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This offseason, the Atlanta Braves signed BJ and then traded for Justin, thus ensuring the Brothers Upton would play on the same team.
This feat isn't that rare. BJ Upton and Justin Upton have become the 91st instance of brothers as teammates in MLB history, and the 15th instance this century. In fact, John and Jordan Danks played for the Chicago White Sox last season, and both began this season on the MLB roster.
But the Uptons are rare in that they will be playing in the outfield at the same time. The most famous brothers to do this were the Alou Brothers, Felipe, Matty and Jesus. All three played the outfield together in 1963 for the San Francisco Giants.
The Upton Brothers should exceed the statistical outputs of each of the Alou Brothers. In fact, the Uptons have a chance to do something not seen in baseball for close to 100 years.
Yes, that's right: BJ and Justin Upton can be the modern-day version of Big and Little Poison, otherwise known as Paul and Lloyd Waner. For those of you who think Big Poison and Little Poison are the nicknames for Bret Michaels and CC DeVille, let Tim Kurkjian of ESPN The Magazine set you straight:
The Waner Brothers, Paul and Lloyd, nicknamed "Big Poison" and "Little Poison," probably were the most famous and the most decorated brother duo. They played in the same outfield for the Pirates from 1927 to '40, and both made it to the Hall of Fame, combining for 5,611 hits.
The Uptons can achieve similar levels of success.
Paul and Lloyd collected those 5,611 hits in 4,542 combined games. BJ Upton, 28, has 914 hits and 119 home runs in 976 career games. Justin Upton, 25, has 754 hits and 114 home runs in 742 games and has twice been named an all-star besides finishing fourth in the 2011 NL MVP voting.
Together, the two could put on a show that the NL East will be proud to call home for years to come.