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Baby Cakes roster evidence of increasing number of baseball relatives

Travis Sawchik, author and MLB reporter for FiveThirtyEight, recently wrote a paper citing evidence that suggests the number of players in the majors who are sons of former major league players is on the rise.

The New Orleans Baby Cakes roster this season supports the case that players with family relationships in baseball are indeed prominent; and the relationships are not confined to just fathers and sons, but also to brothers, uncles, nephews, and cousins.  Moreover, the Baby Cakes’ instances demonstrate that the sport is experiencing increased occurrences of three-generation baseball families and that the family relationships extend into baseball’s non-player (managers, coaches, and front office) roles as well.

61 of the 2018 major-leaguers were related to either past or present major-leaguers.  Another 131 major-leaguers had relatives that have played in the minors.  93 of the 2018 minor-leaguers were related to past or present major-leaguers, while another 193 minor-league players were related to minor-league players.  These relationships included sons, brothers, cousins, grandsons, nephews, and brothers-in-law.

With respect to the Baby Cakes team, there are eight players and one of its coaches who have relatives in professional baseball.  They are included in the above stats from 2018.

Third-base coach Justin Mashore is one of those rare players who had both a father and brother to play in the majors.  He didn’t play in the majors himself (spent 10 seasons in the minors), but his brother Damon played parts of three seasons with Oakland and Anaheim from 1996-1998.  Their father Clyde was a major-league utility outfielder from 1969-1973 with Cincinnati and Montreal.

Pitcher Tommy Eveld is making his debut at the Triple-A level with New Orleans.  A reliever who came to the Florida Marlins organization from Arizona last season, he has a career ERA of 2.11.  His brother, Bobby Eveld Jr., has pitched in the Toronto and Texas minor-league systems.

Pitcher Mike Kickham returns to the Baby Cakes after spending parts of the 2017 and 2018 season with them.  He was originally a sixth-round draft pick of the San Francisco Giants in 2010.  He made his major-league debut with the Giants in 2013.  His brother Daniel had been a pitcher in the Detroit organization in 2011, followed by a season in an independent league in 2012.

In his 10th minor-league season, relief pitcher Brian Moran is making his debut in the Marlins organization.  His brother Colin, a first round pick of the Marlins in 2013, is the third baseman for Pittsburgh.  The Moran brothers are the nephews of former major-league brothers B. J. and Rich Surhoff.  B. J. was the first overall pick of the Milwaukee Brewers in 1985 and went on to play 19 major-league seasons.  Rich was a pitcher for one major-league season in 1985.

Infielder Jon Berti made his major-league debut with Toronto last season and is now is now in his first season in the Marlins organization.  Berti is in his ninth pro season after being drafted by the Blue Jays in the 11th round in 2011.  He is the son of Thomas Berti, an infielder in the Detroit organization in 1978 and 1979.

Infielder Deven Marrero is in his first season in the Marlins organization after spending 2018 in the Arizona Diamondbacks system.  He was a first-round pick of the Boston Red Sox in 2012 and played parts of three major-league seasons with the Red Sox.  He is the cousin of Chris Marrero, who played in three major-league seasons with Washington and San Francisco and now plays in the Japan Pacific League.  Deven is also the cousin of Christian Marrero, played 12 seasons in the minors from 2006 to 2017.

After playing seven minor-league seasons in the New York Yankees organization, first baseman Matt Snyder is making his Marlins organization debut with the Baby Cakes this season.  His father Brian pitched in the majors in 1985 and 1989 for the Seattle and Oakland organizations, while brother Brandon is currently playing for the Tampa Bay Rays in his sixth major-league season.  Matt and Brian are cousins of Madison Younginer, who briefly pitched for the Atlanta Braves in 2016.

Outfielder Isaac Galloway is in his fifth season with the Baby Cakes, making his major-league debut with the big-league Marlins last season.  He is the third generation of his family to play professional baseball.  His father Ike played in the Philadelphia organization in 1987 and 1988 after being drafted in the eighth round out of high school.  Ike’s grandfather Issac pitched one season in the Baltimore organization in 1960.

Baby Cakes outfielder Gabriel Guerrero comes from an extensive baseball family from the Dominican Republic.  After making his major-league debut in the Cincinnati organization last year, he was acquired by the Marlins in the off-season.  His uncles, Vladimir Sr. and Wilton, played in the majors, with Vladimir Sr. being inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame last year.  A third uncle, Julio, played four seasons in Boston’s minor-league system.  Gabriel’s cousin Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is the top prospect in the Toronto Blue Jays organization, while cousin Gregory played two minor-league seasons with the Mets in 2016 and 2017.

Lists of all 2018 major league and minor league players with family ties can be retrieved at

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