Mets Add Juan Uribe to World Series Roster

 

Mets Add Juan Uribe to World Series Roster

By Burt Carey

The New York Mets added veteran journeyman utility infielder Juan Uribe to their roster for Game 1 of the World Series matchup against the Kansas City Royals.

“I can walk through the locker room, I can’t find anybody that’s got two World Series rings except him,” Mets manager Terry Collins said of Uribe, New York Mets, Juan Uribe, World Series Roster, Major League Baseballwho collected world championship rings with the Chicago White Sox in 2005 and the San Francisco Giants in 2010. “He brings that guy who’s been on this stage and has not been affected by it. Yes, he hasn’t played in three weeks … but he’s still got two World Series rings. I know when he walks up there, he has a feel for what he has to do to get a hit.

“When (Kansas City manager) Ned (Yost) has to look at the bottom of the lineup card and sees Juan Uribe’s name, I know that gets his attention.”

The World Series began Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

The 36-year-old Uribe was traded to the Mets by the Atlanta Braves along with Kelly Johnson earlier this season. In addition to the White Sox and Giants, he’s also played for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Colorado Rockies. He replaced rookie infielder Matt Reynolds on the roster. Reynolds did not play in either the National League Division Series or the National League Championship Series, but was called up to take the roster spot of shortstop Ruben Tejada, who suffered a broken leg in the NLDS against the Dodgers.

“In the clubhouse, he’s exactly what you guys have all heard about,” Collins said. “He’s funny. He’s upbeat. He never has a bad day. He’s great with the Latin players. He’s tremendous with the American players. We thought that was going to be a big benefit to have somebody who’s been here and has that personality to keep everything a little looser. Everybody thinks this is a pressure-packed, tension thing. We need somebody to loosen it up a little bit, and he’s one of those guys.”

Uribe had been out of action since Sept. 25 due to an injury he aggravated while pinch hitting in Cincinnati. He’d originally suffered cartilage damage in his chest diving for a ground ball a week earlier.

Collins said he watched the veteran infielder take live batting practice for three consecutive days, followed by a full workout Monday, before adding him to the roster Tuesday. In 44 games for the Mets this year, he’s batting .219, with six home runs and 20 RBIs. Earlier in the season with the Braves, Uribe had posted a .285 batting average in 46 games.

The Mets have Wilmer Flores starting at shortstop. Uribe’s addition leaves the club without a natural shortstop to back up Flores, although Johnson could play shortstop if needed. Collins used Johnson as the Mets designated hitter in Game 1.

Collins based his decision on Uribe’s apparent health and his experience. “He’s not going to be intimidated by the surroundings, by the situation, so we think it’s a pretty big move,” Collins said. “I think he’s 100 percent physically. Due to the fact that he hasn’t played in a while is an issue, but in the coaches’ meeting, we talked about this scenario and just think he’s, with his experience, a better fit.”

 

Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle