Dereck Rodriguez Brings A Hall of Fame Heritage

Ivan Dereck Rodriguez grew up around big-league ballparks.

His father, Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, after all, was an All-Star catcher who has since been enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Monday night, Rodriguez was back in a big-league ballpark, only this time he was there for work, called up by the San Francisco Giants, in need of pitching depth. And on Tuesday night, he became the 13th son of a Hall of Fame player to appear in a big-league game.

Like Father, Like Son

Hall of Famer Positions Son(s) Positions
Earl Averill† Outfielder Earl Averill Jr. Catcher
Yogi Berra† Catcher / Manager Dale Berra Infielder
Eddie Collins† Second baseman Eddie Collins Jr. Outfielder
Tony Gwynn† Outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. Outfielder
Freddie Lindstrom† Third baseman / Outfielder Chuck Lindstrom Catcher
Connie Mack† Catcher / Manager Earle Mack Catcher / Manager
Jim O'Rourke† Outfielder / Manager Queenie O'Rourke Infielder / Outfielder
Tony Pérez† Infielder / Manager Eduardo Pérez Infielder
Tim Raines† Outfielder Tim Raines Jr. Outfielder
Ivan Rodriguez Catcher Dereck Rodriguez Pitcher
George Sisler† First baseman / Manager Dave Sisler Pitcher
Dick Sisler First baseman / Manager
Ed Walsh† Pitcher Ed Walsh Jr. Pitcher
Father of Hall of Famer
Father Position Hall of Famer Position
Sandy Alomar, Sr. Second baseman Roberto Alomar+ Second baseman
Ken Griffey, Sr. Outfielder Ken Griffey, Jr.+ Outfielder
Cal Ripken Manager, Orioles Cal Ripken, Jr. Shortstop
Son/Executive
Hall of Famer Position Son Position
Nolan Ryan Pitcher Reid Ryan President, Astros
Ed Runge Umpire Paul Runge Umpire

 

Rodriguez got the call to make his big-league debut, taking over in the second inning of what became an 11-4 loss to the Rockies at Coors Field after starter Jeff Samardzija departed due to tightness in his right shoulder.

It didn’t have the storybook ending.

Oh, Rodriguez pitched 3 1/3 innings, and three of the four runs he gave up were unearned. He also, like his father, had a hit in his big-league debut, but while the his father singled, the son doulbed home a run in the fifth inning after striking out in his first big-league ab-bat.

Rodriguez's removal on Tuesday wasn’t by choice, but rather necessity. He took an Ian Desmond line drive off his right leg.

That, however, didn’t lessen the feeling of accomplishment for Rodriguez, a sixth-round draft choice of the Minnesota Twins as an outfielder when he came out of high school in 2011. After spending three years at the rookie-league level and compiling a .217 batting average he made the conversion to pitching in 2014.

The younger Rodriguez spent four more years in the Twins organization, refining his skills on the mound. He, however, reached the Double-A level for only 15 of his 81 pitching appearances, Rodriguez became a free agent. And after an off-season talk with Pablo Sandoval, who worked out in the Miami-area at the facility, Rodriguez decided to sign with the Giants.

Nine starts, a 4-1 record and a 3.40 ERA later, Rodriguez found himself in a big-league clubhouse, only this time because he was a big-leaguer, not just hanging with his father.

