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Thursday, February 05, 2009
Grandson of YazWe've come across this guy before, but here's more on Carl Yastrzemski's grandson, who will soon be playing for Vanderbilt.
I find the scouts' comments the most interesting. Maybe Keith Law is more qualified to parse their assessments, but they sort of sound guarded, like the way you sound when someone gives you a clunker of a birthday present or something. "It's, um, interesting."
Which makes sense, of course, because no one wants to be the negative nellie in a story about a Yastrzemski in a Boston paper. One hopes, however, that whenever a legacy case like Yastrzemski III comes up that the scouts treat them honestly in their reports back to headquarters. But I wonder if they don't. Or if, alternatively, they do but the team ignores the bad reports because they see the possibility of increased attendance and media interest as a result of familiar name. Pete Rose Jr., Dale Berra, and Lance Niekro could maybe tell us about that.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 8:00am
A bit different, perhaps, but I wonder how Ken Williams would feel about that.
Posted 02/05 at 09:15 AM
And don’t forget the wretched saga of Ted Williams’ son. Even putting aside the awful stuff about fighting over his dad’s frozen body, and his dying of cancer in his 30s, this dolt was a 33-year-old playing rookie ball.
Posted 02/05 at 10:28 AM
Also what about the sad story of John Henry Williams, who was a 33-year-old playing in the Gulf Coast League?
Posted 02/05 at 10:29 AM
It reminds me of horse racing.
Posted 02/05 at 12:11 PM
It also has to be hard to have such a distinctive last name and play the same sport as HoF granddad (or dad) as opposed to a name like Rice or Henderson that may blend in a little more.
I would also be curious to know the percentage of sons that have equal or greater success in the same professional sport of their dad. I suspect the Griffey’s and Bond’s of the world are significantly outnumbered by the Michael Yastrzemski’s and John Henry Williams.
Posted 02/05 at 12:15 PM
Keith Law said...
I saw Yaz’ grandson at the Area Code Games last year - he’s not a pro prospect right now. And Craig’s right about the comments; “He has as good a chance as anybody given his determination and his work ethic” is the scouting equivalent to “she’s got a great personality.”
Posted 02/05 at 12:31 PM
Aaron Moreno said...
So what round will the Red Sox draft him?
Posted 02/05 at 03:12 PM