Cleveland Guardians outfielder and first baseman Josh Naylor has been a key contributor to their success in 2022, and now his little brother will get to join in on the fun.
On Sunday, Bo Naylor made his debut for Cleveland and will remain on the roster as their third catcher this postseason.
Guardians manager Terry Francona spoke about the move on Sunday. “We wanted to get Bo Naylor on because we’ve been pinch-hitting for our catchers and if we ever got into a predicament that wouldn’t be good.
Much like his older brother Josh, Bo making the roster adds another quality bat to a Cleveland team that has been one of the best In baseball during the second half. Before getting the call up, Naylor was the only catcher in the minor leagues this season to hit 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases.
While baby bro was doing damage in the minors, Josh has battled back from a leg injury he suffered last season to put in work this season. Acquired in 2020 from the San Diego Padres, Josh is hitting .251 with 19 home runs and 73 RBI for the Guardians.
According to baseball-almanac.com, There have been 437 brother duos in MLB history. Here are some of the notable Black players who have made the list.
Hank & Tommie Aaron
Easily one of the greatest hitters of all-time, Hank Aaron needs no introduction. The MLB’s all-time leader in RBI (2,297) , extra base hits (1,477) and total bases (6,856), his resume speaks for itself. But did you know his younger brother Tommie also played for the Braves? Tommie was a utility player from 1962 to 1971 for Atlanta, making 232 appearances at first base and 138 appearances in the outfield. He never came close to his brother at the plate, although when your brother is considered the GOAT by many it would be hard to d
Tony & Chris Gwynn
Another legendary hitter and his baby brother made an appearance here. Arguably the greatest contact hitter that baseball has ever seen, watching Tony Gwynn hit a baseball was truly watching a master at work. Tony hit .338 for his CAREER while only striking out 434 times over his career. For a bit of perspective on how crazy that number is, current MLB player Joey Gallo has struck out 1045 times in just eight season. Baby bro Chris was able to carve out a quality MLB career of his own, playing a total of 10 years.
Melvin & Justin Upton
The Upton Brothers are the highest drafted family duo in MLB history, with Melvin being drafted second overall in 2002 and his brother Justin being drafted first overall in 2005. Melvin played for 12 year before retiring in 2016, while Justin has played 16 years and as recently as this season with the Seattle Mariners. Baby bro Justin has collected all the hardware for the Upton family, winning three silver sluggers while being named an All-Star four times.
Honorable Mention: Dee Strange Gordon & Nick Gordon, Jerry Hairston Jr & Scott Hairston, Barry & Steve Larkin, Harold & Don Reynolds