July 11, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers left fielder Matt Tuiasosopo (18) hits a two run home run in the second inning against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Cousin of man who cat fished Manti Te'o gets claimed by the Arizona Diamondbacks

It’s one thing to be known as a former college football player, but it’s another when you’re cousin is the man who cat-fished San Diego Chargers linebacker Manti Te’o.

Utility player Matt Tuiasosopo who recently played for the Detroit Tigers, was claimed by the Arizona Diamondbacks and will more than likely make their Major League roster.

Tuiasosopo was drafted by the Seattle Mariners back in 2004 then later debuted four years later with them where he picked up his first Major League hit off Yankees legend Andy Pettitte.

In his young Major League career, the 27 year old utility player has a career batting average of .207 with 12 home runs and 45 RBI’s.

This season with the Detroit Tigers, he hit seven home runs with 30 RBI”s  on a batting line of .244/.351/.415 with 25 walks and 57 strike outs through 164 at bats. He played 81 games with the Tigers as he seen some playing time with 13 games played at first base, one game played at third and 63 played in left.

Like I said before, he’s the cousin of the man who was apart of that Manti Te’p hoax. Ronaniah Tuiasosopo. His brother in law is former Arizona Diamondback Micah Owings.

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