Atlanta residents, don’t be alarmed if your city erupts with the noise of fireworks and champagne corks popping later on Sunday. That’s just Braves fans rejoicing at the news that Dan Uggla is finally leaving their lives.
Per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Braves are expected to designate second baseman Uggla for assignment ahead of Sunday’s game. Is that a chorus of angels I hear?
Nothing is certain yet, but the Braves will have to make a roster move after recalling infielder Phil Gosselin from triple-A. Uggla is the logical person to go given his current stats.
As I don’t have to tell Braves fans, Uggla has had a tough time of it this year. The 34-year-old second bagger is hitting just .162/.241/.231 with 2 HR and 10 RBI in 130 ABs. A .231 slugging percentage? Is that even mathematically possible?
Uggla has struggled to hit consistently since joining the Braves in 2011, but at least in the past he made up for his crap batting average by showing power. But now he can’t hit at all, and on top of that he is a liability in the field.
And that’s why Braves fans have come to hate his guts so much. The animosity flung at Uggla on a daily basis is truly astounding. I haven’t seen anything like it since Cubs fans used to crap on Ryan Theriot all the time.
Again, it’s not yet a done deal that Uggla is gone, but it appears to be coming. Get ready for it Braves fans. Get ready for the moment you have been dreaming about.
Uggla is making $13 million this season for the Braves and is set to make $13 million next year. Ugg indeed.