Watch McGwire's son demolish balls during home run derby originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
When a member of the McGwire family is in a batter's box, people will stop what they’re doing and watch -- even in 2020.
During the Perfect Game All-American Classic held in Oklahoma City this week, Max McGwire, son of legendary A's slugger Mark McGwire, put on a show during the Home Run Derby and proved the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree:
Views from the East Team crowd, watching ‘21 Max McGwire in the HR derby. Hit some balls FAR. pic.twitter.com/PXlyDJb87o— Brian Sakowski (@B_Sakowski_PG) September 4, 2020
As you can see and hear, those watching were all about it.
Max, who increased his Perfect Game player rating to 10 (the highest you can go), is a right-handed pitcher and first baseman.
He was described by a scout to NBC Sports California back in June as someone who has a “high hand start and a quick, short path to the ball.”
Sound familiar? Mark himself was known to have a short, compact swing. The scout also told NBC Sports California young Max can hit bombs.
Sideline reporter Dani Wexelman, who is covering the event this week, tells NBC Sports California Max practices with Los Angeles Angels' slugger Albert Pujols in the batting cage. Pujols, a McGwire family friend from the St. Louis Cardinals days, will "tell Max to keep his head behind the ball," and will give Max tips telling him to "exaggerate what he does in the cage."
The 17-year-old, an Oklahoma commit, has very similar motions to his dad, who earned 12 MLB All-Star selections in 16 seasons, nine of them with the A’s.
And can you believe Max, with his 6-foot-2 frame, hasn’t even developed into his body yet?
Might want to keep an eye on that one.