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Watch Justin Upton hit a baseball that landed 477 feet from home plate (Video)

We’re not even a month into the new Major League Baseball season, but we’ve already seen a few impressive home runs launched.

justin-upton-home-runLast week, Giancarlo Stanton turned a pitch by Eric Stults into a 484-ft blast to left field. Yesterday, Bryce Harper deposited a three-run homer into the upper deck at Nations Park.

Against the New York Mets on Thursday, it was Justin Upton’s turn to get into the act.

In the bottom of the third inning, the younger of baseball’s Upton brothers hit his second home run of the game. The first went a modest 379 feet. The second, almost one hundred feet further.

Upton’s prodigious clout is currently the second-longest home run of the young season behind the one mentioned above by Giancarlo Stanton, which you should take a look at.

This is the look of a man who just served up a 477-ft home run.

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Upton brothers collide chasing fly ball in outfield (Video)

Just when you thought a couple of siblings would have some special connection on the field, the Upton brothers go out and collide tracking a fly ball in the outfield.

New York Mets shortstop Omar Quintanilla flied a ball to left center with two outs in the top of the fifth on Tuesday. B.J. Upton, who plays center for the Atlanta Braves, seemed to be calling for the ball, but younger brother Justin did not yield. The two ended up colliding. Though Justin, who is more muscular, did not seem to bothered by the collision, B.J. stayed on the ground for a bit before getting up and playfully shoving Justin as he exited the field. B.J. did make the catch to end the inning and keep the game scoreless.

So, no, just because they are brothers does not mean the Uptons have a “special connection” on the field. And what’s even weirder is this happened at home where it was likely quieter.

The Braves signed B.J. as a free agent during the offseason, and they acquired Justin in a trade. Since starting off the season scorching with 12 home runs in April, Justin has cooled off and posted an OPS below .653 since then. B.J. started off terribly, batting below .147 in each of the first two months. He has picked it up since then and has an OPS close to .900 in June. Can you believe the Braves are 13 games over .500 with most of their lineup hitting below .250? Just wait til some of those guys pick it up.

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Justin and BJ Upton home runs in 9th win game for Braves (Video)

This Upton-Upton combination is working out nicely for the Braves.

Justin and BJ Upton became the first brothers to hit a tying and walk-off home run in the same inning in MLB history, per Elias Sports Bureau. BJ went deep off Chicago’s Carlos Marmol to lead off the ninth and tie the Braves-Cubs game at 5 on Saturday. Two batters later, Justin homered to win the game. It was Justin’s fifth home run of the season and second of the game, while the homer was BJ’s first of the season.

Interestingly, Buster Olney notes that all of Justin’s home runs this season have come with two strikes. Of course, it’s easy for power-hitting Major Leaguers to hit home runs when the pitcher is leaving you flat 93-94 mph fastballs over the middle of the plate as Marmol did.

Atlanta signed older brother BJ as a free agent in the offseason, and they followed it up by acquiring Justin in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Through five games, the moves are working out quite nicely.

Do you think this is what Atlanta had in mind when they acquired the brothers? That was easily one of the coolest feats I’ve seen in baseball. They keep this up, and they might just move ahead of Kate in the Upton Power Rankings.

Justin Upton blasts home run over scoreboard in center field (Video)

Wide-World-of-Sports-scoreboardJustin Upton is one of the most promising young players in baseball, and the Atlanta Braves are hoping he brings the pop he showed in 2011 over with him to his new team. Upton blasted 31 homers and drove in 88 runs with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2011. That total went down a disappointing 17 homers in 2012, but Upton left little doubt on Thursday that he is still capable of hitting the long ball.

During Atlanta’s spring training game against the Washington Nationals, Upton sent a home run flying over the scoreboard in center field that probably still hasn’t landed. It was as monstrous a homer as we’ve seen all preseason. Upton already has over 100 home runs in his career and he is only 25 years old. When he hits shots like that, we can see why. He hasn’t yet broken a scoreboard like this young Miami Marlins stud, but clearing it altogether is equally impressive.

D-backs reportedly will listen to trade offers for Justin Upton

The Diamondbacks reportedly will consider trading Justin Upton if they fall out of contention in the NL West, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi report.

Upton was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 MLB Draft and made it to the big leagues as a 19-year-old in 2007. He put together strong seasons in 2009 and 2011, making the All-Star team both seasons and finishing fourth in NL MVP voting last season, but he’s had a pedestrian season thus far.

Upton is only batting .267/.350/.384 with seven home runs. He’s been criticized by his team’s owner and booed by Arizona fans for his disappointing season. We’re guessing those are two reasons why he would welcome a trade, though he can block a deal to four teams according to terms of his deal.

Arizona is currently 40-43 and six games back in the NL West. Between the mediocre competition in the division and extra playoff spot, the team may feel like it’s in playoff contention and elect not to become sellers. But don’t be surprised to see them deal Upton if he doesn’t heat up in the next few weeks.

GM Kevin Towers listened to trade offers for Upton when he took over the team in 2010. Upton also has an extremely reasonable contract (he is owed approx. $39 million over the next three years), so teams that have money should be willing to pick him up. We’re not confident that he gets traded this year, but it’s something that might be beneficial to both sides.

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Justin Upton on being booed: ‘I don’t care anything what the fans think of me’

Justin Upton is not exactly having a horrible season, but 2012 has been frustrating for those who are waiting for him to become a star. After belting 31 homers and driving in 88 runs last season, Diamondbacks fans are expecting the 24-year-old to at some point emerge as one of the best outfielders in the game. Upton is hitting .263 with only seven homers and 34 RBIs so far this season, so the first half has been somewhat of a disappointment. He has only two hits in his last 24 at-bats, which has inspired Arizona fans to begin booing him. Upton says the boos don’t bother him.

“To be honest with you, I don’t care anything what the fans think of me,” Upton said after an 0-for-5 night on Wednesday according to ESPN.com. “My teammates, my coaches, they know I come here and I bust it every single day. I try to do everything I can to help this team. My teammates have my back and whatever the fans want to think, they can think.

“They can call me lazy. I have heard that in the outfield. They can call me washed up. Whatever they want to call me but at the end of the day I am thankful for every opportunity to come out on a baseball field and I will try my hardest every day.”

As Aaron Gleeman of Hardball Talk mentioned, that is a fairly reasonable response from Upton. Slumps are part of the game and the fans gave him the same treatment when he slipped at times last season. However, Upton signed a six-year, $51.25 million contract two years ago. The fans expect him to earn that money, so he should get used to being criticized when he plays poorly — even by his team’s owner. Considering the slump he is in, the “I’d boo me too with the way I’m hitting” approach probably would have worked better in this situation.

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Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick rips Stephen Drew, criticizes Justin Upton

With roughly a third of the 2012 MLB season in the books, the Diamondbacks still have plenty of time to turn things around. Heading into this season, expectations were high in Arizona.The D-Backs won the NL West last season with an impressive 94 win total and have returned Stephen Drew and Justin Upton. However, they are currently third in the NL West with a record of 26-30. Things have taken an unexpected turn, and D-Backs managing general partner Ken Kendrick believes the team’s young stars are part of the problem.

“I think Stephen should have been out there playing before now, frankly,” Kendrick said in reference to the gruesome ankle injury Drew suffered last season, according to the Arizona Republic. “I, for one, am disappointed. I’m going to be real candid and say Stephen and his representatives are more focused on where Stephen is going to be a year from now than on going out and supporting the team that’s paying his salary.”

Drew’s agent, Scott Boras, says that is nonsense. Drew has a mutual player/club option worth $10 million for next season, and if either side denies he’ll be in search of a new contract.

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