Joe Dunand, the nephew of former New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez, was called up by the Miami Marlins after spending the previous five years in the minor leagues. After receiving the exciting news of his MLB debut, Joe called his supporters to share the good news, and Alex was one of them.
Rodriguez was quick to react and tweeted that his nephew had been promoted to the major leagues. In the tweet, Alex attached a photo of Joe signing the paperwork for the Miami Marlins. We can imagine that Rodriguez was over the moon and happy to hear the news.
“Congratulations to my nephew @Joedunand on getting the major league call! Hard work pays off. Go smash it!” – @ Alex Rodriguez
Dunand shared that his uncle, Alex Rodriguez, gave him some words of wisdom ahead of his Miami Marlins debut, and he chose to take his advice.
According to Dunand, Alex Rodriguez said, “Go for it. It’s the same game you’ve played your whole life, so go for it and do what you do.”
On Saturday night, Dunand made history and hit an impressive home run for his MLB debut. What an amazing way to get into MLB!
Joe Dunand said: “It’s just a dream come true. It’s everything you dream of. Just coming here and being able to play at the highest level and perform at a high level and help the team win, which is the most important thing, it’s a great feeling.
“Joe Dunand homers in his first major league batting!” @talkin’ baseball
Joe Dunand is the third Miami Marlins player in history to hit a home run in his MLB debut.
Alex Rodriguez’s nephew Joe Dunand is on his way to creating his own brand in MLB
The newly promoted MLB player had his own moment in the Padres-Marlins game after jostling in the minor leagues and constantly living with recognition from his famous uncle. For the first time, MLB fans are identifying him as a Miami Marlins infielder, MLB rookie, or the newest addition to the Miami Marlins, rather than just Alex Rodriguez’s nephew. It feels good to see 26-year-old Joe Dunand trying to make his own mark in MLB. Dunand has a .236/.309/.367 slant line in his minor league games, with 29 homers and 155 RBIs.