Struggling Uggla feeling pressures that come with extension

PITTSBURGH – A day to clear his head didn’t do much to change the course Dan Uggla has been on at the plate; and the struggling second baseman went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts in his return to the lineup Wednesday against the Pirates.

Uggla finished this three-city trip 2-for-26 (.077) to magnify an already troubling start to his season. His average on the season fell to .180.

Heading into Wednesday’s game, Uggla admitted that perhaps the pressure of signing a five-year $62 million extension with a team he was just traded to this winter has caught up.

“It kind of comes with the territory,” said Uggla, who signed his first big multi-year contract in January, a few months after being traded from the Marlins. “You’re paid a lot of money to do a job and you want to do it; you want to fulfill it.”

Uggla said it’s something he and Brian McCann have talked about. McCann experienced some of the same pressures after signing a six-year extension worth $26.8 million with the Braves in 2007. The difference is McCann was staying with a team that already knew him well.

“Mac was telling me after he signed his deal, everybody was saying now you can just relax and go play, which you can,” Uggla said. “But there are two sides of it, and there’s added pressure. (It’s) not the team or anybody else on the outside, but you take it upon yourself because you want to live up to everything, do the things you’ve done in the past to help with ballgames.”

Uggla isn’t looking for any sympathy or using it as an excuse either, just acknowledging the pressures when asked about it.

“You can say all the things you want to say; it’s part of the game,” Uggla said. “It’s an adjustment I’ll have to make, when it comes down to it.”

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John10:10

May 25th, 2011
4:02 pm

Hang in there, Dan. We’re praying for you. Faith is the evidence of things not seen, and by it you can move any mountain.

ADDISON

May 25th, 2011
4:04 pm

FIRST!!!!!!!!!!!!1

TennesseePaul

May 25th, 2011
4:07 pm

But there are two sides of it, and there’s added pressure. (It’s) not the team or anybody else on the outside, but you take it upon yourself because you want to live up to everything, do the things you’ve done in the past to help with ballgames.

I believe him, and wouldn’t call him a liar for stating what he feels… Hope you get it straightened out Uggla.

Braves Fan

May 25th, 2011
4:11 pm

Hang in there Dan. You will get it turned around. Good to see your not making excuses and always hustling. With your attitude and determination, it is only a matter time time. The good news is we are only 3 game out.

Bill Malone

May 25th, 2011
4:11 pm

Gotta give Uggla credit for “manning-up” about the slump… he’s not making excuses and he plays really hard – all the time… and we’re still only 3 behind the Phillies despite his hitting woes.
If we can stay close until the All-Star break and Dan snaps out of it, he could carry the team.
But, as Dandy Don Meredith used to say, “If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, we’d all have a merry Christmas.”

Chuck

May 25th, 2011
4:20 pm

At least he doesn’t have to worry about feeding the family like 24% of America right now. He may need to count his blessings instead of focusing on his own play so much. There is pressure, and then there is pressure.

Bob from Accounttemps

May 25th, 2011
4:21 pm

I, for one, was thrilled to learn Dan Uggla was joining the Braves. I’m just waiting for him to arrive. Hang in there Dan – it’ll be exciting when you work it out.

Jdubb

May 25th, 2011
4:21 pm

If Uggla was only Brave not hitting, he would be laughing this off. Unfortunately, with the injuries and all, its sooo magnified. I’m no TP fanatic, but i sure dont hear anyone calling for LP to get fired. In fact, as ridiculous as it sounds, there are already a roomful of Fredi-bashers.
Heyward should be batting .280 and Chip, Mac, and Prado should all be above .300. thats the normal way of the Braves universe I know and love.
Wha happened?

south georgia boy

May 25th, 2011
4:22 pm

Bench player Brooks Conrad hits two run homer to win game. Former bench player Hinske has a solo homer. New guy Shafer produces the other run. Our regular starting guys are really struggling.

Perlo

May 25th, 2011
4:24 pm

The answer seems to be pretty simple. The guy has been absolutely horrible all year, even with being a slow starter.
We all know Smoltz saw a sports psychologist, as did Charlie Morton, both of whom got good results.
Obviously, as Uggla himself admits, he’s a head case at this point.
So if he hasn’t already committed to getting some treatment, what’s stopping him at this point?

