“And his name is DAN UGGLA!”
If you’ve ever gotten a close look at Dan Uggla, you can definitely tell that he ate his greens as a child! Even Alfredo Amezaga nick named the Florida Marlins slugger as “Popeye” while reading the line up about a week and a half ago in spanish. While we Floridians know what Dan Uggla is capable of, and while many of you have been able to see what this 5’11- 200lb homerun fiend has been able to produce, there are still many in this world that have not a clue who Dan Uggla is.
Dan Uggla truly is the modern day Popeye. With a small frame and enormous forearms, our hometown hero’s uncanny resemblance goes far beyond the physical. Like Popeye, Uggla is sometimes strange, comical, and may sometimes appear to have supernatural powers. (How can such a small man hit a ball so hard?!) Popeye is depicted as having superhuman strength and it is obvious when Uggla hits the ball that he too, shares that very characteristic. Must be the spinach!
Aside from almost being confused for Popeye’s twin brother, who is the man behind the iron swing? Who is Dan Uggla? Dan Uggla was born “Dan Cooley Uggla” (one hell of a name!) on March 11, 1980 in Louisville, Kentucky. Uggla graduated from high school in 1998 and attended the University of Memphis immediately after. After his junior season of playing ball on campus, he was named an All American by Baseball America, Baseball Weekly, and Collegiate Baseball. Uggla was then drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001 and spent nearly 5 years in the Diamondback organization prior to being reeled in by the fish as a Rule 5 pick. Dan Uggla has been a part of the Florida Marlins roster since 2005 and played his first game with the fish in the 2006 season.
During his first season with the Florida Marlins, Uggla had a .282 batting average, 27 home runs, and 90 RBI. In 2007, he had more home runs, but a lower BA and a lower RBI. Now in 2008, Uggla is off to an amazing start. He went through a rough patch early on, but Uggla is now batting .299 with 29 RBI and 12 HR, one of which was his first career grand slam! I look forward to watching Uggla continue to succeed and raise his numbers through out the year! AND HIS NAME IS DAN UGGLA– NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH POPEYE! 🙂
*FUN FACT*: Dan Uggla’s last name means ‘owl’ in Swedish