By JOE REEDY, AP Sports activities Author
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Willson and William Contreras turned a aim into actuality final month after they performed on the identical main league diamond. On Tuesday evening, they will make a fair greater dream come true after they go well with up collectively within the All-Star Sport.
The Contreras brothers will grow to be the fifth siblings to begin collectively within the Midsummer Traditional — they usually’re batting again to again within the Nationwide League’s lineup.
Willson, the Chicago Cubs catcher, will bat sixth whereas William, a catcher for the Atlanta Braves, is seventh because the designated hitter. William was elevated to the beginning lineup after Philadelphia Phillies’ slugger Bryce Harper couldn’t play because of damage.
The 2 brothers had been aspect by aspect in the course of the second row for the NL All-Star picture taken earlier than exercises at Dodger Stadium on Monday.
“That is as soon as in a lifetime and a type of experiences we are going to always remember,” stated Willson, who’s making his third look. “It’s wonderful for my household. I am happy with all the things that we now have carried out. Hopefully we are able to anticipate to spend extra collectively.
“The entire household is right here — my mother and father, older brother, nieces and sister-in-law. That is one thing that I really feel like they need to be right here due to all the things that we undergo as a household. We’re simply having fun with the second.”
It’s the first time since Roberto and Sandy Alomar Jr. in 1992 that siblings have been on the identical workforce and solely the second time brothers are hitting back-to-back. Dixie and Harry Walker did it within the 1947 recreation for the NL.
William Contreras stated he and Willson had dinner Sunday evening in Los Angeles and hoped they’d be subsequent to one another within the lineup.
“We’re actually completely happy for that,” the first-time All-Star stated through a translator. “Even behind the lineup it’s one thing particular for us to share.”
Brothers on the identical workforce have had blended outcomes. The very best was by Joe and Dom DiMaggio, who mixed for 4 hits and 4 RBIs within the AL’s 11-7 victory within the 1949 recreation.
The Alomars every had successful within the 1992 contest whereas the Walkers had been 0 for 4. Mort and Walker Cooper had been the beginning pitcher and catcher for the NL within the 1942 and ’43 video games — each losses.
The Contreras bothers are separated by six years and had not been on the identical subject since Little League in Venezuela till final month at Chicago’s Wrigley Discipline. In accordance with the Elias Sports activities Bureau, that was the primary time that brothers began in opposition to one another within the majors since Yadier and José Molina on June 10, 2014.
William, 24, has performed in solely 46 video games this season however is tied for third amongst NL catchers with 11 house runs. He’s certainly one of 4 Atlanta gamers chosen for the primary time.
Even with the offense, Willson lauded his brother’s protection as a energy.
“Framing pitches. He is means, means higher than I used to be once I was 24,” Willson stated. “I am nonetheless engaged on that a part of my recreation. I am not going to surrender.”
Willson has 13 house runs, second amongst NL catchers with at the very least 100 plate appearances, and leads in extra-base hits with 31.
“He can catch, throw and hit. He doesn’t see any weak spot,” William stated of his brother by way of an interpreter.
Willson joins Gabby Hartnett as the one Cubs catchers to make three All-Star Sport begins, however many are questioning if this can be his last one for Chicago. The 31-year-old can grow to be a free agent on the finish of the season and has grow to be the topic of commerce hypothesis because the deadline nears.
Willson would not see the tip of his Cubs profession coming anytime quickly.
“To be trustworthy, I don’t really feel like that is simply gonna be my final time in a Cubs uniform. I don’t know why. I haven’t talked with the workforce or something. it’s only a feeling that I’ve,” he stated. “It’s been arduous with the shedding however I additionally understood that that is a part of a rebuild. I do know that the Cubs are attempting to place a variety of items collectively. However I additionally wish to do my finest to information the youthful guys, as a result of they want somebody with somewhat extra expertise.”
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