Friday, May 9, 2014
Airbrushed Fridays: 2013 Topps Opening Day #115
One of the worst performing players in professional sports will be making around 15 million dollars a year through 2017.
Who is he? "Bossman Junior" Upton is the oldest of the Upton brothers, gaining notoriety as a key member of the Tampa Bay Rays during a couple of playoff runs. He hits for low average and isn't particularly interested in getting on base at all, but he has hit some home runs. Everyone digs the longball, right?
How did he get here? Upton was signed to a massive free agent deal in late 2012 by Atlanta, who also snagged his more talented brother Justin. He then had one of the most astonishingly awful seasons in MLB history last season. I don't know how this isn't talked about more. When a .212 average and an OPS just north of .600 is seen as an improvement, you know things were as horrendous as it gets.
Repeat offender? No
Other versions of this card: 2014 Topps #614
Airbrushed Score: 3
Comments: Apparently Upton has suffered with vision issues, though I really fail to understand how someone who is making that much money doesn't go out and get this corrected the very microsecond it's recognized that there's a problem.