When you’re the proud dad, there’s nothing like a family tree
The family of a Washington Nationals outfielder is the proud one.
The family tree dnnns proud of the kid who won the National League MVP award for the second time, with the father, John F. Kelly, also being named the MLB’s highest honor, while the father’s brother, John M. Kelly Sr., is the top overall draft pick.
The Kelly family has been the proudest of the Nationals in recent years.
John F. and John M., who have been friends for decades, have become a very close family and were at the Nationals’ All-Star Game in February.
The Kelly brothers and John F., who played together at the University of Florida, have two children together.
The Nats also named the family of John Kelly Sr. and his daughter, Shannon Kelly, the “John Kelly Family” and named their eldest son, John Jr., the “Johnny” Kelly.
Kelly Jr., who was a second baseman in college and at age 20 became a major league pitcher, was a member of the National Junior Roster and was a part of the 2011 World Series championship team.
Kelly’s wife, Lauren, is the mother of three boys, Tyler, 9, and Sam, 4, and they are all now on the team.
“The John Kelly family and our entire Nationals organization is so proud of John, Kelly Jr., and the entire Kelly family,” Nationals President Mike Rizzo said.
“We thank all of the members of the Kelly family for their dedication, hard work, and sacrifice over the years.”
The Kelly brothers were also inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015, and the father was named a member.
The brothers also attended the game in Miami on Saturday.
Kelly, Kelly Sr.’s father, had a stellar career in the big leagues, hitting .277 with 1,062 homers, 1,000 RBIs, and 962 runs batted in in 2,022 games, which included a career high for homers.
Kelly Sr. was a key part of a dynasty that won three World Series titles in the 1960s.
He was inducted in the Hall of the Stars in 2017, and also was the recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal in 1969.
Kelly played in the major leagues for 14 seasons, reaching the postseason once, in 1965.
He had a career batting average of .281 with 862 homers and 1,078 RBIs.
Kelly is the first member of his family to be inducted.
John Jr. was also inductee into the Hall in 2017.
He played for the New York Mets from 1977 to 1984 and was named the franchise’s Most Valuable Player in 1983.
Kelly was a three-time All-Pro outfielder and a five-time all-star.
He batted .309 with 2,723 hits and 1.043 steals in 2.066 seasons in the majors.
Kelly also played for three teams: the Miami Marlins from 1979 to 1988, the San Francisco Giants from 1988 to 1991 and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim from 1991 to 1994.
Kelly made the All-Defensive team in 1983 and was inductee in 1986.
He was the first player from the U.S. to play for the National Football League’s San Francisco 49ers from 1986 to 1996.
Kelly went to the University to play baseball at the Miami University School of Medicine, graduating with a degree in health policy and management in 1993.