Thursday, January 17, 2019

What's In A Name? Melvin Upton Is Now B.J. Upton Once Again For 2019

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Somehow, this is comforting news. The Player Formerly Known As B.J. Upton (and Melvin Upton since the switch) will now be B.J. Upton again. In case you didn't know, the original reason for the "B.J." nickname was to avoid confusion with the player's Dad, Melvin Upton (who had the nickname "Bossman"). The younger Melvin was often called "Bossman Junior"—hence the B.J. moniker. Got it? Anyway, while he was known as B.J., Upton had a pretty good eight years in Tampa—clouting 118 HRs. Upton has not played in the majors since 2016, so the name change thing might be a way to re-ignite his career and hook-up with a new team.