Fredi G on starting Uggla: ‘We need to get him going’

SAN FRANCISCO — The Braves had a .199 team batting average and 14 runs during a 1-5 skid before Friday, so it’s not as if Dan Uggla was the only lineup regular not hitting lately.

“We’re not doing anything [offensively],” said manager Fredi Gonzalez, whose team scored two or fewer runs in four of its past six games, and got shut out until the ninth inning of Thursday’s 5-2 loss to the Giants.

“Not counting the pitcher’s spot, we’ve got eight guys in the lineup, and I think just three guys [going well] – [Martin] Prado, [Jason] Heyward and Chipper [Jones]. You see guys hit balls hard, and the at-bats are good at times, but we haven’t gotten anything going the rest of the time. I don’t even want to look at the numbers. The last 10-12 days, I don’t even want to look.”

The Braves were 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position Thursday, continuing a recent trend that dropped their season average to .241 with runners in scoring position, 11th in the National League.

But while others have struggled to varying degrees, catcher Brian McCann — .154 with one RBI in 16 August games before Friday – and Uggla have been most conspicuous in their lack of production. Unlike McCann, who is playing with frayed labrum and cyst in his right shoulder, Uggla’s problems don’t stem from injury.

He’s just having a lousy season, batting .209 with 15 homers, 62 RBIs and a .369 slugging percentage that’s more than 100 points below his career average. And never has Uggla endured a slump quite as deep as the one he’s in now: In his past 66 games before Friday, he hit .144 with five homers and 81 strikeouts in 218 at-bats.

While many fans have called for Uggla to be benched, Gonzalez started him for the 27th time in the past 29 games Friday and said the reason was simple.

“We need to get him going,” he said, and repeated that line. “But it’s not only him. There’s some nights where there are four outs in the lineup. We need to get him going. We need to get everybody going, firing on all cylinders.”

108 comments Add your comment

Smokey

August 24th, 2012
10:25 pm

“…so it’s not as if Dan Uggla was the only lineup regular not hitting lately.”

Lately? He’s not been hitting for two years. Horrible!

Smokey

August 24th, 2012
10:26 pm

Fredi G: “We need to get him going.”

Yeah, going to another club.

Smokey

August 24th, 2012
10:27 pm

Apparently I’m first, second AND third!

Fats

August 24th, 2012
10:31 pm

Fredi G: “We need to get him going.”

Right to the bar and he and FG can see who can out drink the other one. Last man standing shows up for the Giants game.

Mark (another one)

August 24th, 2012
10:34 pm

Francisco has been hitting. How about a start at 1st and let Freeman rest a day?

war daddy lightfoot

August 24th, 2012
10:39 pm

What a crock of S.hi.t

braveslover

August 24th, 2012
10:46 pm

Hey Fredi what you’re doing is NOT getting him going. Put him on a batting tee until his hands are bloody and he can hardly lift his arms; THEN play him. That will slow him down at the plate and keep him on the ball longer. Gap to gap hits will work just fine, anything but continuing to do the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

go-bravos

August 24th, 2012
10:53 pm

So what happened to going with the hot hand and playing match ups Fredi? Uggla is the black hole in the lineup. I think Huddy would be a better option at 2nd base, at least hitting wise anyway.
Uggla is the new DLowe, just keep running him out there and ‘hope’ that he gets better. The saying ‘hope in 1 hand and crap in the other and see which one fills up first’ seems to apply when it comes to Fredi sending Uggla out there everyday hoping he starts hitting.

Go Braves!

BravesFanInNashville

August 24th, 2012
10:53 pm

Why are the the hitting coaches not working with Uggla to hit line drives to the middle of the field? I’m so tired of him swinging out of his shoes and then when he strikes out on a pitch in the dirt or popping up a pitch that he went down to one knee to try to lift out of the ballpark he shouts the F-Bomb. That is so not cool for the kids watching. I understand he’s frustrated but man that’s ugly to watch every night.

