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Dan Uggla Sits Against Cole Hamels, Whines

September 2nd, 2012 at 6:58 PM
By Cody Fields

Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez made the decision to sit Dan Uggla against Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels on Sunday afternoon, and Uggla was not pleased.

Braves.com reports that Uggla let Gonzalez know of his displeasure with not being in the starting lineup; Gonzalez stuck with his original decision, but not before Uggla informed everyone know how unhappy he was.

"I hit a two-run homer off [Hamels] in the last game last year to put us up," Uggla said. "It's not a numbers thing for me, especially in September. It doesn't make any sense to me at all. … Nobody agrees with not playing. It's just because I know what I can do, especially in September when I've been there before in big-game situations, especially last year. It's frustrating, to say the least."

What Uggla doesn't tell everyone is that the homer he hit off Hamels last year was one of two in 55 at-bats against the Phillies' lefty. He also didn't tell you that Uggla is 8-for-55 against Hamels in his career, which is pretty close to his numbers in the second half so far.

Gonzalez said last week and is continuing to pick spots to sit Uggla, who has hit .152 in his last 73 games. Sunday's game was the third time in 11 games that Uggla did not start.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Dan Uggla, MLB

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