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Relatively Speaking

By Allan Simpson
May 28, 2003

This year's draft has its usual assortment of players with relatives who played in the big leagues--both baseball and football.

As many as five sons of former NFL players are expected to be selected in this year's draft, led by California high school lefthander Brian Schroeder, son of former Super Bowl-winning quarterback Jay Schroeder. Jay also was the No. 3 overall pick in the June 1979 draft.

The most significant baseball players with big league bloodlines are outfielders Anthony Gwynn, son of Tony, and Delmon Young, brother of Tigers outfielder Dmitri Young. Young is favored to be the first player drafted overall.

The sons of two former No. 1 overall picks are also expected to be drafted: outfielder Daron Roberts, son of Dave, the No. 1 pick in 1972, and righthander Brian Bannister, son of Floyd, the No. 1 pick in 1976. So is Bill Mauer, whose brother Joe went first overall in 2001. Richie Lentz, whose father Mike was the No. 2 pick in 1975, is expected to be taken as well.

A partial listing of players who will be drafted with recognizable relatives:

Player, Pos., School

Relative

BASEBALL

Rod Allen, of, Arizona State U.

Son of Rod, ex-big leaguer

Brian Bannister, rhp, U. of Southern California

Son of Floyd, ex-big leaguer

C.J. Bressoud, c, HS--Kennesaw, Ga.

Nephew of Ed, ex-big leaguer

David Cash, ss, HS--St. Petersburg, Fla.

Son of Dave, ex-big leaguer

Enrique Cruz, 2b, Rice U.

Son of Jose Sr., ex-big leaguer

 

Brother of Jose, Giants

Tim Dillard, rhp/c, Itawamba (Miss.) CC

Son of Steve, ex-big leaguer

Joe Gaetti, of, North Carolina State U.

Son of Gary, ex-big leaguer

Toby Gardenhire, ss, Arkansas-Fort Smith CC

Son of Ron, Twins manager

Anthony Gwynn, of, San Diego State U.

Son of Tony, ex-big leaguer

Jonathan Hancock, rhp/3b, HS–Tupelo, Miss.

Brother of Josh, Phillies

Andy Hargrove, 1b, Oral Roberts U.

Son of Mike, Orioles manager

Chris Johnson, 3b, HS–Fort Myers, Fla.

Son of Ron, ex-big leaguer

Andy LaRoche, ss, Grayson County (Texas) CC

Son of Dave, ex-big leaguer

Richie Lentz, rhp, HS--Woodinville, Wash.

Son of Mike, No. 2 pick in 1975 draft

Anthony Manuel, ss, Kishwaukee (Ill.) JC

Son of Jeff, White Sox manager

Bill Mauer, rhp, Concordia U.-St. Paul

Brother of Joe, No. 1 pick in 2001 draft

Andy Myette, rhp, Lower Columbia (Wash.) CC

Brother of Aaron, ex-big leaguer

Scott Robinson, 1b, Palomar (Calif.) JC

Son of Bruce, ex-big leaguer

John Shelby, ss, HS--Lexington, Ky.

Son of John, ex-big leaguer

John Urick, 1b, Oklahoma State U.

Grandson of Whitey Herzog

Jose Virgil, of, Oklahoma State U.

Grandson of Ozzie, ex-big leaguer

 

Son of Ozzie, ex-big leaguer

Delmon Young, of, HS--Camarillo, Calif.

Brother of Dmitri, Tigers

Eric Young, 2b, HS--Piscataway, N.J.

Son of Eric, Brewers

   

FOOTBALL

Josh Baker, rhp, Rice U.

Son of Johnny, ex-NFL LB

Jim Burt Jr., 1b, U. of Miami

Son of Jim, ex-NFL DL

Kenny Lewis, of, HS--Danville, Va.

Son of Kenny, ex-NFL RB

Brian Montalbo, rhp, U. of California

Son of Mel, ex-NFL DB

Ryan Rote, rhp, Kishwaukee (Ill.) JC

Grandson of Tobin, ex-NFL QB

Brian Schroeder, lhp, HS--El Cajon, Calif.

Son of Jay, ex-NFL QB

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