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Top 15 Worst Second Generation MLB Players

Becoming your parents isn’t always a bad thing especially when your dad played in the MLB. Athletic abilities are largely due to talent, but it appears genetics also factors in as we have seen a ton of young men take over the family business and start their professional baseball careers hoping to one day outperform their fathers.

We know of the great second generation stars. Prince Fielder can crush a baseball just as well as his father Cecil Fielder could. Dee Gordon decided to become an infielder with speed, unlike his father Tom Gordon who was a very successful closer. Then there’s Ken Griffey Jr. who shares his father’s name yet managed to exceed what Papa Griffey did.

Then there are the second generation players who haven’t had the same skills as dear old dad. Those unlucky men who never did play at a high ability are cut from a much bigger cloth. In the grand scheme of things, most second generation MLB players have not continued their father’s legacy. Some have been okay while others have been awful.

For this list of the worst second generation MLB players in history, excluded are the guys like John Henry Williams. The son of Ted Williams, John Henry Williams didn’t start his professional career until he was in his early 30s. He also never cracked the big leagues as he cracked his ribs instead after only two games in the Gulf Coast League. Players included on this list have all made the big leagues at some point, even if it was for just a cup of coffee in an attempt to impress their dads. None of them did very well and may have been better off taking up whatever trade their moms had.

15 Tony Gwynn Jr. 

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14 Eric Young Jr. 

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

13 Dave Sisler 

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12 Ike Davis 

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11 Sean Burroughs 

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10 Terry Francona 

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9 Dale Berra 

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8 Earl Averill Jr. 

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7 Jonathan Pettibone 

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6 John Mayberry Jr. 

Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

5 Ruben Amaro Jr. 

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4 Tim Raines Jr. 

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3 3, Queenie O’Rourke 

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2 Ed Walsh Jr. 

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1 Pete Rose Jr. 

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It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to see Pete Rose Jr. listed as the worst second-generation MLB player in history. Nobody expected him to ever come close to breaking his father’s records, however, he should have at least lasted longer than 16 plate appearances over the span of 11 games. Rose Jr. was only 2 for 14 with nine strikeouts in his very brief MLB career that took place exclusively in 1997 for the Cincinnati Reds. Only in his MLB debut did Rose Jr. even log a start. The rest of his appearances came as a pinch hitter or in one case as a pinch runner. If not for sharing the name with the Hit King, Rose Jr. likely would have never come close to making it into the MLB.

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