Uggla batting second

To get Dan Uggla back on track, manager Fredi Gonzalez decided to put the two-time All-Star back in an old spot.

So for the first time this season, the Marlins went with Uggla batting in the No. 2 spot.

He had been hitting mostly in fifth.

Those who have followed Uggla’s career closely might remember that he enjoyed his greatest success batting second. That’s where he was slotted mostly as a rookie in 2006 and 2007. What was telling then is Hanley Ramirez led off, and Miguel Cabrera usually was hitting third. Although there were times Cabrera batted cleanup.

When Uggla was hitting in front of Cabrera, he saw a lot more fastballs. The results were impressive — 31 homers and 87 RBIs in 2007, and 27 homers and 90 RBIs in 2006. Those were his numbers hitting second.

With Ramirez now behind him, Uggla promises to see more fastballs.

— Joe Frisaro


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