The Waner boys are among the best brother combos in baseball history, combining for 5,611 hits and two of my favorite nicknames. Paul was "Big Poison" and Lloyd was "Little Poison" because a fan in New York one day decided to heckle them as "Big and Little Person" with an accent too thick to completely understand. Seriously.
In other brother news, Jered Weaver of the Angels and Jeff Weaver of the Dodgers are scheduled to face off Saturday for the first time. MLB.com notes that 20 pairs of pitching brothers have matched up against each other throughout baseball history, with the most recent coming in 2002 with Andy Benes and Alan Benes.
Jered is obviously the superior Weaver right now, ranking second in the AL with a 2.08 ERA while his brother is merely making a spot start in place of the injured Eric Milton, but once upon a time Jeff was nearly as promising. Here are the Weaver's respective numbers through the age of 25:
IP ERA SO9 BB9 Jered 461 3.71 7.3 2.6 Jeff 793 4.30 6.1 2.5
Jeff fell apart in his age-26 season by going 7-9 with a 5.99 ERA following a trade to the Yankees and has posted a 5.03 ERA overall after the age of 25, whereas Jered is currently 7-2 with a 2.08 ERA as a 26-year-old and appears destined for a much more successful career.