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Dan Uggla: 4 Reasons Adding Even More Muscle Will Hurt Him in 2012
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If there was one thing Dan Uggla did best last season, it was toying with Atlanta Braves fans' hearts and minds.

Entering play on July 5, Uggla's batting average sat at a lousy .173. After a 2-2 night with a home run, double and two walks against Colorado, he awoke from a season-long slumber.

That night served as the beginning of a 33-game hitting streak that saw Uggla raise his batting average to .232 and hit 15 of his 36 home runs along the way.

Simply put, Braves fans finally saw the Uggla that most had expected when Atlanta sent Mike Dunn and Omar Infante to the Marlins the previous November.

Earlier this spring, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien reported on Twitter that Uggla had added 20 pounds of muscle over the offseason, mostly to his arm and upper body.

Braves fans thought: Huh? He needed more muscle?

It's a valid concern and raises questions about how the added bulk will affect his performance.

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