Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 1/21/13
One of my earliest memories of collecting baseball cards was looking at the back of a 1986 Topps Jose Uribe baseball card. His 1977 season was missed due to injury so instead of stats, it said “on disabled list”. The next three seasons of 1978-1980 all had lines that said “did not play”. But Uribe (born Jose Gonzalez) was a useful shortstop who had his best MLB seasons with the San Francisco Giants. He would be 54 today, had he not died in a car accident in 2006 in the Dominican Republic. After signing with the Yankees early in 1977, he missed the entire season do to injury. The Yankees released him after the season and he did not play baseball professionally again until the St Louis Cardinals signed him in 1981. Uribe was a shortstop, but not a strong defensive one. He made 30 plus errors in his first season in the Cardinals system. MLB manager and GM Whitey Herzog had a vision of a strong defensive SS, though he had Garry Templeton, and considered Uribe as a potential replacem...
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