Gonzalez wants Uggla to focus on the present

Dan Uggla’s season average sticks out in the Braves boxscore – it was only .177 after a 1-for-4 day on Wednesday. But Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez wants the struggling second baseman to focus on what he can do from this day forward, rather than trying to make up for lost time and average.

On Wednesday, it was help the Braves beat Toronto 5-1 with a two-run home run off Jo-Jo Reyes.

“It’s going to be difficult for him from this point on to put up a .275 batting average, but you can’t worry about April and May right now,” Gonzalez said. “He’s going to have start (focusing on) what’s going on from the middle of June forward. I think at the end of the year some of the numbers are going to be right where you want them to be.”

Home runs are about all he’s got going for him right now. Uggla has 10, second among Braves to Brian McCann (13). He knows it.

“Everything is down,” Uggla said. “Average, homers, RBIs, runs scored. It’s just been a bad year for me individually so far. But we still have a long ways to go and we’re still in a great position, standings wise…

“Everybody wants to get their numbers every year and have good years, but I’m past that point. I want to win championships and we’ve got what it takes to make that happen in this clubhouse.”

Uggla said he’s not worried about average at this point as much as helping the team produce runs.

“Whether I end up at .180 or .250, as long as my run production is more consistent throughout the rest of the season, that’s all I’m worried about,” he said.

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jungleland sax solo

June 22nd, 2011
5:02 pm

jungleland sax solo

June 22nd, 2011
5:03 pm

bet he goes on a rampage soon.

The Lemmer

June 22nd, 2011
5:09 pm

Lookout! Ugglys approaching the .180 mark, pulling for you Dan, always hustles, great attitude, needs a big break out game to get him rolling, hope he has a huge 2nd half to put us in the playoffs!

Braves805

June 22nd, 2011
5:15 pm

keep battling Uggs…we fans are behind you; the chips will fall in place and your right all that matters is you helping this team win…Defense and playing balls out..the hits will come

Jungleland sax duet

June 22nd, 2011
5:19 pm

jungleland sax solo – its people like you that make following internet postings frustrating. Nobody’s impressed by your posting speed

mathman

June 22nd, 2011
5:20 pm

Uggla has had some bad luck to go along with his swing and misses. So, too, has Schafer. Schafer hit 4 line drives today and had only one hit to show for it. One was caught over the fence by Bautista and one was caught on a diving catch by the CF. Braves are 17-9 with Schafer in CF and leading off. Pretty impressive. Also, impressive is the Braves road record, currently the best in the National League, bar none.
Another postitive: Braves starters gave up 2 ER in 3 wins over Toronto. Those were the #5, #6, and argueably #3 starters.
And, KImbrel was lights out, Venters though not as impressive as usual, still impressive. And, throw in a bone for Liney. He got the job done too. Kudos to the Braves as they head westward.

Phil3:13

June 22nd, 2011
5:23 pm

…one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

a fan

June 22nd, 2011
5:25 pm

mathman well said

Mr. Enigma

June 22nd, 2011
5:39 pm

As much as I think Uggla’s approach at the plate totally sucks this year (trying to pull everything out of the park to justify his contract), I will admit that he has had some bad luck. His BABIP is insanely low at .192. His career BABIP is around .290. A lot of that screams bad luck.

Largo

June 22nd, 2011
5:41 pm

Good game today, guys. In yesterday’s game, I thought Eric Gregg had returned and was behind the plate when the braves were batting.

Mike

June 22nd, 2011
5:45 pm

Glad to see the positive and supporting comments for Uggla. His hustle and VERY good defense has been a real plus.

DE Braves Fan

June 22nd, 2011
5:47 pm

I must say I love the way Uggla plays. He is playing the right way. He is getting dirty making good defensive plays(limiting errors), hustling, and never an outburst of frustration through the media(except during some games on tv like slamming down the bat). Would I like to see him produce more? You betcha. The guy is a proven player though with a solid enough tract record that I believe he will come around. Let’s not forget that most of the HRs he has hit have been key HRs.

