Happy belated Father’s Day

Baseball has long been a family affair. According to Baseball Almanac, more than 100 father-and-son combinations have made it to the big leagues. Check out how the Toronto Blue Jays have factored into this family affair:

Roberto Alomar, 2B

– Perhaps the best second baseman of his time, Robbie won five gold gloves in his five seasons with the Blue Jays (1991-95), earning two World Series rings in the process. His father, Sandy Alomar, played in the big leagues from 1964-78 as a second baseman, and assumed a coaching career following his retirement. Meanwhile, brother Sandy Jr., was a catcher for 19 seasons in the majors. He signed a minor-league contract with the Mets at the start of the ’07 campaign, and is currently playing for the Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs.

Jesse Barfield, OF
– A star in the outfield for the Blue Jays in the 80’s, Barfield currently has a son in the Major Leagues. Josh Barfield is now in his second season, and his first as a member of the Cleveland Indians.

Charlie Beamon
– Played eight career games for the Blue Jays (all in 1981). His father, Charlie Sr., also enjoyed a very short big-league career as a member of the Baltimore Orioles. From 1956-58, he appeared in 27 games (five starts) as a pitcher.

Pedro Borbon Jr., LHP
– Pitched for the Blue Jays from 2000-02, going 4-7 with a 4.93 ERA in 146 relief appearances. His father, Pedro Sr., was a right-handed reliever who played from 1969-80.

Jeff Burroughs, OF
– Closed out his career with the Blue Jays, signing as a free agent prior to the 1985 season. He hit .257 in 86 games that year. His son, Sean, has played six seasons in the majors. Three days ago, however, he was released by the Seattle Mariners.

Joe Coleman, RHP
– Went 2-0 with a 4.60 ERA in 31 relief appearances for the Jays in 1978. His father, Joe Sr., was a starting pitcher in the majors from 1942-55.

Jose Cruz Jr., OF
– Hit .250 with 122 home runs and 355 RBIs for Toronto from 1997-2002. His father, Jose Cruz Sr., was a big-league outfielder from 1970-88.

Mike Darr, RHP
– Made one career start for the Blue Jays in 1977, allowing five runs in 1.1 innings of work. His son, Mike Sr., played three seasons with the Padres, but died tragically in a car accident in 2002.

Cecil Fielder, 1B
– Opened his Major League career with the Blue Jays, batting .243 with 31 home runs and 84 RBIs from 1985-88. His son, Prince, is in his second full season with the Brewers. His 25 home runs currently lead the National League.

Darrin Fletcher, C
– Closed out his career with the Jays, batting a combined .276 from 1998-2002. His father, Tom, was a left-handed pitcher who made one career appearance in the big leagues – a 1962 contest as a member of the Detroit Tigers.

Steve Grilli, RHP
– Made one career appearance with Toronto in 1979, working 2.1 scoreless innings. His son, Jason, is in his second full season as a pitcher for the Tigers.

Bobby Mattick, MGR
– Managed the Blue Jays during the 1980 and 1981 seasons, compiling a record of 104-164 (.388). His father, Wally Mattick, played for the Chicago White Sox during the 1912-13 seasons, and another eight games for the Cardinals in 1918.

Dave McKay, INF
– Was one of the original Blue Jays, playing three seasons with the club (1977-79), during which he batted .223 overall. His son, Cody, was a member of the Athletics in 2002 and the Cardinals in 2004.

Dick Schofield, SS
– Was a member of the Blue Jays during the 1993 and 1994 seasons. His father, Dick Sr., debuted as an 18-year-old shortstop with the Cardinals in 1953. Overall, he played 19 years in the big leagues.

David Segui, 1B/DH
– Played one season with Toronto (1999), batting .316 with five homers and 13 RBIs in 31 games. His dad, Diego, was a Major League pitcher from 1962-77.

Justin Speier, RHP
– Spent 2004-06 in the Blue Jays’ bullpen, going 8-10 with a 3.18 ERA in 185 appearances. His dad, Chris Speier, was a middle infielder for five different teams from 1971-89.

Ed Sprague, 3B
– Played with the Blue Jays from 1991-98, batting a combined .245 with 113 home runs and 418 RBIs. His father, Ed Sr., was a right-handed pitcher in the big leagues from 1968-76.

Todd Stottlemyre, RHP
– Pitched for Toronto from 1988-94, compiling a 69-70 record and a 4.39 ERA in 206 games (175 starts). His father, Mel Stottlemyre, pitched for the New York Yankees from 1964-1974. Meanwhile, his brother, Mel Jr., pitched in 13 games for the Kansas City Royals in 1990.

Jayson Werth
– Was a member of the Blue Jays during the 2002 and 2003 seasons, batting .234 in 41 games overall. His father, Dennis, was a catcher for the Yankees and Royals from 1979-82.

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