Giants Sign Dan Uggla To a Minor League Contract

The San Francisco Giants have taken a flyer with a minor league deal on former Atlanta Braves slugging second baseman Dan Uggla.  The Giants who are currently battling the Dodgers for the NL West Division lead have been looking to fill the offensive hole at second base most of the season ever since incumbent Marco Scutaro ended up on the disabled list for an extended period.  Scutaro has been playing as of late but has not been close to 100% which was an obvious concern.

Uggla will be reporting the Giants’ AAA affiliate Fresno Grizzlies to start;  however there is an August 1st opt-out clause built in that allows Uggla to leave should his contract not be purchased, reports Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.  This deal is a low risk signing which can only have an upside for the big club.  Either the veteran produces and he helps the Giants or he doesn’t and leaves on his own accord.

The Braves released the Uggla on July 18th after he has lost his starting job to rookie Tommy La Stella.  Whether the suspension Uggla received for showing up late to the ballpark before the All-Star break had precipitated the release is unknown, however the sharp decline in his numbers more than likely played a larger factor.  Atlanta is still obligated to pay Uggla $18.2 million through next season and the Giants will owe him the prorated minimum salary.

Below are Uggla’s numbers since being brought over to the Braves. As you can see his 2013-14 performance has seen a sharp decline resulting in a combined WAR of -2.3.   His inability to make contact combined with the declining base-on-ball rate made it hard for the Braves to leave him in the lineup on an every day basis.

Year Age Tm PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ WAR
2011 31 ATL 672 600 88 140 22 1 36 82 62 156 .233 .311 .453 .764 107  1.8
2012 ★ 32 ATL 630 523 86 115 29 0 19 78 94 168 .220 .348 .384 .732 98 2.9
2013 33 ATL 537 448 60 80 10 3 22 55 77 171 .179 .309 .362 .671 84  -1.3
2014 34 ATL 145 130 13 21 3 0 2 10 10 40 .162 .241 .231 .472 33  -1.0
ATL (4 yrs) 1984 1701 247 356 64 4 79 225 243 535 .209 .317 .391 .708 93
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The 2014 All Star Game “In Memoriam” MLB Should Have Done

Photo: Sports Illustrated
Photo: Sports Illustrated

 

As a result of the backlash received from fans across the country regarding the lack of tribute to the recently deceased Tony Gwynn during this years All-Star Game, MLB issued the following statement:

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, an extraordinary individual whose memory we have honored in numerous ways in recent weeks. The Baseball family has sadly lost a number of people this year – including Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner, Frank Cashen, and former All-Stars Jerry Coleman, Jim Fregosi and Don Zimmer – and did not want to slight anyone by singling out one individual”

When one sits and thinks about this statement it becomes more and more laughable by the moment.  From our friends over at Sully Baseball here is the “in memoriam” video for those players/coaches who were lost over the past year that both MLB and Fox Sports failed to produce for this years All-Star game in Minnesota.  It is a simple well-crafted video that makes sure not to “single out one individual” which was the issue for MLB, apparently.

 

 

The fact that a local blogger could produce something so heart-warming with little to no assistance while Major League Baseball with all of  its resources failed to mention Gwynn and others, should be felt as a huge failure and embarrassment for the Commissioner’s Office.  After the backlash received over the past few days,  I am willing to bet we will see more of these types of tribute videos in the future, which would be great.  It’s just a shame it took an outcry from fans and media alike for MLB to clue in, however I suppose it shouldn’t be all that shocking.

Adam Wainwright follows the rules and pays the price

Originally posted on HardballTalk:

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MINNEAPOLIS — Baseball has so many crazy unwritten rules that it’s really almost impossible to keep up. For instance, if you ask Hall of Famer Joe Morgan about a moment in baseball he really regrets, he will likely talk about the time he swung for the fences on a 3-0 pitch against an aging Jim Palmer with a seven-run lead. That’s not something you or I would have likely noticed, but the way Morgan sees it that just wasn’t respectful to a great pitcher. After the game, he apologized to Palmer, who Morgan says both understood and accepted the apology.

Here’s another one: One time, the legendary Stan Musial was picked off second base. Later he went over to the second baseman who tagged him out and said: “Don’t ever embarrass me like that again.”

And one more: Pete Rose had a 44-game hitting streak ended in a 16-4 loss…

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Someone bought Lou Gehrig’s old glove for $287,500

Every 5th Day:

if I had the money, I’d love to own Gehrig’s glove. How cool would that be?

Originally posted on HardballTalk:

Today as part of the All-Star fan fest event in Minnesota an autographed Lou Gehrig glove from 1935 was put up for auction and sold for $287,500.

Where has the glove been all this time? According to Forbes magazine, Gehrig gave it to a New Yorker named Howard Brost Henderson in the mid-1930s and he “has kept the glove in his possession for close to 80 years until now consigning it in the auction.”

Not a bad little payday, although I guess that only comes out to like $3,000 per year.

Some other items at the auction included a Roy Campanella’s Hall of Fame ring for $86,250, a Jackie Robinson bat for $80,500, and a Harmon Killebrew Washington Senators jersey for $40,250.

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Video: Nike’s New Derek Jeter “re2pect” commercial is awesome

 

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Okay, I know all you non-Yankees fans out there are sick and tired of the “farewell tour” tributes that are being handed out around MLB’s ballparks for #2 Derek Jeter,  I get it.  However, one who is a baseball fan cannot deny the importance “The Captain” has played to the Yankees organization and baseball as a whole.   All one has to do is look at the new crop of shortstop prospects coming up through the various ranks who are wearing #2.  Yeah that’s right, the future star of the game we all love pay tribute to their hero by wearing his number on their back, that’s Re2pect (as Nike would have it).

 

As a baseball fan who has watched Jeter’s entire career unfold, all 5 World Series rings (2 against my beloved Braves)  and 3400+ hits, you get a tip of cap as well, farewell Captain.

 

 

 

Jays Twitter-verse Wants Gregg Zaun As Jays’ Manager?

Originally posted on Blue Jays Musings:

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As the Blue Jays ten game road trip continues to go south there seems to be a group of fans that keep calling for Gregg Zaun to manage the Blue Jays.

One tweeter even went as far as to ask Zaun if he would consider the job if offered.

Cam we please just stop with all of this talk?

First off John Gibbons has done a fine job with what he’s had to work with, all things considered. Secondly Gibby is under contract for next season as well. Third, even Gregg Zaun couldn’t do any better with this team.

The biggest reason the pro Zaun crowd seems to like him is that he would be a good motivator…

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Rockies owner: “maybe Denver doesn’t deserve a franchise . . . maybe time for it to find a new home”

Originally posted on HardballTalk:

Colorado Rockies owner Dick Monfort has had a snippy week with the fans. Earlier this week we told you that he told one fan, who complained about the team, that maybe he shouldn’t bother coming to Rockies games anymore if he doesn’t like it. Now he has told another fan that maybe angry Rockies fans don’t deserve to have a baseball team in the first place. From Denver’s CBS4:

CBS4 has obtained a series of emails between the long-time season ticket holder and Monfort which occurred between July 5 and July 8. The season ticket holder, who is from Denver but asked not to be identified, sent an email to the Rockies fan feedback line July 5th, writing, “The Monforts have no business owning a baseball team and their missteps in hiring ‘the good old boys’ for front office and management positions is solid evidence of their ineptitude. They…

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