May 1, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla (26) warms up prior to a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Morning Chop: Atlanta Braves News 5/9/14


 

Bleacher Report

Joel Reuter, featured columnist for Bleacher Report, shares his Early Season Approval Ratings for all MLB teams, including and of course the Atlanta Braves.  Check out Joel’s thoughts…

Team Overview

The Atlanta Braves’ phenomenal starting pitching was the talk of the league to start the season, but as that has started to level off a bit, their wildly inconsistent offense has dominated the headlines.

 

 

Fangraphs

David Weirs, writing for Fangraphs, in his Roto Riteup, shared a little bit of his thoughts about Dan Uggla, 2nd baseman for the Atlanta Braves (for the time being everyone keeps saying).  Check it out.

Roto Riteup — Presented By DraftKings: May 9, 2014

Second base in Atlanta
With Dan Uggla starting just five of the past nine games at the keystone for the Atlanta Braves, it is safe to say there is a second base problem. Manager Fredi Gonzalez remained mum as to who will get the most playing time going forward, be it Uggla, Ramiro Pena or Tyler Pastornicky. Neither Pena or Pastornicky offer the same power as Uggla, however both should provide similar value with the bat thanks to a lower strikeout rate and both are superior in the field. Prospect Tommy La Stella is currently hitting .306/.368/.333 and could have the inside track over both Pena and Pastornicky.

 

 

Rowland’s Office

Brad Rowland makes a good point, when he opines that the Atlanta Braves found upwards of $500 mil, but cannot seem to find a way to deal with Dan Uggla.  Check out his thoughts…

#Braves find $500 mil but won’t bite the bullet on Uggla

Maffei said the Braves’ TV deals originally ran through 2027, but he didn’t say how long the renegotiated deals run.

The bad news: Frank Wren might use the money on other ill-considered contract extensions. In a related item, The Oafbatross ain’t going anywhere anytime soon,reporteth Bowman.

 

 

MLB

Joe Morgan of MLB takes an early look at the matchup between Julio Teheran and the Atlanta Braves, as they face the Chicago Cubs in Atlanta’s next series.  Take a look at Joe’s thoughts…

Teheran eyes help vs. well-supported Hammel

Hurlers keep throwing quality starts, but Braves righty has just two W’s

Julio Teheran is the ace of a Braves starting rotation that leads the Majors with a 2.47 ERA. His 1.80 ERA and MLB-best seven quality starts are a big reason why.

Teheran will go for another one Friday night in the series opener against the Cubs at Turner Field.

But even the best pitchers are prone to mistakes, and Teheran made three in his most recent start against the Giants on Saturday. He surrendered three solo homers and not much else in seven innings as he took his first loss since Opening Day.

 

 

 

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  • fireboss

    if pitchers can’t give up a solo home run without thinking they have lost the chance to win there’s something seriously wrong with your lineup/roster and that is certainly true of the Braves. The situation is reminiscent of a trade deadline locker room dilemma. If they don’t move decisively in second base the rest of the lineup will think management is indecisive and unwilling to do what it takes to win. That itself could cost the team the race. If they release Uggla they have to go to McGuirk explain how they made a decision that will cost them $24m over the next two years and produce nothing. That and any continued failure of BJ means FW is not just on the hot seat, his butt is already medium rare

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      Man, I couldn’t agree more! I always just shake my head when I hear (and yes I’ve said this myself more than I care to admit) that FW must play the likes of BJ to save face. Perhaps, but he needs to get past that. With all the money that should come in with the new stadium, and the new TV deal, it should no longer be a financial issue to deal with either Dan OR B.J. Save face my ^*&%%$. If you have a player not performing, despite the business side of baseball, they just need to sit them. I know he’s not a perfect substitute, but I think I’d rather see Schafer playing in CF daily, and Pena (or please Lord, TLS) at 2nd daily. Stop the madness.

    • Joseph Fain

      It’s amazing to me as a business consultant that executives like Frank Wren, who should be a business man first and a baseball man second, don’t understand the idea of sunk cost. Dan gets paid either way and he is having a negative impact on the team having already racked up -0.6 WAR this season. If you consider the value of 1 WAR (say $3-4M), then Dan is set to cost the Braves millions in additional value BY PLAYING as opposed to being cut loose. If I was in McGirk’s shoes, Wren would having some serious explaining to do about why Dan is still in the lineup as opposed to vis-a-vis. I do think the struggles of BJ are playing a big factor in this. My guess is that if BJ was performing as planned, then Dan would have be long gone a while ago.

