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MLB Team Trots Out Historic Lineup, Losing Streak Still Continues

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The sport of baseball has been around for nearly two centuries, and Major League Baseball itself was founded 116 years ago.

Over that span, MLB has seen tens of thousands of games be played, with countless strange occurrences happening. Still, the old saying, “You see something new at the ballpark every day,” rings true.

Fans saw this firsthand Friday night, when the Toronto Blue Jays hosted the San Diego Padres.

Before they even took the field, the Blue Jays made history.

That’s because it was the first time the sons of two Hall of Famers were MLB teammates, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

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Cavan Biggio, whose father Craig was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2015, got the call-up this week to join Vladimir Guerrero Jr., whose father was inducted last year.

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Just like his father, Cavan plays second base. He got the start there, while Guerrero manned third.

Biggio, who was the team’s ninth-ranked prospect prior to the start of the season, hit .307 with a .445 on-base percentage in Triple-A earlier this year.

Cavan Biggio’s family, including his father, was at the game to watch him debut, according to MLB.com.

He stepped up to the plate for the first time in the bottom of the third inning, and struck out looking.

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Unfortunately for the Blue Jays, the famous last names in their lineup didn’t do them a whole lot of good, as they fell to San Diego 6-3.

It was the Blue Jays’ third straight loss, and their record dropped to 20-31, which is fourth-worst in the American League.

Biggio went 0-for-3 in his MLB debut, with two strikeouts.

Guerrero didn’t fare any better, going 0-for-4 with one strikeout.

Biggio has been around baseball all his life, but of course, there’s nothing that can prepare you for the adrenaline rush you get during your first MLB game.

“That first at-bat I just kind of got settled in there, and those first three innings or so, I didn’t feel like I was on a baseball field,” Biggio said after the loss.

“I felt like I was in a different setting that I’ve obviously never been in. It just felt weird and awesome in the same place.”

Like his father, Cavan Biggio will be moved around the field so he can gain experience at multiple positions.

Craig Biggio, meanwhile, had some pregame advice for his son, whose nerves were no doubt at an all-time high.

“He just told me to have fun and to keep doing what I’m doing,” Cavan Biggio said.

The Blue Jays were set to take another crack at the Padres, who are riding a four-game winning streak, on Saturday afternoon.

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Ross Kelly has been a sportswriter since 2009.
Ross Kelly has been a sportswriter since 2009 and previously worked for ESPN, CBS and STATS Inc. A native of Louisiana, Ross now resides in Houston.
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