Big leaguers recall tales of dad on Father’s Day

As Father’s Day is celebrated Sunday at baseball stadiums across the country — where players are wearing specially designed uniforms and caps to raise awareness and funds for the fight against prostate cancer — those Major Leaguers share some of their stories.

American League East

Baltimore Orioles: From Disney World to Camden Yards, Trey Mancini‘s father, Tony, has always supported his Major League dream. More >

Boston Red Sox: “The Big Texan” — aka Andrew Benintendi‘s father, Chris — was the only batting practice pitcher the Red Sox rookie ever needed. More >

New York Yankees: When Gary Sanchez‘s daughter was born, it was a transformative moment for the Yankees catcher. Becoming a father has inspired him on the field ever since. More >

Tampa Bay Rays: Steven Souza Jr. cherishes being a first-time dad — and young Micah has even made his way to the Rays’ clubhouse. More >

Toronto Blue Jays: It didn’t have to be baseball — a knack for sports forged the bond between Luke Maile and his dad. More >

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Maile shares lessons and values from his father

Blue Jays catcher Luke Maile discusses his father’s support and involvement in his passion for baseball

AL Central

Chicago White Sox: Hawk Harrelson isn’t just a White Sox broadcasting legend — he’s also a proud grandfather to Nico and Alexander. More >

Cleveland Indians: Bradley Zimmer’s father, Eric, made sure to be there for his son’s Major League debut, even when it meant traveling 4,500 miles in 48 hours to get there. More >

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Zimmers on their relationship and baseball

Indians outfielder Bradley Zimmer and his father Eric talk about their relationship and baseball

Detroit Tigers: When he was 9 years old, Jim Adducci asked his dad if he thought he could become a Major Leaguer, just like his old man. Now he is one. More >

Kansas City Royals: For Lorenzo Cain, the trip to his first World Series in 2014 didn’t even compare to becoming a first-time father. More >

Minnesota Twins: Felton Buxton doled out lessons during cross-country truck trips, and now Byron is passing them on to his own son. More >

AL West

Houston Astros: Mike Devenski Jr. taught his son the value of hard work, and now watching Chris pitch on a big league field brings tears to his eyes. More >

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Every day he takes the field for the Angels, C.J. Cron is following in his father’s footsteps. More >

Seattle Mariners: Tyler Smith’s father, Ron, was there through thick and thin, and he was there to see Tyler finally realize his big league aspirations. More >

Texas Rangers: It’s Ryan Rua‘s first Father’s Day. His son, born just before Opening Day, has been following him around all season. More >

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Rua on sharing Father’s Day with his son

Rangers outfielder Ryan Rua discusses being able to spend his first Father’s Day as a dad with his son

National League East

Atlanta Braves: John Schuerholz will be inducted into Cooperstown this summer, but the legendary Braves executive always has been a Hall of Famer to his family. More >

Miami Marlins: Steve Straily always knew that if Dan stayed focused, he had a Major League future. That future is now the present. More >

New York Mets: Like father, like son: Major League Baseball is just one of the ties that bind Neil Walker and his dad, Tom. More >

Philadelphia Phillies: Vince Velasquez‘s father, Leonard, has helped him through the most difficult decisions of his life, and Vince has made his dad’s mindset his own. More >

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Velasquez shares why he looks up to his father

Phillies starter Vince Velasquez discusses emulating his father’s optimistic mentality and gratefulness

Washington Nationals: Gio Gonzalez still beams when he thinks back to the day his son, Enzo, was born. It’s the happiest moment of his life. More >

NL Central

Chicago Cubs: Jon Lester takes life lessons from his father and grandfather, superstitions and all. More >

Cincinnati Reds: Thanks to his dad, Mark, Drew Storen soaked in the Major League experience long before he became a big leaguer. More >

Milwaukee Brewers: This Father’s Day, four dads will continue to build a new tradition in the Brewers press box: family brunch. More >

Pittsburgh Pirates: When Josh Bell hit home runs as a kid, his dad would reward him by taking him out for a meal. Now Bell’s hitting home runs in the big leagues. More >

St. Louis Cardinals: Father’s Day reminds Mike Leake of his bond with his dad, which has only strengthened since a tragic accident left Chris paralyzed four years ago. More >

NL West

Arizona Diamondbacks: From the back fields of Spring Training to the D-backs clubhouse, if you watch closely, you can see the mark Torey Lovullo’s father, Sam, left on his son. More >

Colorado Rockies: After all the years of Charlie Blackmon‘s dad, Myron, stoking his love for the game, Charlie got to be the coach for a change. More >

Los Angeles Dodgers: For Enrique “Kik√©” Hernandez III, the most special part of this Father’s Day will be that Enrique II is still here to celebrate it. More >

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Hernandez thanks his father on Father’s Day

Enrique Hernandez thanks his dad for all of his support, wishing him a happy Father’s Day

San Diego Padres: More than a decade later, Hunter Renfroe and his dad, Todd, still have the 2003 Cherokee fifth wheel that took Hunter down the road to the Major Leagues. More >

San Francisco Giants: On his first Father’s Day, Kelby Tomlinson‘s family will be with him for a special moment in Denver. More >

David Adler is a reporter for based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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