Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza will be the latest additions to the Baseball Hall of Fame this weekend. This was the first year Griffey was eligible for induction, while Piazza attained the pinnacle of his career in his fourth year. Both players were among the best of their respective positions during their careers. Both have family ties in baseball.
Griffey is the son of Ken Griffey Sr., a major leaguer for 19 seasons and the owner of a .296 career batting average. Griffey Sr. was a three-time all-star who played for the “Big Red Machine” years of the Cincinnati Reds.
Piazza is the godson of former Los Angeles Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda, also a Hall of Famer. Lasorda and Piazza’s father had been long-time friends, and Lasorda opened the door for Mike to be drafted by the Dodgers.
Below are several recent articles about Griffey and Piazza: