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As The Griffey's Play Catch We Wonder, Who's The Best Father-Son Duo?

Are Ken Griffey Jr. and Sr. the greatest Parent/Child duo of all time?

First of all, let's get the most important part of this story out of the way. If I have a glove and you have a glove, and we throw the ball back and forth, this is called playing catch.

If you ever ask me, "hey want to have a catch?" I'm walking away. Ask me to play catch. We have the important stuff out of the way, let us watch a cool clip of one of the greatest father/son duo playing catch.

You have to love those kinds of moments. Who wouldn't want to play catch with their dad? This got me thinking. Who are the best father/son duos in MLB history? The short answer is pretty simple, but let's take a look at a list.


Bobby Bonds and Barry Bonds are the best father/son duo in MLB history based on statistics. Barry is obviously carrying the lion's share but as a duo, they put up over 220 bWAR throughout their MLB career. That is, without exaggeration, completely unbeatable. No father/son duo will top this. Depending on your personal opinion, some of these statistics can be viewed with an asterisk or slightly discounted. I know hardline opinions are all the rage, but I have a fluid opinion on Bonds that tends to change. Either way, they belong at the top of this list even if I cannot stand Barry Bonds.


On Sept. 14, 1990, Ken Griffey Jr. and Ken Griffey Sr. made history when they became the first father-son duo to hit back-to-back home runs in a game. Here is the video.

If you take the steroids out of the Bonds equation, the discussion gets more nuanced. Was Bonds less popular than Griffey because Griffey Jr was nicer to the media? Griffey was so likable and while I too liked Griffey way more than Bonds, likability isn't fair to judge a player. The fact is, Bonds' personal life outside of baseball is difficult to defend and is not the mark of a likable player. This is why the Griffey's will always be more popular, on top of the steroid topic.


You have to consider the Alou family. As a duo, Felipe and Moises posted 82.1 WAR, but Felipe has a considerable managerial record that deserves consideration. His record as a manager is 1033-1021, and if the 1994 MLB strike had not stopped the season in its tracks, he could also have World Series championship to add to his resume. As for Moises, he made six All-Star teams and won the World Series with the Marlins in 1997.

Last Thoughts

There are some other wonderful father/son duos but a top 3 of Bonds, Griffey, and Alou is hard to argue. Honorable mentions go out to Jose Cruz and Jose Cruz. Jr, Ray and Bobby Boone, Mel and Todd Stottlemyre, and Sandy and Roberto Alomar. I think I covered the best ones, but if you think I missed any let us know on Twitter at @EnFuegoNow or @AJontheguitar.