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2021 San Francisco Giants 'lead the league' in family ties

My compilation of baseball’s relatives for the 2021 season demonstrates that baseball’s bloodlines are as prevalent as ever. There were 592 active major and minor-league players with one or more relatives in pro baseball. That equates to about one in every seven players in the major and minors combined. Those active players had 835 family relationships. Furthermore, there were 648 active non-players (managers, coaches, scouts, executives, etc.) who have one or more relatives in pro baseball, representing 1,180 relationships.

The San Francisco Giants stood out above the rest of the franchises in having a predominance of relatives throughout the organization, both on the field and in the front office. It makes you wonder if this was by design (preference for hiring players and non-players with baseball in their bloodlines) or just a coincidence.

Below are the highlights of some of the 31 players in the Giants organization who had family relationships in 2021.

The number of third-generation players (grandsons) in baseball has been growing over the past several years. The most notable one for the Giants is Mike Yastrzemski, who just completed his third major-league season. He is the grandson of Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, one of the all-time great Red Sox players. His father, Mike Yastrzemski, played five seasons in the minors with the Braves and White Sox. Conner Menez pitched briefly for the Giants in 2021. He is the grandson of former major-leaguer Bill Plummer, a 10-year veteran who primarily played with the Cincinnati Reds. First-year minor-leaguer Kyle Harrison is the grandson of Skip Guinn, who had a brief major-league career during 1968-1971.

Twin brothers who have played in the major leagues are a rarity, with only 10 occurrences in the history of the game. Giants pitcher Tyler Rogers led the National League with 80 appearances, compiling a 7-1 record with 13 saves. His brother Taylor Rogers is currently a relief pitcher for the Minnesota Twins.

The Giants organization had another pair of twins, Luis Alexander Basabe and Luis Alejandro Basabe, both of whom played in the minors in 2021. Luis Alexander had previously played in the majors for the Giants in 2020.

Brothers Braden and Hunter Bishop played in the Giants organization in 2021. Braden was selected off waivers from Seattle in May and pitched in the Triple-A level. Hunter, a first-round draft pick of the Giants in 2019, pitched at the Rookie and Class A levels.

Shortstop Brandon Crawford, who finished fourth in the NL MVP voting is the brother-in-law of Yankees ace Gerrit Cole.

Outfielder Joe McCarthy played at the Triple-A level for the Giants in 2021. He had played briefly with the big-league Giants in 2020. His brother, Jake McCarthy, made his major-league debut as an outfielder with Arizona in 2021.

Outfielder Jacob Heyward played in the Giants system in Double-A ball. He is the brother is 12-year veteran Jason Heyward of the Cubs, who is a five-time Gold Glove Award winner.

The Giants’ first-round draft pick (14th overall) in 2021 was Will Bednar, who helped lead Mississippi State to the College World Series championship. His brother is David Bednar, a major-league pitcher for the Pirates.

Below are the highlights of some of the 41 non-players in the Giants organization who had family relationships in 2021.

Felipe Alou has long been associated with the San Francisco Giants as a player, manager, and now as a special assistant. His two brothers, Matty and Jesus, had long careers in the majors. The trio of brothers once played in the same outfield with the Giants. Felipe’s son is Moises Alou, a 17-year major-league veteran, who is currently a scout in the Dodgers organization. His son Luis Rojas was manager of the Mets for the past two seasons. His son Jose Alou heads is a scout for the Giants. His son, Felipe Alou Jr., heads up the Dominican Academy for the Giants.

The Giants big-league coaching staff included Brian Bannister, son of former MLB pitcher Floyd Bannister, and Shawon Dunston, father of Shawon Dunston Jr.

The Giants’ scouting department included Bert Bradley, Ellis Burks, Brad Cameron, Keith Champion, Todd Coryell, Chuck Fick, Jim Gabella, DJ Jauss, Michael Kendall, James Mouton, Luis Polonia Jr., Ciro Villalobos Jr., Jeff Wood, and Matt Woodward, all of whom have relatives in professional baseball in various roles.

The Giants’ minor-league coaching staff included Lance Burkhart, Jolbert Cabrera, Gary Davenport, and Damon Minor, all of whom had relatives in pro baseball. Minor is the twin brother of former major-leaguer Ryan Minor, a minor-league manager in the Tigers organization. Both brothers were former major-league players.

Duane Kuiper and his brother Jeff Kuiper occupy the broadcast booth for the Giants. Duane is one of the Giants’ play-by-play broadcasters, while Jeff is a broadcast producer.

Zach Minasian Jr. works in the Giants’ front office. His brother Perry Minasian is the general manager for the Los Angeles Angels, while brother Calvin Minasian is the equipment/clubhouse manager for Atlanta. Their father Zach Minasian Sr. was formerly the clubhouse manager for the Texas Rangers. The three brothers started their baseball careers as assistants to their father in the Rangers’ clubhouse.

Bruce Bochy, former Giants manager and current special advisor for the Giants’ front office, is the father of former major-league pitcher Brett Bochy and minor-league infielder Greg Bochy. Bruce’s brother, Joe Bochy, played in the minors and was later a scout for the Giants.

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