Re: Odd Non-Sox Baseball Fact
posted at 1/28/2012 9:54 PM EST
In Response to Re: Odd Non-Sox Baseball Fact
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Odd Non-Sox Baseball Fact : Baseball is the only major sport that I believe who you know has a much as a person making it as how much talent a person has. Many players do get longer looks because of lineage and being relatives of former MLB players
. And while many are chips off the old block, there are that many others who just sucked. The bonus baby treatment separates them from all the others. In the NFL, for instance, there are actually a lot of free agent, even non-drafted players who can catch on and even become great players. The NHL also seems to be a sport where sons/relatives also get preferential treatment. Again, not denying that you do have some very nice repeats in the kids of major professional players--Prince Fielder certainly is better than his father for example. But because there are so many minor league teams, so many franchises, so many players drafted each year, the entire lot of players to pick from is almost too many. So you have a lot of the kids of MLB players reeping the benefits of their situation. Joe Johnson might be a .450 hitter in high school, but if his teammate is Bret Saberhagen's kid who hits .400, you can bet that Saberhagen's kid gets the nod in a who might get drafted. Guys get cultivated, and obviously the longer you get to play organized baseball from age 20-30, the better chance you are going to get a shot at the big leagues if you perform/improve/mature. It's an interesting factoid, but in some respects, it's a sure sign that big league talent has a way of repeating themselves from generation to generation. Pete Rose's kid was not very good, but he got his shot nevertheless..and why not...if he had the hits in his genes, maybe it might have translated to Rose Part 2. Bonds and Griffey are great examples of guys who took their games beyond the father's and then some. They were cultivated, they did grow up in big league lockerrooms and sure got to know about how the system is. It's certainly doesn't hurt to be a son of a MLB player.
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Actually, basketball appears to have a much, much deeper political network. It's not as familial as you suggest MLB is, but rather tied to the sneaker companies and the various prep and summer leagues, such as ABC or Grassroots.
It is statitistically true that being the son of a player is the best way to make the majors, but that is more of a math parlor trick than anything else.
I don't think Pete Rose Jr. is the best example of nepotism. Jr. Rose had a 20 year long professional baseball career, all but 2 weeks of which was spent in the minors. And since he did have a good year about 8 years into his career, he got a very brief call up. I don't see how you could say that move was based on who his dad was, and I don't consider getting 14 ABs in September expansion nearly 9 years after being drafted to be "getting a shot."