Juan C. Uribe Tena (born March 22, 1979 in Baní, Dominican Republic) is a Major League Baseball infielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He began his career in 1997 when he was signed to the Colorado Rockies, and played with the team until December 3, 2003 when he was traded to the Chicago White Sox. While Uribe was with the White Sox, the team won the 2005 World Series against the Houston Astros. In 2009, he was signed to a minor league contract with the Giants with whom he won another ring in the 2010 World Series.
Professional baseball careerEdit
Minor league careerEdit
Uribe was signed as an amateur free agent by the Colorado Rockies in 1997. He started playing in the Dominican Summer League for the DSL Rockies. In 1998 and 1999, he played in the Rookie Class Arizona Rookie League and the Single-A Asheville in the South Atlantic League. While in single-A, he batted .392 with 28 doubles and a 15 game hitting streak. He remained in Single-A until 2001, when he was called up by the Rockies.
Uribe played 72 games for the Rockies in his rookie season of 2001. He batted .300, had 8 home runs, and 53 RBI. He also had 11 triples, tying a club record held by Neifi Perez and Juan Pierre. He was called back to AAA Colorado Springs three times over the season, but played most of the end of the season in the majors. He tied 3 other franchise records, with two hits, two extra base hits, and six total bases in a single inning during an October 7 game against the San Diego Padres.
Uribe played his first full season in the majors for the Rockies in 2002. He started 150 games at shortstop, with a .240 average, 6 home runs, 49 RBI, and 25 doubles. He had a 17 game hitting streak over the months of April and May, a career high. Juan also tied a career high in hits in a game with 4 on September 17 in a game against the Los Angeles Angels, and missed hitting for the cycle by a home run. In 2003, Juan was limited in playing time due to an injury suffered when he was rounding the bases during a spring training game on March 1. He rehabbed in the minors, playing for both Class A and AA before playing in the majors again on June 3. He also began to fill in in the outfield for the Rockies, starting at center field on June 15. Uribe was traded to the Chicago White Sox by the Colorado Rockies on December 2, 2003 for Aaron Miles. A former top prospect in Colorado, he played shortstop, second base and even some third base for the Sox in his first season. He eventually replaced José Valentín at shortstop because of Valentin's erratic defense, allowing Valentin to depart as a free agent.
Chicago White SoxEdit
In the 2004 season, he started in 134 games for the White Sox. He set many career highs in almost all of the batting categories, having a career high in bases loaded average, RISP average, batting average, home runs, RBI, fielding percentage, hits, and runs. He played much better at home, batting .315 compared to .248 on the road. On December 16, he agreed to a contract extension through 2008 with the White Sox.
2005: World SeriesEdit
In the 2005 season, Uribe spent the entire season playing shortstop for the White Sox, after making starts at second base, shortstop, third base, and center field in the last two seasons. Uribe made two memorable defensive plays for the final two outs of the 2005 World Series, first catching a ball while crashing into the third base stands and then making an off-balance throw on a slow grounder to beat Astro Orlando Palmeiro to give the White Sox their first title in 88 years.
Uribe had one of his best power seasons in 2006, batting .235 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI playing 132 games with the White Sox, but with the lowest on-base-percentage of his career, at .257. He led the White Sox in sacrifice hits, and ranked fourth in the American League with a .977 fielding percentage.
On November 7, 2007, Uribe agreed to a one-year extension with the White Sox, keeping him in the organization until 2009, though other teams expressed interest in a trade, such as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, after the White Sox acquired all-star shortstop Orlando Cabrera from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Early in the Template:Mlby season, Uribe lost his spot in the White Sox starting lineup to newly-signed Cuban infielder Alexei Ramírez. However, after Joe Crede was injured Uribe began to make some starts at third base. On October 30, Uribe filed for free agency.
San Francisco GiantsEdit
It was announced on April 4, that Uribe had made the Giants final roster.
On Friday July 10, Uribe bobbled a ground ball with one out in the 8th inning of Jonathan Sánchez's no-hitter, allowing Chase Headley to reach 1st base. The effort had been perfect up to that point, and Sánchez went on to retire each of the remaining 5 batters, meaning this error lost the first perfect game since Randy Johnson's in 2004. This was the first no-hit, no-walk, no–hit batsman game that was not also a perfect game since 1990.
On September 23, 2010 Uribe hit two homeruns in in the one inning against the Chicago Cubs including a grand slam for a total of 6 RBI.
He finished the season batting .256 with 24 home runs and 85 runs batted in. He had 129 hits on the year in 521 at bats, bringing his career hit total above the 1,000 mark. Uribe had one stolen base on the season and was caught stealing twice. He had 24 doubles and 2 triples. In the 2010 National League Championship Series, Uribe played a key role in two victories, getting the walk-off sacrifice fly in Game 4 and hitting the go ahead home run in the top of the 8th to put the Giants up 3-2 in Game 6, which sent the Giants to the 2010 World Series.
The Giants won the series in five games, and Uribe earned his second World Series championship.
Los Angeles DodgersEdit
Uribe has a wife, Ana, and three children: Juan Luis, Juanny, and Janny. Uribe plays winter baseball in his home country of the Dominican Republic every year and has also done work for many different charity organizations affiliated with Major League Baseball. On Mother's Day 2007, he used a pink bat along with 200 other players in Major League Baseball to help Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Uribe is a second cousin of the late former major league shortstop José Uribe.
2006 shooting allegationsEdit
In October 2006, Uribe was alleged to have been involved in a shooting in his native Dominican Republic. Despite claims from a district attorney that there was no firm evidence that Uribe was involved in the incident, a judge decided to press forward with the case. Although a defense motion to bar him from leaving the country was rejected, it was ruled on January 5, 2007, that Uribe must appear before a court on the 15 and the 30 of every month until the case is resolved. Uribe, who had denied any involvement in the case, had suggested that he may not play baseball until the legal proceedings are concluded. He was confident that he would win in court and would be free for spring training. It was reported on February 22, 2007, on SportsCenter that Uribe would no longer have to appear in court on those dates. The following day his name was cleared of any involvement with the shooting. It was not publicly disclosed what events had taken place.
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