The Path to the Big Leagues

Year Tm Lg Lev Aff W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO
2014 Elizabethton APPY Rk MIN 2 2 1.05 17 0 5 25.2 19 6 3 0 8 19
2015 3 Teams 3 Lgs Rk-A-A+ MIN 6 4 3.35 15 14 0 75.1 74 35 28 6 19 66
Fort Myers FLOR A+ MIN 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 2 2
Cedar Rapids MIDW A MIN 0 1 9 2 2 0 7 9 7 7 1 6 3
Elizabethton APPY Rk MIN 6 3 2.85 12 12 0 66.1 64 28 21 5 11 61
2016 2 Teams 2 Lgs A-A+ MIN 5 13 4.48 23 23 0 132.2 127 76 66 11 40 111
Fort Myers FLOR A+ MIN 1 2 2.56 5 5 0 31.2 29 12 9 4 2 18
Cedar Rapids MIDW A MIN 4 11 5.08 18 18 0 101 98 64 57 7 38 93
2017 2 Teams 2 Lgs AA-A+ MIN 10 6 3.27 26 24 0 143.1 133 58 52 16 38 121
Chattanooga SOUL AA MIN 5 4 3.94 15 13 0 75.1 74 36 33 9 27 62
Fort Myers FLOR A+ MIN 5 2 2.51 11 11 0 68 59 22 19 7 11 59
2018 Sacramento PCL AAA SFG 4 1 3.4 9 9 0 50.1 49 24 19 11 11 53
Year Tm Lg Lev Aff W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO
Minors (5 seasons) Minors 27 26 3.54 90 70 5 427.1 402 199 168 44 116 370
A+ (3 seasons) Minors 6 4 2.48 17 16 0 101.2 89 34 28 11 15 79
A (2 seasons) Minors 4 12 5.33 20 20 0 108 107 71 64 8 44 96
Rk (2 seasons) Minors 8 5 2.35 29 12 5 92 83 34 24 5 19 80

Source: Baseball-referencer.com

There list of the father/son connections in the Hall of Fame could easily grow by two.

Pete Rose, Sr., and Roger Clemens both have careers with Hall of Fame numbers, but bother have so far been denied induction. The game's all-time hit leader, the elder Rose appeared in 17 All-Star Games, was the NL Rookie of the Year in 1963, NL MVP in 1973, a Gold Glove winner as an outfielder in 1969 and 1970, and won a Silver Slugger Award in 1981.

Rose was banned from baseball in 1989 for gambling on the game, and two years later the Board of Directors for the Hall of Fame ruled a person banned from the game could not be considered for induction. Rose's son, Pete, Jr., did not have anything close to the career of his father, but he did make a brief big-league appearance with the Reds in 1997.

Rose Resumes

G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA
Pete Rose, Sr. 3562 15890 14053 2165 4256 746 135 160 1314 198 149 1566 1143 0.303
Reds (1963-78, 1984-86 2722 12344 10934 1741 3358 601 115 152 1036 146 110 1210 972 0.307
Phillies (1979-83) 745 3232 2841 390 826 139 18 8 255 51 38 325 151 0.291
Expos (1984) 95 314 278 34 72 6 2 0 23 1 1 31 20 0.259
Pete Rose, Jr. G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA
Reds (1997) 11 16 14 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 9 0.143

Barry Bonds is baseball's Home Run King, hitting 762 during a career in which he also was a 14-time All-Star, seven-time MVP, eight-time Gold Glove selection, 12-time Silver Slugger honoree, and had a career WAR of 162.8, No. 1 all-time in the game. But he has not been inducted into the Hall of Fame because the voters have never come close to giving him the 75 percent vote required for election in response to Bonds being tied to steroids. He does have four years remaining on the ballott, but his support has not shown a major improvement in his first six years of elgiibility.

Door Slammed Shut

Bonds Finish Inductees
2013 (36.2%), 9th None
2014 (34.7%), 10th Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas
2015 (36.8%) 10th Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, Craig Biggio
2016 (44.3%) 8th Ken Griffey, Jr., Mike Piazza
2017 (53.8%) 8th Jeff Bagwell, Ivan Rodriguez, Tim Raines
2018 (56.4%) 8th Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Trevor Hoffman, Jim Thome

Bonds and father Bobby did, however, put together as impressive a father-son career as any. Bobby Bonds played for six teams in his 14-year career, but he was a three-time All-Star, and did win three Gold Gloves.

Son Outshines Father

Player G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA
Barry Bonds (2 teams, 22 years) 2986 12606 9847 2227 2935 601 77 762 1996 514 141 2558 1539 0.298
Bobby Bonds (8 teams, 14 years) 1849 8090 7043 1258 1886 302 66 332 1024 461 169 914 1757 0.268