Dodgers’ OF Is Son of Former Saints’ LB
Not many people had heard of Andrew Toles before he made his Major League debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers back in July.
But as it turns out, his dad is a former linebacker with the New Orleans Saints.
Alvin Toles was the Saints' first round pick (24th overall) in the 1985 draft after a stellar career with Tennessee. He played in 55 games with the Saints, mostly on special teams as he vied with Vaughn Johnson and Sam Mills for playing time at linebacker. He suffered a serious knee injury in 1988 and was waived by New Orleans in 1990. Perhaps the highlight of his career came on a special teams play when he returned a blocked punt for a touchdown against the 49ers.
Son Andrew has been in the Dodgers' starting lineup against right handed pitching in the post-season for the Dodgers. He had a checkered past, being dismissed from his team at Tennessee and again at Chipola Junior College. He signed with Tampa Bay but was released prior to the 2015 season. He did not play at all in 2015 and was signed by the Dodgers as a free agent after the 2015 season. He played with the Dodgers in four different classifications before being called up by the Dodgers on July 8. He hit .314 with three homers in 48 games during the regular season.