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All-Star starter Dan Uggla now hitting seventh for Braves

Jul 6, 2012, 6:56 PM EDT

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There’s been a lot of hostility directed Tony La Russa’s way for all of the NL All-Star snubs this week. Really, though, it’s the fans as a whole that made things more difficult than they needed to be by voting Dan Uggla, Rafael Furcal and Pablo Sandoval into the starting lineup.

The Braves tonight dropped the slumping Uggla down to the seventh spot in their lineup. He hit .160 in June and is off to a 1-for-16 start in July. Overall, he’s at .225/.355/.394 for the season.

In defense of the fans, Uggla probably was the NL’s most productive second baseman through the first two months of the season, and many ballots were cast in May. However, even though Uggla was outhitting Brandon Phillips and Aaron Hill, he was still a worse player overall after factoring in defense and baserunning.

The move to drop Uggla to the seventh spot comes nearly a year to the day after he broke out of his career-worst slump. Uggla was hitting .173 on July 4 last season. On July 5, he went 2-for-2 with a homer in kicking off a 33-game hitting streak.

  1. dutchman45 - Jul 6, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    Brandon Phillips has always been a far superior overall player. What were the fans smoking voting him in. I am and always will be a reds fan, but a fair one.

    • liverpoolred04 - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:02 PM

      Yeah I really didn’t expect a Reds fan to know what they were talking about. Still don’t.

  2. hammyofdoom - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    Holy Crap, even though Dan Uggla is hitting that badly his OPS is only like .14 lower than Phillips’. Looking at the numbers, Aaron Hill had by far the best 1st half out of any NL second baseman

    • realgone2 - Jul 7, 2012 at 2:00 PM

      Yeah I voted for Hill.

  3. realgone2 - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    It’s just plain stupid to let the fans vote. I have a friend who is a fellow Braves fan and was bragging that he voted all Braves for the all star team. That’s just ridiculous.

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