Hawke

June 22nd, 2011
5:50 pm

Saw some encouraging signs today out of Uggla…shorter swing…Joe mentioned it on-air…Shaefer also had a good game with only one hit to show for 4 good swings…was really impressed with Beachy’s performance coming back from the oblique injury…and DAMN McCann is awesome!

DE Braves Fan

June 22nd, 2011
5:53 pm

Mr. Enigma lets not forget his LD% is not much different either. I have watched the Marlins play some in the past few years and while I understand everyone’s gripe with Uggla’s approach that is almost always how he does it. He has always been a grip and rip hitter however right now he is flying opening and he can not get to that pitch away. Happens a lot with power hitters his HR today though was textbook.

Brave New World

June 22nd, 2011
6:08 pm

By season’s end I expect Uggla’s stats to be somewhere around .240 BA; 25-30 home runs; 70-80 RBI’s. Not great for a full season, but very good considering where he currently stands. He will have to have a solid second half rebound, and that, will help the Braves win 90+ games and probably the wild card. I like Dan’s no excuses, hard play, team attitude.

Billy Jack's Barbecue & Shrimp Co.

June 22nd, 2011
6:08 pm

Go Uggs!

Sad news for you BBQ and Bravo fans. Billy Jack’s is closing. Friday, June 24th will be our last full day. Many of you have stopped by and talked baseball. I have also made several new friends. The experience was gratifying for the most part, high overhead and slow sales force us to close. Come on by in the next 2 days.

GT Alum

June 22nd, 2011
6:14 pm

Well, he is 5 for 21 the past 5 games. While that’s not great, he’s at least showing signs of showing signs. Not to mention that 3 of those 5 hits were for extra bases, so it’s not like it’s a bunch of cheapies.

TaylorVol

June 22nd, 2011
6:51 pm

Uggla plays the right way and has maintained a tremendous attitude during this adversity. He is a great teammate and competitor. He will get back on track and have a strong 2nd half. Good luck Uggla!

Transplant brave

June 22nd, 2011
7:00 pm

It s almost the worse uggla does, the more I like him. He’s like a storm that rains strikeouts. Go uggla

Ben

June 22nd, 2011
7:11 pm

i think he will turn it around soon. i really like his attitude in this. There is nothing he can do about the past, he just needs to focus on the present!

Furman Bitcher

June 22nd, 2011
7:20 pm

No way Uggla hits .240 my friend. He will end up .210 – 25 – 80 and we will be damn pleased for that.

Jbailz

June 22nd, 2011
7:30 pm

I find it mildly humorous that Uggla’s avg. is an dismal .177 and he’s third on the team in runs with 30 behind Prado and Gonzalez and he’s second in homers with 10 behind McCann. He’s not as productive as we’d like obviously but I’d rather have Uggla batting .177 then someone else batting .177 who hasn’t produced at all. Like many of you have said, his HR’s have come at opportune times and he’s still helping defensively and in the clubhouse. You can tell everyone in a Braves uniform is pulling for the guy.

Hawes

June 22nd, 2011
8:10 pm

Uggla has a -6.4 UZR/150. Maybe we can hold off on the defensive plaudits.

reckingball

June 22nd, 2011
8:55 pm

I like Uggla, and I believe that he is going to get his bat going.
If he can hit 25 to 30 HRs, and 80 to 90 RBI this year, it will help the team win ‘alot’ of games.

The trouble this team has had with scoring, every HR produced by anyone on the team, is hit at an opportune time.
GO BRAVES!!!!
Crank up the Juggernaut!

urban redneck

June 22nd, 2011
9:23 pm

flock, yeah! uggly is about to go on a tear. add prado soon, medlen in the not too distant future, and eventually the thunder from down under. we’re looking good.

i have concerns about mike minor. there, i said it. he said he thought he last night was probably one of his better performances, but a few balls barely stayed in turner field.

beachy is this year’s version of everyday jonny, our diamond in the rough. he’s awesome. kudos.

