April 20, 2010 – In the Twins 50th season they have their first Father-Son combo. Catcher Drew Butera made his major league debut this season and is serving as the back-up catcher to Joe Mauer. Back in 1980 Drew’s father Salvatore (Sal) Butera made his major league debut with Minnesota as the back-up catcher to Butch Wynegar. Drew is slightly bigger than his Dad and both are right handed batters. Both of the Butera’s are better known for their glove work then their stick work.
Drew’s career is just starting but his Dad played in the majors from 1980 through 1988 but never really attained a starter role and the most at bats he ever had in a single season was 194 in 1981. Sal played for the Minnesota Twins from 1980 to 1982 before being traded and again in 1987 where he had an opportunity for an at bat in the World Series. Sal also played for the Detroit Tigers, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds, and the Toronto Blue Jays.
Interestingly enough, yesterday Ike Davis made his major league debut for the New York Mets as a first baseman. Ike is the son of former Minnesota Twins closer Ron Davis.