When Dan Uggla homered on San Diego’s Kevin Correia in the sixth inning on July 31, he became Florida’s all-time leader in home runs. The home run in San Diego gave Uggla 144 for his career, surpassing former Florida third baseman Mike Lowell’s 143 with the club. All Year Cooling congratulates Dan Uggla on a phenomenal performance thus far in what is shaping up to be one of the top second baseman careers of all-time!
But Uggla didn’t stop at 144…
He took Roy Halladay deep in a loss to Philadelphia on Tuesday for his 145th home run as a member of the Fish. Uggla leads all second basemen in that category this season; the next highest total among second basemen is Rickie Weeks’ 22 home runs. Uggla’s 24 home runs this season are tied for the eighth most in baseball, proving his worth among the top power hitters in the game.
Uggla went 3 for 4 with a home run in last night’s loss and is the hottest hitter on the Fish as the team looks to make up ground in the playoff race. Since July 23, Uggla is batting .357 with eight home runs, 13 RBIs and 15 runs scored. He even added a stolen base on July 31 to boot, his third of the season. If he keeps it up, he’ll reach 30 home runs for the fourth consecutive year, and could surpass his career high .282 batting average achieved in his rookie year of 2006 (he currently sits at .280).