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Corey and Kyle Seager Among the Best Big-League Brother Combos

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager was the unanimous choice for National League Rookie of the Year last week during the post-season honors announcements by The Baseball Writers’ Association of America.  The 21-year-old shortstop has already made his impact on major league baseball and appears to be poised among its stars for years to come.

However, Corey Seager is not the only one from his family who’s currently making an impact at the big league level.  His older brother, Kyle, is the third baseman for the Seattle Mariners, and together they form one of the best big league brother combos in recent years.  Kyle just completed his sixth major league season and was an All-Star selection in 2014, but doesn’t get much notoriety because he’s played on a non-contending team in a relatively small market.  In 2016, Kyle posted 30 home runs and 99 RBI, while hitting for a .278 average.  He has averaged 21 home runs per year.

Corey put up some impressive numbers in his first full major league season in 2016, in which he also finished third in the National League’s MVP voting.  He slammed 26 home runs while driving in 72 runs.  A left-handed hitter, Seager posted a slash line of .365/.512/.877 for on-base/slugging/on-base-plus-slugging percentages.  He was a key factor in the Dodgers’ claiming the National League West Division title this year.

Among other current brothers who have seen big league action are Oswaldo and Orlando Arcia, Gavin and Garin Cecchini, John and Jordan Danks, Travis and Chase d’Arnaud, Tyler and Erik Goeddel, Caleb and Corban Joseph, Donovan and Jhonatan Solano, Austin and Andrew Romine, Joe and Tyson Ross, Justin and Melvin Upton, Patrick and Chris Valaika, and Rickie and Jemile Weeks.

Looking back in baseball history, some of the more notable major league brother include names like DiMaggio, Boyer, Alou, Alomar, Brett, Hairston, Molina, Niekro, and Perry.

Of course, Joe was the most famous of the DiMaggio brothers, since he was major star with the New York Yankees in the 1930s and 1940s.  However, his brothers Dominic and Vince also had All-Star seasons.  Ken and Clete Boyer were contemporary third basemen and competed against each other in the 1964 World Series.

Brothers Matty, Jesus, and Felipe Alou actually played in the same outfield for the San Francisco Giants in 1963.  They are the only trio of brothers in baseball history to each compile over 1,000 hits in their careers.  Brothers Jose, Bengie, and Yadier Molina were all major league catchers, and each of them plyed for a World Series championship team.

Jerry Hairston Jr. and Scott Hairston were the major league sons of Jerry Hairston Sr., who also had a brother, John, who played in the majors.  The Hairstons are only one of four three-generation baseball families to ever play major league baseball.

Joe and Phil Niekro won more games (539) than any other brother combination in major league history, followed by Gaylord and Jim Perry (529).

Corey and Kyle Seager have another brother, Justin, who is in his fourth season of professional baseball.  To date, the 24-year-old brother has struggled offensively at the Class A level and doesn’t appear to be on a solid path yet to join his brothers in the majors.

Baseball is in good hands for years to come with the likes of the Seagers, who join other young stars such as Mike Trout, Kris Bryant, Bryce Harper, Carlos Correa, Gary Sanchez, Addison Russell, and Matt Harvey, as the latest stars of the game.

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