There’s going to be some big-timing going on in the Zimmer household over the holidays.
On Monday, Indians outfielder Bradley Zimmer homered off his brother, Royals reliever Kyle Zimmer, to put Cleveland up 7-3 over Kansas City.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was only the fourth time in MLB history that a player hit a home run against his brother.
It wasn’t a wall-scraper that Bradley hit off his brother, either. According to Baseball Savant, the ball left his bat at an exit velocity of 107.2 mph and traveled 408 feet down the right field corner. The home run came off an 84.5 mph slider from Kyle.
That was Bradley’s eighth home run of the season, while it was the seventh allowed by Kyle.
The two brothers have had quite the baseball history. Both were first-round picks as Kyle was taken fifth overall by the Royals in 2012, while Bradley was drafted 21st overall. Both were drafted out of the University of San Francisco.
Kyle took longer to reach the majors as he dealt with injuries in his minor league career before he debuted in 2019. In his career, he has appeared in 80 games and has a career ERA of 5.32.
Bradley debuted in 2017 with Cleveland, but has played in only 257 games in his career. He owns a career slash line of .224/.311/.342 with 19 home runs and 37 stolen bases.
Previously, Kyle had struck out Bradley once and walked him another time.
Earlier in the year, Andrew and Austin Romine became the 16th set of brothers to appear as a battery in a game.
Bradley joined George Stovall homering off Jesse Stovall in 1904, Rick Ferrell launching one off Wes Ferrell in 1933 and Joe Niekro homering against Phil Niekro in 1976.