Earl Williams

May 25th, 2011
4:25 pm

Dan is a small town guy who had achieved a significant comfort level with players AND in an area that literally has no demands on its Major League baseball team.Not many people in South Florida even cared when Hanley Ramirez showed up his entire team by trotting after a ball.Uggla could have had 48 million for 4 years.He MIGHT have spent about 10 million of that in his lifetime.Instead he chose to go to an area that really cares and to be viewed by a huge television regional audience for 12 million more over 5 years. This is 12 million that maybe Dan’s great, great, great grandchildren might spend.It was really silly and made no sense when you consider his makeup.No Sense!!

I could see him thinking he had a better chance to win in Atlanta but if you looked at the rosters and what his place would have been in the order there would NOT have been that much difference. He got some really bad advice.

Jdubb

May 25th, 2011
4:27 pm

Or he can go to Johnny’s HideAway and spend a little coin on a “slump-buster”. She/he/it might be worth it….?…?

mountain_jim

May 25th, 2011
4:28 pm

Where’s the hitting coach? He really needs some coaching, and better plate coverage right now.

richie_rich1986

May 25th, 2011
4:29 pm

Danny boy you’ll be just fine! Hang in there bro!!!

anotherbrave

May 25th, 2011
4:34 pm

Can we get Brooks Conrad to give Dan some pointers?

Bobby Coccyx

May 25th, 2011
4:40 pm

He’s a good kid

bravesgrl4life

May 25th, 2011
4:41 pm

Not giving up on Uggla yet. Still got time to turn it around and be a big, big help to this team.

Chuggla!

May 25th, 2011
4:44 pm

Danny boy gets no sympathy from me, and you shouldn’t give it to him either. Come join Uggla’s O-Fers on Saturday. All you need to do is bring a paper bag with a big K on it and wear it onyour head. We’re sitting on the third base side, upper deck. See you there.

Jdubb

May 25th, 2011
4:45 pm

I knew an earl Williams…in construction….is that you?
I dont really agree with your statement though…..Uggla was gonna get paid by somebody….Atlanta is one of these softest markets to go to as far as pressure.

STRETCH

May 25th, 2011
4:46 pm

He should have figured it all out by now. All he gotta do is get IN the batters box, that might help a little dontcha think?????!

don

May 25th, 2011
4:48 pm

I am amused by all these touchy,feely posts but the truth is that, so far, Uggla is a major disaster. He is a big boy and makes an obscene amount of money. He can handle the truth.

Ted M

May 25th, 2011
4:49 pm

Uggla said. “It’s an adjustment I’ll have to make, when it comes down to it.”

Make the adjustment then and takes some pitches

Chuggla!

May 25th, 2011
4:51 pm

Damn skippy, Don. This kind of sentiment would be fine if this was a rookie hitting .189, but this is a PROVEN VETERAN who is a giant, vacuous hole, eating money and runs.

moorman

May 25th, 2011
4:56 pm

some players get a PASS for stinking it up, some dont……………..

N8

May 25th, 2011
4:58 pm

Hmmmm. I see Shaun hasn’t posted on this blog yet? I’m sure when he does, it will be to call Uggla a fool and a liar.

What the hell would Dan Uggla know about pressure and not being able to handle it? After all….. he made it through the pressures of Minor League baseball and has performed well in a handful of late/close situations this year, right?

Oh my……. we’re doomed (spoken in C3PO’s voice from Star Wars – obligatory “robot” reference, of course).

N8

May 25th, 2011
5:01 pm

For the record. I don’t feel one bit sorry for him. He’ll make more money this year than i will earn in my lifetime. I wouldn’t feel sorry for him if he went “O-for” the rest of the year and his dog got ran over.

Just simply want him to perform well for my favorite team for selfish reasons and because of the contract he signed, it is unlikely that Wren will be able to add any other “big” bats this summer.

Time to sink or swim Dan.

Earl Williams

May 25th, 2011
5:01 pm

jdubb, NOBODY was even close to giving him 48 million for 4 or 60 million for 5. The Blogmeister can confirm that but you will need to ask him. Florida offered 4 years because of the new stadium, popularity and his numbers even though they knew there was a good chance that he probably only had 3 years of value. What the Braves were thinking? I have no idea.

