Uptons not the first brother duo in MLB

Justin Upton, left, and B.J, Upton will be teaming up in Atlanta.
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Justin Upton, left, and B.J, Upton will be teaming up in Atlanta.

The Braves’ acquisition of the Upton brothers this offseason — signing free agent B.J. and getting Justin in a trade with the Diamondbacks — marks the sixth time the franchise will have brothers playing at the same time, the most in the majors. Teams that have deployed the most brother tandems since 1950:

Compiled by Richard McSweeney

6: Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves

Justin and B.J. Upton 2013


J.D. and Tim Drew 2004

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Mickey and Rick Mahler 1979

Phil and Joe Niekro 1973-74

Hank and Tommie Aaron 1962-63, 1965, 1968-71

Joe and Frank Torre 1960

5: San Diego Padres


Jerry and Scott Hairston 2010

Adrian and Edgar Gonzalez 2008

Brian and Marcus Giles 2007

Chris and Tony Gwynn 1996

Roberto and Sandy Alomar 1988-89

5: Philadelphia/Kansas City/Oakland A’s


Jason and Jeremy Giambi 2000-01

Jose and Ozzie Canseco 1990

Clete and Cloyd Boyer 1955

Bobby and Billy Shantz 1954-55

Alex and Walt Kellner 1952-53

Note: Only twice has a team had three brothers on the roster at the same time — the 1963 Giants had Matty, Jesus, and Felipe Alou and the 1973 Cardinals had Hector, Jose, and Tommy Cruz.