Coming into the season, most Dodger fans were excited that 2013 would mark the end of the Juan Uribe era. Uribe was signed after he won the 2010 World Series with the hated Giants and was expected to start right away at third base for the Dodgers.
However, in two seasons with the Dodgers, Uribe hit .204 and .191 respectively as Luis Cruz and him were supposed to platoon at third base this season.In much better shape to start the season, Uribe made it clear that there wasn’t any competition whatsoever and Cruz was designated for assignment.
While he’s been incredibly efficient at the plate, Uribe has made his arguably his biggest impression in the field according to Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com:
His defense has been stellar, as he has only three errors and a .985 fielding percentage, trailing onlyPlacido Polanco for top fielding percentage by a National League third baseman this year.
The three errors have come in 202 chances at third base as there have been several times where he’s started a great double play or made a key stop to help preserve a lead.
While the amount of chances ranks Uribe 11th amongst NL third basemen, it’s clear that Don Mattingly wants to give him occasional days off to keep him fresh down the stretch.
Once booed and hated in LA, Uribe’s patience and production at the plate coupled together with some spectacular plays in the field make him a viable NL third base Gold Glove candidate.
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