Braves' Uggla has lot to prove after rough year

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 21, 2014 at 12:39 pm •  Published: February 21, 2014
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KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Here are some things every Atlanta Braves fans knows about second baseman Dan Uggla: Last season he batted .179, had his lowest on-base and slugging percentages of his career, and he struck out a team-high 171 times.

Here's something that manager Fredi Gonzalez also knows: He's not giving up on the three-time All-Star.

"People look at the strikeouts and the batting average, but he gets on base for us. That's important," Gonzalez said. "I don't know if we are going to change anything. It's too early in camp for that."

Uggla's average has been on a steady decline since moving to the Braves after five years with the Marlins. He hasn't hit above .233 since arriving in Atlanta.

And he was left off the roster for the division series last October, a crushing blow for Uggla, who walked 77 times last year, down from 94 in 2012. His on-base percentage was .309, the lowest of his career.

"I had a bad year, nothing was going right," Uggla said. "I got over it and I just want to get on with the new season."

There were some hard feelings when he was left off the postseason roster but Uggla says he is over it and has something to prove.

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