Monday, July 21, 2014

Dan the Man in the Orange and Black

Dan Uggla looks like he'll be yet another candidate at second base -- he got DFAd by the ATL and is now headed to Fresno. 

Will he be a French Francouer flameout or bring back memories to Pat the Bat?  

He's been on 3 All-Star teams and had two seasons with a WAR over 4.0. He's also been awful in 2013 and 2014.   

Here's some good verbiage from Chris Haft's story for mlb.com --

 
The Braves released Uggla last Friday after he hit .162 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in 48 games. But if the Giants are hoping that Uggla can recapture his past, at least it's a fairly impressive one.
He finished third in the NL Rookie of the Year balloting in 2006, batting .282 with 27 homers and 90 RBIs for the Marlins. The right-handed batter proceeded to hit 31 or more homers each season from 2007-11.
Uggla recorded his best all-around season in 2010, when he reached career highs in batting average (.287) and RBIs (105) while hitting 33 homers. But while his home run total rose to 36 the following year with Atlanta, his batting average dwindled to .233. Uggla's inconsistency persisted as he hit .220 in 2012 and .179 last year.
Uggla's statistical decline meant little to Hudson.
"I feel like this is going to be a great opportunity for him," Hudson said. "I love the guy. I thought he was a great teammate. He played as hard as anybody I've ever played with. Even though he's struggled, I feel like he handled it pretty well."

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