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B.J. Upton explains name change from Bossman Junior to Melvin

Atlanta Braves v Chicago Cubs

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 21: B.J. Upton #2 of the Atlanta Braves walks off the field after he was thrown out on a drop-third strike to end the game during the ninth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on September 21, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Braves 3-1. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

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B.J. Upton announced Sunday that he now wants to go by his birth name, Melvin Upton Jr., and considering his struggles for the Braves in recent years lots of people assumed he was doing it as a way to clean the slate/turn the page/whatever cliche you want to use.

Not so, says Upton, telling Mark Bowman of

This has nothing to do with starting a new chapter. I just wanted to. My father thought enough to give me his name, so why not? It was the name that was given to me as a kid. So I felt I wanted to go by my real name. Most of my friends call me Mel or Melvin. Nobody really calls me B.J., except at the stadium.

“B.J.” stood for Bossman Junior, because Upton’s father was known as Bossman.

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