Saturday, July 25, 2015
638th Place - Jose Uribe
Ugh. Wasn't really looking forward to writing this one up. That's because Jose Uribe passed away in a tragic car accident in his native Dominican Republic in 2006.
Some infields really stick out in my mind, and the late 1980's Giants are one of them. Uribe played shortstop of course, along with Will Clark at first, Robby Thompson at second, and Matt Williams at third. That's a pretty solid group, and it's no wonder the Giants were so dominant during this time period. This card was printed after Uribe's best offensive season. Known mostly for his defense, his .767 OPS in 1987 was 150 points higher than his career average. I'm assuming the juiced ball from that year probably helped.
It seems Uribe's former teammates were quite devastated to hear of his passing, especially his double play partner Thompson. Uribe left behind 14 children, some of those from his first wife who passed away delivering their last child together. Rest in peace.