StingerSplash

May 25th, 2011
5:22 pm

How about the pressure of being 2 for your last 33 with seven strikeouts and no extra base hits, rather than the pressure of having signed an extension, Struggla?
In that stretch of games, nine in all, the Braves have scored a total of 23 runs, including getting shutout once and held to one run twice.
Mr. Pinetime is calling you, Struggla.

Navigator

May 25th, 2011
5:28 pm

You would think after the horrible signing of Chipper Jones, an Uggla signing could not happen. Frank Wren doesn’t know talent, and overpays for anyone he thinks the team needs. He has no faith in bringing talent up through the minors, always trying to plug holes with aging veterans. He has to go after this season.

StingerSplash

May 25th, 2011
5:30 pm

Struggla would have hit .296 over his next 404 at-bats to reach his career average of .259 for the season. That’s nearly 40 points above his career average for two-thirds of the season.
Who wants those odds?

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

May 25th, 2011
5:34 pm

agreed N8…sink or swim Uggla. Getting tired of chasing all these bad pitches for strikes. I’m assuming he has more K’s than hits???

Braves805

May 25th, 2011
5:34 pm

Dan hang in there kid…….things will start to fall in place. Just go out there and relax. Dont try to be a hero every at bat…this lineup is potent when it can be….I for one got your back sorry for the cracks at the Angel game….but 4 hits and 9-0 was not i expected…..but the more drinks made it all better…ahahah

bvillebaron

May 25th, 2011
5:43 pm

I realize that fans are frustrated with Uggla, but he hasn’t asked for anyone’s sympathy and he isn’t making excuses; to the contrary he is fully aware that he isn’t performing up to expectations or his contract. My own view is that he is probably trying too hard which never seems to work.

TN Jeff

May 25th, 2011
5:50 pm

43 strikeouts – 35 hits (not sure if that includes today’s stats of 0 hits & 3 strikeouts)

BravesLover

May 25th, 2011
5:51 pm

Who was it that said when he was in a slump he just tried to hit up the middle for a while? Just an idea.

ernisTbass

May 25th, 2011
5:51 pm

With all due respect to Dave Barry, wouldn’t the Struggling Ugglas be a good name for a rock band?

TN Jeff

May 25th, 2011
5:51 pm

Sure wish we had kept Infante & signed a Centerfielder. I’m not a fan of Wren that’s for sure

TN Jeff

May 25th, 2011
5:54 pm

Quick Comparison:

Uggla 51 games / 7 hrs / 15 rbi / 35 hits / 43 k / 3 errors

Infante 46 games / 1 hr / 16 rbi / 43 hits / 18 k / 1 error

I got gout

May 25th, 2011
6:05 pm

Your kidding me right? The reason Struggla cant hit is because he has to do it in front of a half- packed house (Turner Field) instead of the graveyard which is the Marlins home field? That Uggy had no pressure in Miami and now he cant deal with it? hmmm………
Id believe that.
In that case Danny boy did get some bad advice. Shoulda took the 48 and stayed.
Meanwhile, GM of the year Frankie boy has hung us with another weight.. Uggla( and, Lowe,McOut,Kamakazee)

Jack G

May 25th, 2011
6:07 pm

When he quits trying to impress everyone with his Homerun Prowess and just starts trying to get a little wood on the ball, he will be alright. Power will come after that.

Ralph

May 25th, 2011
6:17 pm

I could care less about Dan Uggla, he is set for life wheather he ever gets another hit or not. I am concerened about the Atlanta Braves baseball team. I have no doubt if he had lived up to expectations they would be in lst place now but the problem is what if he doesn’t come out of it, They are not going to make him a bench non-player out of him and they are stuck with his contract for 5 seasons. My suggestion is to play him every day for awhile and see what happens, make it known that they would be willing to let him go to any team that would assume his contract, some rich club out there might be willing to take a chance on him.

EW

May 25th, 2011
6:18 pm

Let’s hear it for our new second basement DAN STRUGGLA!!!!!!

Ralph

May 25th, 2011
6:18 pm

I ment to say “play him every other day” not every day.