Buzz 2011

August 24th, 2012
11:01 pm

Uggla’s get up and go has got up and gone! He should be paid $60,000 for 5 year contract , not $60 million.
How stupid…

Steaming Pile

August 24th, 2012
11:03 pm

Fredi is a certifiable moron. Wren please fire this f@ck before he costs you your job.

rlinaug

August 24th, 2012
11:03 pm

aside from his hitting streak, uggla is batting 198 as a brave. 198.

tell the guy to lay off the weights, he can’t swing. he suck…

a friend of mine said the other day, “he must think that bulking up will make him a better, more productive athlete. there are athletes who are more productive if they bulk up… they’re called linebackers. uggla is a second baseman.”

seriously dan, get some ballerinas to teach you how to stretch out.

Semper Fi Braves fan

August 24th, 2012
11:06 pm

100% agree we need to get him going. Send him to A ball to work on the space between his ears, use someone that can help us win games now.

VinceVanGo

August 24th, 2012
11:07 pm

Yes sir, Uggla, McCann and Janish shoulder most of the blame for the Braves hitting woes, but the main reason for the Braves slide is the lack of production from Michael Bourne in the lead off spot. He’s not getting on base with the consistency he was for most of the season. His average has dropped and his strikeouts have increased. And I’ll add Chipper to the problem. Yes, he’s been able to keep his average up but he’s hit into way too many double plays in key situations. Chipper’s in one of those unusual situations where you can keep your average up but not really be helping the team. Fredi says he was going to play the hot hands. That means Uggla & McCann to the bench. When does that start Fredi?

Jlewallen

August 24th, 2012
11:09 pm

I agree with showing patience with Uggla but we’re 125 games into the season. At this point you have to accept it is more than a slump and most likely will not turn around this season. Play Reed Johnson in left and Prado at 2nd more.

Chas

August 24th, 2012
11:15 pm

“WE NEED TO GET HIM GOING.” DUMB DUMB FREDI HAS SAID THATFOR # MONTHS. It hasn’t worked yet. That’s Fredi, the complete villiage idiot. FREDI G. is the biggest loser in baseball.

Rocko

August 24th, 2012
11:20 pm

I like Fredi but starting Hinske in left and Prado at short in a huge ballpark is just stupid. We are struggling to score runs and weakening the defense like that is just retarded. Knew when I saw the line up that was going to bite us. I guess we need to choke out this year and let Chipper take over next year.

Bronke

August 24th, 2012
11:21 pm

I hope the magic number for the Braves is not 2. Sheets cannot hold anybody to 2 runs or less anymore . Guys and gals hold unto to your seats it’s going to be a rough ride tonight. And by the way Fredi G. You are the ultimate butt wipe as a manager. Hope the Braves win despite you!

chem

August 24th, 2012
11:22 pm

uggla is not in a slump. he has over 500 plate appearances this season.

Hy Ronatt

August 24th, 2012
11:23 pm

What a bunch of chumps. All the way to the top man. Told you so.

Beaten by an Uggla Stick

August 24th, 2012
11:23 pm

Cut our losses and let him go. He’s killing the team. Since we got him he hasn’t hit better than .220. Put Martin back to second and platoon Johnson and Hinske in left. Put the best team out there Fredi. You owe it to the fans.

Casey

August 24th, 2012
11:27 pm

There is no excuse for this. Fredi Gonzalez has to go. But, don’t forget Frank Wren is the one who brought Uggla here in the first place, and then signed him to that ridiculous contract. Wren has to go, as well. It’s not like Uggla is his only major mistake. Remember Mark Teixeira, Nate McClouth, Derek Lowe, Kenshin Kawakami, etc…?

Joe Simpson

August 24th, 2012
11:28 pm

Dan Uggla will get going soon. Maybe tonight even. Then he will go on a tear and hit homers, triples, and doubles every time at bat. I know I predicted that this would happen in June, then July and then August–but believe me, it will happen any day now. Fredi knows what he is doing.

Bronke

August 24th, 2012
11:29 pm

I wish Wren would fire Freddi G tonight after game. Give Pendelton a chance and try to salvage this season. Maybe it would light a fire under the players asses. Let’s face it, Sheets is toast and this lineup is a joke right now. Cardinals will catch the Braves and they will be gasping for air down the stretch!

