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LOS ANGELES — Willson and William Contreras have lived the sort of baseball careers that dreams are made of. Both play the prestigious position of catcher for storied franchises. Both won World Series titles during their rookie seasons. And both will start for the National League at Tuesday’s All-Star Game.
At the beginning of this season, though, not even Willson and William Contreras figured they could become the first brothers since Aaron and Bret Boone in 2003 to earn invitations to the Midsummer Classic, let alone bat back-to-back in the National League’s starting lineup.