JUSTIN UPTON NEWS

Speedy Eric Young Jr. quickly grabs this chance with Braves

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Eric Young Jr. reported to spring training with the Atlanta Braves on a minor league deal, simply hoping to make an impression. Now with opening day less than a week away and starting center fielder Melvin Upton Jr. likely out until mid-May because of a foot problem, Young finds himself as the odds-on favorite to be playing there a lot. One major drawback for...
Via AP on Fox
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

A.J. Preller Adds More Right-Handed Power (Pitching)

If you want your kid to be a ball player, teach ‘em how to throw left-handed — at least that’s the old adage. Well, if you want your kid to play for the Padres, you might be better off just allowing him (or her!) to grow up into a hard-throwing right hander. A.J. Preller’s pursuit of right-handed power hitting has been a major storyline this offseason: from Matt Kemp to...
Via Padres Public
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres: Five predictions for 2015

The regular season is right around the corner, which means it’s time to disguise irrational predictions as bold ones. There hasn’t been this much excitement about the Padres in over a decade, and I can’t wait to watch it all unfold. Here are five predictions for 2015. Justin Upton 1. Justin Upton will hit 50 home runs Upton’s careerhigh is 31, which he set back in 2011...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  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...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Armed with Shields, Kemp, Upton, Padres eager to win now

San Diego Padres manager Bud Black turned the corner to meet the press on the first day of spring training and was taken aback at the throng of reporters waiting. ''What are we, the Yankees?'' Black asked. No, but they're no longer the anonymous Padres, the light-hitting, star-less team planted near the bottom of the NL West. Thanks to first-year general manager A.J. Preller's wild...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: San Diego Padres

Even with the Chicago Cubs acquiring Jon Lester, and the Chicago White Sox doing their thing, and the multitude of Cole Hamels-to-Boston rumors, the San Diego Padres, of all teams, managed to serve as the talk of the offseason. And why not? They improved perhaps more than any other team in the game, completely overhauling their big league roster while keeping their top prospects...
Via Bloguin Best
5 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: San Diego Padres

Even with the Chicago Cubs acquiring Jon Lester, and the Chicago White Sox doing their thing, and the multitude of Cole Hamels-to-Boston rumors, the San Diego Padres, of all teams, managed to serve as the talk of the offseason. And why not? They improved perhaps more than any other team in the game, completely overhauling their big league roster while keeping their top prospects...
Via The Outside Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres powered by Kemp, Upton in win over Mariners

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- Matt Kemp legged out a triple two pitches before Justin Upton hit his third home run of the spring, and the San Diego Padres showed off their new power outfield in a 6-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday. Kemp's liner to the gap off Mariners starter J.A. Happ was followed by Upton's drive to left-center in the third inning. Upton doubled and scored...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres show off new power with Kemp, Upton; edge Mariners

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Matt Kemp legged out a triple two pitches before Justin Upton hit his third home run of the spring, and the San Diego Padres showed off their new power outfield in a 6-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday. Kemp's liner to the gap off Mariners starter J.A. Happ was followed by Upton's drive to left-center in the third inning. Upton doubled and scored...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Justin Upton…Because I Made Them Up

“Um, guys? I don’t think this jersey is in my size.” Justin Upton, the new left fielder and projected cleanup hitter for the Padres, was acquired via trade by “Rockstar GM” A.J. Preller in one of many moves to improve the anemic Friars offense of last season. Inspired by a new Friarwire feature by Bill Center, here are ten things you probably didn’t know about Upton...
Via Padres Public
7 days ago  |  Discuss

The Season Hinges On…

And now… everyone’s favorite game show: cue the booming announcer voice Best & worst case scenario!   With the most promising Padres season in a decade looming, let’s take a look at the possible outcomes for some of the Padres storylines this year. Justin Upton: Best case – in a contract year, he finally busts out of his “very good, but not elite” outfielder ceiling...
Via Friarhood
14 days ago  |  Discuss

The Curious Case of The San Diego Padres

The Biggest Home run ever hit in Petco Park was not by a player, but by new GM A.J. Preller. He came in like the Grinch who stole Christmas from all of the big markets to Friar fans delight. The days of avoiding Padres on draft day are over.Just How Good Will the Padres Be in 2015? View image | gettyimages.com PlayerGABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOAVGOBPSLGOPSKemp719391027110.4740.5000.8421...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Kemp and Upton hit back-to-back HRs, Padres beat Giants

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Matt Kemp hit a three-run drive and Justin Upton followed with a home run as the San Diego Padres beat the San Francisco Giants 10-5 Tuesday. Will Middlebrooks homered in the second inning off Yusmeiro Petit. Kemp's homer in the fourth finished Petit, and Upton connected off Brett Bochy. Carlos Quentin homered for the Padres in the sixth. Middlebrooks had three...
Via AP on Fox
21 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Atlanta Braves Preview

Neil Mehta Sports Journalist After an up and down 2014 season, the Atlanta Braves will look to build upon a 3rd place NL East finish in 2015. The Braves started the 2014 season off well but faltered down the stretch. In September, Atlanta lost 16 out of 20 games, finishing the season with a 79-83 record. The Braves most prevalent problem was its offense. Atlanta couldn’t score...
Via TopSportsReport
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Upton homers, Kemp hitless in Padres debuts

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Justin Upton homered and Matt Kemp went hitless in three at-bats in their debuts with the San Diego Padres, a 4-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday. Kemp and Upton, each two-time All-Stars, were two of the main acquisitions in a busy offseason for the Padres. Upton, the centerpiece of a trade with the Atlanta Braves, was 0 for 2 until he hit a towering...
Via AP on Fox
27 days ago  |  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...
Via Hall of Very Good
March 01, 2015  |  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
February 28, 2015  |  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
February 28, 2015  |  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 Carolinas
February 28, 2015  |  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
February 27, 2015  |  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
February 26, 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...
Via Batting Leadoff
February 24, 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...
Via Baseball Essential
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...
Via Hall of Very Good
February 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball Team Preview: San Diego Padres

San Diego treated their roster like a fantasy baseball team and completely overhauled their club in the offseason. Cameron Maybin, Will Venable, and Seth Smith once roamed the outfield. Now, Justin Upton, Matt Kemp, and Wil Myers will start. Offense wasn’t the only portion to receive a facelift. The Padres added an ace to their staff by signing James Shields. There is no doubt...
Via Fox Sports
February 20, 2015  |  Discuss
Padres News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

WATCH: Curry drops CP3 with crossover

Durant wants to spend career in OKC

This isn’t Tom Izzo’s greatest March masterpiece

Are the Angels being overlooked?

Top 20 players in the Final Four

Top 10 players in baseball

Report: Tiger's plane spotted in Augusta

Moss shares story on meeting Deion

Five coaches already on the hot seat

Can we envision the Hawks in the Finals?

10 winners and losers from the past week in the NFL

Namath parties with 100 yr-old women

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.