Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/7/12
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Lost in the shock of the Atlanta Braves' season ending on the wrong end of the infield fly rule and a barrage of garbage on the field in the wild-card game against the Cardinals was the fact that they left 12 runners on base. That was not unusual this season. The Atlanta offense didn't put up big numbers for the third straight year, but it did improve over 2011, with the exception of second baseman Dan Uggla and catcher Brian McCann. Uggla, supposed to be the power right-handed bat, hit only 19 home runs after hitting more than 30 in each of the five previous seasons. McCann, who was at one time the cleanup hitter, dropped to seventh in the order at times as he battled right shoulder injuries. The Braves hope and expect both of them to be better next season. By the last month of the season, hitting coaches Greg Walker and Scott Fletcher had straightened out some things with Uggla, whose hitting improved, saving him from finishing with an average below .200. The assumption with M...
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