Though it hasn't all been smooth sailing and friendly weather for the Toronto Blue Jays this season, they have seen some optimistic signs of what's ahead. The most encouraging sign of all? The arrival of Vladimir Guerrero Jr., son of Hall of Famer Vlad Sr., and perhaps the best hitting prospect in baseball since Mike Trout.
The next phenom is just coming through the pipeline now, as Cavan Biggio, son of Hall of Fame second baseman Craig Biggio, is set to make his own big league debut on Friday. And when he takes the field with Vlad Jr., a special kind of history will be made.
Yes, Biggio and Guerrero will be the first pair of teammates with Hall of Fame fathers. Vlad Sr., who had a .318 lifetime batting average and spent 16 seasons with the Expos, Angels, Rangers and Orioles, was a 2018 inductee, while Craig Biggio, who is a member of the illustrious 3,000-hit club and spent his entire 20-year career with the Houston Astros, got the call in 2015.
Though things may be tough at the Rogers Centre now, the future is most certainly bright. With Vladdy and Cavan set to team up for the first time, players like Bo Bichette and Nate Pearson waiting in the wings, and Marcus Stroman re-emerging as a top-of-the-rotation starter, it may not be long before the Jays are competing for the AL East and keeping pace with the juggernauts.