Times Staff Writer
TAMPA -- The Davis Islands home of former Tampa Bay Rays outfielder B.J. Upton is on the market for $1.69 million.
Upton — whose real name is Melvin — bought the five-bedroom, four bath pool home in 2011 for $1.437 million. Among its amenities are a tropical back yard with pool and spa, a temperature-controlled wine room and hardwood floors throughout.
A star high school player, Upton joined the Rays in 2004 at age 20, becoming the youngest Ray ever and the youngest player in the Major Leagues that year. Though Rays manager Joe Maddon twice disciplined him for a lack of hustle, he became a hero in 2008 when he hit seven home runs in the three post-season games the Rays played in.
As a free agent in 2012, Upton signed a $75.25 million, five year contract with the Atlanta Braves, at the time the team's largest contract. Upton subsequently played for San Diego and Toronto before signing a minor league contract this year with the San Francisco Giants.
Until two years ago, Upton went by the initials B.J., which stood for "Bossman Junior'' after his father, whose nickname was Bossman. But he thought the B.J. moniker was irrelevant outside of the ballpark and began using his real name full-time after filing paperwork with Major League Baseball.