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Atlanta Braves’ Dan Uggla Upset by Roster Decision

October 4th, 2013 at 8:28 AM
By Cody Fields

Stop us if you've heard this one before. Dan Uggla is unhappy with the Atlanta Braves over his playing time.

Papa Uggs went so far as to say he was "blindsided" by the decision to leave him off the Braves' playoff roster.

"I'm not blind to my numbers," Uggla said on braves.com. "I know what they are, but at the same time, I know what I've done in my career and I still know what I'm capable of doing. So I was kind of blindsided by it."

Frank Wren and Fredi Gonzalez jointly informed Uggla about the decision, a meeting he said he cut off pretty shortly.

"When something bad happens to you, your first reaction is anger," Uggla said. "Once that calms down, you can start thinking rationally. I didn't want to come [to Wednesday's workout]. But I knew it was the right thing to do. You don't feel part of the group. But once you get past that, calm down and realize your teammates still love you, it's whatever."

And for the laugher, especially when considering Uggla's tenure with the Braves.

"It's disappointing, and then to not even have any kind of say in it," Uggla said. "It's hard for me with my numbers. I've had a great career so far. I know what I'm still capable of. I can change at any point in time. That's just the kind of player I am."

Uggla hit .179 in the regular season, the worst batting average by any qualifying player since 1900. He did hit 22 homers, but his .362 slugging percentage is also the lowest for any player to hit 20 home runs. Uggla also struck out a whopping 171 times in 136 games.

Things got even worse for Uggla after coming back from LASIK corrective eye surgery in August, when he hit .133 with 25 strikeouts in 77 plate appearances through the end of the season.

But the man still wonders why he was left off the roster? Here's why: He had one of the absolute worst seasons of anyone in history while making $13 million, and the Braves decided they were done being held captive by his salary.

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Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Dan Uggla, Frank Wren, Fredi Gonzalez, MLB

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