Da Mick

June 22nd, 2011
9:39 pm

Focusing on the future and all that is great, but how does that amount to fixing the problem? I thought Brian Jordon made some astute observations about Uggla’s batting stance, form, and swing that illustrated much of his problems at the plate. Jordon also had some substanative suggestions for getting on the right track, but I dont see anyone helping Uggla implement these kinds of changes. If they’re trying, and he’s not listening and continues to blindly flail away hoping to make home run contact, then we’ve managed to buy ourselves another Francour for the long term. I’m with Jordon — Uggla needs to be straightening his form out at the plate and use more of the playing field. It ain’t rocket science, and better players than him do it.

Once again the Braves management seems incapable of getting a major league baseball player to adapt, and approach the art of hitting in a professional manner. Its happened too many times here.

phil

June 22nd, 2011
10:10 pm

Uggly…sigh.

That said, pulling for him to get it going. The signs are there. A few anyway. Shortening that awful swing is bound to help!

DaveinNEPA

June 22nd, 2011
10:33 pm

It’s not just Uggla. It seems that half of our hitters attended the Jeff Francouer School of Hitting. In other words they never see a pitch they don’t like!

Not only Brian Jordan chimes in with comments on what Uggla is doing wrong with his swing but other teams broadcasters mention it too along with the commentators on ESPN and MLB.

We all might as well get off Larry Parrish’ and Fredi G’s backs because the only thing that is going to fix Dan Uggla is Dan Uggla! I think sooner or later he’ll get himself straighened out, hopefully it won’t be much longer.

wayn-o

June 23rd, 2011
1:30 am

Or maybe some humility with a chunk of minor league games, just as soon as Prado gets back.

JWOOD

June 23rd, 2011
1:37 am

He has hit in what 4 of his last 5 games? That’s definitely promising because he isn’t putting up 0-20s.

Joe Charboneau is available

June 23rd, 2011
1:55 am

Uggla is showing the slightest of signs of recovering. He’ll end up hitting .230 or so, which means he’s going to have a more than decent rest of the year. Through all of the struggles he has never stopped hustling. No one runs harder to first even on a roller to short. Perhaps, after watching the second Rangers game, Dan could rub some of that baserunning hustle off on to Heyward.

Joshua

June 23rd, 2011
2:57 am

For the past couple games, Uggla has really been playing right where we expected, which is a massive improvement over where he’s been all year. But the good thing is he’s hitting, driving in some runs, taking some walks, etc, and the more he does these things, the less his brain is going to get in the way. I feel like a surge is imminent with him. That being said, it is almost unthinkable at this point that Uggla will finish with better than a .230 average or better than 80 RBIs. However, if he bats .270 in the second half with 50 RBIs, then who gives a crap what his season line looks like.

Terry B.

June 23rd, 2011
3:03 am

Hoping Dan comes around and makes the adjustments necessary, as we all do. If not, we still have Prado to replace Dan. Outfield looking ok, despite dismal batting averages. On Base Pct. may be what we need to look at from them. Too much talent to dismiss this team- great pitching, above average defense, hitting a problem. There will be trades around the all-star break, nothing major, but a tweaking is nescessary to at least get the Wild Card slot. Lugo was the first step- again nothing major, but Freddi can relax with him giving Alex a day off. I sincerely hope that Frank Wren looks to Gwinnett again to give Freeman a break. Mauro Gomez is a true right handed power stud, and the scouts love his demeanor and approch. Nothing much else out there, and the Braves love to promote from within now, after the Texeira trade debacle.
Whatever happens, THIS IS BRAVES COUNTRY, and I will support Frank Wren and Freddi til the final out! I say this because these players really do the best they can, regardless of what the announcers say.
Relax, everyone- it’s a long season, and we all know this team is better than last years team. No offense to Joe, Chip, etc.- I get what you are saying about magnet feet, little adjustment- honestly, that is why Matt Diaz was a favorite of mine. But, over 162 we are ok! Hang in there- and get to the park over the 4th weekend.

wallypip

June 23rd, 2011
10:08 am

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”

–George Santayana

Jborodawg

June 23rd, 2011
10:16 am

Da Mick, the Braves obviously need your expertise, since you know more about managing and hitting (and front office) than Wren and Freddi, et al. With you in there, not only would Uggla be batting .300, but so would Schafer, A. Gonzalez, JayHey……

I’m thinking if Uggs had been batting his career percentages, the Braves could very well be in first place. I sure hope the All Star break becomes turnaround-time for Dan; actually for the whole team’s BA.

