Originally posted on Baseball Hot Corner  |  Last updated 4/17/13
The Atlanta Braves are the hottest team in MLB as the 2013 season gets fully into gear. Many analysts had consigned the Braves to caddie-status to the Washington Nationals. However one off-season move has paid immediate dividends that, coupled with superb pitching, has propelled the Braves to a smoking hot start with the powerful bat of Justin Upton leading the way. Upton’s power explosion has given the Braves’ lineup a massive jolt and put the Braves in the early lead when judging the off-season trade that saw Upton join his brother, the recently signed free agent B.J. Upton, in Atlanta. The Arizona Diamondbacks were carrying off a curious off-season where they evidently were on a mission to change their clubhouse culture. It seems from the outside that despite saying things that were notionally supportive of Upton, DBacks GM Kevin Towers and manager Kirk Gibson had decided that a player, even as young and talented, like Upton didn’t fit the mold of ballplayer they preferred to go to battle
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