June 30, 2011
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This is a slump that has acquired its own name -- an Uggla. But we shall not dwell upon the unfortunately barren season being endured by the Braves' $62 million second baseman, but rather just how cleverly it has been applied to their pennant thrust by their new manager.
This is a slump that has acquired its own name — an Uggla.
After Louis Oosthuizen had won the British Open last year, he was asked what he planned to do with his earnings. “Buy myself a nice John Deere 6000 Series tractor,” he said, and you could have said a prayer in the sudden silence that fell over the media center at St. Andrews.
This is the way it used to be, you might say. A scout walked into town — a small town in a quiet valley or a mill town — to watch a baseball game. The Braves scout, of course, was what we used to call a “bird dog,” meaning he was just sort of “sniffing out” the territory.
Just a collection of thoughts for the lazy reader. Have a nice weekend.
Let’s clear the air: Jack McKeon didn’t just get hired again by the Florida Marlins. He has been there all along. Nearly every Major League Baseball boss has a supporting cast registered as “special assistant to the owner.” Jeffrey Loria, who owns the Marlins, has five — most of them player antiques who don’t do much of anything but go to the ballpark on game day.
It might be that the Texas Rangers view the Braves as their chosen source of talent and so we welcome our American League affiliates. Our locals have made some horrendous deals in their time. Such stars as Adam Wainwright and Jason Marquis have been sent packing — John Schuerholz has said that that is the worst deal he ever made, and who is to dispute the club president? (Remember, what he got in return was J.D. Drew, a nomad who was just passing through, not to mention the silent Cuban, Eli Marrero.)
So it all began in 1876, and all these years later — as this is written — the present-day Braves are still trying to break the deadlock they’re in: 9,983 games won, 9,983 lost.