Fish Bisch

June 23rd, 2011
10:20 am

Keep hacking up there Uggla. We’re behind you :)

Gil In Mechanicsville

June 23rd, 2011
10:22 am

Sometimes a player is just hardheaded. Why else would they continue to do the same futile thing over and over? That and knowing they have $62 million coming no matter what…

I see Freddie Freeman sneaking a bad habit in every other game or so, then someone must remind him to stop trying to golf pitches out of the park.

Billy Jack sorry for your dilemma, I hope you have success in your next venture. Would have patronized your establishment but you are just a tad bit outside of my normal cruising range.

BartBuzz

June 23rd, 2011
10:26 am

Come on Uggla! Today is the first day of the rest of your season. Forget about the .177 average. If you can hit with men in scoring position just once every four at bats, you will help the Braves win more games. Quit trying to pull everything and just get a damn hit.

Monk Nash

June 23rd, 2011
10:40 am

I don’t mind Uggla trying to pull everything. There have been a lot of dead pull hitter that have been successful. I just want to see him consistently squaring up balls.If you keep hitting the ball square it doesn’t matter if you’re a dead pull or a spray it type of guy. If he can consistently work on getting in plus counts and hitting the ball hard good things will happen.

Chop101

June 23rd, 2011
10:42 am

Glad to see so many people pulling for Ugg’s. Regardless of how the man has performed at the plate, he is the first person standing at the top of the stairs of the dugout to celebrate his teammates success. He plays hard and doesn’t pout. It seems that in tough times like Uggla is experiencing the true character of a person woud begin to show. Well, Uggla has handled his situation like a true pro and leader. The man deserves respect and its only a matter of time before he turns things around. Go Braves.

Southpaw

June 23rd, 2011
10:51 am

Just hit it where it’s pitched Dan. It’s going to turn around. Doubles and singles. Dingers will come.

alex

June 23rd, 2011
10:56 am

Nice guy, hustles,cheers his teammates,HITS 170’s..He’s a bust so far.For 9 mill I don’t really care about good guy,cheerleader,Need PERFORMANCE rah rah…He’s a career 250 hitter, that’s it, thanks for the paycheck frank, you done his agent well…

Heisenberg

June 23rd, 2011
11:03 am

This amatuer htiing coach has noticed the number of swings and misses on pitches down (and many below) in the strike zone. If he could lay off those he may find himself ahead in the count instead of behind which would force the pitcher to get the ball up (as in his hitting zone) just a wee bit more.

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Johnny Beach

June 23rd, 2011
11:47 am

Uggla should be THANKFUL his manager is so encouraging…………….He better get with it from now on.

Fols

June 23rd, 2011
11:56 am

End of the day, he’s got one thing on his side…Braves are in the hunt!

He needs to do exactly that, forget the past and just get back to what he’s always done. Nobody is going to give a crap about his April and May when we’re heading into the playoffs with a much improved Uggla. We’ve already got a slightly better Heyward and once Prado comes back healthy we’ll be rollin.

MattnAustin

June 23rd, 2011
12:22 pm

I’ve been pulling for Uggs all season to get it going. We all knew he’d start slow, and maybe it just took a little longer this year with all the expectations. That being said, I agree that the man has showed a lot of character, and that goes a long way to developing good team chemistry…especially once he heats up. REALLY looking forward to the second half of the season when we have everyone back healthy (hopefully)!

