On Friday, the Toronto Blue Jays starting infield made history simply by who they are related to.
The Toronto Blue Jays youth movement is in full force. While the young pitchers may be a year or two behind, the lineup has the feel of the present and future. There is also a tinge of the past, with the Blue Jays’ young stars marking the second generation of major leaguers in their families.
On Friday, that second generation made history. For the second time in major league history, a starting infield was comprised entirely of second generation players.
Despite entering his sixth major league season, Shaw’s status as a second generation player is often forgotten. However, his father made quite an impact during his playing days. Jeff Shaw was a two time All Star in his 12 year career, notching over 25 saves in each of his final five seasons.
The senior member of that group, Shaw will not likely be around for when that group makes a push to the postseason. He is signed to a one year deal worth $4 million, and is under team control for 2021. That final year could coincide with a push, but the Blue Jays’ young arms would need to progress swiftly.
But Shaw can help them get to that point. He has been through the chase for the postseason before, a key piece of the Red Sox and Brewers lineups. Shaw understands the ups and downs of the season, and the consistency needed to take those steps forward. His impact could be felt on the Blue Jays long after his time with the franchise comes to an end.
As it is, he already helped the Toronto Blue Jays make history. He was the fourth piece needed for the Blue Jays to have the second starting infield consisting entirely of second generation players.