Posted: 4:09 pm Friday, July 18th, 2014

The Braves do the right thing and cut Dan Uggla 

By Mark Bradley

Hat's all, folks. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

Hat’s all, folks. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

The question posed in this space Sunday — “Can the Braves please just cut Dan Uggla already?” — has received its answer. They could and they did. For Braves fans, this will seem an answered prayer. But this was, in the end, less about Uggla than about the other 24 Braves and their manager.

Uggla had ceased to be a big-league player but was taking up space on a big-league roster. Ergo, he was hurting that big-league team. Fredi Gonzalez had one fewer option because — let’s be blunt — he couldn’t count on Uggla to do anything good. The other 24 Braves were trying to beat teams that, with one or two exceptions, had the full complement of big-leaguers.

This is what’s called a competitive imbalance. It wasn’t fair to Fredi G. or to his Braves, and ultimately it wasn’t fair to Uggla, who surely didn’t try to lose all his skills but somehow did. What happened today needed to happen two months ago, but finally the Braves did what they had to do. They cut Dan Uggla.

More later on myajc.com.

131 comments
KMyronTanner
KMyronTanner

Ole Dan Uggla


There's ole Dan Uggla a leavin' town,

When he swings goes plum roun',

Swings too high, swings  too low,

likes em best dat swings round da pole,


Ole Dan Uggla was a mighty man,

Instead of a glove used a frying' pan,

Took dat money dat he did steal,

Makin' Mr Frank into da heel,


So git out da way ole Dan Uggla,

Tommy L S goin' to eat yo suppa',

Bases full and middle in,

Ole Dan Uggla standin' lookin'.


BooBooBear
BooBooBear

Per CBS News and rumors that the Giants had released Dan Uggla, to clear room before the trade deadline, only to retract that report, they state: "Uggla is 0-for-11 with six strikeouts and one walk (.083 OBP!) in four games for the Giants. He has also committed three errors and the Giants lost all four games in which he appeared -- not that he was the cause, but he certainly didn't help matters."

BooBooBear
BooBooBear

Sat. July 26, 2014: Uggly 0 - 3 w 2 K, plus 1 throwing error in game 2 with the Giants.  The albatross is on someone else's shoulders now.

Ronster1947
Ronster1947

Since Dan Uggla signed a minor league contract with the S.F. Giants, was there any legitimate reason why he could not have (voluntarily?) gone down to AAA for a couple of weeks while still a Brave . . . and perhaps/hopefully/maybe regained his swing there?

MireyaRCrane
MireyaRCrane

Blake . if you think April `s blurb is really cool, last thursday I bought a brand new Citroën DS since getting a cheque for $4311 this past 4 weeks and-more than, 10-k this past munth . without a doubt its the easiest-job Ive ever done . I started this 10-months ago and straight away startad bringin in at least $81 per-hour . find more info...........www.Mac50.com

WhopperDawg
WhopperDawg

Good. You can't afford to carry dead weight no matter how expensive. Your logic is sound. Next Peria Jerry please.

MikeS777
MikeS777

So what do we do with the rest of the Braves who aren't hitting?  Keep calling up rookies until they catch the same hitting disease?  I agree with releasing Dan Uggla, but let's not pretend this was a lineup that Uggla himself was dragging down.  They have exactly 6 players hitting over .260, and that includes a rookie second baseman.  Who knows how long that will last.

Heyward is still hitting below .260 and has never measured up to his rookie season.  No one imagined that rookie year would basically be his best.  B. J. Upton is hitting under .220 still.  Laird has also been benched for a rookie catcher because he's hitting only .235 after hitting .280 last year.  The entire rest of the bench is hitting around .200 or below.

The call up to replace Dan Uggla?  Tyler Pastornicky and his .194 average.  If Dan Uggla didn't get that contract, no one would be saying anything because he would be just one of the crowd.  The Braves under Gonzalez's coaching staff have consistently hit far worse than they did under Cox.  They were on pace this year to have the fewest hits since the 1980's.  When do we stop pointing fingers at individual players and start pointing it at the hitting coaching?  Clearly whatever they are doing is not even close to working.

patriotdog
patriotdog

by the way, I have been a BJ basher virtually from day one. He's recently played at a much higher level, similar to his rookie year with the Rays when he concentrated on getting on base to set the table. Good for him, I'm proud of him. Long may it last.

