Florida Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla can flat-out hit. Uggla has a .826 OPS in his first four Major League seasons and has clubbed 121 home runs, more than anyámiddle infielderáin history over the first four years of a career. Just as importantly, Uggla, 29, walked a career-high 92 times in 2009, which helped offset his lowest batting average in any single season to date. Uggla also plays in pitcher-friendly Land Shark Stadium, for now at least, which not only suppresses home run totals (by about 10 percent) but also has the highest ballpark factor for strikeouts in all of baseballù109, or nine percent above average over a three-year span. Uggla, who finished in the top 10 in the NL in strikeouts for the third straight year in 2009, might benefit tremendously from a move out of that ...
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