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Justin Upton should be a target for Rays

Only a game back in the American League East standings, the Tampa Bay Rays are a surprise contender this year. After leading the division for much of the first three months of the year, however, the Rays’ season appears to be beginning to come off the rails. Tampa Bay has lost five straight, and eight of 10. In the process, they have nearly been no-hit four times — by mostly...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

What happened to San Diego Padres’ Melvin Upton Jr.?

San Diego Padres outfielder, Melvin Upton Jr. has had some amazing seasons in the past. Upton started his Major League career with the Tampa Bay Rays back in 2004. Upton quickly became one of the best outfielders in baseball. He could field, had an incredible arm, hit for both power and average, and could steal bases with the best. In 2007, Upton hit for a .300 batting average with...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Who will represent the San Diego Padres in 2015 All-Star Game?

Major League Baseball over the past decade or so has lost some fans due to the steroid-era scandal and the growing fan-bases of basketball and football. However, one thing the NBA and NFL don’t have on the MLB is an exciting and well-organized All-Star game. The MLB All-Star game is the best in professional sports. Baseball prides itself on putting together a quality event that...
11 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco's secret home-field advantage

ATT Park, from behind home plate, at game time for a night game. Justin Upton has hit the ground running in San Diego. His power stats have not suffered as much as you might expect, at least, as his isolated slugging (.194) and home runs per fly ball (16.7%) are right in line with career […]
Via Fangraphs
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres' Upton, Norris drop in All-Star voting

With nine days to go until All-Star voting closes, Major League Baseball released its penultimate voting update. Compared to last week, the Padres’ two leading candidates for spots on the All-Star team dropped in voting. Outfielder Justin Upton dropped from sixth to seventh, and catcher Derek Norris dropped out of the top five after being fourth last week.Upton’s drop in the...
Via Fox Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Joc Pederson crashes into wall on awesome catch, leaves Justin Upton stunned (Video)

Dodgers rookie Joc Pederson has been getting it done for the team with his bat, and now he’s also showing he has quite the glove. The center fielder robbed Justin Upton of what otherwise would have been a walk-off hit for the Padres during Sunday’s game in San Diego. Take a look at the catch:...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Players of the Month: May

Hitter of the month: LF – Justin Upton May totals:  343/418/546 – 6 HR, 4 2B, 23 RBI There is little doubt the Padres’ left fielder was the brightest spot in an otherwise dreary month.  There is reason to shudder when imagining what May ’15 would have been like without the younger Upton who lead the team in nearly every major offensive category while posting an OPS almost...
Via Friarhood
June 02, 2015  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres: The ‘what if’ game

There was a good chance Justin Upton would never make to the Padres. There’s a funny game I like to play in my head when it comes to the San Diego Padres, and my favorite sports teams in general. Everybody does it, either subconsciously or intentionally. The “What if” game. It’s a torturous process to try and think what could have been had your favorite team just gotten...
April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Padres reportedly acquire Justin Upton

Well, this is fascinating. A day after finalizing the Matt Kemp trade, and on the day the Wil Myers trade is expected to be announced, the Padres have reportedly agreed to acquire Justin Upton as well. I think it’s safe to say that A.J. Preller puts a high value on right-handed power hitting outfielders. As […]
Via Fangraphs
December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Justin Upton has bubble gum issues during at-bat

Your browser does not support iframes.Atlanta Braves outfielder Justin Upton had to pause for a moment due to an issue with his bubble gum during his seventh inning at-bat in Sunday's game against Miami.Upton blew a bubble with his gum as he was setting up for the 1-1 pitch, but had to reset when the bubble burst and landed on his nose. That could have been extremely distracting...
Via Holdout Sports
August 31, 2014  |  Discuss

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