr.*
Glenn Liebhardt Sr. Glenn Liebhardt Jr.
Charlie Leibrandt Brandon Leibrandt*
Freddie Lindstrom Third baseman / Outfielder Chuck Lindstrom Catcher
Jack Lively Pitcher Buddy Lively Pitcher
Steve Lombardozzi Second baseman Steve Lombardozzi Jr.* Second baseman
Connie Mack Catcher / Manager Earle Mack Catcher / Manager
Willard Mains Pitcher Jim Mains Pitcher
Charlie Malay Second baseman Joe Malay First baseman
Barney Martin Pitcher Jerry Martin Outfielder
Carlos Martínez Infielder José Martínez*
Clyde Mashore Outfielder Damon Mashore
Gary Matthews Gary Matthews Jr.
Nelson Mathews T. J. Mathews Pitcher
Wally Mattick Bobby Mattick Shortstop / Manager
Dave May Derrick May Outfielder
Pinky May Third baseman Milt May Catcher
John Mayberry First baseman John Mayberry Jr. Outfielder
Jim McAndrew Pitcher Jamie McAndrew Pitcher
Lance McCullers Lance McCullers Jr.*
Dave McKay Second baseman / Third baseman Cody McKay Catcher
Jim McKnight Infielder Jeff McKnight Infielder / Outfielder
Hal McRae Designated hitter / Manager Brian McRae Outfielder
Frank Meinke Infielder / Pitcher Bob Meinke Shortstop
Willie Mills Pitcher Art Mills Pitcher
Brian Milner Catcher Hoby Milner*
Raúl Mondesí Outfielder Adalberto Mondesí* Infielder
René Monteagudo Pitcher Aurelio Monteagudo Pitcher
Gene Moore Gene Moore Outfielder
Guy Morton Guy Morton Jr. Pinch hitter
Manny Mota Outfielder Andy Mota Second baseman
José Mota
Walter Mueller Don Mueller Outfielder
Bill Narleski Infielder Ray Narleski Pitcher
Julio Navarro Pitcher Jaime Navarro Pitcher
Dick Nen First baseman Robb Nen Pitcher
Phil Nevin Third Baseman Tyler Nevin* Infielder
Chet Nichols Sr. Pitcher Chet Nichols Jr. Pitcher
Joe Niekro Lance Niekro First baseman
Ron Northey Outfielder Scott Northey Outfielder
John O'Donoghue Pitcher John O'Donoghue Pitcher
Frank Okrie Len Okrie Catcher
Ed Olivares Outfielder Omar Olivares Pitcher
Bob Oliver First baseman / Outfielder Darren Oliver Pitcher
Diomedes Olivo Pitcher Gilberto Rondón
Jim O'Rourke Outfielder / Manager Jimmy O'Rourke Infielder / Outfielder
Tiny Osborne Pitcher Bobo Osborne First baseman
Steve Partenheimer Third baseman Stan Partenheimer Pitcher
Cliff Pastornicky Tyler Pastornicky Shortstop
Stu Pederson Outfielder Joc Pederson* Outfielder
Tony Peña Catcher / Manager Tony Peña Jr. Shortstop / Pitcher
Francisco Peña Catcher
Tony Pérez Infielder / Manager Eduardo Pérez Infielder
Jay Pettibone Pitcher Jonathan Pettibone Pitcher
Herman Pillette Duane Pillette
Paul Quantrill Cal Quantrill*
Mel Queen Mel Queen Pitcher / Manager
Tim Raines Outfielder Tim Raines Jr. Outfielder
Fred Rath Sr. Pitcher Fred Rath Jr. Pitcher
Walt Ripley Allen Ripley
Cal Ripken Sr. Manager Billy Ripken Second baseman
Cal Ripken Jr. Shortstop / Third baseman
Iván Rodríguez Catcher Dereck Rodríguez* Pitcher
Gary Roenicke Outfielder Josh Roenicke*
Kevin Romine Andrew Romine* Infielder
Austin Romine* Catcher
Pete Rose Infielder / Outfielder / Manager Pete Rose Jr. Infielder
Bruce Ruffin Pitcher Chance Ruffin Pitcher
Jeff Russell James Russell*
Mark Ryal Outfielder Rusty Ryal Infielder
Ducky Schofield Infielder Dick Schofield Shortstop
Joe Schultz Sr. Outfielder Joe Schultz Jr. Catcher / Manager
Diego Seguí Pitcher David Segui First baseman
Jeff Sellers Justin Sellers Infielder
Jeff Shaw Travis Shaw* First baseman
Earl Sheely First baseman Bud Sheely Catcher
Dick Siebert Paul Siebert Pitcher
George Sisler First baseman / Manager Dave Sisler
Dick Sisler First baseman / Manager
Bob Skinner Outfielder / Manager Joel Skinner Catcher / Manager
Roy Smalley Shortstop Roy Smalley Shortstop
Dwight Smith Outfielder Dwight Smith Jr.* Outfielder
Brian Snyder Pitcher Brandon Snyder* Infielder
Chris Speier Shortstop Justin Speier Pitcher
Ed Spiezio Third baseman Scott Spiezio Infielder
Ed Sprague Sr. Pitcher Ed Sprague Jr. Third baseman
Ebba St. Claire Catcher Randy St. Claire Pitcher
Dave Stenhouse Pitcher Mike Stenhouse Outfielder
Joe Stephenson Catcher Jerry Stephenson Pitcher
Ron Stillwell Infielder Kurt Stillwell Infielder
Mel Stottlemyre Pitcher Mel Stottlemyre Jr. Pitcher
Todd Stottlemyre
Billy Sullivan Catcher / Manager Billy Sullivan Jr. Catcher
Haywood Sullivan Marc Sullivan
George Susce Catcher George Susce Pitcher
Steve Swisher Nick Swisher First baseman / Outfielder
Chuck Tanner Outfielder / Manager Bruce Tanner Pitcher
José Tartabull Outfielder Danny Tartabull Outfielder
Fernando Tatis Sr. Third Baseman Fernando Tatis Jr. Shortstop
Wayne Tolleson Infielder Steve Tolleson Infielder
Pablo Torrealba Pitcher Steve Torrealba Catcher
Ricardo Torres Catcher / First baseman Gil Torres Infielder
Mike Tresh Catcher Tom Tresh Outfielder
Hal Trosky First baseman Hal Trosky Jr. Pitcher
Dizzy Trout Pitcher Steve Trout
Al Unser Catcher Del Unser Outfielder
José Valentín Shortstop Jesmuel Valentín* Infielder
Andy Van Slyke Outfielder Scott Van Slyke Outfielder
Gary Varsho Daulton Varsho* Catcher / Outfielder
Max Venable Outfielder / Designated hitter Will Venable Outfielder
Ozzie Virgil Sr. Infielder / Outfielder Ozzie Virgil Jr. Catcher
Howard Wakefield Catcher Dick Wakefield Outfielder
Dixie Walker Pitcher Dixie Walker
Harry Walker Outfielder / Manager
Tom Walker Neil Walker Second baseman
Tim Wallach Third Baseman / Coach Chad Wallach* Catcher
Ed Walsh Pitcher Ed Walsh Jr. Pitcher
Gary Ward Outfielder Daryle Ward Outfielder
John Wathan Catcher / Manager Dusty Wathan Catcher
Hank Webb Pitcher Ryan Webb Pitcher
Dennis Werth First baseman / Outfielder Jayson Werth Outfielder
Jo-Jo White Outfielder Mike White
Maury Wills Shortstop Bump Wills Second baseman
Mookie Wilson Outfielder Preston Wilson Outfielder
Bobby Wine Shortstop / Manager Robbie Wine Catcher
Joe Wood Pitcher Joe Wood Pitcher
Clyde Wright Jaret Wright
Del Young Outfielder Del Young Infielder
Eric Young Second baseman Eric Young Jr. Center fielder

