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Wisdom and Links: Who is Melvin Upton? Also, Parks and Recreation

There is a mysterious newcomer in Atlanta Braves camp this spring, an enigma who will need to be unraveled. One day, he didn’t seem to exist, but now, he is there. His name is Melvin Upton Jr., and he is a mystery. Where did he come from? How did he get here? And what happened to B.J. Upton, who he is replacing in the Atlanta outfield? I don’t know, I don’t know if anybody...
Via Hall of Very Good
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Braves with 4 players vying to fill in for Upton in center field

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- When Melvin Upton Jr. was diagnosed with sesamoiditis in his left foot on Friday, two things became very apparent about the Braves outfield in 2015. The first is the fact that not one, but two positions would be up for grabs on opening day because Upton will miss at least six to eight weeks. The second is that when the Braves play the Marlins in that first...
Via Fox Sports South
2 days ago  |  Discuss

A 'minor setback': Braves' Upton taking positive approach to foot injury

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Melvin Upton Jr. (formerly B.J.) isn't sure when or why or even how his injured foot became the first big storyline of the Atlanta Braves' spring training. He's just as shocked as everyone else following the club. "I went to see the doctor the other day" as a precautionary measure, recalled Upton, in his third season with the Braves, "... and 10 minutes...
Via Fox Sports South
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves' Upton out up to two months with inflammation in foot

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Melvin Upton Jr. already made waves once this spring by changing his name. Now, he's doing so again, as the Braves center fielder will miss up to two months with inflammation in his left foot. Upton underwent an MRI exam Thursday, which revealed he has sesamoiditis, a buildup in the bone behind the ball of the foot. He will be in a short leg cast for two...
Via Fox Sports South
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #36: Justin Upton | OF | SD

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide is here! Get your copy for FREE! The good Upton brother had yet another strong season in 2014, completing his seventh full season in the big leagues. It’s hard to believe but the former first overall pick in the 2005 Amateur Draft has been around that long, and at just 27 years old he still has ample time left in his prime. Upton was...
Via Baseball Professor
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves’ B.J. Upton Changing Name For 2015

Braves Center fielder B.J. Upton had his (arguably) worst season in 2014. As such, B.J. is making some changes for the upcoming season. Baseball players are superstitious, and Mr. Upton is no exception. Upton, 30, will no longer be known as “B.J.” Born Melvin Emanuel Upton in 1984, “B.J.” is a nickname in honorable reference to his father Manny, whose own baseball prowess...
Via Baseball Essential
8 days ago  |  Discuss

B.J. Upton is No More

It was a good run, Bossman Junior. When Atlanta Braves center fielder B.J. Upton hits Spring Training, he’ll be without two things…his brother (Justin was traded to San Diego in December) and his name. B.J. Upton will go by the name Melvin Upton Jr. this year. Upton will explain his reasoning when he reports to #Braves camp. — Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) February 22, 2015 That’s...
Via Hall of Very Good
8 days ago  |  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

3 Reasons why the Atlanta Braves will trade Justin Upton

The Atlanta Braves have had a busy offseason that could get busier in the next few weeks with the imminent trade of slugging outfielder Justin Upton. The question is when, not if the Braves will trade Upton, here is why: Upton is in a contract year, and the Braves are rebuilding: Upton is entering the final year of his six-year, $50 million contract he signed while still a...
December 17, 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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