Sometimes, we give Armando Benitez a hard time, even though he’s having a stellar spring (allegedly). But the next time Big Bennie blows a save–and don’t worry, it’ll happen–be grateful that Ugueth Urbina is not the Giants’ closer.
Ugueth Urbina, a two-time All-Star closer, won the 2003 World Series as the bullpen force for the Marlins. He’s 30th on the all-time saves list.
And he’ll be in jail for the next fourteen years. Hey, that’s what happens when you get charged with attempted murder in Venezuela:
Urbina, a former pitcher with the Montreal Expos, Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia Phillies, was also found guilty of illegal deprivation of liberty and violating a prohibition against taking justice into his own hands during a dispute over a gun on Oct. 16, 2005, according to a statement from the Attorney General’s Office.
The 33-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, located about 25 miles south of Caracas.
Urbina’s “alibi”? He was “sleeping at the time.” Note to Ugueth: think of better alibi next time you attack people with gasoline and swords. Note to self: don’t trespass in Venezuela.
Urbina sentenced to prison Venezuela [ESPN]