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Why Upton didn't fit in Arizona

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08:11 AM ET 01.25 | Thanks to a seven-player trade, Arizona has made a statement of sorts. [The] Diamondbacks are getting what they wanted, a team full of gritty dirtballs. They've traded center fielder Chris Young, right-hander Trevor Bauer and right fielder Justin Upton, all for questionable returns. Now let's see if they can win a World Series with their curious emphasis on toughness over talent. Why even move Upton? ... The Diamondbacks want a certain type of player -- single-minded, outwardly intense, fierce. Cody Ross is that kind of player. Martin Prado is that kind of player. Upton, according to one of his former teammates, is not -- at least not in the perception of Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers and manager Kirk Gibson.

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January 25, 2013  08:20 AM ET

Cody Ross is intense and fierce? I must have missed something.

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January 25, 2013  08:47 AM ET

Everyone thought the Upton threads would end once he was traded - fat chance. They're going to keep posting Upton threads forever.

January 25, 2013  09:12 AM ET

Upton is more athletic and younger than Ross, as well as being more productive with the bat and a better defensive player. Head scratcher.

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January 25, 2013  09:27 AM ET

Think God we do not have to read stories about Greinke signing a big free agent contract, or where Upton will be traded to anymore.

January 25, 2013  09:27 AM ET

Why is ANYONE surprised by this news? Tough, gritty, intense, gamers. Sound like anyone in particular? Kirk Gibson the manager.

January 25, 2013  09:58 AM ET
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Why is ANYONE surprised by this news? Tough, gritty, intense, gamers. Sound like anyone in particular? Kirk Gibson the manager.

And there is NOTHING wrong with that. The Uptons are both overrated. Justin half loafed it half the time, and when Gibby tried to motivate him, he was offended... good riddance.d

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January 25, 2013  10:06 AM ET

If the Snakes are trading for players to, first and foremost, fit Gibsons mold - tough and gritty - then that is a grevious and egregious error. The bottom line is they better win now, and I mean this year, under Gibson because if they don't then Gibson might be gone himself.
While teams (GMs) try to get players that managers want, the fact is most players tend to out last managers.
While I really like Prado, in my opoinion, unless Upton was a malcontent, which I have never heard, then the Snakes should have traded Kubel who at 30 years of age is already on the south side of his career.
Hmmm... 25 versus 30. On one hand lots of room to grow and on the other hand lots of room to fade.

January 25, 2013  10:09 AM ET
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Remember when Orosco put eye black in Gibson's cap after he joined the Dodgers and Kirk went nuts and said the team was too busy goofing around and not paying attention to winning games? He got a lot of credit for the team's success after that in '88.

Orosco said Gibson was a thin skinned baby. He played pranks on people all the time but got all pissed off if someone pulled one on him. Dished it out, couldn't take it.

January 25, 2013  10:37 AM ET

I'm boycotting this thread - Upton needs the rest....

January 25, 2013  11:06 AM ET
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Everyone thought the Upton threads would end once he was traded - fat chance. They're going to keep posting Upton threads forever.

what Justin upton again???comon enough its enough,,,,

January 25, 2013  11:12 AM ET
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The bottom line is they better win now, and I mean this year, under Gibson because if they don't then Gibson might be gone himself.

gibson gone,,the difference between the dodgers and the d'backs?? the top signed players, the d'backs did sign cody ross and trade away Justin upton that would reduse the slim hope in winning even the pennant race,about the dodgers?? well this is a complete team all around should dodgers fail to win their division and fail to win the world series??MATINGLY could be gone by mid-season if not before,,,

January 25, 2013  11:13 AM ET
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MATINGLY could be gone by mid-season if not before,

GIBSON should remain as the arizona manager, after all the GM tight up gibson's hands the moment that he traded Justin upton!!!

January 25, 2013  11:17 AM ET
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Hmmm... 25 versus 30. On one hand lots of room to grow and on the other hand lots of room to fade.

BAD trade all the way to arizona, Justin upton would had been the best option for the d'backs, tough luck when people don't get alone in the same place,the d'backs are to fade away themselves because they 're going to be lacking in OFFENSE straight like that!!!

January 25, 2013  11:19 AM ET
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Think God we do not have to read stories about Greinke signing a big free agent contract, or where Upton will be traded to anymore.

just keep reading about his new teammates in atlanta,,,

January 25, 2013  11:27 AM ET

Gritty dirtballs.

Translation: Upton wasn't obsequious enough.

January 25, 2013  11:47 AM ET

Kirk ( 2 swing ) Gibson is an arrogant bum ! A career .260 batter and he struts around like he's one of games greats !!

 
January 25, 2013  12:30 PM ET
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And there is NOTHING wrong with that. The Uptons are both overrated. Justin half loafed it half the time, and when Gibby tried to motivate him, he was offended... good riddance.d

I never said there was anything wrong with it actually. It make sense for a manager to have players he can relate to. I'm just pointing out that I'm sure the reason was because of Gibby. He was the exact same player. Alot of the young pups posting here never got to see him play.

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