And for you Gonzalez bashers, moving him to leadoff was decided by Fredi, I do believe. Getting Heyward, and the team, to heat up last year by moving JHey to leadoff? Another Fredi decision. More regular season wins than any team in baseball during the Fredi administration. And you can't even MAKE the playoffs without winning in the regular season.

patriotdog
patriotdog

I think Uggs, apparently a good teammate and a consistent all-out hustle guy ( BJ take note) came in with the big contract trying, as do many who get big contracts, to do too much. He got away from his game so completely that he lost track of what got him the big contract to start with. .265, 31 HRs,

93 RBI averages through his first five years is what induced Wren to acquire him. Had he kept close to those numbers, he'd have been extended again by now.

As much as some would like to, Wren can't be blamed for Uggla. BJ, with his falling averages every year since his rookie season, and history of being benched due to attitude and lack of hustle, is another story for another time.

Chris11165
Chris11165

I still wished we would have agreed to pay his salary, trade him and get SOMETHING for him from another team even a farm hand. It sucks hes going to play for someone else next year with nothing in return to the Braves and we pay THEM to see him hit 35 HRS in 2015.....#braveslogic

BaseballBuff
BaseballBuff

Uggla was a nice guy and great teammate who always hustled, but he could not hit anymore. He had to go. As I have said on this blog before, I strongly suspect that he is an ex-juicer who cannot perform at an MLB-level without his PEDs. The skills of a player in his early 30s should not erode to the extent they have with Struggla..

TampGator1, you are way too sensitive. BJ has been awful, a AA player at best. But since he has been batting leadoff, he has picked up his game several notches. He is taking good swings at the ball and is a threat to score every time he is on base.  He is definitely doing his job of setting the table. B.J. is gaining confidence every day and I think he finally has the monkey off his back. I have been one of his harshest critics, but I will give credit where credit is due. All I ever wanted was for him to help the team win. This having been said, another prolonged batting slump by B.J. and we are right back where we were.

BooBooBear
BooBooBear

Can't wait for the ticket price increase for 2015, to fund the Mark Bradley Made Us Eat $15-Million So Someone Else Has To Pay Fund.  That comes to about $6.60 per seat, per game, with an average attendance at 28,000.  I imagine all season ticket holders will be sent Dan Uggla's SSN and other important documentations, so they can claim him as a dependent at tax time.

Barack_Bi-Curious
Barack_Bi-Curious

From reading many of the venomous Uggla and BJ Upton comments on here, maybe Braves fans would be happier if the Braves had left those two in a hot car together....

...along with Frank "Wrong Again" Wren.

TampGator1
TampGator1

Uggla is gone.  Pastornicky is here.  Braves are again in first place by themselves, thanks to some very timely hitting by B.J. Upton last night.  Time to move on.  Time to get behind the Braves.  Go Braves.  Good luck, Dan Uggla.  Hope you can rekindle your career elsewhere.  But, if not, enjoy your millions out on your ranch out west.  Maybe you and Chipper can go hunting together now and talk about the good old days. 

Barack_Bi-Curious
Barack_Bi-Curious

Over the next two years, Dan Uggla, just like our current joke of a "President," will be getting paid for NOT doing his job.

doggoneit
doggoneit

They should of made him a glorified bat boy!

daSarge
daSarge

Keep trotting out that .215 hitter in the leadoff spot and see how far that takes you. How about bye-bye loser BJ, move J-Hey to center and use Bethancourt in the outfield when Gattis returns.  

armchairob
armchairob

I sure don't see Pastornicky being much of an upgrade, except maybe as a pinch runner and Uggla was a pretty good base runner.  This is more an addition by subtraction.

TreeRollins
TreeRollins

Now it's time to run BJ Upton out of town on a rail! Let him go back to his strip clubs and baby mama! Then I might be interested in going to a Braves game again.

SkokieDog
SkokieDog

@MireyaRCrane Yeah, if you were so successful working on the internet, you wouldn't be taking time off to post here. Get lost.

reckingball
reckingball

@patriotdog

What was it. ..96 wins last season? And that was with Dan and BJ in the lineup most of the time, up until the last month.

NathanChapman
NathanChapman

@patriotdog he was 'roided up in Fla, once testing toughened up, Ugly Dan returned to what he had really been all along, a low draft pick that couldn't perform at the major league level. look at his minor league history, the numbers don't lie...

NathanChapman
NathanChapman

@Chris11165 good grief, it has been stated over and over again that Wren tried every opportunity he has had over the past couple of years to trade Uggla, NOBODY wanted to give us as much as a bag of balls for the guy. he might not play in the majors ever again...

myarbrough61
myarbrough61

@TampGator1 Pastornicky will not remain...that Goslin kid will come back very soon...they had already sent him back down and had to wait 10 days before they could bring him back...