E-6

May 25th, 2011
6:22 pm

Not sure why Uggla is getting a pass while everyone seems so displeased with our new manager who has the team 2.5 games out with his outfield physically missing and his middle infield otherwise missing – nice play on that come backer to Venters guys. Oh yeah, a guy named Hudson has missed one of how many turns? But just the same, let’s dump Fredi

LAG

May 25th, 2011
6:30 pm

Jack G, I think you nailed it.

NorCal Brave

May 25th, 2011
6:32 pm

Even Joe Johnson is appalled by Uggla’s performance.

Double Zero Eight

May 25th, 2011
6:42 pm

Uggla is thinking too much and trying too hard.
Fredi needs tyo give him 3 games off. If McLouth
can turn it around, surely Dan can also.

Bobby's Cox

May 25th, 2011
6:56 pm

Well for Dan’s sake, we’re 5 games over .500 and 2.5 out if first with his .180-something BA. WHEN he finally gets it straightened out, the sky is the limit for this ballclub

Bobby's Cox

May 25th, 2011
6:57 pm

They should’ve given him today off too. That would been 4 off days for the guy to clear his mind

Dennis Reynolds

May 25th, 2011
6:58 pm

Terrible signing. The trade is one thing. But extending a 2nd baseman with shoddy defense, low average, and fading power….

If Wren wanted power, he should’ve gone to the outfield market knowing that Chipper is retiring and the LF revolving door is going to swing open again.

If Uggla hit homers to all fields, it might not be so scary. But he’s only going to be able to turn on the fastball for so long. Not to mention, Turner Field isn’t a particularly hitter friendly park. Hopefully he will make adjustments and become a true hitter before his days are done as a Brave.

alex

May 25th, 2011
7:06 pm

uggla: a few possibilities1) he’s a head case and is mentally shot2) he has a physical problem3) he’s too proud or stupid to seek help4)he was juiced, sorry but I said it, hgh or the like. Difficult to believe he could be THIS bad,his strikeouts are hideous,kind of reminds me of giambi after he gave up the ‘roids. Yes I hope he improves, but I think a coupla weeks in AAA might help, he’s currently THAT bad.

Dennis Reynolds

May 25th, 2011
7:10 pm

Alex, you are a complete moron. I usually don’t just call people on blogs morons based on anonymous comments, but come on dude. Are you seriously bringing up steroids?

Steroids don’t help you make contact with the ball.

If you don’t know anything about baseball, just don’t comment.

TheWad

May 25th, 2011
7:14 pm

The Braves are not going to do anything this year that pitching doesn`t do for them. Just like old times. They can not count on Heyward for anything because he can`t take the beating of the majors. He hit great early last year until pitchers figured out where his holes were. But he has missed games for 4 different injuries. Not to mention his outfield play is no better than a little leaguer on fly balls anywhere except directly in front of him. He is gangly and awkward going back for a ball to the wall. Only saving grace is his above average arm. Chppier is a 265 hitter and will not lead this team to anything ever again. His fast start has cooled just as fast and he is proving he should have left last year. Uggla needs to go to Gwinnett for 2 weeks to get straightened out. Why move your AAA team so close if you won`t take advantage of it in this type of situation? Let him get his confidence and eye back hitting AAA pitching then come back downtown.
Pitching and defense will win this year because our hitting problems are too broad to solve with just one player making the difference. That said, if TP was the problem last with a team that took more pitchers deep in the count than any team and routinely won games late with timely clutch hitting…then what the hell are we doing with Parrish on the bench as hitting coach!!!!????? Fire him.

don

May 25th, 2011
7:29 pm

TN Jeff,
You may want to compare the paychecks of Uggla and Infante. The Braves return on their investment resembles one preparing for bankruptcy.

chatt matt

May 25th, 2011
7:35 pm

way to go Brooks Conrad he is a very valuable player to have on the roster.

chatt matt

May 25th, 2011
7:41 pm

As for Dan Uggla he needs to pick it up he was signed to be that big bat the Braves were lacking this team is hitting like last years team.

alex

May 25th, 2011
7:41 pm

Read the blog oh brilliant one, hgh is not a steroid, it’s made of amino acids and is currently not detectable;I don’t think a lot of baseball players are stupid enough to be using anabolic steroids, although in this field it is common knowledge that the synthesizing chemists are one step ahead of the detecting. chemists Sorry partner, but you need to read I have 2 references of the science of baseball I can give you and it is possibe that there are people out there with significant experience with researsch in muscle mitochondrial function who may have signficant knowledge in muscular contraction so you just MAY be barking up the wrong tree…. and oh you may apologize, I don’t hold a grudge.,

CajunStorm

May 25th, 2011
7:44 pm

Whoa There My People….Uggs has 5 straight years of consistency….He Will Hit!! He is not a McLouth…someone that had one good year and we bit on that. Uggs has always hit. If we can get on old Uggs back for the 2nd half it’ll be just like LaRoche when he was here….slow start, fabulous ending.

