Justin Upton is only 21 years old! He is only the second youngest player in baseball behind Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He never went to college but went to Great Bridge High School in Chesapeake, Virginia. Upton was the Diamondbacks first pick in the 2005 draft as a shortstop. Alex Gordon, Ryan Zimmerman, Ryan Braun, Troy Tulowitzki, Jay Bruce, Jacoby Ellsbury, Matt Garza, Travis Buck, Clay Buchholz, and Micah Owings were all drafted in 2005. Talk about a great draft class! He latter switched to a center fielder because Stephen Drew, J.D. Drew’s brother was already there and then moved to right, because Chris Young was already in center field. Upton has a carer average of .242, 17 home runs, 42 RBI’s, three stolen bases, and 120 hits. He also has a carer .939 fielding percentage, in right field. The 2007 season was Upton’s first. He was called up after Carlos Quentin (who is now with the Chicago White Sox) got injured. That season he had a batting average of .221, with two home runs, 31 hits, eleven RBI’s, and two stolen bases in 43 games. In the 2007 playoffs he batted .357, with one RBI, zero home runs, five hits, and one stolen base. In his first full season, the 2008 season he batted .250, with 15 home runs, 42 RBI’s, and one stolen base. Upton hasn’t won any awards or honors yet as a major league player. He was though USA Today’s minor league player of the year in 2007 and as a senior in high school he was Gatorade’s high school player of the year. Upton’s body is much like Edinson Volquez. Upton is 6 foot two inches, 205 pounds. Volquez is six foot, and weighs 200 pounds. Upton will not play for team USA in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. His brother, B.J. Upton is the center fielder for the Tampa Bay Rays. Upton’s major league debut exactly three years after his brother made his. It is to early to predict Upton’s carer because he hasn’t had his break out year yet, but I would say maybe 3,000 hits if he stays heathy. I think the 2009 season will be his breakout year and if not 2009 then 2010. Upton is a very promising player he just needs to practice.
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2. Stephen Drew
3. Chris Young
4. Mark Reynolds
5. Max Scherzer
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1. Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day everyone. I think it is fitting to have Barack Obama go in to office the day after Martin Luther King Jr. Day. I must say I supported John McCain, but we must congratulate Mr. Obama on his historical achievement. We also must support him on being the next president of the U.S.A. So congrats Mr. Obama I hope you do well.
2. The teams for the Super Bowl are set. Yesterday the Arizona Cardinals upset the Philadelphia Eagles 32-25. The Cardinals were 9-7 in the regular season while the Eagles were 9-6-1. My Patriots were 11-5 and didn’t make the playoffs. The other team that got in was the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers beat the Baltimore Ravens 23-14. A while back I said the Steelers would beat the Giants in the Super Bowl. I still think the Steelers will win it all. I can’t wait for the Super Bowl and the commercials!
3. The Chicago Cubs traded outfielder, Felix Pie to the Orioles. In exchange the Cubs got Garrett Olson and prospect Henry Williamson. I think the Orioles got the better of the deal. Last season Pie hit .241, with one home run, ten RBI’s, and stole three bases. Olson had a record of nine-ten, with a 6.65 ERA, and 83 strike outs. Williamson in A ball had a record of zero-one, an ERA of 3.72, with three saves, and 42 strikeouts. Olson could compete with Sean Marshall for the fifth spot in the rotation.
4. The World Baseball Classic Rosters will be announced this evening. Some players who will play for team U.S.A. are Dustin Pedroia, Derek Jeter, Roy Oswalt, Jake Peavy, Brad Hawpe, Grady Sizemore, Ryan Braun, and David Wright. For team Canada Justin Morneau will play. I think Jason Bay will play for team Canada too. For team Dominican Republic Alex Rodriguez will play and David Ortiz will try to play. For team Japan Dice-K and Ichiro will play. The classic looks like a good one. I think team U.S.A. will win though.
5. Today in the NBA America will find out who will be the forth dunker in the 2009 Sprite Slam Dunk challenge. For the first time ever America got to vote for who should be the forth dunker, Joe Alexander, Rudy Fernandez, or Russell Westbrook. I voted for Russell Westbrook because I think Alexander needs to work on just being a better player than a better dunker. Fernandez plays on the Portland Trail Blazers and I don’t like the Trail Blazers that much. Another reason I voted for Westbrook is because the team he plays on, the Oklahoma City Thunder, as of January 19th has a record of eight-34. I think it could make the Oklahoma City Thunder feel a lot better. The winner will face off against Rudy Gay, Nate Robinson, and defending dunk champion “Superman” Dwight Howard.
Today I’m going to go threw the top 5 moments of 2008, post season or regular season, in know order.
Josh Hamilton home run derby
Josh Hamilton is know a hero to some kids. He goes to schools and talks about drug education. Hamilton had a dream in it he was hitting home runs at Yankee Stadium, when asked how many, he said I don’t know, I lost count. He crushed the old record of 24 home runs in the first round. He even had his 86 ( I think ) year old coach pitch to him. He even hit the adds in right-center field. He didn’t have to bat the second round to go on. He just ran out of gas though, in the derby and the end of the season.
A-Rod instant replay
I hate A-Rod but isn’t it weird that the future home run king ( it kills me to say that ) hit it at Cinderella’s castle, if you know what I mean. I would have liked instant replay to have began in 2009 because what if you lost a game due to no instant replay then won a game due to instant replay. What I should say is a overpaid, over rated, juicing player hit a home run at a dump, where the couldn’t afford to have “devil” in front of their name (ha ha).
Why didn’t he only play at his home stadium. If you want 600 home runs would you want to hit it in front of people who boo you, and in front of almost no fans? Junior is a legend though. He got to play with his dad how can you not enjoy that? Well, ok, some times you won’t. Still why not play at the Great American Ballpark? By the way, that name should be change. Any way Junior is a first ballot hall of famer.
I hate this moment, but at the same time I can’t hate it. I went to my first baseball game here when I was a kid. I got booed being and picked on when I lived in New York city as a kid, being a Red Sox fan. Yankee stadium is amazing though, the Babe, Mickey Mantle, Ted William, George Brett and Nolan Ryan all played here as the favorites or the guys drunk fans yelled at. There were so many moments here don’t blow it up save it as a museum.
Ryan Braun’s blast to send the brew crew to the playoffs
Who wouldn’t want to hit a walk off homer to send your team to the playoffs. Being Braun the best hitter on the Brewers, wow. Braun is amazing after A-Rod becomes homer king, the Pujols, the look out for this kid. Braun also almost joined Peedie as being the forth player to win Rookie of the Year and MVP in back to back years. When Braun is done look for him to be a first balloter.
Look out tomorrow for the other top 5 moments of 2008. I have no- no’s and walk offs