Reaction to the death of former Chicago White Sox outfielder Minnie Minoso: — ”For South Siders and Sox fans all across the country, including me, Minnie Minoso is and will always be ‘Mr. White Sox.’ ”The first black Major Leaguer in Chicago, Minnie came to the United States from Cuba even though he could have made more money elsewhere. He came up through the Negro Leagues, and didn’t speak much English at first.

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A.J. Pierzynski has been called a lot of things during his lengthy major league career, and not many of them are very nice. Pierzynski realizes that he is known for being an irritant, a pest, and quite a handful for any team wearing a different colored uniform. New to the Braves, the catcher was laughing it up with the Atlanta players during a workout this weekend. When the Braves signed him over the offseason, it became his seventh major league stop.

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New name, same disappointment. Melvin Upton — the Atlanta Braves outfielder formerly known as B.J. Upton — got some unbossman-like news Friday. He’s very likely to miss the rest of spring training and opening day because of a foot injury. Upton, 30, has hit .196 in two seasons since signing a five-year, $72.25 million contract with the Braves. Anybody hoping that 2015 might bring a role reversal for Upton has to be disappointed that his season is starting on the wrong foot. (Pun absolutely intended). Mark Bowman, the Braves’ beat witer for MLB.com, has specifics: The #Braves announced Upton will be sidelined throughout Spring Training. He will be in a cast for 2 weeks and a walking boot for 4-6 wks — Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) February 27, 2015 Upton has inflammation behind the ball of his left foot. #Braves . If all goes well, he might resume baseball activities in early April — Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) February 27, 2015 This is more of a blow to Upton than the Braves, who don’t figure to be contenders in 2015 anyway. They have enough outfield depth, including veterans Eric Young Jr. and Jonny Gomes, to shift around in the early going. But Upton does have a lot to prove this season, and getting a late start sure ain’t going to help. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mike Oz is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @MikeOz

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Atlanta Braves outfielder Melvin Upton is expected to miss the rest of spring training because of inflammation in his left foot. The team announced Upton’s condition Friday after he underwent an X-ray and MRI exam. Upton’s foot will be placed in a short leg cast for two weeks, then in a walking boot from four to six weeks. The team said he will likely be able to resume baseball activities in early April, about the time the Braves are opening the regular season.

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Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons has a slight left oblique strain. On the day of the team’s first full-squad workout, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez couldn’t give a date when Simmons will be ready for exhibition games but said the injury wasn’t serious. Simmons fielded balls during workouts Thursday but didn’t hit or throw. Gonzalez said Simmons tried to play through the injury.

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When word trickled out Sunday that B.J. Upton had decided to play this season as Melvin Upton Jr. , his given name, the obvious assumption was an attempt at reinvention. Upton has struggled mightily the past two seasons since signing a five-year, $72.25 million contract with the Atlanta Braves. He hit .208 last season and .184 in 2013. Frankly, reinvention seems like a necessity. But that’s not what the name change is about, according to Upton, 30, who reported to Braves spring training camp early and addressed the issue Monday.

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There is a new-look Upton headed to the Braves’ camp. The centerfielder known as B.J. Upton through his first 11 major league seasons with Tampa Bay and Atlanta is now listed as Melvin Upton Jr. on the Atlanta Braves’ roster. Upton’s old initials stood or Bossman Junior, from his father Manny’s nickname ”Bossman.” Upton’s full name is Melvin Emanuel Upton.

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It’s been more than two decades since very few baseball experts gave the Atlanta Braves a legitimate shot to win the NL East. The problem for the Braves this season is that all of them are either enshrined in Cooperstown or just awaiting eligibility. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez opened up spring training on Saturday looking at a very revamped group of pitchers and catchers. ”People think we are rebuilding, but I don’t really think about where people are pick us to finish this year.” A year after going 79-83 – following a run in which they made the playoffs in three of four seasons – the Braves seem to be retooling for the 2017 season when they will move into their new Cobb County stadium.

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Earlier this week we learned that the glove Jeffrey Maier used to reach over the wall and pull in Derek Jeter’s controversial home run during the 1996 American League Championship Series would be going up for auction this weekend . According to the Associated Press, the glove ended up selling for $22,705 to an anonymous collector on Saturday night .  Heritage Auctions says the glove was purchased by an anonymous collector Saturday night, with no mention of what the buyer plans to do with it. When Heritage announced the auction on Monday, it didn’t identify the owner, who it said had purchased the glove from Maier. The way we figure it, there are three groups of people who would likely be most interested in owning this controversial piece of baseball memorabilia. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] Of course, seasoned sports memorabilia collectors would be most eager to follow the auction and see what type of deal they might get. Diehard fans of the New York Yankees probably wouldn’t mind adding it to their collection as well because of it’s unique place in franchise history. Then, there are Baltimore Orioles fans, who if given the opportunity might want to follow the Chicago Cubs example by destroying the evidence. “Even to this day, almost 20 years after the fact, this glove still continues to elicit smiles from Yankees fans and curses from Orioles fans,” said Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Auctions at Heritage. “It’s an innocuous enough little black leather Mizuno glove, but it still inspires big emotions and commanded a big-time auction price.” It’s definitely one of those moments that will live forever in baseball lore. If Maier doesn’t reach over the wall on Jeter’s eighth inning fly ball and literally steal it from Baltimore Orioles outfielder Tony Tarasco, the Yankees may have never tied Game 1 or gone on to win in extra innings. It might be a reach to say it completely changed the series — New York won the series 4-1 before defeating the Atlanta Braves 4-2 in the World Series — but it definitely made the road more difficult for Baltimore. For that reason alone, it will never be forgiven or forgotten. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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Free agent pitcher Brandon Beachy has agreed to a $2.75 million, one-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, who hope he can recover from his second Tommy John surgery. Beachy was leading the majors in ERA through 13 starts in 2012 before needing his first Tommy John surgery in June.

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