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Philadelphia has always been considered the City of Brotherly Love, but the Atlanta Braves are now the Uptown Boys with the Upton brothers. After the excellent signing of BJ Upton earlier this off-season they have finalized a deal last week with the Arizona Diamondbacks to pick up his brother Justin.

Teaming with the Upton brothers is Jason Heyward, giving the Braves the best outfield in the National League East, and quite possibly the second best outfield in the entire NL (behind the Dodgers trio of Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp, and Carl Crawford).

This isn’t the first brotherly combo in a major league outfield. And it is nothing like the Alou brothers — Felipe, Matty, and Jesus – who played together for the San Francisco Giants. The Uptons likely do have higher upside than the last brother combo to patrol an outfield: In 2010 San Diego Padres had Scott and Jerry Hairston Jr, a pair of solid role players who are lacking in star power.

As talent goes the Upton brothers bring enough talent to the table where it is likely they will be spoken about as one of the greatest brother duos in the game when they are done. (Thanks to the Society of American Baseball Research website, which was an excellent reference point.)

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