Signature – Uribe Jr. having followed in his father’s footsteps in the MLB
Dominican Juan Uribe has nothing against the other six teams he has played for during his 19-year major league career, a journey in which he hit 199 home runs and won two World Series.
But one former senior wanted his son to make a deal with the White Sox and be a part of that organization. A dream came true on Monday when the White Sox announced the name Juan Uribe Jr. ($200,000) as part of a group of seven prospects they signed after the international free agent signing period opened.
The rest of the group includes right-handed shooters Luis Reyes ($700,000) and Denny Lima ($10,000), outfielders Abraham Nunez ($700,000) and Alberto ($50,000) and outfielders D’Angelo Tejada ($350,000) and Rafael Alvarez ($350,000). ).
Uribe Sr. was the architect of one of the most famous plays in White Sox history. Shortstop sent fullback Orlando Palmeiro up the middle and throw the ball to first baseman Paul Konerko on the final outing in a 1-0 Game 4 win over Houston, sealing a sweep of the 2005 World Series.
Now, Uribe Sr. helps develop young talents at the Juan Uribe Academy in Nizao, a city southwest of San Domingo. His son played in the Uribe complex, as did Alberto, a 16-year-old right-handed bowler and batsman.
“In my academy, we are like a family. All the boys here are like my children,” Uribe Sr. said Monday night. “I go there with them, we play, I eat the same food with them. We do the same together.”
“They go to school there. Everything they need to do there. Alberto is one of them, he’s like my son. It makes me so proud because we’re like family. I love working with them, being part of their routine.”
Born in Chicago, Uribe Jr., 16, shaped his relationship with the White Sox literally from day one and laid the foundation for that connection, despite great interest from other teams, according to the young second baseman.
“It was my dad who made sure I went to the best place and the best organization. It went really well, but it’s definitely something very exciting for me and my family,” Uribe Jr. said. A very happy moment for all of us. I am happy and proud to be a part of the White Sox.”
“I wanted to do something like what Vladimir (Guerrero Jr.) did. He was born in Canada and now plays for the Blue Jays. I wanted to do something like that.”
Of course, there is only one Vladimir Guerrero Jr., and Uribe Jr. is just starting his career. One day, he hopes that he will be able to help the White Sox in any way, as his father did.
“Being in Chicago and with the White Sox is like being part of a family,” said Uribe Sr. “You want your son to be in a good place, in the right place. I’m proud of the player he is and the player he’s going to become and the way he’s going to represent the White Sox.”