Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe is highly optimistic about the Dodgers winning the World Series this year, and his reasoning for hope is nothing if not convincing.
Uribe has a track record for being a World Series champion in years that are multiples of five. In 2005 and 2010, he won titles with the Chicago White Sox and San Francisco Giants, respectively. Now five years removed from winning the World Series, Uribe is well aware of his track record, via Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times:
I won my first ring in 2005,” Uribe said in Spanish. “I won my second in 2010. Now, we’re in 2015.”
As Uribe embarks on his 15th year in the Majors, he also enters the final year of his two-year contract with the Dodgers. Retirement isn’t in store for Uribe, but his future with the Dodgers is an unknown.
That being said, he expressed a desire to remain in Los Angeles past the 2015 season:
I’d like to finish my career here,” he said. “They’ve given me a position here. They’ve shown confidence in me. They’ve given me confidence. That’s worth a lot to me.
It comes as no surprise Uribe would want to re-sing with the Dodgers considering the relationships he’s built with teammates, coaches and fan base. However, it hasn’t always been smooth sailing for the veteran third baseman as his first two seasons in a Dodger uniform were underwhelming and injury ridden.
Then in 2013, Uribe had an offensive resurgence that carried over into last season when he posted career-highs in batting average (.311) and on-base percentage (.337). If Uribe is able continue his streak of strong seasons, the Dodgers may be enticed to re-signing him on a short-term contract.
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