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Mark Bradley is a sports columnist and blogger for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Braves do the right thing and cut Dan Uggla

  • 4:09 pm Friday, July 18th, 2014 by Mark Bradley
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. [More]

Can the Braves please just cut Dan Uggla already?

  • 12:56 pm Sunday, July 13th, 2014 by Mark Bradley
That classic Uggla swing. (Jason Getz/AJC)

Dan Uggla didn’t set out to become the worst player in the major leagues. It just happened. But now that it has happened, the one thing the worst player in the majors can’t be, provided he wants to keep his place in the majors, is a distraction. Poor Dan just flunked that test, too.

On the day before the All-Star break, a day the Atlanta Braves will try to win a game and ensure that they hold at least a share of first place in the National League East, they first had to deal with the 25th man on a 25-man [More]

Why the Braves should dump Dan Uggla

  • 7:01 am Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 by Mark Bradley
Fredi Gonzalez and Dan Uggla on a happier day. (Brant Sanderlin/AJC)

Today’s AJC includes a column from yours truly advising the Atlanta Braves to release Dan Uggla. (It’s also available on myajc.com.) I realize such a move is easier said than done. I also believe such a move needs to happen.

Paying him $22.1 million to go away is a major financial reversal, but paying him that much money to sit in the dugout — counting last night’s loss in San Fran, Uggla has started one of the past seven games — is even more damaging. He has gone from being an All-Star to the 25th man on the Braves’ roster, [More]