Jbailz

June 23rd, 2011
12:37 pm

If Uggla ends up at .230 and 80+ RBI’s he’ll be second on the team in RBI’s and top 3 in Runs, probably top 2 in HR’s between him and Mac. He’s having a WAY OFF year and still being one of the more productive guys on the team. I personally can’t wait to see him start to tear the cover off the ball, I think he’s pressing. But whether it be this year or next the real Dan Uggla will show and then all bets are off Philly

Hank Aaron

June 23rd, 2011
12:46 pm

I been telling these guys to cut losses and dump Uggla. It’s like having another pitcher and almost certain out in the middle of the lineup. How many rallies has Uggla killed this year? Enough to cost the team at least 10-15 victories. Uggla’s nickname is now “Rally Killer”….or is it “Swiiiiing And A Miss?”

ImAlwaysRight

June 23rd, 2011
12:46 pm

On his last at bat second swing he kind of look like Andruw Jones trying to pull the ball a few years ago. He needs to go back through and learn his fundamentals. His trying to be what we needed at the beginning of the season a power hitter he needs to be what we need right now a good contact hitter.Im sure someone could knock him in we are third in the national league in home runs with 80 awesome but hard to believe right.

Omar Infante

June 23rd, 2011
12:47 pm

David Puddy

June 23rd, 2011
12:48 pm

“Playing the game the right way”? Refusing to adjust when you’re hitting .177 is not “playing the game the right way.” Sure he runs down to first on his routine groundball outs–but he’s still out. And flopping all over the field for balls he has no chance of fielding does not result in him actually throwing anyone out at first on those plays. I am amazed at how fans allow hustle to excuse poor play.

NO MORE PARRISH

June 23rd, 2011
12:49 pm

Uggla needs to stop trying to blast a home run every time up now. I would rather see 2 singles a game steady than a blast one every thirty at bats. FYI – Fire Parrish and Uggla gets fixed. Trust me.

Mike in LA

June 23rd, 2011
12:59 pm

why does someone always throw in UZR as a measuring tool to how well someone is playing defensively? Uggla’s been great defensively so far, not good, great. Anyone who has seen any games at all would know this

Jimbo

June 23rd, 2011
1:05 pm

Uggla needs to get his avg around .200 by late July. If not we need to grab a LF and move Prado to 2b and Uggla rides the pine. Cannot afford to have someone hitting below the mendoza line in the starting line up.

Mark (another one)

June 23rd, 2011
1:20 pm

I also wonder why people think they know more about hitting than the professional hitting coach? I am certain that Brian Jordan has not mentioned things on air that Parrish and Uggla haven’t seen on tape. Knowing the problem and fixing it are two different things. I use video to help with my golf swing but for the life of me I still have bad habits I find difficult to break.

Mikey

June 23rd, 2011
1:29 pm

The real story that we should be talking about is the amazing depth of pitching this team has. Beachy was nasty yesterday (11 Ks in 6 innings), Minor looked his best on Tuesday. Hansen Huddy, JJ and Lowe make this the most solid 6 pitchers on any roster in ML. Don’t get me started on how awesome the bull/pen has been and will be in closing out the last 3 innings!!

Kentavo

June 23rd, 2011
1:38 pm

If you notice when the Braves win, Uggla is one of the guys livin’ it up, congratulating teammates with a smile on his face. So yeah, he’s hitting .177 but he’s not on the last place Marlins.

Capt. Obvious

June 23rd, 2011
2:51 pm

Batting Average is the most overrated STAT in all of Baseball. Get over it people. Look at RBIs and Runs scored. That is what matters. Uggla will bat .230 and will have somewhere around 30 home runs. I’ll gladly take that.

Capt. Obvious

June 23rd, 2011
2:53 pm

Get ready for a D. Lowe trade.

Ronald Millsaps

June 23rd, 2011
3:05 pm

Forget the overall average! What’s done at this point can’t be fixed! What lies ahead can be.

