I’d like to look at family duos in the present and in history. We’re talking about brothers, father and son, maybe cousins. There might even be some trios on the list, so let’s take a look:
Cecil Fielder and Prince Fielder: The elder Fielder was known for his time with the Tigers and was a 3x All-Star and 2x Silver Slugger. The younger Fielder also spent a couple years with the Tigers, and he currently plays for the Texas Rangers. Prince is a 6x All-Star and a 3x Silver Slugger.
Kyle Seager and Corey Seager: An All-Star third-baseman, Kyle Seager is the elder of the Seager brothers. Kyle is currently with the Seattle Mariners, and his younger brother Corey is rated as the #1 prospect in the entire majors by MLB Pipeline. Corey is heavily expected to contend for the NL Rookie of the Year with the Dodgers this season.
Justin Upton and Melvin Upton, Jr.: Seems like both of these brothers follow each other around. Both brothers were teammates during their time in Atlanta and once again last season in San Diego. Justin has played most of his career with Arizona and is currently on the Tigers squad. Melvin remains in San Diego. Justin is a 3x All-Star and 2x Silver Slugger, while Melvin has yet to book a trip to the Midsummer Classic.
Ken Griffey, Sr. and Ken Griffey, Jr.: One of the most famous father-son duos ever, the Griffeys were both stars. The elder Griffey was a 3x All-Star and 2x World Series champion. Junior was 13x All-Star, 10x Gold Glover, 7x Silver Slugger, and 1997 AL MVP. He was also elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame recently.
Barry Bonds and Bobby Bonds: Barry, based on pure stats and not outside influences (a.k.a steroids), might be the greatest to ever play the game. Barry was a 7x MVP winner and is the all-time home run champion. His father, Bobby, was a 3x All-Star and 3x Gold Glover.
Yadier Molina, Jose Molina, and Benjie Molina: All three of the Molina brothers are catchers. The eldest, Benjie, was a 2x Gold Glover and won the World Series in 2002. Jose has won the World Series in 2002 and 2009. The youngest, Yadier, is a 7x All-Star and 4x Platinum Glover.
J.D. Drew and Stephen Drew: J.D. was a 2008 All-Star and won the World Series in 2007 with the Red Sox. His younger brother, Stephen, won the 2013 World Series, also with the Red Sox.
Andy Van Slyke and Scott Van Slyke: Andy had a 13-year MLB career that included him receiving 3 All-Star selections, 5 Gold Gloves, and 2 Silver Sluggers. His son, Scott, currently plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Steve Swisher and Nick Swisher: Steve was a 1976 All-Star with the Chicago Cubs. His son, Nick, currently plays for the Atlanta Braves and was an All-Star in 2010 and won the World Series with the Yankees in 2009.
These are just some of the familial duos that have existed in recent MLB history? Are there any others you can think of? Which duo do you think is the best?