GetBackJojo
GetBackJojo

@TampGator1 ranch out west? Danny, and his new bride have one of the nicest penthouse condos in Buckhead, with the largest outdoor patio of any condo in Atlanta. We still owe him 19Million. I doubt he is crying all the way to the bank

GetBackJojo
GetBackJojo

@doggoneit Bats are too important, but he does have the arms to carry a cooler of beer around the stands.

TampGator1
TampGator1

That .215 hitter won the game with his bat last night, along with the pitching staff.  B.J. has been playing well for a while now. But enjoy your hate transference while you can.  Go Braves.

BradleyBreeze
BradleyBreeze

@armchairob

That move made no fricking sense whatsoever...........replace a guy with one as bad..........what the hell was Wren thinking?

TampGator1
TampGator1

@armchairob 


Here is the upgrades:


1. Consistent contact hitter.  Uggla was not one.

2. Can play 2B, SS, 3B, and the OF.  Uggla could barley play 2B.

3. Speed.  Uggla, not so much.

4. Can be used as a platoon player at 2B when the Braves and LaStella are scheduled to face a very tough lefty.  Not so with Uggla since his benching.


That is 4 very good additions to the bench.  Uggla, not any other than being a good cheerleader on the bench, and a good guy.


Go Braves.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@TreeRollins 


Sort of like in was in the 1950s.....right?  Sorry to inform you, but those days are thankfully long gone.  

NathanChapman
NathanChapman

@reckingball @patriotdog yeah, but what stands out over time? 96 wins or a WS berth? I've been a Braves fan since I was a little kid and what I remember in all that time is '91, '92, '95, '96 and even '99, though I have tried to repress that second, embarrassing loss the Yanks. I do vividly remember the Brooks Conrad fiasco in '10 though... 

Barack_Bi-Curious
Barack_Bi-Curious

In terms of skill, competence and actual production, was Dan Uggla the "President Barry" of 2nd Basemen...?

...or is Barry the "Dan Uggla" of Presidents?

Barack_Bi-Curious
Barack_Bi-Curious

Be it inept baseball players or taxpayer-funded government job for the unqualified, do I HATE incompetence, laziness and buffoonery?

Verily, when I am being asked to help subsidize it, I do.

NathanChapman
NathanChapman

@TampGator1 @TreeRollins seriously? stop pulling the ridiculous race card BS, he sucks, and sucks bad, regardless of the color of his skin, we just cut a WHITE GUY for crying out loud! just because the next guy everybody wants to see gone is black does not automatically mean we're all racist, that is asinine!!!!

TampGator1
TampGator1

@Barack_Bi-Curious 


Incompetence, laziness, and buffoonery......from only your perspective.  Uggla was none of those things....but he did lose his skill set for baseball, obviously.  But that was not the case when the Braves signed him to the contract.  That is not Uggla's fault, and it is not the fault of a lot of people out of work either.  But you keep on hating and see where you end up. 

AlaskaBravesFan
AlaskaBravesFan

@Barack_Bi-Curious It IS a problem for the rest of us that you hate so easily.  What is a bigger problem is that your targeting system is so flawed.


ABF

BradleyBreeze
BradleyBreeze

@NathanChapman @TampGator1 @TreeRollins

A couple other guys that need to be let go:

David Carpenter-White

BJ Upton-Black

Ramiro Pena-Hispanic

Jordan Schafer-White

Tyler Pastornicky-White


Lets see that's 3 white guys a Black guy and a Hispanic who all need to go!

TampGator1
TampGator1

@NathanChapman



Didn't say....."all."  But racism and extremism is rampant on here, Nathan.  It sucks on a sports blog.  And anywhere else for that matter.

GTQBdefender
GTQBdefender

@TampGator1 @Barack_Bi-Curious

W had the highest rate of government deficit per presidential term of any president. His rate was over 2.5 trillion dollars per term while starting with Reagan's presidency, Reagan and the two who followed averaged about one trillion per term. W almost doubled the deficit made by all prior presidents. As a direct result, we got the asset bubbles that produced the Great Recession. I am not fond of Obama but W would have failed basic Economics 101 and someone that dumb should not get to the top just because he has a rich daddy. 

BaseballBuff
BaseballBuff

@TampGator1  Chill, dude. You are reading between the lines too much. All pro athletes, be they black, white, or whatever, are going to get reamed by the public if they are not getting it done. BJ is no exception. See my post below.