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|
|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
|2015||3 Teams||3 Lgs||Rk-A-A+||MIN||6||4||3.35||15||14||0||75.1||74||35||28||6||19||66|
|2016||2 Teams||2 Lgs||A-A+||MIN||5||13||4.48||23||23||0||132.2||127||76||66||11||40||111|
|2017||2 Teams||2 Lgs||AA-A+||MIN||10||6||3.27||26||24||0||143.1||133||58||52||16||38||121|
|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|
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.
|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|
|Pete Rose, Jr.||G||PA||AB||R||H||2B||3B||HR||RBI||SB||CS||BB||SO||BA|
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
|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
|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|