September 27, 2010
[Related: Father-child sports duos]
In other words, if pops wants to keep closer tabs on his son's progress, he'll now have to get a subscription to Baseball America like the rest of us.
Preston Mattingly, the Dodgers' No. 1 draft pick in 2006, batted .218 with two homers and 17 RBIs at the Class-A level this season. He struck out 51 times in 165 at-bats.
The 23-year-old Mattingly bats and throws right-handed. His best season as a pro came in 2006, when he hit .290 with a home run and 29 RBIs for the Dodgers' rookie-level team in the Gulf Coast League.
With stats like those, I don't think young Preston, a second baseman, was threatening to share any time with his dad on team charters anytime soon.
So maybe the trade is just as well. I mean, anyone who's ever played Little League knows that managers are always trying to get their sons into playing time they don't deserve.