Tagged: San Diego Padres

ALL TIME TEAM VIRGINIA-3rd Outfield spot

In this ongoing series, in which I name the all-time starting lineup of players born in Virginia, we turn to the 3rd OF spot. Joining Chesapeake’s Michael Cuddyer and Covington’s Jim Lemon is a speedster player who stole over 200 bases in his career.

The 3rd OF spot goes to……Fredericksburg’s Al Bumbry.

Bumbry was called up the Orioles at the tail end of the 1972 season and from 1973-1984, he shined in Charm City. As an Oriole he batted .283 with 252 SB and 1403 career hits. In his first full season, Bumbry batted .337 with 34 SB and an AL-leading 11 triples to take home the AL Rookie of the Year award. From then on, he took off. He would be in the Top 10 in Stolen Bases 5 times and batting twice. In 1980 he batted .318 with a career high 44 SB and 205 hits (the only 200+ hit season of his career) and was elected to the AL all-star team starting lineup. In 1983, he won a World Series with the Orioles.

He left Baltimore after the 1984 season and played one year with the San Diego Padres before retiring.

On the Orioles franchise all-time lists, his 252 SB are 4th place, 1081 singles are 6th, and 772 runs are 9th.

Al Bumbry was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.

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Bradley, J Upton on the move?

As baseball’s hot stove season starts to heat up, now that we are well past the 5 days after the World Series for the free-agent pool to take shape, 29 teams are looking to re-shape their rosters in an effort to dethrone the World Champion Royals.

In Boston, one of the few bright spots in what was a disappointing season was the emergence of OF Jackie Bradley, Jr. (Prince George). Bradley made Red Sox brass sit up and take notice, playing in 74 games and batting .249 with 10 HR and 43 RBIs. While this may not seem like great numbers, please remember that he was coming off campaigns where he was lucky to crack .200 for his average.

Let me preface this by saying that there is no obligation to trade Bradley. He seems to have saved his major league career for now, and could be a valuable part of an up-and-coming Red Sox team that is rebuilding after 3 championships in 10 years. However, should they decide to part with him, there will definitely be no shortage of suitors. The Seattle Mariners are looking at him, among other options. Also emerging as potential trade partners are the Chicago Cubs and the aforementioned champion Kansas City Royals.

In San Diego, 2015 marked an all-in year for the Padres. New GM AJ Preller made a slew of moves for the ’15 campaign, which was designed to be an “all-in” year, one shot to, at the very least, re-ignite the Padres frustrated fan base, and, at the most, go for a playoff spot. While the Padres fell short of their goal of making the postseason, one of the few bright spots was the play of newly-acquired OF Justin Upton (Chesapeake). Upton, acquired from the Braves as part of a new-look OF in San Diego, paid dividends, batting .251 with 26 HRs and 81 RBIs, and made his 3rd NL all-star team.

The Padres then rewarded him by extending a Qualifying Offer, a 1-year deal at $15.8 million. Upton had until Friday, 11/13, at 5PM to accept. If he accepted it, he would play the 2016 season under a 1-yr contract at the aforementioned amount. If he turns it down, he becomes a free agent, and if he signs elsewhere, that team loses a draft choice.

Upton chose the latter, and will become a free agent. We will see where he ends up signing.

Justin Upton named to his 3rd all-star team

Over last winter, the San Diego Padres made a series of moves to, essentially, overhaul the roster, basically telling the fan base in San Diego “We are all in for 2015”. Part of the overhaul involved a whole new starting outfield. One of the moves they made was acquiring slugger Justin Upton (Chesapeake) from the Atlanta Braves. So far in 2015, he has paid off.

Justin Upton is batting .262 with 14 HR, 46 RBIs, 16 Stolen Bases (no caught stealing!) for the Friars, and on Monday he was rewarded for his exploits by being named to the NL all-star team by NL manager Bruce Bochy.

Upton is only the 7th ballplayer ever from Virginia to be a 3-time all-star.

Justin Upton provides major weekend boost to the Padres

Over the winter, Padres General Manager AJ Pollock made a serious of bold moves to really overhaul the team and make a major push to make the postseason in 2015. Among the many moves he made was to overhaul the starting outfield, and among such moves was to acquire star slugger Justin Upton (Chesapeake) from the Atlanta Braves.

So how has he done in his new digs?

After a month into his first season with his third team, Upton is proving to be a major boost. He is batting .301 with 7 HR and 21 RBIs for a Padres team that is now 14-12, 3 games out of first place in the NL West Division.

Over this past weekend, Upton stepped up his game and provided a major jolt to the Padres offense.

In a 3-game series at home against Colorado, he went 7-12 with 7 RBIs, and scored 5 of the 26 runs his team scored in the 3-game sweep of the Rockies.

Upton seems to always do well against the Rockies. For his career, he is batting .301 with 21 HR and 71 RBIs. His HR and RBIs totals are the most he has against one team.

Upton on the move, heading west

One of the best kept secrets in baseball came to fruition on Friday, as the Atlanta Braves finally completed their off-season long quest to deal OF Justin Upton (Chesapeake). Upton was dealt to the San Diego Padres for a package of prospects.

This was the latest in a series of bold moves by the Padres to beef up their offense in a huge way, and the Upton acquisition will mean the Padres will have a whole new outfield in 2015.

This was a win-win situation for both teams. The rebuilding Braves get something for a soon-to-be-free-agent Upton, and the Padres send a message to their fans they are trying to seriously contend in 2015. Upton will hit the open market this time next year, meaning the Padres could try to sign him long term or they could give him a qualifying offer and get draft pick compensation if he leaves.

Upton spent two years with the Braves, during which time he hit .267 with 56 HR and 172 RBIs in 303 games, and in 2014 he won his second Silver Slugger award.