Quick example about Uggs. I was top sales at my former company and was recruited to another that was higher profile and offered me MORE money. After 11 years it was hard to move on but greener pastures most often lead to a fuller stomach. My 1st 3 months…I SUCKED!!! The sales team I was hired to lead was doing laps around me and the harder I tried the more I struck out. The chairman of this new company came over to my office one day and said “This is a great office and a great view! It’ll be here when you get back from your 2 week vacation I’m sending you on and maybe you’ll realize that we hired you because you are a Great Salesman and Leader. Not because I say so, but because your results have proven this to be true.”

We, as human beings, press…..but true results never lie. I’ve been on top the sales board since that talk and Uggs will realize he is Great!! Not because I say so….because his results the past 5 years says so!!

alex

May 25th, 2011
8:01 pm

back at you dennis, see recent paper in annal of internal medicine on running speed and use of hgh, is this applicable to hitting a baseball, I don’t know but surely provacative. Also read studies on olympic athletes and the fact that a significant percent would use performance enhancing drugs even if they KNEW they would be killed by them in a relatively short period of time..It is foolish to not consider the POSSIBILITY and naive not to examine a probability, especially in light of armstrongs recent publicity(I’ve been following him since he was a triathlete in the ’80’s ), have a learning day……

dawg4u

May 25th, 2011
8:07 pm

Our pitching is second in era at 3.01 but hitting continues to disappoint. The biggest surprise other than Uggla hitting .180 is Heyward’s .214. If we are going to challenge the Phils and Marlins then we are going to have to have more production from Uggla, Heyward and Chipper. Our starters have actually been nose to nose with the Phil’s starters and even though the Phillies have been struggling offensively of late, the Bravos have actually been worse. We need to work some counts, go the other way and stop swinging at so many first pitches. I just don’t think that it is possible that a guy like Uggla could completely forget how to get hits just because of the big contract. Maybe we need Jack Llewellyn, the sports psychologist who helped John Smoltz out of his struggles in the early nineties or more input from the hitting coach but we need a fire under our arses for sure. I feel Uggla will eventually come around but something needs to be done to jack the whole team up. We are in a rut that needs a different mental approach. Sorry guys, I had to get that off my chest because of the frustrations of watching the Bravos of late even though we took care of business against the Pirates! GO BRAVES!

tim

May 25th, 2011
8:33 pm

bottom line HE SUCKS!!! this is a what have you done for me lately business. i could care less that he is pressing , trying to adjust to new surroundings,teammates whatever. uggla is being paid a boat load to performe time to start.

Skeezix

May 25th, 2011
8:37 pm

Great win today! I like the way Schafer looks (except for that silly batboy batting helmet). Offense still a problem — it’s like we are playing baseball with one hand tied behind us.

Root for the Reds tonight.

Skeezix

May 25th, 2011
8:39 pm

Maybe Uggla needs the help of a sports shrink. It has to be all mental by now.

JP

May 25th, 2011
8:57 pm

A few points people are forgetting:
1) Uggla was a beast at Turner Field when he was with the Marlins. It has nothing to do with the field or crowd.
2) Pitching dominated last season and has so far this season. It’s a natural cycle. Arms WILL get tired and more mistakes will be made.
3) He’s with the Braves – a consistently good team. Good teams get scouted more by opposing teams.

bring back blauser

May 25th, 2011
9:21 pm

uggla needs to get closer to the plate to get those outside pitches. heyward needs to look at some old darrell evans videos and develop that type swing. his power will go up quickly, and he will not be flailing at outside pitches

BosnianBaller

May 25th, 2011
9:44 pm

Quilvio Veras in a Braves jersey looks like a legend compared to this guy

curtis jones

May 25th, 2011
10:08 pm

Len Barker. Jody Davis. Ozzie Virgil. Nick Esasky. Rick Cerone, Ken Oberkfell. Jim Presley. Bruce Sutter. Casey Kotchman. Raul Mondesi. Rico Brogna. Wally Joyner. Ken Caminiti. Omar Moreno. Albie Lopez. Reggie Sanders. Nate McLouth. Kenshin Kawakami. Corky Miller. Dan Uggla.

