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Uggla nearly smoked by foul ball as hit streak turns 30

Mark Townsend
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On Sept. 5, 2010, Dan Uggla, then a member of the Florida Marlins, stood over teammate Logan Morrison after he was struck in the face by Emilio Bonifacio's foul ball while taking practice cuts in the on-deck circle.

At the time, Uggla made the following comment to the Palm Beach Post:

"That's as hard as I've ever seen anybody get hit in the face with a baseball," Dan Uggla said. "It scared me to death."

Fast forward to Tuesday night. That scene very nearly played out again at Sun Life Stadium, only this time it was Dan Uggla who found himself in the path of Freddie Freeman's screaming line drive.

Morrison escaped his scary incident with a black eye and a swollen left cheek. By no means was that good, but needless to say it could have been far worse. Thankfully, Uggla was even luckier than Morrison, as it appears he saw the ball coming and used that split second to avoid taking a direct hit to his elbow, or possibly his ribs. Tough to tell where it would have hit, but had it hit, it would have left an indention for quite awhile.

Yeah, that's way too close for comfort. {YSP:MORE}

Several of Sun Life Stadium's features will not be missed by the game of baseball. But as Chip Caray mentioned in the clip, the first item on that list may indeed be the proximity of the on-deck circles and dugouts to the batter's box. That distance is very dangerous. Thankfully it hasn't led to a more serious injury than Morrison's in the past, and thankfully Dan Uggla and the Braves dodged one here.

On a further positive note for Uggla, he did extend his hitting streak to 30 with an infield single off Clay Hensley in the fifth inning. That ties him with Andre Ethier for the longest streak in the majors this season. Also, despite blowing a 3-0 lead in the seventh inning, his Braves were able to squeeze out a 4-3 win in 11 innings thanks to Martin Prado's go-ahead single.

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