If I sat here and named each and everyone of the over 350 cases of brothers who have played Major League baseball, I think I would probably develop Carpal tunnel syndrome by the time I’d reach Jody & Carney Lansford. One thing that amazes me now that the list is in front of me is also something I already knew back in 1990 when a certain twin brother of a Cuban superstar was trying to make a name for himself.
Ozzie Canseco played over a decade in the minors, at times showing much potential and other times looking just plain confused. In the end, he played a total of 24 games at the top level from ’90-’93 and had a career batting average 1 point above the ‘Mendoza Line’, despite being a monster slugger in the minors. Was Ozzie just a victim of extremely high expectations from a period when his brother was the best player in baseball? Unfortunately, Ozzie isn’t alone.
Hank Aaron had Tommy, George Brett had Ken, Jose Canseco had Ozzie, Joe DiMaggio had Dom & Vince, Jason Giambi had Jeremy, Barry Larking had Steve, Greg Maddux had Mike, Pedro Martinez had Ramon, Eddie Murray had Rich, Cal Ripken Jr. had Billy, and Robin Yount had Larry. Those are just a short few out of the entire list of over 350. After doing some research, I could only find one single combination of brothers who made the Hall of Fame. One brother weighed just 150 lbs. and ended his career with 2,459 hits and a .316 lifetime average. The other? Well, he only had 3,152 hits and a .333 lifetime average.
Can you guess who the brothers are without cheating?