Elliot Johnson Should Be Atlanta Braves’ Starting Second Baseman

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The Atlanta BravesElliot Johnson is good at impersonating people, doing pretty spot-on impressions of Harry Caray and Tim Kurkjian, among others.

But since the Braves claimed him off waivers from the Kansas City Royals on Aug. 22, Johnson has proven to be a solid baseball player as well.

Not only has he given Atlanta quality defense at both corner outfield positions, second base, shortstop and third base, he has also swung a fairly good stick. He hasn’t set the world on fire by any means, but he has been better than any of the other current options the Braves have at, oh, I don’t know, second base.

As you may can tell, I’m not a big Dan Uggla fan.

I’m not saying that Johnson, who has hit .213 with 12 home runs and 62 RBIs in 291 career games, is the Braves’ long-term option at second base, but he should be their regular second baseman for the rest of the 2013 MLB season.

After all, Johnson goes all out on every play, and his .250 batting average since coming to Atlanta — albeit in many less at-bats — blows Uggla’s .184 mark out of the water. In addition, Uggla needs to be sent a lasting message that his below-average offensive production will not be tolerated anymore. It has been a long three years with the 33-year-old manning second base, and it’s time for a change.

Johnson deserves a chance to play on an everyday basis, perhaps even into October, because he is the better player of the two right now.

Plus, his impressions make me laugh, while Uggla continues failing to impersonate a major league hitter.

Josh McKinney is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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  • Alphonzo Lester

    Look at any stat regarding Uggla. He’s just horrible. My assumption is he was either a player with a very brief window who declined quickly or he was on PED’s.

    Looking at his “Splits” on baseball reference would be comedic if he wasn’t one of the highest paid players on the best team in baseball.

    You know what Uggs is hitting after a 1-2 count? .095! You know lil Struggla man is hitting two outs and RISP? .105!

    How about against teams with a .500+ winning percentage? .180!

    Uggla is/was a mistake. The Marlins rarely make good decisions but vocally expressed they thought he was through when they traded him. He wasn’t much of a high school player and was mostly OK at college. Was a Rule 5 player and he’s a got muscles coming out of muscles. I’ve tried my best to like him but I’d take Johnson, Peña, Pastornicky, Tony Graffanino, anyone who can put the ball in play and play solid defense.

    Having this guy as a second baseman is a joke.