MLB Brothers Balling: Black Knight Justin Upton Gets Paid

George Springers World Series MVP performance and Aaron Judge’s ridiculous 52-bomb rookie season has catapulted the young guns to the top spots among MLBs African-American diamond-miners in the eyes of those fans and journalists captured by the playoff moment and still wrapped in the euphoria of a memorable Autumn showdown. 

In case we forgot, theres a brother named Justin Upton with 256 career homers and four All-star nods in an 11-year career that has something to say about that. Upton, is coming off a season in which he hit 35 dingers and drove in 109 RBIs, and hes not even 30 years old.  

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Upton was traded from the Detroit Tigers on August 31 for a bag of minor league players. His 27-game audition was good enough for the Los Angeles Angels to sign the Black Knight to a five-year contract worth between $106-$108 million, the team announced on Thursday. The contract runs through 2022. 

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The @Angels have signed Justin Upton to a five-year, $108 million deal. (via @BNightengale)

Upton was the No. 1 ranked prospect in the class of 2005 and he has surpassed his brother Melvin as the best player in the family. The two brothers even got to play together for a brief stint with the Atlanta Braves, as they formed the Soul Patrol with hometown star Jason Heyward back in 2013. 

The hierarchy of black excellence in MLB is shared by a number of players, but only one can be the best. With Upton in his prime as a player and Springer still preparing to enter his, we cant forget about the Upton Brother because hes a beast in his own right and an OG holding the Black Knights flag and inspiring young brothers to chase that diamond dream.

JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.