Dan Uggla has been a headache to the Atlanta Braves for the past three years, and this postseason, he will not even be on the roster.
Uggla is batting .179 with 22 home runs this season with the Braves. Of those 22 home runs, only one has come since July 25th. He is not the Dan Uggla who hit 30 home runs a year for five consecutive years with the Florida Marlins. No one knows what happened, but when he put on a Braves uniform, everything changed. As if that batting average wasn’t enough of a warning sign, Uggla has batted .099 in his past 36 games with one home run.
Leaving the second highest paid player(five year, $62m contract) on the team off the playoff roster is a high stakes move that most managers and GMs wouldn’t make. But the Braves aren’t paying attention to Uggla’s good presence in the clubhouse and overall nice demeanor. They want to win. Plain and simple. And if a team wants to win, a player who has been under the Mendoza Line for all but one game this season does not take top priority as a starter.
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