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Friday, July 18, 2014

Braves release Dan Uggla

That is one Uggla contract.

The Braves on Friday released second baseman Dan Uggla, CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman has learned.

The move is notable because Uggla, whom the Braves signed to a five-year, $62-million deal just prior to the 2011 season, is still owed the remainder of his $13-million salary for this season and another $13 million for the 2015 season. In other words, making Uggla go away is worth, oh, almost $20 million to the Braves.

Even with the money involved, the decision is easy to understand. Uggla in 2011, his first season after being acquired from the Marlins in exchange for Omar Infante and Mike Dunn, tallied 36 homers. Since then, however, he’s batted .196/.320/.357, and this year he cratered to an OPS+ of 33 (!).

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 18, 2014 at 04:02 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: bad contracts, braves, dan uggla, released players

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Manfred: US Soccer Team Coach Makes A Blunt Kobe Bryant Analogy That Explains Why He Cut Landon Donovan

OK, it’s not a baseball story but we should always applaud a coach/manager who understands his club’s need to focus on future, not past performance.

In what was the most controversial roster move in U.S. soccer history, coach Jurgen Klinsmann left Landon Donovan off the team ahead of the 2014 World Cup. ...

He said he doesn’t believe that past accolades should be taken into account when planning for the future.

He used a Kobe Bryant analogy to illustrate this point. He said the two-year $48.5-million extension that the Los Angeles Lakers gave Kobe last fall was insane. From The New York Times:

“‘This always happens in America,’ Klinsmann told me, waving his hands in the air. ‘Kobe Bryant, for example — why does he get a two-year contract extension for $50 million? Because of what he is going to do in the next two years for the Lakers? Of course not. Of course not. He gets it because of what he has done before. It makes no sense. Why do you pay for what has already happened?’”

JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: June 04, 2014 at 01:59 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: bad contracts, basketball, sabermetrics, soccer

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Lee: Initial B.J. Upton swing observations

B.J. Upton’s swing has changed some, but whether it’s the dramatic difference he needs remains to be seen.

Upton’s 2013 was a perfect storm of bad habits rolled into a swing that was all arms and generated no lower-body help. It led to slow bat speed, whiffing through velocity and not being able to drive anything up the middle.

I wrote in October that Upton’s 2013 swing had little load, a very slow trigger, a stiff front side and no lower-body torque. He didn’t generate any momentum to the ball, didn’t rotate to it, and his body went toward home plate instead.


 

 

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