Maybin rises again in the South

Atlanta Braves OF Cameron Maybin

Cameron Maybin is settling in just fine, thank you.

And it has nothing to do with Atlanta.

“Healthy is a good place,” Maybin said.

The Padres shipped Maybin down to the South, where he promised to rise again. His trade brought back some interesting parts, including closer Craig Kimbrel, and a clunker, considering his compensation, in outfielder Melvin Upton, Jr.

Here’s another part of the transaction: Maybin wasn’t surprised.

“As a player, and if you’ve been in the game a while, you can tell they had their mind made up which way they were going in center field,” Maybin said during the Braves visit to San Diego. “So I felt with the situation, it was time to make a move.”

Those moves continue on Petco Park’s patch of grass between left and right.

The Padres called up another center fielder on Wednesday, summoning rookie Travis Jankowski. He joins the list of Padres roaming the area and take a deep breath: Wil Myers, Will Venable, Abraham Almonte and soon, Jankowski.

Meanwhile the Braves are all-in with Maybin.

“He’s been great,” Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “The biggest thing is he is staying healthy.”

That wasn’t always the case in San Diego.

Last year he missed 25 games with a torn biceps tendon and another 25 for after being suspended for violating MLB’s Drug Prevention program.

In 2013, in saw action in 14 games as a bum wrist and knee caused havoc.

Now it’s Maybin putting the pain on others. 

He just came off a five-game streak of multi-hit games. He hit his first walk-off homer last week in Arizona. He’s got a career-high 10 home runs.

“I didn’t feel like I was ready to be a backup center fielder in this league,” Maybin said. “And I think I’m showing it this year with this opportunity.”

It puts him in the lineup every day and just 2.5 hours from his North Carolina home. And nothing’s finer than hanging with his two young sons, which he does on most off days.

“It couldn’t have worked out better,” said Maybin, who entered Wednesday hitting .280 with 52 RBIs.

And please don’t paint him as bitter when San Diego is mentioned.

“I got nothing bad to say about this organization,” Maybin said. “I loved it here. Dave Roberts, Bud Black, those guys always gave me their ultimate respect and were top-class.

“Roberts is like a mentor to me. I got a dad and my dad is my hero by Roberts taught me a lot of things.”

Among them was to keep your head up when everyone is down on you. Maybin had plenty of those days during his San Diego stint, as his production never matched his potential.

“I’ve learned how to take the good and the bad and how to accept failure,” he said. “You can’t be afraid of failure because we play a game in which you fail so much.”

Maybin keeps the faith even if he changed addresses.

“I miss the weather,” he said. “But I’m in a good place.”


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