Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Justin Upton, B.J. Upton, Lloyd Waner and Paul Waner

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The red-hot Atlanta Braves (15-5) are sitting atop of the NL East with the best record in the major leagues and the best run differential (+41) in the majors. This, of course, is due (in large part) to their propensity to hit the long ball. The Braves currently lead the major leagues with 35 home runs, 11 of which have come from slugger Justin Upton. Upton is on a torrid home run pace, recently becoming the 18th player in major-league history to reach 10 home runs before his team had played in 20 games. He also became the first Braves player ever to accomplish this feat.

His teammate and older brother B.J. Upton is off to a slower start with only 3 home runs and a .160 batting average but (I'm sure) it's just a matter of time before the talented and older Upton starts to swing a hot bat.

Having two brothers on the same team is not a phenomena you see everyday in major-league baseball, so the Uptons are part of what could be considered a historical exclusive club. In fact, last night they both homered in a 10-2 win over the Colorado Rockies, marking only the 27th time in major-league history that two brothers homered in the same game. 

For the Uptons, however, it was an even more rare feat because they actually hit back-to-back home runs. According to ESPN (via the Elias Sports Bureau) this was only the second time in major-league history that two brothers hit back-to-back home runs. The only other occurrence was on September 15, 1938 when hall-of-famers Lloyd and Paul Waner homered in consecutive at-bats for the Pittsburgh Pirates. To date, Lloyd and Paul are the only brothers enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Now that's what you call-- Brothers in Arms!

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