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Dan Uggla’s 200th career homer drills Marlins’ garish home run sculpture (video)

Dan Uggla spent five seasons with the Marlins franchise before the second baseman was traded to the Atlanta Braves prior to the 2011 season, so it was an interesting development when he hit his 200th career round-tripper in the Miami Marlins’ brand-spanking-new ballpark. Uggla said, “This is where I started my career and to get my 200th homer here is awesome,” and adding, “[h]ere or Atlanta, it would have been great either way.”

Uggla went 4-5 with a double, two home runs and five RBI, coming up a triple short of the cycle in Atlanta’s 11-0 thrashing of Uggla’s former club. His second blast of the night traveled an estimated 432 feet, drilling Marlins Park’s nightmare fuel of a home run sculpture in right-center field before clanking off the flamingo and marlin-featured eyesore and back onto the field of play.

Unfortunately, there has been no mention of Uggla’s majestic home run ball knocking the garish home run sculpture out of commission, so by all accounts the most heavily discussed feature of the new Marlins Park during the stadium’s construction will continue to be an unsightly affront to ballpark tradition, style and taste.

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