According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, MLB has suspended B.J. Upton for two games and fined him an undisclosed amount for his actions during Wednesday’s game against the Blue Jays.
Upton argued with home plate umpire Chad Fairchild after being called out on strikes in the bottom of the ninth inning. He went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts on the night and was called out looking three times, so his frustration clearly boiled over. Upton had to be restrained by third base coach Tom Foley and bench coach Dave Martinez.
Upton has elected to appeal and is in the lineup for this afternoon’s game against the Orioles, but tells the Tampa Tribune that he plans to serve the suspension during a series against the Indians next week.
Corey Dickerson of the Tampa Bay Rays wasn’t a super huge guy or anything, but he’s going to be smaller this year: he told reporters today that he’s lost 25 pounds. He attributes it to a new diet and a workout regimen and says it’ll help him with his running, swing and throwing.
Dickerson had a down year in 2016, so if losing 25 pounds is something he thinks will work for him he’s got nothing to lose. Of course the best way for him to improve his numbers is to convince the Rays to trade him back to Colorado, but that’s not likely.
As I note every spring, “Best Shape of His Life” stories aren’t really about players being in The Best Shape of Their Lives. They’re about players and agents seeking to create positive stories.
We know this because the vast majority of Best Shape of His Life claims are about guys who were either injured the season before, guys who had subpar years the season before or players whose conditioning was a point of controversy the season before. These folks, or their agents + reporters who have little if nothing to write about in the offseason = BSOHL.
James McCann hurt his ankle last season and had a subpar year at the plate. So not only is he a perfect BSOHL candidate, he went old school with the claim and hit it right on the money, verbatim:
Spring training is less than a month away, folks!