Well, if you need help at the plate, there are probably worse people than Rod Carew. That is who BJ Upton has been working with, who will have a slightly different batting stance this year.

Upton also sounds like he is finally in a good mental place…

“Yeah, I was supposed to have that year two years ago,” Upton said. “I was supposed to have that year last year. I’ve gotten to the point where I just kind of block that out and go, ‘Go play’…It’s going to happen. I feel like I’m in a good place right now.”

There are some that think we should stop expecting greatness from Upton. We’re glad BJ isn’t one of them.

 

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Sad story over the last 36 hours in St. Pete where a police officer was shot and killed. That officer was also a regular fixture as a security guard inside the Trop during Rays games. [TBO.com]
  • Here is the Rays regular season TV schedule. [Rays Report]
  • David Price will start the spring opener on Saturday. He will be followed by James Shields on Sunday and Jeff Niemann on Monday. Unless something unforeseen happens, that should be how the Rays open the regular season also.
  • Jake McGee “thinks [he] can handle” being the closer….also Jeremy Hellickson hopes to be back on a mound by this weekend. [TampaBay.com]
  • Well, this doesn’t bode well for those that want Jake McGee to close sooner, rather than later…When speaking about McGee’s pitches, Joe Maddon said: “If he wants to be a closer someday…”
  • Ken Rosenthal: “The Rays’ bullpen figures to be a season-long work in progress.” [MLB Buzz]
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    5 Comments

    1. MJ says:

      Looking forward to some Orestes Destrada and Laura McKeeman this year.

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    2. Don says:

      If Upton ends up hitting like Rod Carew (doubt it).... He'll be gone next year!

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    3. James says:

      There is no link for the fifth bullet point.

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    4. Gus says:

      Rod Carew is a curious mentor. But if the first sign is admitting you have a problem, then I'm going to count it as progress.

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