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Uptons to follow in footsteps of Alous, Conigliaros, Waners

Jan 24, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

Felipe, Matty and Jesus Alou AP

With B.J. and Justin Upton getting together in Atlanta, I thought it’d be fun to look at the other MLB outfields to pair siblings. The Uptons are the fourth set of brothers charged with patrolling the same outfield. Here’s how the first three fared:

Felipe, Jesus and Matty Alou

1961-63 Giants
Felipe: .296/.336/.486, 63 HR, 232 RBI in 1,541 AB – 125 OPS+
Matty: .276/.325/.380, 9 HR, 40 RBI in 471 AB – 92 OPS+

1964-65 Giants
Matty: .246/.286/.303, 3 HR, 32 RBI in 574 AB – 65 OPS+
Jesus: .288.312/.369, 12 HR, 80 RBI in 919 AB – 90 OPS+

1973 Yankees
Felipe: .236/.256/.321, 4 HR, 27 RBI in 280 AB – 65 OPS+
Matty: .296/.338/.356, 2 HR, 28 RBI in 497 AB – 100 OPS+

Felipe, Matty and Jesus were all briefly part of the 1963 Giants, but I didn’t count that, since Jesus got just 24 at-bats in 16 games as a rookie that season.

Felipe was obviously the best of the brothers, but his two best seasons came in Atlanta in 1966 (.327/.361/.533, league-leading 218 hits, 122 runs) and 1968 (.317/.365/.438, league-leading 210 hits).

Before their late-career reunion with the Yankees, Felipe and Matty just missed each other and Jesus in Oakland. Felipe played for the A’s in 1970 and briefly in 1971, Matty played their in 1972 and Jesus was there in 1973 and ’74.

Billy and Tony Conigliaro

1969-70 Red Sox
Billy: .274/.343/.479, 22 HR, 65 RBI in 478 AB – 119 OPS+
Tony: .261/.323/.464, 56 HR, 198 RBI in 1,066 AB – 111 OPS+

Everyone knows what happened with Tony; his time with his brother came after he missed the 1968 season following a beaning. A Hall of Fame-type talent, he was already dealing with the deteriorating eyesight that forced him out of baseball.

What I didn’t realize is that Billy looks like quite a talent himself. That 119 OPS+ came in his age 21 and 22 seasons. However, he wasn’t happy with the Red Sox after they traded Tony following the 1970 season, and it seems to show up in his performance. He hit .262/.310/.436 in 1971 and then got traded himself. Struggling with the Brewers, he retired in the middle of the 1972 season while still just 24 years old. He did try a comeback the next year, getting into 48 games with the A’s, but that was it for his career.

Lloyd and Paul Waner

1927-40 Pirates
Lloyd: .319/.356/.400, 27 HR, 573 RBI in 7,219 AB – 100 OPS+
Paul: .341/.406/.487, 101 HR, 1,098 RBI in 7,893 AB – 136 OPS+

The Waners were also very briefly teammates on the 1941 Boston Braves and again on the 1944 Brooklyn Dodgers, but both were well past their primes by then.

Both Waners made it into the Hall of Fame, Paul in 1952 and Lloyd in 1967. Paul was obviously deserving. He won three batting crowns and finished in the top 10 in the NL in average nine times, in OBP 13 times and in slugging seven times. Lloyd, while a solid enough regular, was a rider of coattails. He finished in the top 10 in the NL in average six times, but just once higher than eighth (third in 1927). He was in the top 10 in OBP once (ninth in 1927) and never in slugging. He finished his career with a 99 OPS+, compared to 134 for Paul.

  1. mattyflex - Jan 24, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    None of the Boyer (Ken, Cletus, Cloyd, etc) kids played on the same team at the same time?

    • endymion91 - Jan 24, 2013 at 4:46 PM

      More complete list

      http://www.baseball-almanac.com/family/fam6.shtml

    • ThatGuy - Jan 24, 2013 at 5:28 PM

      I was thinking it was an extremely small list as well, but I think it is solely brothers playing Outfield together.

      • Matthew Pouliot - Jan 24, 2013 at 5:35 PM

        That’s the idea. Brothers who were starting outfielders together.

        Hank and Tommie Aaron were teammates, but Tommie was mostly a bench player and his primary position was first (though he did start 51 games in the outfield in 1968). Jose and Ozzie Canseco were teammates for nine games. Wilton Guerrero was mostly a second baseman when he and Vladdy were teammates.

        I may have missed a couple of more legitimate pairings, though.

      • mattyflex - Jan 24, 2013 at 5:49 PM

        I completely overlooked the obvious fact that this is an outfielders list. Sorry about that.

  2. stlouis1baseball - Jan 24, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Wow. I bet that OF of Felipe, Matty and Jesus was a “fiery” bunch.
    While he OF of Lloyd and Paul was incredibly “gritty.”
    Sorry…couldn’t resist.
    Only thought about using these adjectives after reading Ben’s post on one of the Upton articles.
    Thanks Ben!

    • louhudson23 - Jan 25, 2013 at 6:04 AM

      And the Upton OF will be another of unfulfilled potential,all over again. Which is not their fault.People keep projecting numbers on them that they only rarely come close to producing based on flashes. They are decent players,and no more taken as they are. They suck compared to the ever present projections of greatness.

  3. bulldog12b - Jan 25, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    I am looking forward to seeing both Upton brothers patrolling the Braves outfield. I’m even more excited to see how each does at the plate. Each sibling could push each other to outdo the other. BJ just hit a double… Justin comes up and smashes a homer. Going to be a fun year with both and combine that with Heyward the Braves could have the best numbers of any outfield in MLB this year. I’m calling it now 100 HR, 325 RBI’s, 60 SB…

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