Originally written on The Baseball Page  |  Last updated 10/13/14
BJ Upton has been the face of the Tampa Bay Rays, bridging the gap between the Carl Crawford era and the Evan Longoria era. Upton is usually thought of as a speedy defensive centerfielder with some serious pop. A super high ceiling guy with the potential to be an unstoppable star. Upton has never really reached that potential, instead showing flashes of brilliance that seem likely to price him out of Tampa this winter when he finally hits free agency. Here’s the thing though, I took a look at Upton’s stats and, though he’s got an outside shot at 30-30 every season, he’s not nearly as good as he gets credit for and his dismal average and on base percentage greatly detracts from his value. The question of what exactly BJ Upton is is really the most important part of any discussion about him. If you think that Upton has the potential to be the best 2 hitter in the game, a speedster with unprecedenTed Power who can hit .300 year in and year out while stealing 30 bags and hitting 30 hom...
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  • The Rays wonder why there are not more people in the stands & I think it is because the Rays ownership are not supporting the team like they should. Instead of keeping the really good players they trade them off for lesser experienced players because they are cheaper.They have a low payroll. They don't seem to be interested in winning a World Series & being a top team. They just want to take young players & train them for other teams. They will probably trade Price, Shields & Rodney instead of paying them a higher salary. They must take the money they get for these type of players & put the money into their trainging camps in other countries. Players now days all seem to come from Central America etc. I'd like to hear some others comments on this. They want to move the stadium into Tampa for more attendance but that isn't going to solve the problem.
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