Duh-Uggla

August 24th, 2012
11:34 pm

If Davey Johnson was our manager, then Uggla would be picking up his checks at the stadium up in Gwinnett until he learned how to hit singles…

Duh-Uggla

August 24th, 2012
11:37 pm

Angel Pagan, Melky called and would like you to stop drinking his JUICE boxes out of the clubhouse fridge while he is on vacation.

Casey

August 24th, 2012
11:40 pm

Don’t forget Mark Kotsay.

D from Charleston, SC

August 24th, 2012
11:40 pm

ATTN BRAVES Fans: Will Dan Uggla and Brian McCann cost Atlanta a shot at postseason glory? Newest blog at http://bravesbanter.com/. Update on the Starting Pitcher rotation battle… Who is the odd man out as of today, and would Kris Medlen be the Game 1 starter of a playoff series?? All at http://bravesbanter.com/…. Don’t Stop the Chop!!!

Duh-Uggla

August 24th, 2012
11:44 pm

Uh oh… now Jason is losing the ball in the stars…

Bronke

August 24th, 2012
11:46 pm

Told you so, Sheets is toast. Can’t stand watching this kind of Uggla baseball anymore. ( Playoffs ? Really ?) : (

lee maye

August 24th, 2012
11:46 pm

JHey misses one in right that could have been caught. Braves could have been charged with 5 errors tonight. They have zero. This is a defeated team. The experiment with Sheets should be over. He is better than Hanson though, since he can hold runners on better. Both are not as good as Delgado. Call up the kids. Fredi has lost this team.

NORRIS CHUCK

August 24th, 2012
11:47 pm

IM STILL TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW IS HINSKE AN OUTFIELDER?!!!

Virginia brave

August 24th, 2012
11:54 pm

Jesus, put Prado at 2b and Reed Johnson in left. Uggla is AWFUL.

AtlantaMelo

August 24th, 2012
11:58 pm

I’ve spent the entire year defending these Braves because I know that usually hitters end up hitting what’s on the back of their baseball card. Tonight, I am purely frustrated. The only good thing is that we ARE in the wc lead and after that anything can happen. We learned that last year in reverse. Yes, I am a die hard HOMER. I plan to continue rooting for MY TEAM, no matter how much they suck at the moment. Medlen has become our ace. Beyond that it’s a wish and a prayer that the pitchers and hitters will come around and we can get Chipper a decent exit year. It doesn’t hurt to be positive so I’ll keep hoping we’ll get this thing turned around. We’ve won plenty, but the freaking Nats just won’t lose.GO BRAVOS, this can’t last forever!!!

Widespread Panic

August 24th, 2012
11:58 pm

If they had the WAR statistic for managers, Freddi would be setting the all time NEGATIVE mark this season. How sad that he may cost the Braves another shot at the postseason. The players have enough talent to compete and win, but their manager stubbornly refuses to put the best players on the field.

Just pathetic. I bought season tickets this year for Chipper’s sake, but the Braves can count me out if they bring FG back as manager next year.

graphite

August 25th, 2012
12:01 am

Just the curse on Atlanta sports teams…..all of them.

chuck

August 25th, 2012
12:03 am

lee maye is right. We could have had FIVE outs tonight that were recorded as hits. If we make those plays, Sheets is a hero and we win the game.

Duh-Uggla

August 25th, 2012
12:05 am

Watching the dugout says it all… the Braves are SITTING on the bench during their offensive half of the inning. You watch teams like the Cardinals who are excited to be in the hunt and they are lining the rails of the dugout and watching every pitch. The Braves are a good team, but it takes a SPARK to win the whole thing and they have never had it. Thank goodness they were facing Cleveland in the 95 WS or we wouldn’t have that to fall back on as an excuse.

JHarber

August 25th, 2012
12:10 am

Freddi does not want to win thats pretty dam easy to see. Screw him

lee maye

August 25th, 2012
12:18 am

JHey airmails one over everyone’s head. Chipper misses a line drive. Could have been charged with 7 errors tonight. What a comedy of errors. None charged but Martinez deserved a better fate as did Sheets.

