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2005 Topps Heritage #19 Juan Uribe

Juan C. Uribe Tena

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 173 lb.

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Shortstop Juan Uribe was signed by the Colorado Rockies in 1997 and made his big league debut with the club in 2001. He became the team's regular shortstop in the second half of the season, hitting .300 with 8 homers in 72 games. He also was second in the National League with 11 triples, despite being in the majors for only half the year. In 2002, he remained a Rockies regular but had a disappointing sophomore season. He began the year by hitting .373 in April, but he only batted .211 the rest of the way. Uribe was injured to begin the 2003 season, and he missed the first 58 games of the Rockies season. He still managed to club 10 home runs. After the season, he was traded to the Chicago White Sox for Aaron Miles.

Uribe began his first season with the Sox as a utility player, but by the end of the year, he was the club's regular second baseman. He hit .283 with a career-high 23 homers and 74 RBIs. When the Sox acquired Tadahito Iguchi before the 2005 season, Uribe was moved back to shortstop. He hit 16 homers for the Sox that year and provided solid defense in the infield. In the postseason, he reached base safely in 11 of 12 games and recorded the final two outs for the Sox in the final game of their World Series triumph.

Uribe had a career day for the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 5, 2013: he hit a double, triple and homer and drove in 7 runs to lead the Dodgers to a 10-2 defeat of the San Francisco Giants. On August 10th, he suffered a bit of a public embarrassment when he fell victim to the hidden ball trick in the 4th inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays. He had just advanced from second to third base on a sacrifice fly by A.J. Ellis and was dusting himself off when he failed to notice that the Rays had quietly relayed the ball to 3B Evan Longoria; when he momentarily lifted his foot off the bag, Longoria tagged him out. While his teammates riled him for not paying proper attention, the Dodgers won that game, 5-0, and were on a huge hot streak at the time, so the damage was minimal. Teammate Jerry Hairston Jr. then had a good laugh at Uribe's expense, hiring magician Jesse Latimer, who calls himself "the world champion of magic" to show Uribe how a baseball can be made to appear and disappear at will, the whole lesson ending up on video.

He is the nephew of José Uribe.

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