No one is sure what Dan Uggla saw Monday night when he thought he had been given the steal sign in the ninth inning of a 4-2 loss to the Cardinals. Uggla was thrown out and then stood up afterward, handling every question about his mistake, taking all the blame.
Wes Helms also missed a hit-and-run sign in the sixth inning Monday, but by Tuesday afternoon, the Marlins said the problems had been addressed.
“We talked to them. It was taken care of and we will play tonight,’’ said Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez, who added the Marlins have a plan in place for when a player misses a sign or is confused.
“We have all that stuff covered,’’ he said. “There’s a failsafe system. It was just one of those nights. We all learn from it. We go over our signs every other series.’’
Both Uggla and Helms were remorseful.
“It’s because they care,’’ Gonzalez said. “These are the kind of guys you want on your team. It stays with them the next day. You feel like you hurt your team. But we didn’t lose the game because of that.’’
Marlins first base coach Andy Fox said Uggla’s mistake was a rarity.
“This is a smart team. These guys have been heads-up all year,’’ he said. “For the most part I think we have been very good in game-type situations, running the bases and doing things like taking the extra base when it’s there.
"These guys are very conscientious in their decision-making. (Monday) night was just one of those things. I can’t remember a time this year when something like that has happened. We’re running the bases a lot better than we did last year.’’