Major League Baseball has a rich history of competition by siblings and relatives. Elite talent often runs in the family, as was the case for Joe DiMaggio and his All-Star siblings Dom and Vince. Since a healthy competitive spirit is part of family life, let’s review some groups of active MLB brothers and see who comes out ahead in family bragging rights.
Yuli Gurriel Scorecard:
Debut: August 21, 2016
Position: First and Third Baseman
Hardware: 1x Gold Glove; 1x Batting Title; 2017 World Series Champion*
Career Totals: .293/.337/.467; 116 OPS+; 86 HR; 13.8 bWAR
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Scorecard:
Position: Left Fielder, Shortstop, Second Baseman
Debut: April 20, 2018
Career Totals: .282/.324/.492; 118 OPS+; 63 HR; 5.8 bWAR
Ahead of Lourdes’s MLB debut, Yuli Gurriel said his younger brother was better in many areas of the game.
Yuli Gurriel on his brother Lourdes Jr., who was called up to the Blue Jays from Double-A: “Don’t want to give him too much pressure, but he hits better than me, runs better than me and plays better than me defensively.”
— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) April 20, 2018
Lourdes is already catching up to his elder sibling in career bWAR and home runs after just four seasons and hopes to secure a ring of his own as a member of the rising Toronto Blue Jays.
Brian Moran Scorecard:
Debut: September 5, 2019
Career Totals: 6.55 ERA; 73 ERA+; 11.0 IP; 17 K; 0.0 bWAR
Colin Moran Scorecard:
Position: Third Baseman and First Baseman
Debut: May 18, 2016
Career Totals: .267/.329/.418; 101 OPS+; 45 HR; 0.1 bWAR
Younger brother Colin has a longer history in MLB, but he was Brian’s first major-league strikeout victim in a special family moment.
Austin Nola Scorecard:
Position: Catcher, First Baseman and Second Baseman
Debut: June 16, 2019
Career Totals: .271/.345/.435; 114 OPS+; 19 HR; 3.6 bWAR
Aaron Nola Scorecard:
Debut: July 21, 2015
Hardware: 1x All-Star
Career Totals: 3.68 ERA; 115 ERA+; 1023.1 IP; 1145 K; 24.2 bWAR
Aaron is ahead in career All-Star appearances and WAR. His older brother also numbers among Aaron’s 1145 career strikeouts.
Andrew Romine Scorecard:
Position: Shortstop, Third Baseman and Second Baseman
Debut: September 24, 2010
Career Totals: .233/.288/.300; 63 OPS+; 11 HR; 0.6 bWAR
Austin Romine Scorecard:
Position: Catcher and First Baseman
Debut: September 11, 2011
Career Totals: .238/.277/.358; 70 OPS+; 28 HR; -0.5 bWAR
Neither Romine brother has had a memorable MLB career. Both had the misfortune of being part of the 2021 Chicago Cubs. This misfortune did result in a special family memory when Andrew took the mound to pitch to Austin during the 9th inning of a blowout loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on August 12. This made them the first pair of siblings to play in a single game for the Cubs since Rick and Paul Reuschel in 1978 and the first sibling battery in MLB since Larry and Norm Sherry in 1962.
Kyle Zimmer Scorecard:
Debut: March 31, 2019
Career Totals: 5.19 ERA; 90 ERA+; 95.1 IP; 90 K; 0.0 bWAR
Bradley Zimmer Scorecard:
Position: Center Fielder
Debut: May 16, 2017
Career Totals: .225/.310/.347; 77 OPS+; 19 HR; 2.7 bWAR
The younger brother earned family bragging rights when Bradley took Kyle’s 84 mph slider deep to right field late in the 2021 season.
Did I miss any active MLB brothers? Please leave a comment!