Baseball’s New Bash Brothers Are Heating Up Atlanta

A couple of offseason acquisitions — anchored by brotherly love — have paid off early for the first-place Braves.

Brothers in arms have been relatively common in baseball history. The San Francisco Giants boasted three Alou brothers — Jesus, Felipe, and Matty — in 1963.

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The Ripken brothers, Billy and Cal Jr., even got to be managed by their father, Cal Sr., from 1987 to 1988.

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But of all the brotherly teammates in MLB history, the Uptons may soon be the best of all.

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In November, older brother B.J. signed a five-year, $75 million contract to join the Braves.

B.J. showed a nice blend of power (118 home runs) and speed (232 steals), as well as a somewhat respectable 15.6 WAR, over parts of eight seasons in Tampa. Adam Hunger / Reuters

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In January, the Braves completed a seven-player deal for Justin, who spent parts of six seasons in Arizona.

The 25-year-old Justin showed the same wicked skill set — 108 home runs and 80 stolen bases — for the Diamondbacks as his big brother did with the Rays. Photo by Christian Petersen / Getty Images

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Now they’re together in Atlanta, and how’s that going so far for the Braves?

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Well, B.J. is off to a rough start, batting only .103 through the first eight games, but he just hit his first homer — a game-tying moonshot in the bottom of the ninth a few days back.


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Two batters later, Justin ended the game with this walkoff shot to right-center.


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In fact, Justin Upton (under the blue-ish Powerade) has been on a tear, hitting six home runs in eight games and leading the National League in almost every important offensive category.

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Tribute videos from fans are already hitting YouTube.

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Parody movie posters are surfacing, too.

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But if anything beats UPTON HERE, we haven’t seen it yet.

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So take heart, Braves fans. You lost a Chipper …

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… but gained Uptons for years to come.

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But the real winners in all this? Mr. and Mrs. Upton, whose travel schedule has been pared down considerably.

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