NL East Rivals Combine to Make Braves Stronger

During this season’s ill-fated “2nd Base Chase,” in which I demanded that Chase Utley was better than Robinson Cano, and then ex-Roommate said this was wrong-headed and that Robinson Cano was better, so I walked around the apartment slamming doors for 72 hours until we agreed on an ongoing wager.

Through the season, we assumed that Dan Uggla was furious for not being included.

“The dark horse,” we called him, and despite no one caring, the joke soon evaporated as Chase went down with injury, Cano had the season of his life, and Uggla rumbled through another potent season in the sog of South Florida.  He’s consistently a force to be reckoned with and an offensive get at second.

And the Braves got him this afternoon, in exchange for Omar Infante and Mike Dunn.

After reverting back to 17th century forms of outrage, Michael Jong gives the situation his objective analysis:

“It’s bad, pretty bad.”

–Michael Jong, Marlin Maniac

And the Braves, well.  The Braves just had to sit there.  Uggla has the offense to take them up a notch, venturing out of Miami for the first time in his career.

July 29, 2010: San Francisco,CA. Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla in action, during the game between the Florida Marlins and the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park in San Francisco,California. The Marlins shutout the Giants 5-0. Jeff Trouette/CSM.

What he does not have: speed.

My favorite part is that Uggla wasn’t avalable for comment because he was vacationing in Mexico.  Everybody’s vacationing in Mexico right now.  It’s the Major League Baseball Orgy, 2010-11 (It stretches into the New Year), duh.

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