When the Giants’ Tyler Rogers made his Major League debut Tuesday night at Oracle Park against the D-backs, he and his twin brother Taylor Rogers cemented their names in the record books. They’re the 10th set of twins to both reach the Majors on record. And yes, Tyler’s twin is on the Twins.
They’re the first set of twins to play in the Majors since Damon and Ryan Minor, who overlapped in 2000 -- the year of Damon’s debut -- and '01, the final season of Ryan’s career.
Tyler pitched a scoreless inning in his debut in a 3-2 loss, tossing a crisp 1-2-3 inning as his brother watched live from the visitors' clubhouse in Chicago.
"Obviously, it was a dream come true," Tyler said. "Warming up out there, I was pretty nervous. Once I crossed the foul line, I feel like I settled down a little bit. It felt like a normal game after that."
Earlier in the night, Taylor had pitched a scoreless frame for the Twins to notch his 21st save of the season in a 3-1 win over the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Tyler wasn't aware his brother was able to watch him pitch his first MLB game, because he thought Taylor may have been pitching on a Major League mound at the exact moment of Tyler's debut.
"Some of the guys were telling me that we were pitching at the same time or close to the same time," Tyler said. "That’s a pretty cool feat in itself right there, for two twin brothers to pitch at the same time in the big leagues. It’s pretty cool."
Taylor made his debut at 25 years old in 2016, but on the day of Tyler’s first Major League appearance, the twins were 28, which is on the older side for a big league debut.
“Yeah, there's guys that get called up, and they have a longer path than others. But they don't have a brother in the big leagues, and they don't have people asking them why he's not doing what his brother is doing and comparing him to his brother, which is not right for him,” Taylor said. “We're different. Just because we're twins doesn't mean we have to be compared to each other. We have different paths. He did it all himself. He stuck with it, and persevered and I'm just super happy for him.”
Taylor said that Tyler called him when he learned of the callup. Then, they ended up pitching on the same day.
“I'm not gonna lie to you, I was thinking about it out there, if he was gonna go in at the same time as me," Taylor said. "You know how twins operate, a lot of times it's like random stuff comes together, and you're like, 'Wow, only this would happen to the twins.' No, I got in here and checked the box real fast to see if he'd been in yet, and then I changed all the TVs in here,” Taylor said.
The 10 sets of twins that have appeared in MLB action:
• Taylor Rogers (2016-19), Tyler Rogers (2019) *
Tyler debuted on Tuesday, pitching a few minutes after his twin brother Taylor had sealed the save for the Twins.
• Damon Minor (2000-04), Ryan Minor (1998-2001) *
Ryan is best known for being the player to replace Cal Ripken Jr. at third base when his consecutive games streak ended. Ryan debuted in 1998 and played in 142 games spanning four seasons through 2001. Damon debuted in 2000, meaning they overlapped for two years, and also played four seasons – 2000-02 and then in '04. Another fun fact? The two brothers were drafted by the same team in 1995, though neither signed. The Mets took Ryan in the seventh round that year and Damon in the 19th round.
• Jose Canseco (1985-2001), Ozzie Canseco (1990-93) *
The A's drafted Jose out of Carol City High School in 1982, taking him in the 15th round of the Draft. The next year in the January Draft, the Yankees selected his twin brother, Ozzie, in the second round out of Miami-Dade College. Jose debuted for the A's in 1985 and by '86 he'd notched his first 30-homer season, hitting 33. On July 10, 1986, the A's signed Ozzie as a free agent after he'd been released by the Yankees without reaching the Majors. He played in the Minors for the A's and finally made his debut on July 18, 1990, pinch-hitting in the eighth inning of a game his twin brother Jose had started and hit two home runs in. Ozzie played in 24 career Major League games for the A's and Cardinals. Jose played in 1,887 for seven different teams.
• Stan Cliburn (1980), Stu Cliburn (1984-88)
Stan was the first of this set of twins to reach the Majors, debuting at 23 years old in 1980. He played just that singular season, hitting .179 in 54 games for the Angels. He's since had an extensive managerial career, in the Minors and the Atlantic League. Stew, a pitcher, debuted in 1984 -- also for the Angels. He pitched in 85 games in his career, in 1984-85 and in '88, compiling a 3.11 ERA. These twins' interconnected story doesn't end with playing for the same Major League club. From 2001-05, Stan managed the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats, in the Twins' organization. His pitching coach? His twin, Stew. Then from 2006-08, the two held those same roles for the Triple-A affiliate for the Twins, the Rochester Red Wings. Twins coaching and managing together for, of all organizations, the Twins.
• Marshall Edwards (1981-83), Mike Edwards (1977-80)
Mike debuted first, in 1977 for the Pirates. He played in 317 career games for the Pirates and A's. His twin brother, Marshall, debuted in 1981 and played in 160 career games for the Brewers. The Twins' younger brother, Dave, also played in the Majors, playing in 321 games between 1978-82 for the Twins and Padres.
• Eddie O'Brien (1953-58), Johnny O'Brien (1953-59) *
Eddie and Johnny O'Brien not only played for almost the exact same span of years, but they played together for a portion of time, too. On May 10, 1953, they became the first set of twins to play for the same team in the same game. Johnny entered as a defensive replacement in the eighth and Eddie pinch-ran in the ninth for the Pirates. The brothers were both two-way players. They were also both multi-sport stars, as both were drafted by the Milwaukee Hawks of the NBA in 1953, but never played in the NBA. They were taken with back-to-back picks.
• Bubber Jonnard (1920-35), Claude Jonnard (1921-29) *
Bubber debuted first, in 1920, appearing in two games for the White Sox. In all, he appeared in 103 Major League games from 1920-35. He also played for a number of Minor League teams. Bubber was a catcher, and in '20 and '21, the two were both on the Minor League Nashville Volunteers at points in the season. Claude was a pitcher, and the two often formed the team's battery. Bubber's post-playing career included managing the Minneapolis Millerettes in the All-American Girls' Professional Baseball League in 1944.
• Ray Grimes (1920-26), Roy Grimes (1920) *
Ray and Roy both debuted in 1920, but it was Ray who would have more staying power in the Majors. Roy played in just 26 career games. Ray played in 433. His best season was 1922, when he got an RBI in 17 straight games, setting a Major League record that has yet to be tied or broken (RBI became official in 1920). He hit .354 that season in 138 games.
• Joe Shannon (1915), Red Shannon (1915-1926) *
Joe Shannon played in five career games, all in 1915 for the Boston Braves. His brother, Red, played in 310 career games, beginning in 1915. Red played in just one game in 1915 -- on Oct. 7, 1915, also for the Boston Braves. As it turned out, that game was Joe's final career game -- and the only game that the two both played in at the Major League level, and they were on the same team.
• George Hunter (1909-10), Bill Hunter (1912)
George got to the Majors first, in 1909, when he both pitched and played the outfield for the Brooklyn Superbas. He also appeared in one game in 1910, in the outfield. His twin brother, Bill, reached the Majors in 1912 with the Cleveland Indians, appearing in 21 games and hitting .164.
* Both played in the same season at least once
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