Tim, the other one

August 25th, 2012
12:19 am

If you promise to patronize our sponsors, you can go ahead and walk the dog, for this season.

Ron Roberts

August 25th, 2012
12:21 am

I don’t wanna hear Fredi whine about offensive ineptitude when he sits there not calling for hit-and-runs and hasn’t made it abundantly obvious that he could call on ANYBODY to put a damned bunt down. “Small ball.” “A-B-C baseball,” “station-to-station baseball;” whatever you call it, this team’s incapable OF it. But THAT’S how good teams survive skids like these.

Oh, and the Ben Sheets experiment was fun while it lasted.

Dead Weight Hanson

August 25th, 2012
12:22 am

Well, fellas. I’m done with this team full of weak, soft, no-heart p|_|ssies. Have fun watching another collapse. Winning baseball is all about great pitching and timely hitting. The Giants have both, the Braves have neither. Even if our team makes it to the postseason they won’t make it out of the first round. I am n-

Oooooh Big Fredie with the mammo shot.

Still, it won’t be enough.

Columbus

August 25th, 2012
12:25 am

Fredi makes some good points. EVERYBODY does need to get hitting. A VERY potent lineup when most are swinging good and VERY hard to beat. Bats MUST get going. SEVERAL of them and VERY SOON. Braves DO need Uggla to work out of this and VERY SOON or a change will have to be made eventually. Its not just Uggla currently BUT his is prolonged and most evident. Nobody been hitting many homers or doing much with runners in scoring position really. Prado has been awesome, Chipper has been good and Heyward above average.

Freeman looks like he is about to bust out of it and get back to his usual good hitting self.

If McCann can find away to swing with authority again while injured, Bourn gets going again(and he will)and Uggla finds his swing anything CLOSE to what he did after the allstar break last year….this team can beat anybody in a series. BUT if most of that dont happen, the Braves wont make the playoffs…..time for the new hitting coach to prove his worth….

Dead Weight Hanson

August 25th, 2012
12:25 am

Hinske looked like a damned blooper real out there tonight.

Columbus

August 25th, 2012
12:33 am

Uggla’s RH bat is vital to the lineup and that why he is getting the time to work through this. That and the reward is VERY HIGH if he does swing his way out of it….i think a heavier bat would help tremendously because he is out front too soon with EVERYTHING. That would HELP KEEP SOMETHINGS BACK and keep his bat in the zone later instead of too soon. That or he NEEDS to try to hit EVERYTHING TO RIGHT FIELD INSTEAD OF PULLING ANYTHING! That TOO would also keep things back longer and keep his bat in the zone later AND change up EVERYTHING in his swing for the good….

Go Braves and Come on Uggla and BMac! Get on fire! Freeman is heating up and leading the way…..follow him!

lee maye

August 25th, 2012
12:56 am

Columbus: You think a more level swing and not the most pronounced upper cut in the league would help? Hard to hit and square balls up with that one handed uppercut swing. This is not batting practice with Fredi pitching 60 MPH. Hitting coach won’t help Uggla. He appears unwilling to change. He must feel he is doing well despite the lowest batting average in the NL.

J-MAN

August 25th, 2012
12:59 am

Let see of the Dodgers will take him off our hands. They already took Bostons headaches off their hands.

J-MAN

August 25th, 2012
1:01 am

Well Fredi Cost us this game with putting Hinske in LF and keeping Uggla at 2nd base. Because of their defensive miscues st us 2 runs. Hinske doesnt need to stay up here any more. Cut him and give Meja a chance.

Dead Weight Hanson

August 25th, 2012
1:06 am

Lets go Chippa!

Semper Fi Braves fan

August 25th, 2012
1:14 am

“We need to get him going,” he said

Great, send him to Gwenette where there is little to no pressure on him to perform. He can work on his biceps and uncoiling everything foul down the 3rd base line there. A manager should put the best chance to win on the field. Ours is not.