  • Mushy Peas

    I know I’m guilty, as are most Braves fans, of being outspoken with my frustrations in regards to Dan Uggla (especially now with all of the offensive woes), but I honestly really feel sorry for the guy. I was actually thinking about the times I’ve worked with hospice patients and couldn’t help but parallel those circumstances to the one the Braves have ongoing with Dan Uggla. The primary goal with hospice is to do what is best for, not just the patient, but the family as well. It is to allow them to make peace and depart with as much dignity and with as little pain and suffering as possible. This whole scenario with Dan and the Braves has turned into a very long, drawn out, and painful good-bye for a guy who undoubtedly has worked extremely hard to keep going and to prove that he still has value for the entire organization (his family so to speak). Unfortunately, at this point, he and the Braves can’t seem to come to terms with the fact that it’s time to let go and move on. Instead, it has gotten to the point where Dan has to suffer the pain and sometimes hateful backlash from the ever growing number of detractors that don’t understand the reasoning (aside from the money) behind putting him out there day after day only to further discourage and disappoint. It’s time for Dan, Fredi, Frank, and the rest of the organization to make their peace and allow him to walk away now with as much dignity as possible. The longer this process is drawn out, the harder it’s going to be….for everyone. That may all sound a bit melodramatic, but it makes sense to me when I look at it from that perspective. Dan’s had to work a little bit harder than some just to maintain what major league capabilities he had. Myself, and virtually everyone else on the outside looking in can see he’s reached that point where there is no longer any justification for keeping him around– and no amount of time or extra work is going to change that. It’s time to say good-bye.

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      Mushy, what is your twitter address? Can you share here? If not, shoot me a DM … @Bravespop

    • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

      Well said.

    • Sealift67

      I fully get your point in dragging this on and the sense of rejection
      and disparagement Dan must feel. That said, the analogy to hospice
      just doesn’t wash. Dan is not dying. His family and friends will still be there.
      He can get a fresh start, and continue to collect a lot of dollars. I know
      money does not equal self-esteem, yet the loss of a loved one is
      a far cry from loss of athletic performance. I mean no offense, and
      also, have respected Dan’s grit over the years.

      • Mushy Peas

        No offence taken. I respect your opinion. I’ve experienced physical death on both a professional and personal level so it’s an aspect of life I respect, but I also think the concept of death can be used beyond the physicality of it. Obviously I was speaking completely metaphorically. To me, this has been a slow decline, and now a seemingly unnecessary prolonging of the “death” of his major league playing career at the expense of his dignity. The emotions involved in a process such as this can create a form of grief amongst all those who are closely associated with him; not to mention the turbulence he most likely is feeling when there comes a major transition in one’s life- no matter who you are. On the flip side, part of me says never feel sorry for a guy making millions of dollars who gets to play a game for a living; however, the more this drags on, the more I gain sympathy for the guy who generally, now, is not spoken very well of. Overall, I think he deserves better for all his years of hard work. I hope Dan can he find success elsewhere…..wherever and whatever that may be. If not, he’ll still be a rich man…..and very much alive. :-)

        • fireboss

          I understand the analogy perfectly well. Dan is facing the death of his career, something he’s wanted and dreamed about since he was a child. I look back at the way Gil Meche handled it when he realized he couldn’t perform at a level where he could hold his head up when he accepted his paycheck. It has to be hard for a blue collar guy who overcame the odds and was able to thumb his nose at the experts to admit that he can’t do it any longer. In his interview he said he doesn’t think about it. That’s either a deep seated case of denial or some very heavy spin. He obviously thinks about it so what is more likely true is that he compartmentalizes it when he takes the field. I suspect that some of the unexpectedly good plays on defense are a subconscious way of giving an little more on plays he might not have attempted in the past.
          Dan sees no life after baseball and at 32 considers himself too young to be through, waking up every day with the idea that it will turn around that day. It hasn’t and it won’t. Dan isn’t a quitter so the Braves will have to push him out. That’s sad but necessary for both Dan and the Braves.