Chattanooga-(WDEF) Former Atlanta Braves star Dale Murphy stopped in Chattanooga on Tuesday.
The two time National League MVP went to bat for the local Junior Achievement organization.
Dale Murphy not only served as the featured speaker at the Junior Achievement Spirit of Achievement awards banquet. He also posed for pictures and signed autographs afterwards.
"It's a great organization the Junior Achievement. So it was fun to come back to Chattanooga and to speak at the Junior Achievement Spirit of Achievement Awards Banquet."
Murphy admits the Braves spirit is being tested right now with the season ending injuries to a pair of starters in Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy.
"I like their depth on their pitching staff. You know, you can only absorb so many injuries. I like the organizational depth and our bullpen is the best. If we score a few runs, we'll be ok."
Craig Kimbrell is the closer in the pen, and Murphy says you can argue that Kimbrell is the team MVP.
"As someone who was an everyday player, I always kind of think about the guys that are out there everyday. But you wouldn't get any complaints from me with saying Craig Kimbrell is the Most Valuable Player. I mean really, he shortens the game, and when you are playing against the Braves, you're thinking about that."
Second baseman Dan Uggla struggled last season batting .179
But Murphy believes Uggla will be better this season. He already has four homers this spring.
"Things are going well in spring training. I know he's working. I'm confident Dan Uggla will be back here producing like he has been."
Atlanta just signed first baseman Freddie Freeman to an eight year dear for $135-million, so he's expected to be a franchise player.
"Gotta a great attitude, loves to play. He doesn't get as much of publicity as he should for his first base play, his defense."