As I said before, a lot of the problem with Uggla’s performance might not be his fault. His place in the order has been highly questionable all year— and there have been almost no adjustments in this regard. His lack of a catalyst (Hanley Ramirez) has been an adjustment, and his being in a less-potent lineup than the one he had in Florida has been an adjustment. Atlanta’s overall passivity offensively has been an adjustment. The responsibility of being the guy to hit right-handed home runs has been an adjustment. I blame Fredi for not designing a better lineup and Parrish for apparently not being a good hitting coach.

Look around baseball. A lot of people aren’t hitting much of anything. Speaking of Ramirez, at last check he’s batting .206. What? Maybe if our commissioner would work on defending the integrity of the game instead of attacking it– i.e. meddling with the strike zone and with the flow of the game; he singlehandedly led the “juiced-ball” era and now the second “dead-ball” era——–and yet he wants us all to regard him as a great commissioner because he has silly distractions on big screens in CF for “entertainment.”

Dan, if you’re that concerned about your average, keep track of what your average is from this day forward. The past is largely, if not entirely, irrelevant.

2011 NL All-Star Starters (how your ballot should look):

1B– Prince Fielder (even if Albert Pujols were healthy)
2B– Brandon Phillips
SS– Jose Reyes
3B– Placido Polanco
C– Brian McCann
OF– Lance Berkman, Jay Bruce, Matt Kemp

Dan, the team has weathered the storm at this point, and you’re far from the only one to blame. This team should have at least eight more wins now. You’re FAR from the only one to blame. Move forward.

By the way, the Phillies were better in 2008 than they are now. Their offense that year was borderline perfect.

Ronald Millsaps

June 23rd, 2011
3:08 pm

I said that what’s done at this point can’t be fixed. Perhaps I could’ve worded that statement better. I meant that the past can’t be changed; a problem oftentimes can be solved. Not all damage is irreparable, and yes, batting average very well might be the most-overrated stat in baseball.

Mikey

June 23rd, 2011
3:09 pm

C/O- As the Babe said: “Singles hitters drive Chevy’s, Home Run hitters drive Cadillacs” They also score runs and produce rbi’s! Oh and win games….alll runs scored yesterday by Braves were the result of hrs.

Heisenberg

June 23rd, 2011
3:15 pm

Braves have developed a pattern recently of making trades at or around AS break. Think Frenchy & Escobrat. Lowe is only tradeable to the Yanks or BoSox unless Braves throw in some $$$. He would be an upgrade over John Lackey and considering Dice-K is done plus another starter hurting, BoSox could be in the market, Factor in Lowe played for Boston and there is a possibility. Yanks may not be in the market for pitchng as Hughes has had some good rehab starts and the other old guys they picked up in offseason are producing good results so far.

Would not be surprosed to see a roster move also involving McOut. Next to impossible to trade so I am predicting a DFA to make room for an OF bat. There is no point in sending him to AAA and paying his salary to not contribute in the bigs. Just eat it and move on.

Monk Nash

June 23rd, 2011
3:20 pm

While it may not be on topic, but since we have talked about trades on here. Would you like to see the Braves trade for somebody like Mitch Moreland of the Rangers? He plays both corner OF spots and 1B. While he’s still young, he has shown some pop at the plate. Just throwing his name out there since we recently played the Rangers.

Heisenberg

June 23rd, 2011
3:21 pm

Ronald,

Approve of your AS selections. An argument could be made for Braun or Ethier (sp?) as well. Fan voting is a joke though. Just look at AL AS team – mostly Yanks. It needs to be on merit.

Bravos

June 23rd, 2011
3:47 pm

It’s nice to finally see some supportive comments for Uggla around here. He’ll get it going – we just need to keep believing and supporting him. The boo’ing at the ballpark needs to stop – it makes me want to crawl under my seat to avoid the implied association.

