The Michigan State baseball family is getting another member of the Gibson family.
Grosse Pointe South star outfielder Cam Gibson, the son of Diamondbacks manager and former Tigers star Kirk Gibson, has committed to play baseball for the Spartans.
MSU coach Jake Boss had this to stay about Cam:
“Cam is a hard-nosed competitor who plays the game the right way. He has some power … and he runs very well in the outfield and on the base paths. He’s a tremendous athlete and has excelled in hockey in the past as a member of the Honeybaked National Championship team. He will bring a competitive fire to Michigan State that will be contagious to his teammates. We’re excited for what his future holds.”
Cam Gibson earned Division 1 first-team all-state recognition in 2011, after leading South to the district championship. For his junior season, he hit .414 with 32 runs, 13 doubles, seven home runs and 40 RBIs.
He bats left (like his dad) and throws right (unlike his dad).
Kirk Gibson, of course, went to Michigan State to play football — and play football, he did very well. He was an All-American wide receiver for the Spartans, setting enough program records to earn him serious notice among NFL scouts.
Gibby played just the one year of collegiate baseball, at his football coach’s urging. He ended up being an All-American that season (1978), was a No. 1 pick by the Tigers in the 1978 draft, played 17 years in the major leagues, and the rest is history.
Now, can history repeat itself?