Tyler Heineman Joins Brother in Major Leagues

Tyler Heineman made his MLB debut as a pinch hitter for Miami.
Photo: Michael Krebs

Last Tuesday was a day neither Tyler Heineman nor younger brother Scott will soon forget.

On the same night Tyler got called up to the major leagues by the Miami Marlins, Scott hit his first major league home run—at Yankee Stadium of all places—for the Texas Rangers’ only run in a 10-1 loss to the Bronx Bombers.

Tyler didn’t get into the game in Pittsburgh, but the 28-year-old catcher made his MLB debut the next night as a pinch hitter, making he and Scott the 396th set of siblings to play major league baseball.   

The Heineman brothers grew up on Radcliffe Avenue and their parents, Steve and Kathy, who are both from New York, flew to Pittsburgh to see Tyler suit up for his first game. However, Scott’s sister Emily, his aunt Debbie and his cousin Nick were in the stands to see him homer  to right field off reliever Jonathan Loaisiga with one out in the ninth inning. It was Scott’s 14th major league game since being called up on August 2 and he got a hit against Detroit. The 26-year-old was selected the Rangers’ Minor League Player of the Year in 2018.

In January the Palisadian natives hosted their first Prime Time Charity Casino Classic at the Buffalo Club in Santa Monica and the poker tournament/silent auction raised money for the nonprofit organization to help at-risk children from low-income areas of L.A.

Tyler Heineman (left) and younger brother Scott at their Prime Time Casino charity event in Santa Monica in January.
Photo: Pablo Cabrera

In November, Tyler signed a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He started the 2019 season with the Reno Aces but was traded to Miami for cash considerations. He was drafted by the Houston Astros in 2012 out of UCLA after a prep career at Windward School. He played in the PPBA until he was 10.

Scott played at Crespi High in Encino, then at the University of Oregon. He was drafted by Texas in the 11th round in 2015.

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