Pete

June 23rd, 2011
3:56 pm

Uggla is not a natural hitter with a natural swing, like McCann or even Tim Hudson. Pitcher or not, Hudson has a smooth, level, natural swing. If he played left field or 2nd base every day he’d probably bat .300.
Uggla’s swing is all over the place, he’s off balance, and has no idea where the pitch is ending up. He has no grasp of the strike zone. His defense is below average. As a player………….not worth 1/4 his salary.
Trade him for any decent player.

Brookhaven

June 23rd, 2011
4:04 pm

Dan may be getting caught up in the Atlanta night life trap that has ensnared so many other pro’s here. A friend of mine saw him out VERY LATE a couple of times this past spring, even with a game the next day. Even Favre was mediocre here. Green Bay, with its lack of night life, was the best thing that ever happened to him.

Miami has night life too, but maybe he doesn’t speak Spanish. Early to bed Dan! Don’t go out late again until you reach 25 home runs! We are glad you are here and we want you to succeed!

jester

June 23rd, 2011
4:22 pm

braves are world champs this year!!!

Stats that say very little about baseball players

June 23rd, 2011
4:59 pm

Batting average means very little for a hitter…if you go 1-4 with a run(s) or 1-4 with RBI(s). That’s good…you helped produce runs for the offense.

Wins for a pitcher means almost nothing. A pitcher has almost NO impact on the offensive support. He can go 7IP, 1R, and lose.

Mr Baseball

June 23rd, 2011
6:39 pm

.230 is unacceptable for a guy making that kind of money

Trade Lowe to the Yankees so the money can be used to bring in more bats ! 3-5 sucks

jerry

June 23rd, 2011
6:43 pm

There’s a problem? Give the man a break. He’s a sloooooooooooooooow starter.

tim

June 23rd, 2011
6:47 pm

I have some ocean front property for sale cheap in Arizona for all you dreamers. The guy is a bust we bought a bill of goods. Get a freakin grip,send this bum packing.

Nate McLouth

June 23rd, 2011
7:05 pm

Don’t worry Braves fans cause I’m gonna give Uggla some batting tips.

Jordan

June 23rd, 2011
7:16 pm

His home run stroke was perfect. But then every at bat after that he was swinging outta his shoes trying to hit another. If he would learn that he is already strong enough to hit them without swinging so hard he would be fine.

BravesFaninChi

June 23rd, 2011
8:10 pm

Send this “bum” packing? Mouth vomit like that makes me think two things:

1.) You’re simply one of those “fans” who follows the team (casually at best), only in order to complain about the team. Also probably one of the reasons why the Bravos can never seem to draw a decent crowd.

2.) Your “solution” of sending him packing makes me question if you understand how the economics of baseball work (another example of how poor of a “fan” you are)? He became one of the highest paid 2B in baseball in the offseason, and the only 2 teams that would spend that kind of money on a middle infielder have a couple guys named Pedroia and Cano (they’ve had pretty good seasons, as I’m sure you haven’t followed baseball closely enough to realize).

There’s no way around the fact that Uggla has been drastically underperforming. But before you start you calling for trades, stop and look at his career numbers over the past 5 years. I think that’s probably a better sample set to evaluate, rather than the 75 you have thus far.

It’d be nice if we could bums like you packing. Be proud that you’re hometown team has a rich history of winning…not to mention that up to this point in the season the Braves have the 2nd best record in the NL, and the 4th best run differential in all of baseball. Even modest from production from Uggla at this point could put this team over the top to make a run for the NL crown.

Jimmy

June 23rd, 2011
8:27 pm

Uggla will be fine. 1-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI….thats a .250 average. Thast what expected! Folks, give him a break. He hustles more on a ground out than anyone. At the end of the season, he’ll be among the league leaders in HR and RBI. He is out of his funk. But people want more than a 1-4 2-RBI night. He is back to where he needs to be

Jimmy

June 23rd, 2011
8:33 pm

And……All you Anti Dan Uglla are new posters. Your post mean NOTHING. You aren’t Braves fans. You just post get a rise! Whatever .I’ll leave you to please yourself. You bunch of losesr,,,,enjoy yourselfs.

bostonbravo

June 23rd, 2011
10:40 pm

sho jimmy hav another coctkail & tellush how dan uglla is a godo playerr?

