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PostPosted: Sun 10/16/22 1:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And that is what it will be, so that makes for a good twist!
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PostPosted: Tue 10/18/22 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Will be very exciting for that family! Their hometown is about halfway between the 2 cities their sons play for.
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PostPosted: Mon 1/2/23 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Flashback to October from the last post here, and remembering the Nola brothers and their teams facing off. This did not turn out the way I had wished.

Now that former Padre Taylor Rogers has joined his brother Tyler this offseason, the twins will be pitching out of the bullpen for S.F. this year. I bet those broadcasters will love that. Lol
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PostPosted: Wed 1/18/23 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Even though this has to do with the WBC, I'm posting it for the brothers connection, that of David and Dominic Fletcher, who may both possibly be competing for Team Italy.

There's a possibility we could see Dom join David in the majors this year.

From the L.A. Times:

"Angels’ David Fletcher Will Get to Play With His Bother Again — for Team Italy"

BY SARAH VALENZUELA
STAFF WRITER
JAN. 16, 2023 5 AM PT

David and Dominic Fletcher spent some time this offseason visiting the place where their mother grew up for the first time.

As prospective players for Team Italy in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, the brothers from Cypress went on a tour of the country with some of their teammates. The purpose of the tour was to bring more awareness and excitement about the sport to a country in which it is not popular.

The group made a surprise stop in Florence just for the Fletcher brothers, allowing them to meet and have dinner with cousins from Fernanda Fletcher’s side of the family.

“Our mom taught us Italian when we were young,” Dominic said. “We kind of grew up speaking Italian and then over the years lost little bits and pieces. We still speak decent Italian. It was good enough to be able to have a decent conversation with our family.”

Italy’s WBC team is managed by Hall of Famer Mike Piazza, who has long been an ambassador for the sport in the country. Piazza, who moved to Italy with his family after he retired from Major League Baseball, played for Team Italy in the inaugural WBC in 2006, then returned to the team as a coach for the next two editions.

WBC teams have until February 7 to finalize the 30-player roster they will take into the main competition in March, and both David and Dominic are likely to be on the Italian team. It would be the brothers’ first time playing together since high school.

David, 28, has been with the Angels since they drafted him out of Loyola Marymount in 2015. The versatile infielder will enter the third year of his five-year contract with the team this season. Dominic, a 25-year-old outfielder, plays in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, which drafted him out of Arkansas in 2019. His goal this season is to get called up to the majors.

Since turning pro, the Fletchers have played on the same field only once. That was this past summer. David was on a rehabilitation assignment with the Angels’ Triple-A team, the Salt Lake Bees, who had a game against the Diamondbacks’ affiliate, the Reno Aces, who Dominic played for.

Though Dominic thinks David is the better player, citing David’s contract, he noted that in that Triple-A game, “I got more hits than him,” he playfully said.

“Yeah, that was pretty cool,” David said. “Getting to play on the same field in professional baseball and hopefully one day in the major leagues too.”

David was called up to the big leagues the week before Dominic and the Razorbacks were to start their run at the 2018 College World Series. Their father, Tim, already had tickets and plans to see Dominic play. He found a flight to Seattle, where David was making his debut.

Tim couldn’t follow David and the Angels to their next game, which was in Oakland, because of work. The next week, at the College World Series, Tim parked himself away from much of the crowd, in a set of stands in the outfield, so that he could see Dominic play right in front of him. At the same time, he streamed the Angels game on his phone.

When the boys were children, they would wait for their father to come home from work so he could pitch to them.

It was a daily routine that included playing makeshift baseball games with other children from the Aliso Viejo neighborhood they lived in. The family moved to Cypress when David was 8 and Dominic 5.

“They just loved to play all the time,” Tim said.

But they didn’t learn the sport from their dad. Baseball started with David, and Dominic picked it up from him.

“My dad wanted us to play football and my mom was against us playing football,” Dominic said.

David grew into the sport on his own, finding a simple joy in throwing and catching baseballs, tennis balls, even balloons, and learning how to use a glove when he was a toddler.

“I didn’t know then, but I know now that not a lot of people can do that,” Tim said.

When David was 5 he asked his parents to send him to a summer camp at the Mark Cresse School of Baseball — which has three locations in Southern California and whose alumni include Piazza and former Angels All-Star Mark Trumbo. Fernanda would bring Dominic with her when she took David to camp and by the next year, Dominic was asking to participate, as well.

“Throughout both of our careers, he got to do everything first,” Dominic said. “Not only advice he told me, but just being able to watch him and learn and pick up on things that he did throughout his journey has really helped me.”

David said that although he offers advice to Dominic, his younger brother does well on his own.

“He sets a good example of how to work hard,” David added.

The Fletcher brothers played together on the same team just once, at Cypress High. That was in 2013, when David was a senior and Dominic was a freshman, and it might not have happened — Tim and Fernanda had contemplated sending Dominic to a different school. The brothers helped the Centurions to their second CIF Division 2 championship in program history.

“Those two boys were incredibly tireless workers,” Cypress coach John Weber said.

David still goes back to the fields at Cypress High — a special place for the Fletchers, who’ve run around and played on those fields even before they were teenagers — to watch games and even work out in his offseason. He also lends his time and resources to support his old team. Weber said one of his players had his baseball bag and cleats stolen. Weber called David, who sent over a new pair of cleats.

“He does things like that, he donates time to our poker fundraiser, he donates things, he comes to our events,” Weber said.

