Does Dan Uggla Have What It Takes To Be ‘Elite’???
For me, answer is a resounding ‘Yes’. But I am biased. The Florida Marlins are my team, and I get to watch Uggla play in 140+ games a year. For the average to above average baseball fan, the first thing that they recall when thinking of Dan Uggla is his error filled All-Star game appearance from a few years back. Sadly that may be all that they know of him…
But let me tell you something – There is nobody, and I mean NOBODY, that plays second base in the National League that can do what Uggla is and has been doing for the last few seasons. And if it weren’t for the magnificent season that Robinson Cano is having with the Yankees, I would argue the fact that Uggla is having the best season of any second baseman in the league.
Riding a career high batting average this year, Uggla has been steadily around the .280 mark for most of the season. And even with his usual slow start, he was ripping the ball early and often and is still doing so today more than 120 games through the 2010 season.
To date, Uggla has spent most of his time in the 4 and 5 spot in the Marlins’ lineup. He currently ranks in the Top 10 in home runs, runs scored, and RBI. He is on pace for another 30+ home run season(his fourth in a row) and he has already amassed more homers than any other 2B has in the first 5 years of their career.
We all know what is holding back Uggla from gaining more respect and fan admiration league-wide. He plays for an average team in a terrible baseball market. He lacks the on-field charisma that most of the game’s superstars have and he is not a physically imposing player. In fact, he looks more like a MMA athlete than a baseball player.
But the fact remains, he continues to get the job done year in and year out for the Marlins. By the end of this season, Uggla will have averaged 30 homers and 90 RBI over the first five years of his career. No other second baseman in the history of the sport can make that claim.
It’s time that the Marlins acknowledge his value to the team. Get this guy signed to a multi-year deal now, please!! The only pinstripes I want to see him wearing are Teal & Black!!!