Boise Brave

June 24th, 2011
12:16 am

Smartest thing I’ve heard in awhile concerning Uggla. It’s June 23, we’re 4 games behind Phily, have the second best record in the N.L., and are 1.5 games ahead in the wild card race- and that’s with Uggla’s bat being almost non-existent. Forget trading away our great, young arms for a bat. Pound it into their heads that beginning tomorrow, we’re only concerned with the next 3+ months, and that their mantra for the rest of the season is “Just 4 runs”. When scoring four or more runs, these guys are nearly unbeatable.

atlantamelo

June 24th, 2011
3:09 am

With regard to Dan, I saw some spring hipe on how he was working harder than ever to get ready for the upcoming season with his new team mates. I think he’s gotten himself too muscle bound like a body builder. I think he should get himself (laugh if you want) into some yoga or other muscle stretching regimines. When I was a ballplayer years ago I could never hit to right either. But what I did was simply hit the ball up the middle on the outside pitches. Especially on two strike counts I humbly suggest that’s what he should be doing. Like the rest of the world I know we are winning with pitching and defense. I especially like McCouth, Schaefer and J Hey. Wow that’s a fast outfield. Stealing a lot of hits. We’ll loose a little when Prado comes back but still more thatn adequate. Loosen up Danny, we love ya…still a long way to go and you can still help us get over the top. Also, why not pick up David Wright from the mets. He’s hurt half the time, perfect to fill in him and chipper and then hopefully he can get healthy and be a staple for the future and 3rd once Chipper finally goes…food for thought.

BravesBurgh

June 24th, 2011
4:00 am

I think Uggla has beeen showing some really positive signs lately, and he’s due to EXPLODE in the 2nd half. I’m getting geared up for it and buying low on Uggla in all of my fantasy leagues. This guy has been bottled up for a few months way too long and the fireworks are about to begin! Seriously though, the booing at the ballpark has to stop…why would people boo for a great guy who’s just trying to do his best and trying to get on up to speed and back on track? Its pretty lame guys. He deserves applause, because he’s our 2nd baseman and until Wren makes a move or his contract is up Dan Uggla is our guy so just live with it like you would any other player out there with a Braves uniform on. It makes me embarrassed that people do things like that, maybe the boos are getting to him, making him feel bad or nervous, and actually causing him to struggle at this point. Its a shame and if your doing this, please stop out of respect for our team. You don’t have to cheer for the guy if you don’t agree with having him out there for us, just be quiet and let him concentrate for pete’s sake.

I know it...You know it...The American People know it.

June 24th, 2011
8:24 am

I’m willing to give Uggla as much time as he needs in that while he has struggled making consistent contact, he helps this team in other ways by going flat-out 100% in the field, on the basepaths, and in the clubhouse, unlike other recent additions such as Melky and LOAF. Granted, they didn’t have the fat contract that Dan has, but if he can hit .250 with 10-15 HR the rest of the way he will likely be a net positive for the team through the playoffs. That would give him season totals something on the order of .220/25/70. Perhaps underwhelming figures with respect to his contract for this year but considering the total package, a net positive for the team nonetheless. Fredi is absolutely right-if the pressure is removed for Uggla to “explode” or “go on a rampage” with a Glaus-like May performance from last year, he can settle down, improve incrementally, help the team make the playoffs this year, and look forward to greatly helping the team over the life of his contract. I’m pulling for you Dan. Just relax and continue to do your best.

Joe

June 24th, 2011
10:22 am

If he forgets the past then he’s not going to improve – because the past shows that his swing and mechanics are HORRIBLE. Sunday’s game provided a perfect illustration of what he’s doing. Ball was on the outside part of the plate and his head and body were pulling to the left. The guy can’t get to anything on the outer half.

He needs to look at film and adjust – simple as that. He doesn’t look like he’s willing to do so because nothing has changed.

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