David also has gotten Angels teammates such as Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout to donate gear to his high school team’s fundraisers.

When Dominic is in town, he works out with David and supports some of his community outreach efforts, like David’s charity poker tournament. The next edition of that event, whose proceeds go toward Summer Harvest Food 4 Kids, is Friday at the Old Ranch Club in Seal Beach.

“I’m awful proud of them and I’m not just talking about baseball,” Tim said. “I said, ‘You gotta give back in some way when you get the opportunity.’ ”
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PostPosted: Thu 1/19/23 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Terrific family. I hope they do get to play in the majors on the same field.
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PostPosted: Mon 2/20/23 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tigers players, and brothers, Austin Meadows and Parker Meadows have reported to camp at Lakeland, FL. as teammates, for the first time.
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PostPosted: Mon 3/6/23 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dodgers minor leaguer Kyle Nevin and his dad, Angels skipper Phil, exchanged lineup cards at the plate, as facilitated by Doc--very nice gesture.
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PostPosted: Sat 3/11/23 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bumping this so I can post later about all the family ties in the WBC this year.
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PostPosted: Fri 6/30/23 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is now a third Naylor brother in MLB (his first milestone was posted about) - and now, tonight the Fletcher brothers will finally face off. The timing is that the Diamondbacks called up Dominic just in time for their series against David and the Angels!
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PostPosted: Sat 7/1/23 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now, this I didn't know. The Fletchers' dad passed away in June and just missed being able to see them play against each other. Sad


From the L.A. Times:

"Angels’ David Fletcher and Diamondbacks’ Dominic Fletcher Face Off With Dad in Mind"

BY SARAH VALENZUELA
STAFF WRITER


Tim Fletcher had always tried to be there for all of his sons’ moments. The father of David Fletcher, an infielder for the Angels, and Dominic Fletcher, an outfielder for the Arizona Diamondbacks, would try to watch them play, either from a ballpark or on TV.

He traveled to Seattle to watch David make his debut in 2018 and the next week venturing to Omaha to watch Dominic, who was still an Arkansas Razorback, play in the College World Series. To see both sons play while in Omaha, Tim chose an empty section of seats beyond the outfield wall and got the stadium WiFi password from a staff member. From his seat, he could see Dominic play in person while also having the signal strength and enough quiet space around him to continue watching David’s big league journey.

He was overjoyed by all of David and Dominic’s accomplishments over the years. “I’m awful proud of them and I’m not just talking about baseball,” Tim said last year after David and Dominic were named to Team Italy in the World Baseball Classic.

Tim died unexpectedly earlier this month. So, David and Dominic — playing against each other at the major-league level for the first time as the Angels hosted the Diamondbacks — played without one of their biggest fans on Friday.

“I think it’d be a pretty exciting day for him,” David said before the game. “He was very proud of both of us. He got to see us both play in the major leagues… Kind of always [play with him on my mind], but today, this series will be a little different getting to play against Dom.”

Said Dominic: “Every night, he turned on the TV and had both of our games going simultaneously. To be able to be here and watch would have been one of his favorite things.”

David went 0-for-2 and Dominic went 1-for-4 in the Angels’ 6-2 loss to the Diamondbacks during the first of their three-game series.

The Fletchers had a large contingent at Friday’s game, many of their childhood friends and family still living in the Southern California area, including mother Fernanda.

The Fletchers were raised in Cypress, David and Dominic playing on the same team just one year when they were both at Cypress High. They played on the same team again for Team Italy in March.

Last season, David had a rehab assignment in Triple A and played against Dominic in a game between the Salt Lake Bees and Reno Aces. David was sent back to Triple A in the middle of April, getting to play against Dominic and the Aces until Dominic made his big league debut at the end of that month. Dominic was optioned back to Triple A at the end of May.

David’s contract was selected again by the Angels last weekend, one of many infield moves that included a trade for Eduardo Escobar and optioning Jared Walsh and Michael Stefanic to Triple A.

Dominic was recalled by the Diamondbacks on Thursday, one of two outfielders they brought up as star outfielder Corbin Carroll nurses a sore shoulder.

The serendipity of them being able to play against each other in the big leagues, in a stadium they both grew up watching baseball games in, amid such a loss, was not lost on anyone.

“A tragedy in the family, but for them to get together like this, it was like it was meant to be,” Angels manager Phil Nevin said.

Said Arizona manager Torey Lovullo: “They’ve been through a lot over the past couple weeks. Getting them on the same field [at] the same time. I think there was some divine intervention somewhere along the way.”
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PostPosted: Sun 7/2/23 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh no! How sad their dad missed this. At least he got to see them play in the WBC. I hope their mom took great delight in seeing this series, though. Tory is right, there was something about the timing, and the fact the series was in Anaheim too.
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PostPosted: Thu 7/6/23 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DB did you hear about Jack Wilson's son, Jacob Wilson? They interviewed him on the Pirates feed last night, he participated in the draft combine. Out of GCU.
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PostPosted: Thu 7/6/23 10:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes! I saw the broadcast booth discussion because I was watching the Pittsburgh feed, too. That's one that evaded me, but I'm not too familiar with GCU in general.
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PostPosted: Sat 7/15/23 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about the Naylor brothers homering last night.
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PostPosted: Tue 1/16/24 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A fun story about brothers-in-law who are players on my Padres, and the Battery Chuckers Exclamation - link from padres.com
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