Struggling Uggla returns to Miami
Dan Uggla says he finds it hard to believe former teammate
Hanley Ramirez is hitting so poorly this season for the Florida
But then Uggla has done even worse with the Atlanta Braves.
Back in Miami for the first time since being traded to Atlanta
last fall, Uggla began a series Tuesday against the Marlins ranked
last in the majors with a batting average of .172.
Ramirez, who was Uggla’s keystone partner for four seasons,
ranked eighth-worst at .210 and is on the disabled list with a back
”It looks like we need each other or something, you know?”
Uggla said with a chuckle. ”But he’s a great, great hitter. He’s
going to come out of his thing, and I’m going to come out of
Uggla signed a five-year, $62 million contract after the Braves
acquired him in November, and some speculate he has pressed at the
plate because of his big deal.
”You can look at it a bunch of different ways and try to make
excuses about it,” he said. ”It’s just one of those things. I’ve
had a rough start to this year for whatever reason. Who knows?
People can say the contract, the pressure, the city, the team. For
me it’s just a rough start. I’m going to battle and try to get out
There was no sign of that happening: He began the series in
Miami with five hits in his past 60 at-bats (.083). In 221 at-bats
he had seven homers but only 16 RBIs. He was batting .102 against
left-handers and .111 with runners in scoring position.
Manager Fredi Gonzalez noted that Uggla was a model of
consistency when played for the Marlins from 2006 through 2010.
Each year the second baseman had at least 27 homers and 88
”You read the back of the baseball card and see all of those
home runs and RBIs – I’ve got to believe that is going to kick
in,” Gonzalez said.
The series at Florida was also a homecoming for Gonzalez. He
grew up in Miami and managed the Marlins for 3 1/2 seasons before
being fired last June.