December 27, 2012 |
UGUETH URBINA was released from prison on Saturday after serving about 5 1/2 years of his 14-year sentence. Time off for good behavior, they said. What was his crime? He tried to slice and burn two farm workers suspected of trespassing on his family's Venezuelan ranch. The attack came just 2 weeks after Urbina pitched two-thirds of an inning in the Phillies' final game of 2005. In what was his last big-league season, Urbina went 4-3 with a save and a 4.13 ERA for the Phils. He came to Philadelphia along with Ramon Martinez from Detroit in June in exchange for Placido Polanco, who was traded so that a young Chase Utley could get more at-bats.
December 31, 2012 |
CARACAS, Venezuela - Former Phillies relief pitcher Ugueth Urbina returned to baseball over the weekend after serving 7 1/2 years in prison for the attempted murder of five workers on his family's ranch. Before taking the field in his native Venezuela to play for the Lions of Caracas, Urbina described himself as "more mature" and said he was "very excited to play baseball again. " "I'm excited to be here," Urbina told reporters at the University Stadium in Caracas, where the Lions played the Zulia Eagles.
December 27, 2012
Former all-star closer Ugueth Urbina was released unexpectedly from a Venezuelan prison after serving more than 51/2 years for attempted murder, ESPN.com reported. Urbina, 38, received a 14-year sentence in March 2007 after being accused of attacking workers with machetes and pouring gasoline on them at his family's ranch in October 2005. The prison said that Urbina, who last pitched for the Phillies in 2005, was released Saturday for good behavior. The Seattle Mariners on Wednesday officially announced their $2.75 million, one-year deal with outfielder Raul Ibanez , returning the veteran to where he began his major-league career in 1996.
April 26, 1999 |
The score was tied and the bases were loaded when Alex Arias sauntered to the plate with two outs in the top of the ninth inning yesterday. The Montreal Expos had their ace reliever, Ugueth Urbina, on the mound and a small but vocal crowd of 9,280 on their side. Still, a feeling of confidence swept over the Phillies' dugout. Arias is the type of player who can come off the bench and tip a game on its ear with one swing of the bat. And that's just what he did. Pinch-hitting for pitcher Paul Byrd, Arias broke the 4-4 tie with a clutch two-run single up the middle.
August 18, 1993 |
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre erupted for 12 runs in the fourth inning last night, and the Red Barons went on to rout the Charlotte Knights, 15-3, in the International League. There were six home runs in the game. Charlotte's Sam Horn hit his 32d homer of the season, a club high, in the second inning. Brad Brink (5-6) got the victory, and former Phillie Jason Grimsley (5-6) took the loss. READING 4, HARRISBURG 3 HARRISBURG - A grand slam by Jeff Jackson in the seventh inning was just enough for the Reading Phillies in an Eastern League game with the Harrisburg Senators.
December 12, 2005 |
The contracts for relief pitchers have been lucrative this off-season, and Ugueth Urbina certainly stood to benefit from the bull market. He hasn't. Instead, the former Phillies reliever has been in a Venezuelan jail since last month, accused of attempted murder on family property on Oct. 15. Urbina and others are accused of beating farmhands with machetes, pouring gasoline and paint thinner on them, and trying to light them on fire. If he is convicted, Urbina could face 10 years in prison.
May 17, 2000 |
The Los Angeles Dodgers gave new meaning to a close-fought game. Several Dodgers went into the Wrigley Field crowd in Chicago last night after a fan stole Chad Kreuter's cap and ran off with it in the ninth inning of Los Angeles' 6-5 victory. The game was delayed for nine minutes while some Dodgers and fans fought. "A fan came down and hit one of our guys in the back of the head," said Dodgers catcher Todd Hundley, who homered. "Literally punched him in the back of the head when he wasn't looking.
March 29, 2007 |
Former Phillies reliever Ugueth Urbina was sentenced to 14 years in prison for the attempted murder of five workers on his family's ranch, the Caracas-based Attorney General's Office announced yesterday. He also was found guilty of illegal deprivation of liberty and violating a prohibition against taking justice into his own hands during a dispute over a gun he owned on Oct. 16, 2005, according to a statement from the Attorney General's Office. The 32-year-old free agent was accused of joining a group of men in attacking and injuring workers with machetes and pouring gasoline on them at his family's ranch about 25 miles south of Caracas.
June 26, 2001 |
Once Javier Vazquez got past the first batter, the rest was easy. Cut on the right side and the right arm by Luis Castillo's broken bat, Vazquez stayed in the game and pitched the visiting Montreal Expos past the Florida Marlins, 3-1, last night. Castillo led off the bottom of the first, and his shattered barrel struck Vazquez. Vazquez covered first base on the play and received a toss from Lee Stevens to retire Castillo. After being checked by a trainer and throwing a few warmup pitches, Vazquez returned to the mound.
September 3, 2004 |
The mother of Detroit Tigers pitcher Ugueth Urbina was kidnapped by four unidentified men disguised as police officers, police in Caracas, Venezuela, said yesterday. The men took Maura Villareal from a house owned by Urbina in suburban Caracas Wednesday, said Joel Rengifo, director of the country's anti-kidnapping police force. The men have not contacted family members, he said. The Tigers said Urbina had left the club to go to Venezuela, and the team is working with Major League Baseball and its Venezuelan contacts to assist the pitcher.