Yeah, I know he’s been horrible as a Dodger, but he is a good guy, good teammate and well-liked by his peers. That at least speaks to his character, but not his talent. For the record, I am predicting a resurgence for Uribe this year and while he has been absolutely awful as a Dodger, that does not automatically mean he will be horrible next year – his contract year. There will probably never be another Dodger player who has played as bad as Juan Uribe has the past two years, but there is reason for hope. Hear me out!
- You think he’s a free swinger who chases everything and strikes out and you would be half right. He is a free swinger who chases everything, but he has only struck out 100 times twice in 12 years;
- He averages 5.58 at-bats per strikeout – not the worst ever;
- The year before he signed with the Dodgers he hit 24 HR and had 85 RBI for the Giants and Giants fans loved him;
- His career 162 game average is still 18 HR and 75 RBI with a .251 BA;
- He’s only 33; and
- He should be motivated to be in great shape while playing for a contract.
Of course he’s no All-Star, or even close, but if he could do what his career 162 game average is, I take him in a heartbeat. Luis Cruz could lose his spot to Uribe because he’s headed to the World Baseball Classic. Cruz may not make the team out of Spring Training if Uribe gets hot. Uribe will get his chance in the spring and least we forget, he is a very good defensive 3B.
I know you all hate Juan Uribe because he has really let all the Dodger fans down, but past performance is not indicative of future prospects. He has put up numbers in the past that Luis Cruz can only dream of. I know you love Cruz, but ask yourselves “How many major league teams would even have a roster spot for him? He is insurance in case Juan Uribe stinks up the joint again. In all reality, Uribe is light years better than Cruz and that’s not saying much.
Luis Cruz was a “feel good story” last season. Remember when Oscar Robles was that guy?
This ain’t Mamby Pamby Land, you Jackwagons!
Now that I’ve said that, if Juan doesn’t come out blazing, he’s going to be walking sooner than later in the Spring.