Biff Pocoroba

August 25th, 2012
1:15 am

Fredi let the team to one of the biggest collapses in baseball history this year and now he is doing it again. Last year he made the hitting coach the scapegoat and thought that hiring two hitting coaches would be the answer. Unfortunately, he is so blind that he can’t see that he and Uggla are dragging this team down. Next week, he will be sticking Lyle Overby out in left field to drop balls. Unfortunately, since the Braves are playing out west, Frank Wren is asleep and can’t see how lousy Fredi is.

Biff Pocoroba

August 25th, 2012
1:17 am

Sorry but Uggla isn’t going to Gwinnett. The Braves played a pre season game there, and he said that the bars and the women weren’t good enough for him

Semper Fi Braves fan

August 25th, 2012
1:20 am

Sheets pitched a good game tonight which didn’t reflect in the out come. *Hinskey, Uggla, Jehey all accounted for 4 of the 5 runs they got.

Poor defense, and anemic hitting is why the braves lost. Both the fault of who the manager put on the field.

Chopper

August 25th, 2012
1:34 am

Sheets pitched a good game?? Man was getting pounded all over the park. A good defender may have had one of those liners to Hinske, but they even their outs was hit very hard..his stat line says it all.

Dead Weight Hanson

August 25th, 2012
1:47 am

Irony – when the best defensive team in the league (fewest errors) plays terrible defense and loses to one of the worst defensive teams in the league.

Dead Weight Hanson

August 25th, 2012
1:50 am

Didn’t last year’s epic collapse begin about the same time – Aug 20something?

Nevada Roy

August 25th, 2012
1:54 am

The Dodgers have money to burn waviers should be easy on Uggla … trade him for a minor leaguer.

bostonbravo

August 25th, 2012
1:55 am

he is an embarassment. FG or DU…you choose.

wayn-o

August 25th, 2012
2:03 am

Ok so here’s the deal. It’s hard to really blame Wren for paying the kind of money for some players, like Uggla, it’s just where the game is at (thanks Boras & Selig). And the team has scouts, it’s not like he doesn’t know what he’s doing. But these players had good numbers before becoming a Brave. It’s the coach, we all see it. Fredi doesn’t get it. No fire, no authority.

I do blame Wren for keeping Fredi, this decision cost last year and this year (even if they make the playoffs, does anybody really see them as a threat).

Hey DOB, Carrol, Bradley, why don’t you guys write a real story about why is Fredi still in charge.

Dead Weight Hanson

August 25th, 2012
2:04 am

You guys blaming it all on Uggla are barking up the wrong biceps. Nobody in the lineup has been consistent with timely hits as of late and the starting rotation isn’t very good (save Huddy and Medlen and who knows how long Medlen will keep it up). Minor can’t make it deep into games, neither can Hanson. Sheets is already wearing down and Maholm just got lit up by a true postseason contender.

Fats

August 25th, 2012
2:11 am

Uggla DID carry the Braves late last year. He is H…on wheels when he clicks,but maybe he needs to down a bottle of Jim Beam for a couple of days and come back sober and ready. Uggs did give one a ride tonight,but it did not clear the warning track. It ain’t all his fault. McCann needs to go with Uggla and down some Jim Beam and see if that will snap their funk. :)

mocam

August 25th, 2012
2:13 am

Enter your comments here
they need a consistent starter,those batters uggla,mccann,heyward and freeman will make a formidable team of scorers,all we need to do is to invest with starters

Dead Weight Hanson

August 25th, 2012
2:17 am

Anybody think the Braves could beat St. Louis in a one-game playoff right now?

I didn’t think so.

CamiloAtlanta

August 25th, 2012
3:02 am

Where are our two hitting coaches??

P B Orr

August 25th, 2012
3:45 am

I tip my cap to this brilliant analysis.

I’m hoping the Braves collapse completely, and that bald moron is gone next year.

rc35

August 25th, 2012
3:51 am

So, there’s this guy in a 1980 Plymouth sitting still in the right lane on the Interstate during rush hour. The HERO truck pulls up and says, “Let me push you out of traffic and onto the emergency lane.” The guy replies, “No–I’ve just got to sit here until I get my car going again!”

So, there’s this ballplayer who has failed to produce for 78% of the season and he keeps clogging up the basepaths for his team. The fans say, “Let’s put you on the bench for a while and start somebody who can hit major league pitching.” But the manager replies, “No–I’ve just got to keep starting until we get him going again!”

