With a slash average of .263/.375/.448, eight home runs and 32 RBI, his numbers certainly warranted the popular support, though some could make a strong case for the Astros' Jose Altuve and Marlins' Omar Infante to get the All-Star starting nod at second base. (Brandon Phillips of the Reds has the second-most votes at the position.)
But in the opener of a big three-game series with the Marlins, Uggla showed that the current All-Star vote probably has it right. Playing his former team in its new ballpark for the first time, Uggla went 4-for-5 with two home runs and five RBI, leading the Braves to an 11-0 blowout.
The second of Uggla's two homers—a two-run shot off Chad Gaudin—was the 200th of his major league career. Adding punctuation to the milestone was the ball ricocheting off the famed home run feature in Marlins Park's center field. (The ball hit right off the sun. Shouldn't someone have gotten a prize for that?)
Uggla may as well have planted a flag by the structure while he was at it.
Unfortunately, according to postgame quotes from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien, Uggla didn't get that 200th home run ball, despite it bouncing back onto the field after colliding with the sun.
The big night pushed Uggla's average up to .276/.384/.492 with 10 homers and 37 RBI. He currently leads all major league second baseman in on-base percentage, walks, home runs, RBI and OPS.
Yep—he looks like an All-Star.
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