Playoffs!!!!

May 25th, 2011
10:12 pm

First, let me say Dan Uggla is always going to give 110% and give the extra effort. However, he’s looking at this the wrong way.
He needs to tell himself: I have $60 million dollars coming even if I hit .180 for the next 5 years. I am going to relax and have some fun. I going to try my best, and then not worry about it. Enjoy life, you have it made, Dan Uggla
Smile, you are in the Major Leauges—Isn’t life wonderful? Don’t put all that pressure on yourself. You have already done the hard part getting this contract. Do your best, relax and have fun.
P.S. ( It would help if you would move up in batters box a little bit to cover the outside corner, and be more patient waiting for your pitch)

kwajbraves

May 25th, 2011
10:14 pm

4-3 Reds. Let’s see if we can gain another game on Phils.

rc35

May 25th, 2011
10:27 pm

Curtis, your list was pretty well on target, except for Ken Oberkfell. In his 3 full seasons with the Braves, he batted .272, .270, and .280, and I personally saw him break up a no-hitter against Mike Scott and the Astros in the Dome one afternoon. No pop, no power, but he could get wood on the ball.

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chuck simon's barber shop

May 25th, 2011
11:20 pm

Agree with most of that list, Curtis, but Kotchman’s hitting .350 for the Rays. He’s finally playing for singles like he shoulda been all along. Perhaps Uggla should think along those lines to rediscover his stroke. You know, watching Cox run Caminiti out there in the postseason was painful. Fredi said it best the other night: Putting out the same lineup and expecting different results is the definition of insanity.

Hank57

May 25th, 2011
11:22 pm

I was at the game today, and Uggla has no range at 2nd base. Anything hit to his left he was slow reacting and didn’t get a glove on. Any good 2nd baseman would have gotten to a few of those balls that got through today. Maybe his lack of hitting is getting to him in the field also. One hit right at him bounced off his chest. He looked brutal out their today.

count_schemula

May 25th, 2011
11:37 pm

At least we seem to agree that the only thing we really don’t like about Uggla is his hitting. He plays, hard, he’s straight up, he’s obviously putting in a full effort on defense which most of us should agree has been somewhat better than advertised, seems popular in the clubhouse. He will hit and when he does, all will be right in the world.

Insanity is hearing the definition of the word insanity on every freaking blog page.

count_schemula

May 25th, 2011
11:39 pm

A 1-2-3 top of the 14th… still some fans in the stadium too…

Lost Cause

May 26th, 2011
12:09 am

Stop worrying about it. Your team is winning. Have fun. Kick butt. Go Braves!

John

May 26th, 2011
12:26 am

Good comment Lost Cause! Were behind you Uggla!! Keep your head up and keep swinging…..things WILL get better (cant get much worse!)

PiersonBrave

May 26th, 2011
12:29 am

Geez this Reds / Phillies game is in the 17th. These guys are going to be exhausted. Good for us. Anything that takes away from Philly can’t be bad for the Braves.

t-bone

May 26th, 2011
12:50 am

awesome to see so much positive energy here

Robbie

May 26th, 2011
2:39 am

Uggla makes last years performance of Nate McLouth look good! Should of kept Omar Infante! I am of the school that he will always be a low 200 hitter, if that. The only the best is yet to come from Uggla is for Uggla only. The millions Uggla will be paid for a thought of how great he will be. You watch, he will be one of the biggest bust’s in Braves history!

John Leonard

May 26th, 2011
3:52 am

This is how Uggla plays,Off the plate and swings as hard as he can.