Is there a significant difference between the driver and the manager?

man and dog

August 25th, 2012
4:18 am

Why does Fredie G let Uggla cross the road? To see if he can get a hit.

man and dog

August 25th, 2012
4:19 am

Another season shot to hell………….

man and dog

August 25th, 2012
4:21 am

DEAR FRANK WREN……..WE ARE NOT CUBS FANS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

marty

August 25th, 2012
4:25 am

with 46 games left to late to get him going an 3or4 teams fixing to pass u for wild card u should play reed johnson in left prado at second , at least do it for 5 straight games see what happens !!

ButterMilk Tuesdays

August 25th, 2012
6:11 am

‘Gonzalez explains sticking with Uggla’

Uh, I don’t see a single explanation, DOB, only more of Fredi’s dribbling nonsense. The fact is, there’s only one explanation for this lunacy, and that’s this: Fredi Gonzalez plays Dan Uggla for no other reason than for him to be able to avoid a confrontation with his former Marlin comrade. Gonzalez has no spine, and is a horrible leader. He would rather let a team go down the drain and then flounder in waste just as long as it avoids having to ruffle anyone’s feathers. The man cannot provide us with ONE valid reason for continuing to play one of the worst hitters in Major League Baseball, yet you and the other AJC writers refuse to demand an explanation for this lunacy. You’re making the people of Atlanta and Braves fans everywhere look like complete imbeciles by not questioning this team’s quality of play.

rbrave

August 25th, 2012
6:17 am

Everyone not hitting ? You have a proven big leauger hitting .300 + sitting on the bench, like I”ve said for several days now, Reed Johnson in left and Prado at second. No problem its almost September and Uggla is still hitting .200, let him work it out in Gwinnet , when and if he finds it bring him back up. Don’t work it out up here anymore, that’s what the minors are for.

jt

August 25th, 2012
7:10 am

This loss is squarely on Freid (for starting a fat ass in left field) Heyward for not being able to catch ball(more worried about wall than catching ball) and that Fat Ass behind the plate, who could not stop a ball in the dirt if his life depended on it. We need a catcher like the Giants and Nats have, not a cheeseburger, twinkee, donut eating fat ass.

You could throw that PopEye, swing at anything Uggla in the mix too.

jl

August 25th, 2012
7:12 am

This loss is squarely on Freid (for starting a fat ass in left field) Heyward for not being able to catch ball(more worried about wall than catching ball) and that Fat Ass behind the plate, who could not stop a ball in the dirt if his life depended on it. We need a catcher like the Giants and Nats have, not a cheeseburger, twinkee, donut eating fat ass.

You could throw that PopEye, swing at anything Uggla in the mix too.

Terry Dunlap

August 25th, 2012
7:22 am

I agree with Fredi when he says that he has to get him going….I totally agree Fredi, you have to get him going, only you have to get him going out of Atlanta…..Enough said

Terry Dunlap

August 25th, 2012
7:25 am

I agree Fredi, that you have to get “Ugly Ugula going, but only in the direction of out of Atlanta. It’s nice to have those Popey arms, but you also have to have some brains to go with them!!!! Enough said.

valyboy32

August 25th, 2012
7:40 am

HA HA HA all this talk about him getting all muscled up for what all this talk about trading jason heyward.!! like one of the bloggers said struggla been hittless in 2 years this team right now looks stuck and fading fast pathetic typcal GA.athletics tease you for a lil while but always come to loosers reality!!

