Children of Major Leaguers often get a unique experience and view of the game of baseball from an early age while also being blessed with some choice genes and skill sets that make them all the more prepared to pursue the national pastime as their career of choice.
While plenty of kids of former big leaguers have failed to reach The Show despite giving it their best down on the farm, others have put together lengthy and successful careers as second generation players.
Six father-son tandems (Jim Bagby and Jim Bagby; Earl Averill and Earl Averill Jr.; Tito Francona and Terry Francona; Buddy Bell and David Bell; Dave Duncan and Shelley Duncan; and Cam Carreon and Mark Carreon) have had the privilege of representing the Cleveland Indians organization on the field during their respective careers.
On the nine-year anniversary of the death of the team’s most prolific pitcher, Bob Feller, the Indians dealt another of Cleveland’s all-time pitching legends as the Tribe traded Corey Kluber and $500,000 to the Texas Rangers for outfielder Delino DeShields and reliever Emmanuel Clase.
In a corresponding roster move, the team designated infielder Mike Freeman for assignment.