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UPDATED: Mike Matheny approved Cards’ choice to draft his son

Jun 6, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

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Last week Mike Matheny said he thought it would be a bad idea for the Cardinals to draft his son, high school center fielder Tate Matheny, because “it would be too tough” and he didn’t want to ruin the good relationship they have.

Matheny specifically cited the example of longtime Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan and his son Chris Duncan, who was St. Louis’ first-round pick in 1999. Chris Duncan played parts of five seasons for the Cardinals and didn’t seem to have any big problems working with his dad, but Matheny explained: “I know that it was awkward. He was a good player. He handled it well, but it made it tougher.”

Today the Cardinals drafted Tate Matheny anyway, using their 23rd-round pick on the manager’s son. It might end up being a moot point, as Matheny is committed to Missouri State and most reports have him playing college ball unless offered a big bonus to sign.

Either way, it’s interesting that Mike Matheny’s public stance changed or the Cardinals’ front office simply chose to ignore his wishes.


Update: Matheny ended up going along with the idea, tweets’s B.J. Rains:


  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 6, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    Who knows if Mike will be around long enough to manage him, or if his son will even make it to The Show.

    If I were Mike, I’d just be proud to have a son that got drafted and have an even easier time rooting for him.

  2. dowhatifeellike - Jun 6, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Mike doesn’t have anything to worry about until the kid makes the ML roster. Everything else is out of his hands.

  3. umrguy42 - Jun 6, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    “Chris Duncan played parts of five seasons for the Cardinals and didn’t seem to have any big problems working with his dad”

    Well, in Duncan’s case, it wasn’t so much his relationships with his dad/TLR (helped in that his dad was the pitching coach, not the manager), but the *perception* by a chunk of the fan base that he was getting preferential looks because of his dad’s position in the organization.

  4. raindog - Jun 6, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    Maybe it was just a symbolic pick since it’s doubtful he’ll sign.

  5. dowhatifeellike - Jun 6, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    The Orioles also picked the Ripken kid and bench coach John Russel’s kid. I guess the later rounds are such a crapshoot that it’s ok to play favorites.

    • natstowngreg - Jun 6, 2012 at 5:19 PM

      Yeah, like when Tommy Lasorda got the Dodgers to pick his friend Vince Piazza’s kid in round 62 of the 1988 draft. Wonder whatever happened to the kid.

  6. ms72lbc - Jun 6, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    23rd round. He’s going to college.

  7. simonizer85 - Jun 6, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    Brewers drafted Roenicke’s son as well…

  8. natsattack - Jun 7, 2012 at 6:41 AM

    White Sox once drafted a softball playing girl in the 44th round, Dodgers drafted Lasorda’s grandson, some guy named Piazza.

  9. dickclydesdale - Jun 7, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    kid has creepy looking eyelids..

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