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O brother, why art thou in the other dugout?

Posted at 11:38 AM on June 17, 2008 by Steve Rudolph

It's not exactly the Civil War, but it will be brother vs. brother when the Twins take on the Washington Nationals tonight. For the first time in their careers, Delmon and Dmitri Young will play against each other in a major league game.

According to Baseball Almanac, there have been more than 350 brother combinations to play in the majors and there are plenty of Hall of Famers on that list. However, the only brothers who are both in Cooperstown are Lloyd Waner and Paul Waner.

I've seen a many of the modern brothers (the Boones, Cansecos, Giambis, Gwynns, and Ripkens to name a few), but am struggling to think of the best brother combination of the modern era.

Phil and Joe Neikro come to mind for me. They combined to pitch for 46 seasons, winning more than 500 games. Although the Alomars (Roberto and Sandy) were the best at their positions for more than a decade.

What do you think? Which brothers made biggest impact on the game?

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