The Washington Nationals organization frequently looks to the sons of former major leaguers to fill their talent pool. Their scouting operations staff believe it’s no coincidence that they like to pursue the offspring of the big-leaguer, since they have been around baseball their whole lives.
Read more about Tony Gwynn Jr., Cutter Dykstra, Cody Dent, Ryan Ripken, and Mariano Rivera III, who were all in the Nationals system during the 2015 season. Follow the link below from the Washington Post:
Tony Gwynn Jr. is reporting to the Washington Nationals this spring and is looking to get back into the swing of baseball quickly. His father, Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn Sr., died from cancer during last season, and Gwynn Jr. had a rough time healing from the loss of his father.
One of Gwynn’s teammates with the Nationals is pitcher Stephen Strasburg, who played for Gwynn Sr. at San Diego State University. Strasburg notes that father and son are the spitting image of each other.
See story about Tony Gwynn, Jr. at the link below from The Washington Post:
The past few weeks have been very emotional for Tony Gwynn Jr., the son of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn who died from oral cancer on June 16. Tony Jr. has been re-activated by the Philadelphia Phillies from the bereavement list, but is still struggling with keeping his focus on the game. His loss has taken its toll on him on the field where he is also struggling at the plate. However, he has been gratified by the standing ovations he has received at many ballparks who have paid tribute to his father.
See the related story about Tony Gwynn Jr. at the link below from sportsonearth.com:
Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn Sr. died on June 16 at age 54 as a result of a bout with cancer of a salivary gland. His son, Tony Gwynn Jr., is now a major leaguer with the Philadelphia Phillies, in his eighth season. During the past few years, as Tony Sr. was battling the disease, he got frequent calls from his son when they would talk baseball. However, more recently their talks turned to more serious topics other than baseball.
See the related story published a day before Gwynn Sr.’s death, about the relationship between the father-son combo, at the link below from csnphilly.com: