It was about a month ago. Dan Uggla and Braves hitting coach Larry Parrish were discussing Uggla's epic slump. Uggla had heard hitting tips from countless well-meaning fans, broadcasters, players and others for weeks on end, and perhaps listened too intently to a lot of it. "He was just trying to do too much, be too much, be what he wasn't," Parrish said. "Trying to be perfect and hit the ball all around the field. And one day we just talked about, 'Just be Dan Uggla. You've got your part of the plate that you command, so when they come in there, take advantage. And go back to being you, instead of trying to be something you're not.'" Whether that conversation triggered a change in his approach, or merely coincided with an eventual resurgence by the Braves second baseman, Uggla, Parrish and the rest of the Braves are just thankful it's happened. Uggla is back to being Uggla. He hit two home runs Tuesday off Ubaldo Jimenez during a 12-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday. There wasn't much else to recommend of the Braves' performance, but Uggla extended his hitting streak to 11 games and moved into the team lead with 17 home runs. Uggla became the first player ever to hit two homers off Jimenez in a major league game. After batting just .173 with 12 homers, 29 RBIs and a .241 on-base percentage in 86 games through July 4, Uggla was 14-for-41 (.341) with five homers, eight RBIs and a .438 OBP in the past 11 games through Tuesday. After slugging .327 in his first 86 games, he was slugging .805 during the hitting streak. During what was far and away the worst slump of his career, Uggla said he never stopped believing he'd snap out of it. He also never avoided the media, never hid from reporters after a particularly bad game, and never said anything about the boos he received at Turner Field. Well, other than saying he'd have booed, too, if he were a fan in the stands.
Uggla back to being Uggla? 5 HRs in 11-game streak
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Jul 21