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B.J. Upton got glasses

Apr 25, 2014, 5:02 PM EDT

B.J. Upton has been an atrocious hitter since signing with the Braves. Last year he hit .184/.268/.289 with 151 strikeouts in 446 plate appearances. So far this season he’s hitting .205/.287/.295 with 24 strikeouts in 87 plate appearances. Today, this happened:

You’d think that, after so much suckage, someone with the Braves would have raised the issue of Upton’s eyesight with him before now. As such, I’m a tad skeptical that this is his problem. Or at least his only problem. But hey, at this point anything would be an improvement.

  1. weeniss - Apr 25, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Strikeout machine

    • apkyletexas - Apr 25, 2014 at 8:57 PM

      Didn’t you fools get the memo? Under modern Sabermetrics, a high number of strikeouts and low batting average combined with low power numbers are a recipe for a monster new contract.

      Upton should have held out this spring for an extra $5 million.

  2. schmedley69 - Apr 25, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    I would like to see more posts devoted to how bad B.J. Upton’s contract is.

    • phillphan - Apr 25, 2014 at 6:47 PM

      Craig would only point that issue out if it was the Phillies that gave him that contract and then he played this pathetic

      • schmedley69 - Apr 25, 2014 at 6:49 PM

        Yeah, that’s what I was implying. There have been about 100 posts on here bashing Ryan Howard’s contract over the years, but somehow the Braves get a pass for B.J. Upton. Hmmm.

      • Alex K - Apr 25, 2014 at 9:00 PM

        Ryan Howard got his contract multiple years before he was a free agent. BJ Upton got his as a free agent. These two situations aren’t apples to apples.

        Upton has an AAV of 15.05MM while Howard’s is $25MM.

        Howard’s contract started at 32 while Upton’s started at 28.

        B.J Upton is overpaid. His contract still isn’t as bad as Ryan Howard’s.

      • riotpunch26 - Apr 25, 2014 at 9:03 PM

        Don’t forget the Uggla contract also.

  3. natstowngreg - Apr 25, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    B.J. may have been told, but resisted the idea of getting glasses. Sometimes, denial can be a strong deterrent to doing things we should do. It might be as simple as the light finally going on in his head–hey, maybe I need glasses!

    Or, he doesn’t. Let’s see him actually wear glasses at the plate for a while, and see if his BA improves.

    • Cris E - Apr 27, 2014 at 4:29 PM

      Maybe someone finally pointed out that glasses might be ugly, but hitting .205 is Ugly (and doing it while making eleventy bajillion dollars is fUgly.)

  4. chacochicken - Apr 25, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    I’m assuming these are just frames and contain no correctional lenses. Let’s hope these magic beans pay off.

  5. happytwinsfan - Apr 25, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    i thought hitters had to have good to exceptional eyesight to pickup the spin of the pitch coming out of the pitcher’s hand, etc. and that a deficit in that area would be competitively fatal ??

    • cur'68 - Apr 25, 2014 at 5:35 PM

      Maybe he’s been trying to hit by echolocation? I dunno. Why WOULDN’T he get glasses if he needed them? Seems kinda goofy to me…

      • chacochicken - Apr 25, 2014 at 6:34 PM

        He didn’t want people to confuse him with Freddie Freeman.

    • Cris E - Apr 27, 2014 at 4:26 PM

      I didn’t get glasses until after college. Difference people mature in different ways.

  6. sandpiperair - Apr 25, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    It worked for Ricky Vaughn. Do you think BJ’s glasses will have a skull and crossbones on them?

    • fleaman1381 - Apr 25, 2014 at 7:37 PM

      You beat me to it. Major League references have been all over the past few days.

  7. brewcrewfan54 - Apr 25, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    The one liner on the front page is pure gold!

  8. igglefan - Apr 25, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    With glasses he will now clearly see that he is not the only one stealing money and the Uggla is too… nice signings.

  9. cohnjusack - Apr 25, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    This reminds me of an anecdone I heard about Cardinals starter and regular ol 4-eyes Joe Kelly. Kelly wear glasses when he pitches but not when he bats. The reason: When he bats with glasses, he “see the ball too well”, which distracts him at the plate.

    …on a related note, Kelly is a career .153 hitter.

  10. huskerguy - Apr 25, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    BJ just needs to find a better team

  11. mudhead123 - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Did someone just defend BJ Uptons contract? Wow! Is that you Craig?

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