Toronto Blue Jays infield makes history on Opening Day
The Toronto Blue Jays infield corps did something that had only been replicated once before in MLB history.
The Blue Jays bloodlines made history on Friday evening versus the Tampa Bay Rays. It was only the second time in major league history that the starting infield all consisted of sons of former MLB players. Travis Shaw, Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. all started last night’s contest completing the family feat.
The accomplishment was first completed by Dee Gordon, Ivan De Jesus, Scott Van Slyke, and Jerry Hairston Jr. while they were with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012.
The Blue Jays are the first team in history to record a win while starting a complete bloodlines infield. The Jays claimed a 6-4 victory over the Rays while the Dodgers ended up losing their contest 13-3 to the Colorado Rockies.
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To take it even one step further all four Blue Jays players had at least one hit in the game including a pivotal three-run blast from Biggio. During the Dodgers game in 2012, Gordon went hitless while the remaining trio all contributed on the scoresheet.
Shaw made his Blue Jays debut in the opener after signing as a free agent in the offseason. Jeff Shaw was a pitcher in the majors for 12 seasons playing for five teams including the Montreal Expos. The elder Shaw pitched for the Expos for two seasons in 1993 and 1994 and was actually with the Expos when Blue Jays skipper Charlie Montoyo made his MLB with Montreal in 1993.
The Blue Jays also officially added Dante Bichette to the coaching staff as he was observed on the bench during the game. Bo’s father was highly regarded by the players during their spring and summer training sessions.
This undoubtedly won’t be the first time the Blue Jays make MLB history this season with the current contingent they have rostered. It is a good time to be a Jays fan.