Blob Horner

August 25th, 2012
7:44 am

“PopEyeD swing”,’ jt, you may have hit on the answer, and it has nothing to do with eating too much spinach. DU went from a piddling prospect in his mid twenties to a 30 HR/year middle infielder in roughly the time it took PopEye to break out of his chains and destroy Brutis. Dan’s digressions are inversely proportional to the progressions made by Melky once he left the Braves ( and in line with the progression of DU once he finished his minor league stint in California ) The only blip in the curve is DU’s hitting streak last year. How do you explain that blip, the same way you explain Melky’s undetected year in KC, …..these guys know how to cheat the testing up to a point. Dan is now, and has been since PED testing was implemented, except for 36 games in 2011, the player you would have projected him to be when he was 24, a 4A player with few tools. A career minor leaguer. The Marlin’s saw where this was headed with DU’s second half collapse in 2010. The Braves, they should have put their money on Brutis.

jimbo

August 25th, 2012
8:05 am

You better get him out of the line up or he will get going alright, home, at the end of the regular season with the rest of the team. You Bozo!

George

August 25th, 2012
8:32 am

Last 6 games.
2 and 6.
against Winning TEAMS.
Can not beat GOOD TEAMS.
Over all
12 and 11 last 23 games.

Bo

August 25th, 2012
8:36 am

I couldn’t believe that lineup Friday Night. Guaranteed Loss. No way Hinske should be near a lineup and for Uggle. Enough said from above comments. He’s a Laugh. I know McCann is hurting, but he has put on the pounds since ST. Atheletes making the money they are should at least stay in shape. I have been a Braves fan since moving from Texas years ago, but Mr. Wren and Co. you have lost one here. Heck, I grew up outside of Washington DC, guess I can at least root for a winner now. Bye, Braves been a good ride excluding the FG years.

TarHeel 1We have a playoff team but no manage

August 25th, 2012
8:38 am

lineup Friday night was for a team 20 back or 20 up . What the hell was fredi thinking. Hitting in a slump so fredi thinks u need to put the worst defend u can think up to fix problem. The problem is fredi.

TL432

August 25th, 2012
9:04 am

Uggla will make $117k per hit this year at his current pace – on track for 112 hits and making $13 million this year – that has to be the highest per hit pay in baseball this year. His average is dead last in the NL for everyday players and only one other NL player has more K’s. When Simmons comes back Prado needs to play 2B and put whoever in LF and Uggla on the bench.

Don

August 25th, 2012
10:29 am

He has not been going for almost a year now. You take away the freakish hitting streak and he has been awful for a FULL YEAR. Its time Frank set Fredi G’s alarm clock and wake him up to reality. Danny Boy is not coming back as a hitter and lately all he has done is have fielding/running issues too. Time to break free before he takes the rest of the team with him. The good news is if he does not get it soon, the Braves will either not make the playoffs at all or lose in the one game wild card game. Either way Fredi G’s out of baseball next year.

Loosing Managar = Loosing Record

August 25th, 2012
10:30 am

Fredi is an idiot

BigMoneyBatUggla

August 25th, 2012
11:03 am

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David O'Brien

August 25th, 2012
11:08 am

Uh, I don’t see a single explanation, DOB, only more of Fredi’s dribbling nonsense. The fact is, there’s only one explanation for this lunacy, and that’s this: Fredi Gonzalez plays Dan Uggla for no other reason than for him to be able to avoid a confrontation with his former Marlin comrade. — ButterMilk Tuesdays

So you’re saying that Fredi, who has a great relationship with Uggla and has managed him for quite a while with two teams, would rather risk his own well-paying job as Braves manager by having the team underperform, than risk telling Uggla he’s out of the lineup? You really believe that?

BigMoneyBatUggla

August 25th, 2012
11:14 am

I’m making a tad over $74,000 a game whether I play or sit on the bench. And the reason I like to play is for my one fan to see me on the field. Better go check my savings account and see if my $74,000 for tonights game is in the bank. Thanks Atlanta fans.

David O'Brien

August 25th, 2012
11:16 am

Uh, I don’t see a single explanation, DOB, only more of Fredi’s dribbling nonsense. The fact is, there’s only one explanation for this lunacy, and that’s this: Fredi Gonzalez plays Dan Uggla for no other reason than for him to be able to avoid a confrontation with his former Marlin comrade — Buttermilk Tuesdays

And if, as you suggest, the fact is that there’s no explanation for it other than the one you offer, then why do you expect some other explanation?

Loosing Managar = Loosing Record

August 25th, 2012
11:17 am

At Mr O\’Brain

What he is sayin is Frdedi is 2 stupid to no N E better and thats why he favors his ferind.

