Braves release struggling Uggla

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Uggla, a former All-Star, is shown hitting a game winning homer in 2012.
Friday, July 18, 2014 3:13 PM
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ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves have requested unconditional release waivers for struggling second baseman Dan Uggla, parting ways with a former starter still owed over $18 million over the remainder of this year and next.

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In his fourth season with the Braves, the 34-year-old Uggla was batting .162 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 48 games and 130 at-bats.

Uggla lost his job to Tommy La Stella when the rookie second baseman was called up May 28.

The Braves’ patience with Uggla appeared to wear thin last Sunday when he was suspended one game for reporting just 30 minutes before the start of a game in Chicago.

Uggla, a three-time NL All-Star, hit .179 with 22 homers and 55 RBIs last year.

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AFjoe
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AFjoe 07/18/14 - 03:17 pm
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Good luck

Now he can become a play-by-play man

scoopdedoop64
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scoopdedoop64 07/18/14 - 03:46 pm
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How Come?

How come we pay the big bucks for a high performance player and they come to Atlanta and stop producing? It just doesn't make since to this Atlanta Braves fan!

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Marinerman1 07/18/14 - 03:50 pm
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Knew This Was Coming, But Dang...

I knew this was going to come, but dang. A nice guy. Injury will do you in sometimes. I think that he just lost the routine. I hope he finds it again, and can produce for another club. All the best, Dan...

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/18/14 - 04:03 pm
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A year late. Dan is a good

A year late. Dan is a good guy, but this business is about W's and L's.

The "contract" system in professional sports is insane. The players can demand and get a bazillion to play without any guarantee on their end to do their part.

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scoopdedoop64 07/18/14 - 04:53 pm
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The Way It Is

Dan is a good guy. I like him but he just was not able to produce for us. I agree with itsanotherday1. I wish I could get a job that paid even half as much as Dan's whether I was able to make a profit or not for the business. Our system of values is crazy. A man sweating his butt off working on the roads that we need to drive on will never make the money of a professional sportsman or the money of the guy sitting behind the desk. Its just the way it is.

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rmwhitley 07/18/14 - 05:30 pm
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Frank Wren's
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acquisitions: Derek Lowe, Dan Uggla and B.J. Upton. Almost $187,000,000.00 in real American money. Only obama can throw more away in a shorter period of time.

myfather15
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myfather15 07/18/14 - 05:52 pm
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scoop

"How come we pay the big bucks for a high performance player and they come to Atlanta and stop producing?"

I've wondered the same thing, many times. Seems this has happened with this team for over a decade; not just with Uggla and B.J. Upton. Seems when we pay big names to come in, they have a huge fall off. But, with players we don't resign, they sign elsewhere and have huge years!! I honestly believe Atlanta has for years, focused on pitching too much and neglects the offensive aspect.

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myfather15 07/18/14 - 05:53 pm
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Mariner

The problem is that Uggla was never injured when he played for us. He blamed his eyesight, but even after a corrective procedure, he still couldn't hit!!

myfather15
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myfather15 07/18/14 - 05:59 pm
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What I REALLY don't understand is why.......

Frank Wren keeps paying massive money for mediocre players!! He paid massive amounts for Dan Uggla and he is a career .240ish hitter; with huge amounts of strikeouts!! Yes, prior to Atlanta and his FIRST year with us, he hit 30+ HR's, but he also strikes out 170+ times every year. He wasn't a GOOD hitter before he came here!! Did we really pay all that money for HR's?

Then, they give B.J. Upton the RICHEST contract in Braves history, even more than Chipper ever made. He also is a career .240ish hitter, with huge amounts of strikeouts every year. So we knew beforehand, that B.J. wasn't a good hitter either, another guy with power; but at least he has good speed and defense, Uggla had neither.

Why is Wren paying these average players; mega-star money? He is killing this team!!

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Riverman1 07/19/14 - 09:43 am
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He had to go. He is a nice

He had to go. He is a nice guy. He will be paid $18 million over the next two years. He is a lucky guy.

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