Other second-generation MLB personnelEdit

Parent played in top-level professional baseballEdit

The following families had a parent play top-level professional baseball in a league other than the MLB and a child who played in the MLB.

Parent Position League Son(s) Position
Luis Aparicio, Sr. SS Venezuelan Professional Baseball League Luis Aparicio SS
Lyman Bostock, Sr. 1B Negro leagues Lyman Bostock OF
Helen Callaghan CF All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Casey Candaele UTL
Pedro Cepeda SS/1B Puerto Rico Baseball League Orlando Cepeda 1B
Lourdes Gourriel LF, 1B Cuba national baseball team Yuli Gurriel*
Lourdes Gurriel Jr.* LF
Martinez Jackson 2B Negro leagues Reggie Jackson RF
Kazuhiro Kuroda CF Nippon Professional Baseball Hiroki Kuroda P
Leon Lee 1B Nippon Professional Baseball Derrek Lee 1B
Luis Tiant, Sr. P Negro leagues Luis Tiant P

Umpiring familiesEdit

* Umpire is active
Father League Son League1
Shag Crawford NL Jerry Crawford2 NL/MLB
Lou DiMuro AL Mike DiMuro AL/MLB, CL (Japan)
Ray DiMuro AL
Tom Gorman NL Brian Gorman NL/MLB
Ed Runge AL Paul Runge NL
Paul Runge NL Brian Runge NL/MLB
Harry Wendelstedt Hunter Wendelstedt

^1 The National and American Leagues consolidated umpiring crews beginning in the 2000 season; umpires who worked after the consolidation are denoted with "MLB".
^2 Joe Crawford, another son of Shag Crawford and brother of Jerry Crawford, is an official in the National Basketball Association.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "August 31, 1990 Kansas City Royals at Seattle Mariners Play by Play and Box Score". Baseball-Reference.com. August 31, 1990. Retrieved February 16, 2011.
  2. ^ "September 14, 1990 Seattle Mariners at California Angels Play by Play and Box Score". Baseball-Reference.com. September 14, 1990. Retrieved February 16, 2011.
  3. ^ "Former Mariner David Bell hired as manager of Reds". The Seattle Times. The Associated Press. October 21, 2018. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  4. ^ "College baseball: Princeton's Jake Boone has dreams of becoming first fourth-generation MLB player". NCAA.com. May 2, 2018. Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  5. ^ https://goprincetontigers.com/news/2020/7/31/baseball-boone-signs-with-washington-nationals.aspx
  6. ^ Weyrich, Matt (August 9, 2020). "Nationals sign Jake Boone, who could be MLB's first fourth-generation player". NBC Sports. Retrieved October 18, 2020.
  7. ^ "Bobby Witt Jr. headlines legacies in MLB Draft". MLB. Retrieved June 5, 2019.
  8. ^ Larry MacPhail
  9. ^ Lee MacPhail
  10. ^ Lee MacPhail
  11. ^ Andy MacPhail

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