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.

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

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

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

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.


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


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.

Parody movie posters are surfacing, too.

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

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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