Bray Brothers Play Against Each Other in Minors

Brothers Colin and Tyler Bray had an opportunity to play against each other in the minor leagues in late May.  Colin is an outfielder with Single-A Kane County of the Midwest League, while Tyler is a pitcher with Peoria.  Their parents, from Vancleave, MS, saw them play in the same game together in Illinois for the first time since high school.

Read more about the Bray brothers at the link below from gulflive.com:

http://blog.gulflive.com/mississippi-press-news/2015/05/vancleaves_bray_bothers_facing.html

Giambi Brothers Have High School Numbers Retired

Jason and Jeremy Giambi recently had their jersey numbers retired from South Hills High in West Covina, CA.

Both Giambi brothers went on to play major league baseball.

Jason was the American League MVP in 2000, while playing for the Oakland A’s. He was a five-time All-Star for the A’s and New York Yankees. He was a pinch-hitter for the Cleveland Indians in 2014 and has yet to sign a contract for the 2015 season.

Jeremy played for six seasons in the majors from 1998 to 2003, including playing with his brother for the A’s. He also played for the Royals, Phillies and Red Sox.

See related article about the Giambi brothers at the link below from USA Today:
Giambi brothers have numbers retired at South Hills High School

Willy Aybar Paved Way for His Brother Erick

Erick Aybar, the shortstop for the Los Angeles Angels, made his first All-Star team. His older brother Willy paved the way for Erick to play professional baseball, as Willy broke in as a major leaguer in 2005 with the Los Angeles Dodgers and went on to play five seasons in the majors. Erick is now in his ninth season with the Angels and has one Gold Glove to his credit. They are two of seven children who grew up in some of the poorer parts of the Dominican Republic.

See related story about Erick Aybar at the link below from mlb.com:
http://m.angels.mlb.com/news/article/96604506/erick-aybar-followed-brothers-path-from-dominican-republic-to-major-league-baseball

Frazier Tandem Competes In Home Run Derby

Cincinnati Reds All-Star infielder Todd Frazier was a member of the National League’s team in the All-Star Game Home Run Derby contest. His brother, Charlie, a former minor league player, pitched to him in the contest.

Charlie was a 6th round selection out of high school by the Florida Marlins in the 1999 MLB Draft and played until 2004, never appearing in the big leagues.

Their brother, Jeff, appeared in the Major Leagues for one season with the Detroit Tigers before ending his professional career in 2012.

Todd is in his fourth major league season with the Reds.

See related story about Todd and Charlie Frazier at the link below from mlb.com:
http://m.mlb.com/news/article/84728922/meggie-zahneis-frazier-brothers-relish-home-run-derby-experience

Seager Brothers May Be The Next High Impact Siblings

There are currently three Seager brothers in professional baseball, and based on their early results they could be the next high impact brothers in big league baseball, like the Uptons and Molinas.

Kyle Seager of the Seattle Mariners was a Major League All-Star this season. The oldest of the brothers at age 26, the third baseman seems to have found his spot on the Mariners roster and could be there for a long time.

Corey Seager is 20 years old and was a participant in the Futures Game during the All-Star Game weekend festivities. He is a highly prized prospect in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.

Justin Seager, 22, also plays in the Mariners organization at the Class A level. He is in his second professional season after being drafted in 2013 out of college.

See related story about the Seager brothers at the link below from the New York Times:

Reuschel Brothers Played Together In Collegiate League

Brothers Rick and Paul Resuchel, who both played in the Major Leagues, once played together in the Central Illinois Collegiate League with the Galesburg Pioneers in the late 1960s. Not only were they outstanding pitchers, their major league positions, but they were also noted for their bat in this summer league.

See related story about the Reuschel Brothers at the link below from The Register-Mail:
http://www.galesburg.com/article/20140722/NEWS/140729949

Joe Torre’s Brother Frank Dies at Age 82

Frank Torre, brother of Hall of Famer Joe Torre, recently died on September 13, at age 82. Frank, nine years older than Joe, also played in the major leagues. He played seven big league seasons, most prominently with the Milwaukee Braves from 1956 to 1960. He appeared in the World Series with the Braves in 1957 and 1958.

Frank encouraged Joe to sign with the Braves, but they never played together. Frank discouraged his brother from taking the managerial job with the New York Yankees, but Joe went on to win four World Series titles.

See related story about Frank Torre at the link below from The Sacramento Bee:
http://www.sacbee.com/2014/09/13/6704157/ws-star-frank-torre-joes-brother.html

Bundy Brothers Recovering From Tommy John Surgery

Brothers Dylan and Bobby Bundy are both pitchers in the Baltimore Orioles organization. Dylan was a first-round pick of the Orioles in the 2011 MLB Draft, while Bobby was an 8th round pick in the 2008 MLB Draft. Both of the brothers sat out the 2013 season because of Tommy John surgery and have been spending the current season in rehab assignments.

See related story about the Dylan brothers and their father who taught them the game at the link below from mlb.com:
http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/mlb/orioles-pitching-prospects-dylan-bundy-bobby-bundy-have-brotherly-bond-that-runs-deep?ymd=20140814&content_id=89583992&vkey=news_mlb

Twins Embrace Vavra Baseball Family

Joe Vavra is currently the third base coach for the Minnesota Twins. He has two sons who have recently joined the Twins organization after being drafted out of college. Tanner was the Twins’ 30th round pick in the 2013 MLB Draft out of Valparaiso University and is currently a second baseman for Cedar Rapids in the Midwest League. Trey, a 33rd round pick of the Twins out of Florida Southern College in the 2014 MLB Draft, is a first baseman with Elizabethton in the Appalachian Rookie League.

Joe insists he did not try to influence the Twins in selecting his sons, that they earned their shots on their own merits.

See the related story about the Vavra family at the link below from msn.foxsports.com:
http://msn.foxsports.com/north/story/for-vavras-baseball-is-a-twins-family-affair-062514

Upton Brothers Hit Home Runs To Tie ML Record

On June 24, brothers B. J. and Justin Upton each hit home runs for the Atlanta Braves against the Houston Astros. It was their fourth time as brothers to homer in the same game, tying a major league record. The Braves won, 3-2.

See the related story about the Uptons’ record at the link below from the Modesto Bee:
http://www.modbee.com/2014/06/24/3408280/upton-brothers-both-hit-hrs-braves.html