Venable most impressed with dad's longevity

Venable most impressed with dad's longevity

SEATTLE -- With three hits on Sunday against the Brewers, Padres outfielder Will Venable surpassed his father, Max, with 339 career hits.

But that doesn't mean that Venable has considered gloating about this to his father, a former outfielder who accumulated 337 hits with the Giants, Angels, Reds and Expos.

"I'll take more pride in it if I can surpass him in service time," Venable said on Tuesday. "For him to play as long as he did is impressive."

Max Venable played parts of 12 seasons in the Major Leagues, breaking in with the Giants in 1979. His last season was in '91 with the Angels when he was 34 years old.

"This game demands a lot of you," Venable said. "I really respect that about my dad's career."

Venable, for his part, said he was unaware that he had passed his father in hits until someone pointed it out to him. Venable entered the season with two years and 155 days of Major League service time.

The 29-year-old Venable has 41 career home runs, which is more than his father finished with (18). And, oddly enough, 18 is the same number of home runs Venable's college coach at Princeton, Scott Bradley, hit in his Major League career.

"I was aware of that," Venable said.