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Dan Uggla has no idea when he is truly in The Best Shape of His Life

Feb 15, 2013, 5:38 PM EST

Here was David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tweeting during spring training 2012:

Here is David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tweeting today:

Next year: “Dan Uggla lops off leg to drop weight but packs on pounds in his upper body. Frankly, he’s lost.”

  1. townballblog - Feb 15, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Funny thing is I actually believe him.

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  2. beefytrout - Feb 15, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Beefy Trout has no idea what is truly “The Best Shape of His Life” anymore.

  3. dcfan4life - Feb 15, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Honostly, i dont think Ugly has anything wrong with his physical make up to play this game at a high level. If you watch him, it seems clearl to me, that when he struggles its all mental. He loses his plate discipline and his focus.

  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Feb 15, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Makes some sense: He got huge, and that didn’t work, so he is trying a slimmer physique this season. I can recall the stories (but unfortunately no the names) of other guys who said their performance suffered from too much muscle bulk.

  5. jibzek - Feb 15, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    I agree with Uggla but I’ll help him out. He’s in the best shape of his life when he’s hitting .220, mashing bombs, and striking out every at bat.

  6. illadelphiasphinest - Feb 15, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    How bout a story on Uggla’s inability to hit. Ya know something like the lengthy one you wrote ripping Ryan Howard. No never that……

  7. illadelphiasphinest - Feb 15, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    O does Dan Uggla’s weight loss tell you something……???
    Why not that headline? Maybe he’s off PED’s now!!
    Hypocrite…

    • atltoarizona - Feb 16, 2013 at 12:14 AM

      There have been how many PED reports in the past few years? I don’t remember seeing Uggla even remotely linked to any of them.

      • illadelphiasphinest - Feb 16, 2013 at 12:57 AM

        Niether has Josh Hamilton’s yet that didnt stop Craig from writing a story titled ” Does Josh Hamilton’s wight loss tell you something….” N it basically says he’s not on PED’s anymore. So thats why he lost the weight. So why doesn’t Uggla who is a total meathead get the same treatment? Or Why doesn’t Uggla get bashed like he bashed Howard for his lack of hitting…. Cause he’s a hypocrite homer n his Braves do no harm and are all perfect all-stars not worthy of criticizm.

      • Old Gator - Feb 16, 2013 at 8:03 AM

        Um..Illia…you do realize that Hamilton has been struggling with substance abuse most of his adult life, right? That he’s been falling off and climbing back onto the wagon ever since he put on his first professional uniform, and even prior to that? And that Uggla has no, repeat no, repeat no track record of abuse of anything except maybe his at-bats?

        Meanwhile, reading your hyperventilated prose is a bit like watching someone go cold turkey in a padded room. Take a deep breath. Relax. And find some other dead mule to flog.

      • jm91rs - Feb 16, 2013 at 10:10 AM

        Re-read that Hamilton story, it’s more of Craig doing what he loves, bashing other writers for suspecting someone is on PEDs. I get tired of his posts like that, but I think it’s pretty clear you’re looking for a reason to hate here. He certainly didn’t give me the impression he was ok with people calling out Hamilton for PEDs. Your hatred for the braves (and Craig’s hatred for the phillies) has you looking for reasons to bash

      • jrobitaille23 - Feb 16, 2013 at 2:32 PM

        If there ever was a poster boy for PED Uggla is it. Add him to the list of former bulked up guys now slimming down coincidentally after stricter testing is implemented. You will see numbers fall across the board for most of these guys.

  8. Old Gator - Feb 16, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    Great photo. Looks like he was standing under the Chelyabinsk meteor when it blew.

  9. riverace19 - Feb 16, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Just watch the horrible mechanics in his swing and that’s all you need to know

    • Old Gator - Feb 16, 2013 at 11:37 AM

      True. He’s what Ralph Kiner would have called a “swing hard in case you hit it” kinda guy. I built a Gilbert Erector Set robot when I was a kid (back then you actually had to take parts out of a box and then you had to put them together yourself) with better mechanics than his.

  10. riverace19 - Feb 16, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Haha Gator I love that quote! I use it all the time. I’m not sure if today’s kids could actual do a hands-on activity like assembling a robot from a box…
    At least Uggla had a decent career before the truth came out : that he can’t hit

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