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If you have dreams of your son playing in the major leagues, here's a good, albeit rather elaborate, way to make sure he gets to the doorstep: Take a job in a big league dugout.

OK, so that's not entirely fair: Ozney Guillen, Patrick Leyland and Brett Bochy have all had distinguished baseball careers up to this point and probably would have been drafted elsewhere on their own merits. After all, they were drafted relatively early on Tuesday, far from the 62nd round where Mike Piazza(notes) was taken as a favor to his godfather, a guy named Tommy Lasorda.

The three picks, which were all made by the teams their fathers manage:

• Patrick Leyland (pictured above in much younger days) is the son of Detroit's Jim, and he was selected by the Tigers in the eighth round. He's a 6-foot-2 high school catcher from Maryland and has a scholarship to the University of Maryland waiting for him. Jim says he never pressured anyone in the organization to take him.

• Ozney Guillen is the son of Chicago's Ozzie, and he was selected by the White Sox in the 22nd round. He's a high school outfielder from Florida, but his selection predictably didn't pass without controversy. Ozzie says he's disappointed that Ozney wasn't drafted higher.

• Brett Bochy is the son of San Francisco's Bruce, and he was selected in the 20th round by the Giants. He's a right-handed reliever from the University of Kansas and just missed most of this season after having Tommy John surgery in April. (By the way, we don't have a picture of the two Bochys, otherwise it'd be posted alongside the other two.)

The AP notes that there were several other familiar names drafted on the second day, including "Cory Vaughn (Mets), son of Greg Vaughn; Dickie Thon Jr. (Toronto), son of Dickie Thon; Garrett Buechele (Texas), son of Steve Buechele and Mel Rojas Jr. (Pittsburgh), son of Mel Rojas."

Update: Two more manager sons were picked after Guillen — Mark Tracy and Bobby Geren. Give you one guess which teams selected them. 

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