This year’s Hall of Fame induction this year might be better described as Farthers day. Mike Piazza’s Dad Vince and Junior’s Dad Ken Griffey Sr . Invested a lot of connections and know how to help their sons reach baseball stardom. Vince built a bating cage for Mike and used his conections with Tommy Lasorda and Ted Willams to get some ofthe best baseball coaching a kid could have.Junior often stayed with his Mom in Cincy as his dad played for teams in other cities but when Junior would need some baseball coaching or bonding time with the dad he idolized, he would be on a plane to see his hero.Ken Sr. said on The MLB Network show Hot Stove he said that he knew Junior wanted to play in the majors, so he figured the biggest thing he could do for him is to give his the tips he did not get from the older players when he was coming up in the 1970s. Armed with that knoweledgebe , a swing modeled after his dad , and lighting quick wrists to be the Number 1 over all pick in the 1987 draft. This year will mark the first HOF class that features a number one overall pick. this class will also be the first class with a 62 round pick (1988) Mike Piazza. The Dodgers took Mike as a favor to Tommy Lasorda. Mike may be the only player that ever makes the Hall from the 62 round( does not exsist anymore)
Ken Griffey JR. came to 1989 spring Traing at 19 Just hoping to have a roster spot He went on to be one of the greatest players and greatest ambassadrs for MLB over most of the next 2 decades. He was MLB marketing’s dream a cool kid in touch with the youth culture of his time( Video game and hip hop music) without being scarying to the older fans ( no rumors of drugs or connects to gangster rapers). He was the cool guy who wore his cap backwards( I found out during his Red Hall of fame speech ) because he tried to wear his dad’s Reds cap when he was a little kid. So he must have been thrilled when dad’s Reds contract was sold to the Mariners in 1990 and the Griffeys became the first father and son to not only play on a mlb diamond but to do this
over the years he gave fans in northwest , ohio valley and south side of chicago so many memories
alot of the time Ken SR would recieve a milestone homer ball as a birthday or fathers day gift ( sr sjoked jr was cheap) sadly injuries robbed Reds fans of Junior’s best but seeing a great artist latter work is still seeing a great arist. I know junior was a litle discouraged by the inuries and may have been at least a little tempted to use PEDs. It was probbably a great help to have a father who knew how to up for a game with an aging body.
Mike Piazza had his share of triphums and challenges during his hall of fame career
1993 roy of the year in the nL
1996 all star mvp near is hometown with vince in the stands
most homers by a catcher
homering in the first Met home game after 9/11
I’m sure Vince helped Mike deal with all the stress of being a public superstar playing during a questionable area in baseball when media seem to knock his small impreftion in his game and life. using a quiet tough work ethic he was a hall of fame catcher.
It is not a strech to say Piazza and griffey Jr are the hall of famers their dads helped to molde them into