Major Leaguer Wants to be Referred to by Birth Name this Year

Maybe fantasy baseball owners will consider drafting Atlanta Braves’ outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. this year. No, this is not a new Upton brother on the team. Melvin Upton Jr. is the birth name of B.J. Upton which was an abbreviation for Bossman Junior which was the nickname for Upton’s father, Manny.upton

After posting the worst numbers of his career in 2013 and 2014, many assumed Upton was hoping the move to his birth name would change his fortunes at the plate. Quite the contrary according to who shared the following quote from Upton regarding the name change.

“This has nothing to do with starting a new chapter. I just wanted to. My father thought enough to give me his name, so why not? Most of my friends call me Mel or Melvin. Nobody really calls me B.J., except at the stadium.”

Upton is not the first major leaguer to change his name. Miami Marlins’ outfielder Giancarlo Stanton was referred to as Mike Stanton prior to 2012, but changed to his birth name after poor 2010 and 2011 seasons.

Melvin Upton Jr. or B.J. Upton. I am not sure it will matter. Upton batted .208 and ranked among the lowest of everyday MLB players last season in many offensive categories. He is on the wrong side of 30, and I see him being only a part-time player this season.

And that’s…as I see it!

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