Sunday, May 5, 2013

'64/'13 Counterparts: 2B or Not 2B

That is the question...

2013 Heritage #115 Dan Uggla
After suffering through a career-worse season a year ago, Dan Uggla is even worse so far this young season. Fans have had to endure a sea of troublesome at-bats, throws, and fielding gaffes. And at this point, I'd just like the Daniel Cooley experiment to die a quick death. Enough with defending him by saying, 'but he gives it all he's got.'

Hamlet feared death and what lies beyond the grave. Well, I have come to the conclusion that management fears cutting ties with the guy because of what lies beyond the death of a horrible contract. Perhaps they fear that, should they cut him (because let's face it, NO mlb team would trade for the guy),  he would magically turn it around and become the player they thought they were acquiring two-plus years ago. Aye, there's the rub.

2014 thus far: 95 AB, 17 hits, 1 2B, 5 HR, 9 RBI, 15 BB, 39 K .179/.291/.341    4 errors in 125 chances

1964 Topps #115 Frank Bolling
Prior to the 1964 season, Frank Bolling had been a solid major league second-baseman. A gold-glove winner in 1958 while with Detroit, Bolling wasn't bad offensively, either. He was the type of hitter who would put up a batting average of around .257, give you about twenty doubles, a few triples, 9 homers, and almost as many walks than strikeouts. An All-Star in 1961 & 1962, Bolling saw his production slip in '63. Then along came 1964, and Frank had a very 'Uggly' season, offensively.

With nearly 220 fewer plate appearances than in '63, Bolling just seemed to have lost his ability to hit- seeing his average drop 45 points to a career-worse .199 (in 352 at-bats, so it wasn't just some small sample size). He also saw a large increase of strikeout/walk ratio-having more than twice as many strikeouts than walks. One positive from '64: Bolling led all National League second basemen in fielding percentage.


  1. If only we still had Prado.

    People always said Uggla was streaky but I'm beginning to think the word should be "slumpy".

    1. Yeah, Prado would be a much better option. I still think we had to include him for the JUp deal to go down, so I don't mind. I wish we still had Omar Infante- that would have softened the blow of losing Martin.