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Melvin Upton Jr. channels Willie Mays with catch

Ryan Phillips Melvin Upton Jr. (or the artist formerly known as B.J. Upton) is trying to rehab his image around baseball this season and lately he has been doing just that for the San Diego Padres. On Thursday night against the Washington Nationals, Upton threw out two runners, tripled and made one of the best catches of the season. In the bottom of the first with two on and two...
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August 28, 2015  |  Discuss

B.J. Upton: Name change has nothing to do with new chapter

By Steve DelVecchio Atlanta Braves outfielder B.J. Upton — excuse me, Melvin Upton Jr. — will be looking to turn over a new leaf when the 2015 season begins. That is not why he is ditching the name B.J. Over the weekend, Upton announced that he would like to be referred to as Melvin Upton Jr. going forward. Melvin is B.J.’s birth name. His father’s nickname is “Bossman”...
Via Larry Brown Sports
February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Braves’ B.J. Upton Will Go By Melvin Upton Jr. During 2015 Season

B.J. Upton hasn’t fared too well for the Atlanta Braves, but maybe Melvin Upton Jr. will be able to hit above the Mendoza line. The struggling Braves outfielder will go by his birth name in 2015 — which his representatives confirmed to’s Mark Bowman — and will wear Upton Jr. on his jersey. The nickname B.J. is short for Bossman Jr., a nod...
February 22, 2015  |  Discuss

B.J. Upton ditching his nickname for the 2015 season

By Steve DelVecchio The Atlanta Braves would love to unload outfielder B.J. Upton in the wake of two horrendous seasons. Instead, the team will have to settle for a change in identity from the 30-year-old. Upton, who has batted an abysmal .196 since the Braves signed him in 2013, has announced that he will be going by his full name in 2015 rather than his nickname. B.J. Upton...
Via Larry Brown Sports
February 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves dismiss GM Frank Wren; is Fredi next?

Repercussions from a dismal 2014 season were in store for members of the Atlanta Braves, and the first major move was made on Monday, as the organization fired general manager Frank Wren just one day after the team was officially eliminated from playoff contention. Wren’s tenure was undone by bad contracts and winning when it mattered most Wren had served as the Braves’ GM since...
September 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves couldn’t deal BJ Upton before the trade deadline, will revisit in the offseason.

B.J. Upton has yet to live up to the 5 year $75 million contract he signed in 2012, at the time, it looked to be a very solid deal. Upton was coming off a very good 2012 season where he hit .246, 28 home runs, and had 31 steals. Nobody could have imagined things could […]
Via Baseball Essential
August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves dynamic outfield … finally dynamic?

BJ Upton’s recent performance has coaches and teammates feeling optimistic. Do you remember the sense of excitement in Atlanta over the Braves’ dynamic outfield? It wasn’t all that long ago. Prior to the 2013 season, the Braves gave free agent center fielder BJ Upton a franchise record 5-year/75-million dollar deal. Shortly thereafter, they acquired younger brother Justin from...
Via BravesWire
May 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves: Top three weaknesses in Braves’ lineup

Mike Minor gave up 7 runs to the St. Louis Cardinals his last start. On May 5, in the second game of the series against the St. Louis Cardinals, the Atlanta Braves snapped their seven-game losing streak with a 2 – 1 victory. Looking to start a new winning streak, hopes of that were lost after the Cardinals knocked Mike Minor around for a 7 – 1 victory. This is not new: Just...
May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves' B.J. Upton collects 1,000th hit on infield single

ATLANTA -- Braves outfielder B.J. Upton reached a significant milestone on Saturday night, notching the 1,000th hit of his 10-year MLB career. Upton, whose batting average has jumped 87 points (heading into Saturday), collected the base hit in the first inning -- an up-the-middle ball that deflected off the glove of Reds pitcher Mike Leake before eluding the other Cincy defenders...
Via Fox Sports South
April 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves players get face-to-face with video game design

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- B.J. Upton notices subtle changes over the past five or six years. A little here, a little there. It's Mike Hash and his team's job to capture every last one of them. For Upton, the changes are seen in mirrors. Unlike his younger brother Justin, who can allegedly grow a full beard in a week's time, the oldest brother often lacks the necessity to carry a...
Via Fox Sports South
February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

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