Dan Uggla Benched by Atlanta Braves: A Fan’s Take

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On Monday afternoon against the Colorado Rockies, Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla did the same thing he did during Sunday's game versus the Philadelphia Phillies and the same thing it appears he will be doing during the rest of September: watch the action from the bench.

For Braves fans, Dan Uggla's move from a starting job to a backup role has been a long time coming.

And while it was a tough decision for Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez to make, it was undoubtedly the right one. After all, Dan Uggla is in the midst of not only the worst season of his career, but the worst two-year stretch he has ever experienced.

The all-time Florida Marlins leader in home runs and a three-time All-Star selection (including this season with the Braves), Dan Uggla has never hit for a high batting average, something to which his career .253 mark can attest.

Still, the last two seasons with Atlanta have been bad by even Dan Uggla's standards. Despite a franchise record 33-game hitting streak during July and August of last year, he finished with just a .233 average, although he also recorded a career-high 36 homers to go along with 82 RBIs. However, after having a .173 average on July 4th, he was given somewhat of a pass.

This year, Dan Uggla started off hot in April and May, but has taken a nosedive since, struggling to keep his average above the Mendoza line. As of his benching, he was batting .208 with 17 homers and 64 RBIs. Unfortunately, he was also well on his way to a career-high in strikeouts, having been punched out 150 times in 129 games, leaving him only 21 Ks behind the mark he set in 2008.

Although it is frustrating to watch a player who is owed $39 million over the next three years ride the pine, at this point it's a little less frustrating than actually watching him play.

Source: ESPN.com

Josh McKinney is a lifelong Atlanta Braves fan who is hopeful that the Braves will finally end their 17-year World Series drought this season in order to send his favorite player, Chipper Jones, out on top. You can follow McKinney on Twitter @SuperJMac32.

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