Happy Father's Day to all the great dads out there! There's nothing like baseball to build the bond between a father and his kids. It's a pastime that can be passed down and enjoyed by generations together.
In honor of Father's Day, I want to take a look at the best father-son duos to ever play in Major League Baseball, and there are some good ones.
4. Felipe Alou and Moises Alou
The Alou's never played together like some father-son duos, but Felipe did coach Moises during his MLB career. Felipe finished his career batting .286/.328/.433 with 206 home runs and 852 RBIs. He was a three-time All-Star as a player and won NL Manager of the Year in 1994 when he managed the Montreal Expos, on which Moises was a star player.
Moises batted .303/.369/.516 over his 17-year career, hitting 332 home runs and 1,287 RBIs. He was a six-time All-Star and a World Series champion with the Florida Marlins in 1997.
3. Cecil and Prince Fielder
The Fielder's are the only father-son duo in MLB history to each hit 50 home runs in a season, but what's even crazier than that is that they both finished their careers with 319 home runs.
Cecil established himself as a power hitter in the 80s and 90s, leading the AL in home runs twice. In 1990, he became the first player since 1977 to hit 50 home runs in a season.
When Prince broke into the league with the Brewers in 2005, it didn't take long for him to make a name for himself. Just two years later, he led the NL with 50 home runs as he finished third in MVP voting. Unfortunately, injuries led to the end of his career, but not before he earned his spot as part of one of the best father-son duos in history.
2. Ken Griffey, Sr. and Ken Griffey, Jr.
The Griffeys were the first father-son duo in Major League history to play in the league at the same time. Griffey, Jr. came up with the Mariners in 1989 while his father was towards the end of his career with the Cincinnati Reds.
A year later, the elder Griffey joined his son in Seattle, and they became the first father-son duo to play as teammates.
Junior took the world by storm early in his career as one of the most exciting players in the game. He finished his career as one of the best to ever play, hitting .284/.370/.538 with 630 home runs and 1,836 RBIs. He was the first No. 1 draft pick to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame when he was inducted in 2016. His father finished his career batting .296/.359/.431 with 152 home runs and 859 RBIs.
1. Bobby and Barry Bonds
Bobby Bonds made two All-Star appearances and won three Gold Gloves while playing with the San Francisco Giants in the early 70s. Two decades later, his son became a 12-time All-Star and won five Gold Gloves in San Francisco.
Barry Bonds is regarded by many as the greatest to ever play the game, and his father wasn't too bad either. Bobby finished his career hitting .268/.353/.471 with 332 home runs and 1,024 RBIs. Barry had a career stat line of .298/.444/.607 with 762 home runs and 1,996 RBIs.
While the two of them on their own are impressive enough, throw in the fact that Barry's godfather is Willie Mays, and that's quite the trio you've got there.
While I believe that these are the four best father-son duos to ever play Major League Baseball, that could change in the coming years.
The Toronto Blue Jays have three second-generation MLB players on their roster currently, including Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. The San Diego Padres have Fernando Tatis, Jr., who is an up-and-coming star in his own right.
Who knows, with the sons in the league right now, this list could look drastically different a decade from now.
Matthew Atkins, Journalist and Baseball fan.