Originally written on The Flagrant Fan  |  Last updated 11/19/14
The Arizona Diamondbacks wanted to get rid of Justin Upton in the worst way. He simply did not fit into Kirk Gibson and the front office's philosophy of gritty guys digging deep for wins. The Diamondbacks wanted gamers. They wanted guys with dirty uniforms and so on and so forth. We can all make fun of those ideals if we want. Most of us know that it is talent and performance that wins, not ideals or scrap or grit or whatever it is you want to call it. The Atlanta Braves have to be thrilled about the Diamondbacks strategy. Upton has been a monster for them. He has helped make them now the team to beat in the NL East. So that brings us to this tweet by Jonathan Bernhardt. It was truly an epic tweet and sums it up for most of us rational thinkers about baseball, but only in a dead-on, dripping with sarcasm way that most of us do not have enough grit or scrap or whatever to come up with something as perfect as this: Justin Upton's hit 8 home runs? I'm not impressed. Martin Prad...
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  • Justin's flaw is that he doesn't get his plant foot down in time. He'll come down on his toes just before the ball is released, then he'll bring his heel down just as the ball gets to the plate--too late to swing. Thats why he strikes out looking and hits to the opposite field a lot without power. I haven't seen him since he was traded. It's a hitting flaw that could have been easily corrected with a good hitting coach but the DBs have Don Baylor, a slugger.

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