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A-Rod's nephew swats eight homers on eight swings during prep tourney

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Dunand got some of his uncle's baseball skills.
Dunand has some of his uncle's baseball skills. (Photo from Joe Dunand on Twitter)

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Turns out Alex Rodriguez is not the only one with baseball talent in the family. His nephew, Joe Dunand Jr., put together quite a show during a high school tournament over the weekend.

Here's more from Tom Mahon of the Philadelphia Daily News:

In a five-game tournament over the weekend, the 18-year old, who will play at N.C. State, went 10-for-12 with nine home runs, eight on his final eight swings.


When Dunand's feat is officially confirmed by the National Federation of State High School Associations he will have shattered the old record of six consecutive home runs shared by six players.

"I was surprised, but I wasn't complaining," said Dunand, who is the son of A-Rod's half-brother. "I was just letting it happen. I was seeing the ball very well. I just hit it and it kept going every time."

Dunand, a senior, attends Gulliver Prep in Miami, which has only produced one big leaguer as far as I can tell: Nationals reliever Christian Garcia. Dodgers lefty Paco Rodriguez attended the school before going to the University of Florida.

As for the inevitable A-Rod comparisons, Dunand told Ian Begley of the New York Daily News that he is "used to it," back in 2009. "But I'm not my uncle, I want to be my own person."

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