Along with Braves starting pitcher Paul Maholm, Uggla was left off the roster for the NLDS. Elliot Johnson who had five RBIs in the last regular season game of the year, will take over as the primary second basemen.
There is no doubt that this move is the right one. Besides his bat, Uggla brings nothing to the lineup. Sure he walks a lot which is helpful, but his OBP is still low, sitting at .309. While he’s one of the worst at hitting for average in the majors (heck, maybe even the minors), he still retains lots of power.
Of his 80 hits this season, 22 of them have been home runs. Despite this power advantage, Uggla has poor defense, and Elliot Johnson is a plus defender who at least puts the ball in play. How bad did the Braves’ starting second basemen perform this season for a $13 million salary? He had the lowest single-season batting average among second basemen with at least 500 plate appearances … of all time.
So no, you’re not playing in the playoffs Uggla. You’ve thrown away the money that the Braves could have used to sign 20 players better than you.
I used to feel bad for him, I guess I still sort of do, but that quickly changes when you realize how much better the Braves could be if they didn’t have almost 15 percent of their payroll dedicated to the single-season worst offensive second basemen in the history of the game.
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