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Thursday, June 09, 2011

Tigers aren't the only ones letting nepotism reign

Much was made of the fact the Tigers had enough picks to draft Al Kaline's grandson, Alex Avila's brother and the sons of Fox Sports Detroit broadcast duo Mario Impemba (Brett, Oakland University) and Rod Allen in the latter rounds of the recent MLB Draft. They're not the only ones sticking with popular names.
Some other familiar last names who were drafted:
  • Shawn Dunston Jr. (Cubs)
  • Dante Bichette Jr. (Yankees)
  • Brandon Bonilla (Rockies)
  • Ryan Garvey (Phillies)
  • Trevor Gretzky (Cubs, and his namesake didn't even play baseball!)
Let's be honest. The MLB draft is the biggest crapshoot of any of the major drafts, and the NHL's draft goes pretty long, too. For a full rundown of familiar last names joining the Tigers' organization, click here


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