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HATinGA

May 26th, 2011
5:16 am

I dont care if its little leage or the bigs hitting is about keeping your head down and see the ball come off the bat, you watch anybody struggling with contact, and ill bet the farm they pulling there head and thus there eyes up right before contact. I coach little leage and can tell in three swings if a kid is watching the ball.

braves fan

May 26th, 2011
5:23 am

.222, 26 HR, 94 RBI

These are Andruw Jones’ numbers in his “disastrous” final season with the Bravos. Right now I would take that in a heartbeat from Uggla for my $12M.

aj

May 26th, 2011
5:29 am

The Braves need the offense to get rolling.
Can’t remember a team with so many
hitters not hitting. Far too many k’s.
Thank goodness for the pitching!!!!!!!

TP

May 26th, 2011
5:54 am

when Andrew Jones was going thur this ya’ll wanted to run him out of town now you want to baby Dan it serve you right.

TP

May 26th, 2011
6:00 am

your SS & 2B LEAD THE TEAMS IN STRIKEOUT. ummmmmmm

joedub

May 26th, 2011
7:24 am

fire larry parrish!

Bobby's chauffer

May 26th, 2011
7:35 am

you don’t have to be a genius to see. The guy cares and is trying to do too much. He wants to help this team win and is not dealling with the fundermentals. Once he realizes he doesn’t have to carry the team he will return to be the athelte he is. Today is the day Dan.. today is the day. just be yourself. The “hero” will show up

stew

May 26th, 2011
8:00 am

Dan is a better baserunner and defender thab I expected.

Skillet

May 26th, 2011
8:23 am

Pirates & Marlins, no one ever expects much from those teams….The Braves have given Nate McLouth 2 1/2 seasons to find himself, and he’s still horrible. Uggla too may not be able to handle the pressure of playing for a team like the Braves.

phil

May 26th, 2011
8:49 am

Struggla….I like that!

I hope things begin to turn around for him…not only for his own mental health but for our team’s as well….I really think if he got going, the entire offense might take off around him, making us nearly unbeatable….

until the playoffs, that is…

Brian

May 26th, 2011
9:17 am

In the old days, he would be sent to the Minors to get things right. Now, management is too embarrassed to do it with the kind of money he is getting paid. He’s KILLING the offense. Sorry! Send him down and bring someone up. Just about any AAA or AA Brave can hit .240 and that’s a HUGE improvement.

phil

May 26th, 2011
9:31 am

Cajun storm – congratulations on your fine sales performance for your company…I’m glad your past successes showed how well you would eventually do….

This is baseball….Struggla should do well but he isn’t doing well….he can’t take a 2 week vacation unless he gets hurt, like 2 other presently worthless players I don’t need to mention…

There are no guarantees of future success in sports…this isn’t sales.

milesarcher33

May 26th, 2011
9:42 am

Uggla is a typical grab the money and run no talent bum. Cut him loose and eat the money.

Ted

May 26th, 2011
9:54 am

So there’s no pressure when he’s making $8MM in 2010 – but now that he’s making $10MM in 2011 there’s huge pressure and it is causing him to hit .180?!? Ok, then. What happens in 2012 when his salary bumps to $13MM – .150?

And I don’t care what Uggla did the last 5 years. Go look at Andruw Jones stats from 1998-2006 (9 years). 29+ HR in 8 of 9 years and a .260+ BA in 8 of 9 years. Look at the drop in 2007 (at age 30) and then again in 2008 (at age 31).

Frank Wren is not a moron for making the trade – he’s a moron for giving the extension to a player who had not played 1 game in a Braves’ uniform and to give this extension to a player whose one skill (power) was not a given to continue into his mid-30s now that baseball actually tests for PEDs. Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it and, unfortunately, Braves’ fans are the ones who will have to suffer.

Skillet

May 26th, 2011
10:12 am

What gets me about Uggla is that he said in spring training that he hopes Braves fans don’t expect him to hit good in the spring, and early in the season. Well, he was undeservedly given that leeway up until recently…Nice job of BS’ing your way into buying some time Dan….Dan Uggla reminds me of former Brave Mike Hampton. They were both given a ton of money, and have done absolutely nothing to earn it.

Brave New World

May 26th, 2011
10:29 am

The Braves should require all oponents to wear a Braves uniform while the Braves wear Marlin uniforms – this will remind Dan of how he used to destroy the Braves, and get him on track.

john

May 26th, 2011
10:38 am

Uggz should ask Jose BOMBtista how to handle the 60 mil pressure.

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