SEATTLE, WA – APRIL 08: Former Mariners great Ken Griffey Jr. speaks to the media prior to the Mariners’ home opener against the Oakland Athletics at Safeco Field on April 8, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

The Seattle Mariners paid homage to an MLB legend during the MLB Draft, as they selected center fielder Trey Griffey with their pick in the 24th round.

This selection is something special, as this young centerfielder is the son of Ken Griffey Jr., who is set to be inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame. What makes the selection even more iconic is that during his time in Seattle, Griffey wore No. 24. Now, having his son Trey selected in the 24th round, everything has come full circle.

While Trey Griffey is certainly a great athlete, he is far from being a great baseball player. In fact, he has not even played baseball since he was a child, choosing to instead focus his attention on football. He plays receiver for the Arizona Wildcats, where he has caught four touchdowns in three seasons with the team.

But Trey Griffey was not the only famous son of a great baseball player to be selected. Torii Hunter Jr., son of nine-time Gold Glove Award winner Torii Hunter, was taken by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 23rd round. Hunter was a receiver for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish last season who was also a part-time player for the baseball team. Quinn Hoffman, who is the son of relief pitcher Trevor Hoffman, was taken in the 36th round by the San Diego Padres. Despite his draft status and his lineage , it appears as though Quinn will be looking to hone his talents as a member of Harvard’s baseball team.

Whether or not these sons go on to pursue their baseball careers or not, athleticism certainly runs in the family.

[FOX Sports]

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Colby Lanham is a graduate of Clemson University who, in addition to writing for The Comeback, has written for SI's Campus Rush, Bleacher Report, and Clemson Athletics. He is an alumni of the 2015 Sports Journalism Institute, where he also worked as an editorial intern for He has interests in football, basketball, and various forms of pop culture.