Padres' Melvin Upton sounds ready to put the past behind him

Melvin Upton -- the younger brother of fellow Padre Justin Upton and the man formerly known as B.J. Upton -- sounds like he’s ready to put the past in his rearview mirror. After being drafted second overall in 2002 and blossoming with the Tampa Bay Rays, the outfielder’s struggles at the plate the past couple of years with the Braves were highly-publicized and prompted many to...
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Atlanta Braves: Craig Kimbrel traded to the Padres

The Atlanta Braves front office have long stated that they believe they will compete in the National League East this season but after trading Justin Upton to the San Diego Padres, Jason Heyward to the St Louis. Cardinals, and Evan Gattis to the Houston Astros; it became apparent that the Braves are in a rebuilding phase. The Braves put an exclamation point on their rebuilding phase...
April 05, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball: Craig Kimbrel Dealt to the Padres

View image | The beginning of April is an exciting time for baseball fans as it is. When you add in the spectre of a blockbuster trade (hours before the first game of the season) you get some real excitement. The San Diego Padres and Atlanta Braves pulled off their second blockbuster this year when the Braves traded Melvin Upton (formerly B.J. Upton) and Craig...
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April 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Braves trade Craig Kimbrel, BJ Upton to Padres

The Atlanta Braves and San Diego Padres completed a blockbuster trade just hours before the official start of the 2015 MLB season. The Braves are sending All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel and outfielder B.J. Upton — who now prefers to go by a different name — to San Diego in exchange for Carlos Quentin, Cameron Maybin...Read More
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April 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Padres Acquire Craig Kimbrel, Melvin Upton Jr. From Braves

The San Diego Padres have acquired closer Craig Kimbrel and outfielder Melvin Upton, Jr. (Formerly B.J. Upton) from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for outfielder’s Cameron Maybin and Carlos Quentin as well as prospects Matt Wisler and Jordan Paroubeck. Kimbrel, 26, leads the majors in saves over the past four seasons with 185. Kimbrel has a career 1.43 ERA and has struck out 476...
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April 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Reports: Braves Trade Upton, Kimbrel to Padres

According to Kiley McDaniel of FanGraphs, the rebuilding Atlanta Braves have traded struggling outfielder, Melvin (formerly BJ) Upton and star closer, Craig Kimbrel to the San Diego Padres.  In return, the Braves will recieve Cameron Maybin, Carlos Quentin, Matt Wisler, Jordan Paroubeck, the 41st pick in the draft, and substantial financial relief with Upton’s contract largely...
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Braves trade Craig Kimbrel, B.J. Upton to Padres

You thought all of the major trades were over, huh? You thought there wouldn’t be any big names getting moved until the trade deadline, right? YOU ARE WRONG. The Atlanta Braves have traded All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel and salary black hole Melvin Upton Jr. to the San Diego Padres for a package that includes outfielders Cameron Maybin and Carlos Quentin. Source: Braves have...
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April 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Long a contender, Braves turn to rebuilding after 2014 flop

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves usually start the season touted as playoff contenders. Not this time. For one of the few times in the last two-plus decades, not much is expected of a team that collapsed late last season, fired general manager Frank Wren and underwent a massive overhaul during the offseason. The Braves dealt away sluggers Justin Upton, Jason Heyward and Evan Gattis...
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April 03, 2015  |  Discuss

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...
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March 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Melvin Upton Jr.’s “New Chapter” Is Not Off To A Good Start

Melvin Upton Jr. Photo Credit: David Goldman/AP Atlanta Braves’ centerfielder, formerly known in the baseball world as B.J. Upton, recently decided to change the name he goes by on the field to his given name Melvin Upton Jr. When the change was announced many believed it was a way for Upton to start a new chapter in his career, but it was not. Even though the change was not...
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February 28, 2015  |  Discuss

