Is Austin Barnes Mexican?
Barnes has Mexican roots from his mom Stephanie's side. She is the sister of the former MLB player Mike Gallego.
Gallego made his debut for the Oakland Athletics in 1985 and went on to play for two other franchises, including New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals.
One Dodgers fan even started a Reddit discussion surrounding Austin's Mexican roots. Though the original poster might have found out about the catcher's connection to Mexico after hearing the news, many Dodgers fans actually happen to know about it.
With the poll currently favorably at Yes, few of the fans even talked about from which side of the family he gets his Latino roots, and some also discussed his famous uncle, who previously played in the MLB.
In an interview with NBC in 2017, the catcher talked a bit about his famous uncle and how his presence in MLB helped shape his childhood. Barnes even recalled a moment of him attending the Cardinals games during his uncle's last few years in the MLB in the short one-minute video.
The discussion of Barnes representing Mexico in WBC began in October 2022 as Team Mexico announced the players committed to representing the green jacket.
In the 2023 Dodger Fan Fest held on February 4, the catcher confirmed that he was playing for Team Mexico and explained his legion to the country.