Same as U and UR freindship with Fredi and not bein able to take critisims from us here.

Its prety transparant

Loosing Managar = Loosing Record

August 25th, 2012
11:19 am

Ill prolly get band 4 what I said but sum 1 need 2 says it

chas

August 25th, 2012
11:22 am

fredi is right in needing to get uggla going, going to leave the team along with hinski and mccann, this would be a sure way to improve the team.

man and dog

August 25th, 2012
11:31 am

Bobby Cox had his faults. But one thing he did best was use his bench players regularly. He not only helped team sprits high, but kept players fresh, timing down, and ready to play. Fredi doesn’t seem to have a clue about anything.

lee maye

August 25th, 2012
11:33 am

DOB: Why do you think Fredi keeps parading Uggla out there? Why do you think he let Hinske play when Johnson is the better player? The Braves, argueably, had 5 balls that could have been errors and should have been caught last night: Hinske 2; JHey 1 and a throw; Prado, Uggla. How many more losses are necessary with Uggla? Johnson can hit lefties or righties. Put him in there.

Why do you think Fredi is reluctant to bring up Constanza and Duragno. Constanza is the leading hitter in the IL and Durango is hitting ,290 with 45 steals.

lee maye

August 25th, 2012
11:43 am

Anyone else noticed that the Giants have young players on the bench and not fat, slow ones. We would do well to have a bench of Constanza, Durango, Terdo, Mejiaand Gattis on the bench and get rid of Hinske. Instead, Wren signs bums like Lyle Overbay and Jack Wilson and Livan.

If, by Aug 31, Wren could get rid of McCann, Hanson, and Uggla in a deal similar to what Boston did, he should go for it. Move Prado to 2B, Ross C backup Gattis, and let Constanza, Gattis, and Durango share LF. Heck, get rid of Bourn too. A one game wildcard situation is about the best this team can do, anyway. Maybe, the Cubs would go for Soriano for McCann, Hanson, and force them to take Uggla. Heck, throw in JJ too. Please Cubs, 4 for 1. Please.

valyboy32

August 25th, 2012
11:51 am

Tommy Hanson is so overated he do great against the sisters of the poor when we need him for the big games where is he out the game by the 7th!!

Ebenezer Snerdberg

August 25th, 2012
12:21 pm

DOB, I DON’T KNOW IF BUTTERMILK TUESDAY REALLY BELIEVES THAT, BUT I DO! FRANK (COX), HAVANNA FATS AND UGGLI ALL KNOW THAT AS LONG AS THE CURRENT OWNERS ARE IN PLACE, THEIR SITUATIONS ARE SAFE. UGGLI AND HAVANNA FATS ARE HOME BOYS. FATS PROVED HIS LOYALTY TO PEOPLE OVER TEAM WITH HERNANDEZ! HE HAS NO PLACE AS A MLB MANAGER. IS JAPAN LOOKING? UGGLI IS SET FOR LIFE AND HE KNOWS IT. HE IS A FAIR MAJOR LEAGUER, BUT NOWHERE NEAR THAT 60M.

Arizona Brave

August 25th, 2012
1:08 pm

WTF is up with FG? Is he trying to run the Braves into the ground? If he wants to get Uggly going do what every other sane manager would do and send him down to work it out in the minors. You don’t continue to beat a dead horse.

Bro

August 25th, 2012
1:40 pm

“We need to get him going”. Guess that will be next year. The Rev you send down and he was hitting. B Mac is injured and you still play him. Hinski is not hitting and you play him and continue to let him pinch hit. Freddi G, you are not very smart–think before you answer questions. You are letting a couple of players play you out of a job. A manager must win in order to keep his job. Ask Brad Mills. They traded the few good players he had and then fired him for not winning. Being fired won’t hurt you like most americans as you are over paid anyhow and will money to fall back on. Go a head and be a man and resign before you are the scapegoat for wren’s failure to provide you with quality players. Remember the braves loss with 4 very good pitchers before they provide quality defense and hitting. You are doomed for failure. Seems like the upper echelon planned this for you. Bye Bye.

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