Children of the Marlins Diaspora 15

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Dan Uggla, 2B

Played for Marlins: 2006-2010
Other teams: Atlanta (2011-present)
Marlins fans know him because: Uggla is in many ways the ultimate Marlin, since he was poached from the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2006 Rule 5 Draft. Arizona did not see the need to protect him, and he went on to become one of the best hitters in Marlins history. The only two-time winner of the Marlins Diehards Next Member of the Marlins Diaspora award, Uggla holds the team records for both home runs and strikeouts. He was a two-time All Star and fan favorite for his power and counterbalance in the clubhouse, often at odds with Hanley Ramirez whenever Hanley was accused of lacking hustle. Every home run he ever hit for the Marlins was punctuated with a call of "and his name is Dan Uggla," from Rich Waltz and Tommy Hutton, which got old after a year or so. He had the gall to turn down a 4-year, $48 million contract extension from the club this winter, which resulted in his trade to Atlanta. Not to beat a dead horse, but I still don't regret the Marlins trading him. He will almost certainly not be worth $12 million a year when he is 34.
Everyone else knows him because: Uggla is the only 2B in MLB history to hit 30 home runs in four straight seasons and 25 home runs in five straight, but he will forever be known as the guy who committed 3 errors (including 2 on consecutive playable balls) in the 2008 All-Star Game.
Best Marlins moment: For me, it has to be the All-Star Game performance. It sums up the Marlins existence so nicely. No matter how many things they do right, they really only get attention for their missteps.


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