B.J. Upton to miss all of spring training

Melvin Upton, formerly known as B.J., will miss all of spring training after being diagnosed with sesamoiditis in his left foot. Upton’s inflammation is occurring in the bone behind the ball of his foot. He will be in a cast for two weeks and a walking foot for the 4-6 weeks after that. This is not the start of the year that Upton needed after his first two seasons in Atlanta...
February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Melvin Upton To Start 2015 Season On Disabled List

After struggling during his first two seasons in Atlanta, Melvin Upton, formally known as B.J. Upton,will have to wait a little longer then expected in hopes to turn his career around. Upton was diagnosed on Friday with inflammation in his left foot, specifically in the bone behind the ball of his foot. With the injury, Upton is expected to be in a cast for at least two weeks and...
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February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

How Did They Get Here?: The Atlanta Braves

Last week, I wrote an article about how the Detroit Tigers are coming to the end of their renaissance period, and may experience a bit of a free fall after the 2015 season. As I explained this, I compared the Detroit Tigers to the Philadelphia Phillies in 2011. Seeing how the Phillies went from a 102 win team to a NL East bottom feeder in only 4 seasons, I decided to examine the...
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February 24, 2015  |  Discuss

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

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....Read More
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February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Braves' Upton wants to be called Melvin instead of BJ

ATLANTA (AP) There is a new-look Upton headed to the Braves' camp. The centerfielder known as B.J. Upton through his first 11 major league seasons with Tampa Bay and Atlanta is now listed as Melvin Upton Jr. on the Atlanta Braves' roster. Upton's old initials stood or Bossman Junior, from his father Manny's nickname ''Bossman.'' Upton's full name is Melvin Emanuel Upton. Braves...
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February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Braves OF Upton: 'I wanted to go by my real name'

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Every now and then over the years, fans asked B.J. Upton to sign his legal name for autographs. After the news broke out of Braves camp that the 30-year-old center fielder is officially requesting the public to use his full name -- Melvin Upton Jr., as opposed to the initials for his nickname Bossman Junior -- that's the only signature they'll receive. Melvin...
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February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Change-up: Braves' center fielder changes name to Melvin Upton Jr.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- B.J. Upton will be missing from Braves camp this season. The team released its spring training roster Sunday, with the center fielder instead going by Melvin Upton Jr. this season. He is expected to explain his reasoning for the change when he reports to camp. Upton, 30, had gone by B.J. for Bossman Junior, the nickname he shares with his father, but when...
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February 22, 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

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...Read More
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February 22, 2015  |  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...
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February 22, 2015  |  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...
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February 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Yes, B.J. Upton is still Plan A!

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A recap around the NL East

This past week was the most action packed week of the MLB offseason. The Winter Meetings did not disappoint fans that love the gossip of trade rumors, free agent signings and actual moves being made. The Mets this past week signed John Mayberry Jr., which is a solid addition for the bench. The rest of the teams in the National League East were working on deals, and some moves occurred...
December 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Day 2 of Winter Meetings: Upton, Gattis could be key figures

Here's an outline of things to watch for during Day 2 of the MLB Winter Meetings, conveniently held in San Diego, Calif: BRAVES' PERSPECTIVE We'll address this area in general terms, since there isn't a flood of concrete news involving Braves players or prospects. 1. It's hard to gauge the Braves' commitment-level for wanting to trade outfielder Justin Upton this week. Yes, the...
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December 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves players on Twitter

Freddie Freeman: @FreddieFreeman5 Andrelton Simmons: @Andrelton David Carpenter: @DCarpenter29 Alex Wood: @awood45 Todd Cunningam: @Todd_Cunningham Justin Upton: @JUP_8TL Chris Johnson: @C_Johnson28 Evan Gattis: @BulldogBeing Craig Kimbrel: @kimbrel46 B.J. Upton: @BJUPTON2 Julio Teheran: @Julio_Teheran Joe Terdoslavich: @JoeTerdoslavich Luis Avilan: @lavilan70 Christian Bethancourt...
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December 07, 2014  |  Discuss
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