Fernando Tatis Jr. a rising MLB star

Fernando Tatis Jr. was one of the most exciting stars of the abbreviated 2020 season. He energized the San Diego Padres this year, leading them to their first post-season appearance since 2006. He finished second in the league in home runs (17) and fourth in RBIs (45), while making countless impressive defensive plays at shortstop throughout the season.

Tatis Jr. made his major-league debut in 2019 and provided a glimpse of things to come, before he missed half of the season due to injury. He still managed to finish third in the Rookie of the Year voting last year.

Tatis Jr. is the son of Fernando Tatis Sr., a major-leaguer from 1997 to 2010. His grandfather Fernando Tatis played in the Houston Astros organization from 1969 to 1978.

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Ryan Weathers makes improbable major-league debut in post-season

20-year-old pitcher Ryan Weathers had a total of 29 minor-league games under his belt before making his major-league debut with the San Diego Padres against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2020 NLDS.

Weathers was the first-round pick of the Padres in 2018. He had never pitched above Class A before his improbable post-season relief appearance. With the COVID-19 impacts on the 2020 season, rosters have been in a state of flux, and Weathers benefitted from the situation.

Weathers is the son of David Weathers, former major-league pitcher from 1991 and 2009. The elder Weathers was a member of the 1996 New York Yankees championship team.

Weathers is the second-youngest player to make his MLB debut in the post-season. Adalberto Mondesi holds the record with his appearance with the Kansas City Royals in 2015. Mondesi is the son of Raul Mondesi.

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Joe Buck joins father Jack in Pro Football Hall of Fame. Could he eventually do the same in baseball?

Joe Buck was recently named to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a broadcaster, joining his legendary father Jack Buck, who was elected in 1996.

Jack is also a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, having been inducted in 1987. Since Joe is also a long-time broadcaster in major-league baseball, he could very likely join his father in Cooperstown as well.

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Jake Boone joins grandpa Bob Boone’s major-league organization

Jake Boone decided to forgo his senior season at Princeton University next year and signed a contract with the Washington Nationals. Jake is the son of Bret Boone, grandson of Bob Boone, and great grandson of Ray Boone, all of whom played in the majors.

Bob Boone is currently a vice president with the Nationals, and Bret Boone attempted a comeback in 2008 (after retiring in 2005) with the Nationals organization, but did not play in the majors with them.

Jake is the nephew of Aaron Boone, the current Yankees manager.

The Boones are one of only five families to have three generations play in the majors, including the Bells, Hairstons, Colemans and Schofield/Werths.

If Jake eventually makes it to the majors, the Boones would become the first four-generation family in the majors.

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Bo Bichette’s hitting teacher is his Blue Jays father

Shortstop Bo Bichette is making a name for himself with the Toronto Blue Jays. He had a spectacular rookie season last year, hitting 11 home runs ins 46 games and posting an impressive slash line of .311/.358/.571. He got a good start in 2020, but has been affected by injuries since mid-August.

Bo’s father Dante Bichette joined the Blue Jays this season as a hitting instructor. He was a three-time all-star during his 14-year major-league career. He led the National League in home runs (40) and RBIs (128) in 1995 with Colorado.

Bo’s brother Dante Bichette Jr. was a minor leaguer from 2011 to 2019, after being drafted in the first round of the 2011 draft by the New York Yankees.

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Ke’Bryan Hayes joins father as major-leaguer

Ke’Bryan Hayes made his major-league debut with Pittsburgh on September 2, getting two hits in five plate appearances, including a home run and a double in an 11-inning loss to the Cubs. He was a first-round pick of the Pirates in 2015.

Ke’Bryan’s father Charlie Hayes was a 14-year veteran of the majors, splitting time across seven clubs. His best season was in 1993 with Colorado, when he led the league with 45 doubles and had career highs in home runs (25) and RBIs (98). Charlie was a member of the 1996 world champion New York Yankees.

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Josh Naylor hopes to one day suit up for Indians with his brother Bo

Outfielder Josh Naylor was one of the San Diego Padres players involved in the recent deal that acquired Mike Clevenger from the Cleveland Indians. He is in his third major-league season after being drafted by the Miami Marlins in the first round of the 2015 MLB Draft.

Josh’s brother Bo is currently a catcher in the Indians minor-league system. He was a first-round pick of the Indians in 2018. Although Bo has a few more years of development, the brothers hope one day to share a clubhouse for the big-league Indians.

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Red Sox pitcher Chris Mazza is a cousin of DiMaggio brothers

Chris Mazza was the starting pitcher for the Boston Red Sox against the New York Yankees on August 16. The game was special for him, since he is the cousin of former Red Sox all-star Dom DiMaggio and legendary Yankees great Joe DiMaggio.

Mazza is in his second major-league season, having appeared for the New York Mets last year.

His relationship to the DiMaggios stems from his grandmother who was a cousin of the the trio of major-league brothers that included Vince DiMaggio.

Click here to read more about Chris Mazza’s relationship to arguably the most famous baseball brothers in history.

Seager brothers hit homers in a game against each other

Brother Corey and Kyle Seager played against each other for the first time in a major-league game on August 17. They became the latest set of brothers to hit home runs in the same game. They were the seventh brother combo to accomplish the feat since 1998.

Kyle is in his 10th season with the Seattle Mariners, while Corey, who is six years younger, is in his sixth season with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Daniel Bard makes return to majors after seven-year absence

Daniel Bard pitched for the Colorado Rockies on July 25, 2020, and got the winning decision with 1 1/3 innings pitched in relief. He last pitched in the majors for the Boston Red Sox in 2013 and last appeared in the minors in 2017. He had been a first-round selection of the Red Sox in the 2006 MLB Draft. Beginning in 20123, he began having problems with performance anxiety related to changes in his pitching delivery and eventually had to quit playing.

Bard is the brother of Luke Bard, a major-league pitcher with the Angels in 2018 and 2019. His cousin is John Andreoli, a major league outfielder in 2018.

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