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Postby raiders_umpire » Fri Aug 26, 2005 7:50 pm

BJ Upton getting some help from the Wizard :

" ... Hall of Famer and 13-time Golden Glove winner Ozzie Smith, thought by many to be the greatest shortstop in baseball history, was at the park on Wednesday afternoon. "He's in town to spend three days working with B.J., and I think he's going to speak to the entire club sometime," said Devil Rays general manager Chuck LaMar ... Smith and Upton already had a relationship. The Hall of Famer has done some infield tutoring with Upton and his younger brother Justin ... "I just want to watch him and see what's going on. There's no secret [that] B.J.'s a great talent. Talent-wise, everything is there. Now it's time to cut down on some of the mental mistakes he's been making." ... "You've got to give [young players] time to develop," Smith said. "Some guys are just late bloomers. ? Chuck told B.J. he's really improved this year. They're just trying to exhaust all the avenues they can and not leave any stone unturned." ... LaMar said the organization is feeling less inclined to move Upton to another position than it was a year ago. "He's going to be an All-Star," LaMar said. "And his work ethic continues to improve. As Ozzie told him, the only thing that can keep B.J. Upton from being a tremendous player is B.J. Upton." (Durham Herald Sun)

wow hopefully some of ozzies magic can rub off on BJ ;-D ;-D

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Postby Dawgpound 1613 » Mon Sep 05, 2005 9:32 am

Right now I'd be happy if the Ozzie were Ozzie Guillen. That said, if he can get the fundamentals down and learn to just trust himself, here's hoping it can work itself out. Maybe Ozzie's help will get him there, but I have a feeling he just needs to build his confidence most of all.
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