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Braves suspend Dan Uggla one game for being extremely tardy on Saturday in Chicago

Jul 13, 2014, 1:20 PM EDT

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Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez refused to get into specific in his chat with the media before Sunday afternoon’s series finale at Wrigley Field, but second baseman Dan Uggla has officially been suspended one game without pay and David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution hears that it was for tardiness. A late night in Wrigleyville, perhaps?

Uggla has seen only 18 plate appearances since the end of May and is batting just .162/.241/.331 across 145 total plate appearances this season. It would make sense to cut ties with him, but the Braves are apparently too cheap to do so. Uggla is making $13 million in 2014 and owed another $13 million in 2015. He’ll be a free agent after that at age 35.

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UPDATE, 1:21 p.m. ET: O’Brien has dug up more info …

  1. edelmanfanclub - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    Cut him…

    • vanfrier - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:47 PM

      I think that the Braves have a case to sue him for failure to perform and execute his contract with the Braves for non-performance. It happens in the business world.

      • gloccamorra - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:24 PM

        You gonna sue every player who has an off-year?

      • rkstevens111 - Jul 14, 2014 at 4:31 PM

        Yeah, I mean in the business world you never see CEO’s making millions of dollars while their company is losing money and market share. And in the business world you never see CEO’s finally getting fired and leaving with multi-million dollar settlements.

        In reality, in MLB there is a thing called the CBA (collective bargaining agreement) and contracts are guaranteed regardless of how the player performs. He does have to show up on time though.

  2. xmatt0926x - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    He’s a menace in the Ruben Amaro mold. Cut this guy!

    • Old Gator - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:16 PM

      If you cut him, Amaro may sign him. Be careful what you wish for….

      • thehawg - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:37 PM

        Don’t think Amaro is that stupid, unless he’s looking to be fired. Which he should’ve been already.

      • chiadam - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:35 PM

        *WILL sign him

      • gloccamorra - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:31 PM

        Amaro isn’t stupid, and he won’t get fired for doing what the owners want, to keep the revenue stream going. They think they can keep it going indefinitely by refusing to admit the team is no longer a contender.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:45 PM

      This is a completely Uggla situation.

  3. carpi2 - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    He showed up late because he wasn’t going to get used during the game! No reason to warm-up or take BP.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:01 PM

      I understand the “not likely to play” part, but a guy hitting .162 has lots of reasons to take as much BP as possible.

      • carpi2 - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:04 PM

        I’m pretty sure it’s a matter with being frustrated over the whole situation. He is unable to constructively deal with the deterioration of his physical abilities. It’s a tough adjustment to go from being a star to a bench warmer.

      • yahmule - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:21 PM

        There’s always retirement.

      • nbjays - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:43 PM

        Aside from maybe 2010, when was Uggla ever a “star”? Career .244 hitter with more strikeouts than hits over his 9 years. I think “star” is reaching.

      • wjarvis - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:23 AM

        I don’t think referring to him as a star is reaching, he either led or was 2nd in MLB for HR by second baseman in each of his first 6 seasons. That was his only skill since he always swung for the fences, but for someone who didn’t follow the Marlins he was one of the players who consistently showed up in highlights. As you and many posters have mentioned, star was probably an undeserved title, but its how he was described for a while.

  4. clydeserra - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    i think its cute that you refer to him as “secondbaseman”

    • gloccamorra - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:33 PM

      It sounds better than “rosterspot”.

  5. mazblast - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    He’s done, and the Braves owe him all that money. why not cut him, call up someone who can be useful, and hope someone else is dumb enough to pick him up and pay him the pro-rated major league minimum ?

    Either way, he’s gone, and the cost is basically the same and can’t increase.

    • scotttheskeptic - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:41 PM

      I have never understood the “too cheap to cut him” mentality. The guy is a sunk cost, and by allowing him to occupy a roster spot, management is basically telling the team to win with 24 guys.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 13, 2014 at 5:26 PM

        Bingo!

        Sunk cost was exactly what I was going to say.

        The money is GONE basically. At least see what a kid can do for you by promoting a kid from the farm.

        His roster spot is the issue now, not the money as they KNOW the money is a sunk cost.

        They’re playing a man short is what it amounts to against all of their opponents.

    • baberuthslegs - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:54 PM

      They have someone who can be useful, La Stella.

  6. thehawg - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    I glad the Marlins didn’t resign him, even though they need a 2nd baseman.

  7. mybrunoblog - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Night life in Chicago is fun. Especially when your young, relatively good looking and crazy rich. Damm it’d be fun to hang with those guys and just get their leftovers and cast offs.

  8. wilmyers09 - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    thehawg he was traded to braves u idiot

    • thehawg - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      Wilmyers, I respectfully disagree, he signed with the Braves as free agent cause the Marlins didn’t offer him as much money as Atlanta did. Old Gator, please correct me if I’m wrong.

      • realgone2 - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:16 PM

        No he was traded to the Braves for infante and dunn. Then he signed a 5 year ext.

      • thehawg - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:33 PM

        Realgone, thanks for clearing that up, appreciate you not calling me names.

    • thehawg - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:09 PM

      Even better.my bad, we got ball players for him. Good job Marlins!

  9. punksinplay - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    At what point are you no longer considered a major league baseball player? I’m pretty sure Uggla’s there. His contract is a total disaster.

  10. sumerduckman - Jul 13, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    What would Bobby do?

  11. brend0 - Jul 13, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    Another reason NFL is smarter than MLB. Get rid of these fully guaranteed contracts.

    • jwbiii - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:25 PM

      The NFL rewards teams’ stupidity; MLB does not. I guess this is a better arrangement for some.

  12. bobulated - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    If only they could suspend him one game for every time he had been tardy on average MLB fastballs the last two years.

    • supitsdan - Jul 13, 2014 at 7:37 PM

      they’d have to sign another extension to suspend him that long.

  13. genericcommenter - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    1 game for him = my house.

    BTW, what’s the typical time players have to show up before games?

    • jwbiii - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:29 PM

      Three hours. Stretching, BP, whatever other drills, meetings. Pitchers run. For that game’s starting pitchers, an hour is normal.

  14. edelmanfanclub - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    He’s not even worth a bench spot at this point. But I must say I’m impressed he had a .671 OBS last year, consider he hit under .180

  15. gloccamorra - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    Turn him into a pitcher!

  16. jjohnb5393 - Jul 14, 2014 at 5:05 AM

    Braves have loans, other financial commitments tied to him and the contract….per espn. Reason not DFA’d….not sure what that’s all about , but they refer to team sources as indicating that.

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